Archive for June, 2005

OBsessions/Pink Martini

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

Some of the greatest academic and artistic minds in history have belonged to people who were more than compelled to learn and to create. Some might consider those people to be obsessed. Guest host Connie Walker talks with guests about obsession as its known both popularly and clinically. Guest host Connie Walker speaks with Michael Pilmer, web designer and manager for the band Devo, and Elizabeth Howells, professor of English at Armstrong Atlantic State University. Listener Call-In. (45:00) (JG)

Guest host Connie Walker talks with Pink Martini bandleader Thomas Lauderdale ahead of the group’s Saturday peformance at Regency Park in Cary.

Pink Martini


Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

In 1967 President Johnson signed the law that created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a funding organization that also serves as a firewall between public broadcasting and political influence. Currently, the CPB is facing proposed budget cuts and pressure to “balance” its content. Host Melinda Penkava speaks with NPR’s David Folkenflik who has been covering the story; Joan Siefert Rose, the General Manager of WUNC; Tom Howe, the General Manager of UNC-TV; and Cliff Kincaid, head of the organization “Accuracy in the Media.” Listener Call-in.


Lumbee/Begonias/Summer Vacation

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

Lumbee Vote: Lumbee Indians head to the polls today in an attempt to resolve an election dispute from last November’s district seat elections. Today’s results, however, may not permanently settle the issue, as Lumbees continue to wrestle with the first major challenge to their four-year-old constitution. Host Melinda Penkava talks with Fayetteville Observer reporter Venita Jenkins. (8:00) (JG)

Begonias: Host Melinda Penkava talks with musicians Thad Cockrell and Caitlin Cary about the making of their new duet album, “Begonias.” Thad Cockrell is a singer/songwriter from the old school of country music. Caitlin Cary is a member of Tres Chicas and played with Ryan Adams in the group Whiskeytown. Listener Call-In. (35:00) (CP)

How I Spent My Summer Vacation: In the first of our new summer series, host Melinda Penkava speaks with Emily Worth, a member of the Chelsea Bell Choir. This summer the choir travels to Italy to perform with the Saint Thomas More Festival Singers. (5:00)(AG)

Lumbee Vote
Summer Vacation

NC Liquor Laws/David Heslop

Monday, June 20th, 2005

Currently, beer sold in North Carolina contains 6% alcohol. The NC general assembly is considering a bill that would double that. Host Melinda Penkava speaks with Julie Bradford, director of Pop-the-Cap (North Carolinians for Specialty Beer) and the editor of Specialty Beer Magazine, and Brian McMillen, a professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology who is researching the drinking habits of students at ECU. Discussion will include the history of NC’s liquor laws, the map of the state’s dry counties and the economic effects of changing liquor laws. Listener Call in.

When North Carolinian David Heslop traveled to Cuba from Mexico, the U.S. Treasury Department charged him with trading with the enemy. Host Melinda Penkava speaks with David Heslop before he departs NC for the first hearing in the case in DC on Wednesday.

Liquor Laws
David Heslop

Hydraulic fluid/The Color of Love

Friday, June 17th, 2005

Patients who were exposed to surgical tools coated with hydraulic fluid are considering lawsuits against the Duke University Health System. Host Melinda Penkava talks with Robert Adler, professor of management and legal studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.

In 1963, 12-year old Gene Cheek was literally torn from his mother’s arms at the Forsyth County Courthouse in Winston Salem, never to be returned home. The crime? His white mother had just given birth to a baby whose father was black. Host Melinda Penkava talks with author Gene Cheek about his memoir, “The Color of Love: A Mother’s Choice in the Jim Crow South” (Lyons Press/2005) and the anti-miscegenation laws that changed his life forever.

Hydraulic Fluid
The Color of Love