CoastLine is a variety interview, arts, and occasional news show, hosted by Rachel Lewis Hilburn.Each week on CoastLine, we meet extraordinary humans -- scholars, writers, dancers, artists, comedians, scientists -- and we take a deep dive into their extraordinary ideas and lives.Subscribe to the CoastLine podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Play. To find the podcast, search WHQR CoastLine. Contact us at email@example.com.CoastLine airs on WHQR 91.3 FM each Wednesday at noon and each Sunday from 2 to 3 PM.
CoastLine: Scholar and Performer John-Paul Zaccarini on why artists need space devoid of the "white gaze" and what it means to be "produced as Black"
Imagine a space for artists in which the "white gaze" is not allowed. Professor John-Paul Zaccarini is creating FutureBlackSpace with just such protections. In this episode, we explore why. We also learn about intersectionality and what it means for him as a man who is reminded of his multiple marginalized identities each time he walks into white spaces.
CoastLine: Damon Wayans on why there's a laugh on the other side of every groan in stand-up comedy
The breakout moment for Damon Wayans came on the show, In Living Color, which ran for four years in the early 1990s. It was the first Black sketch comedy show on network television. And while he’d already enjoyed a season on Saturday Night Live, In Living Color gave him the chance to showcase not only his comedic performing chops – but also his ability to write sketches and create characters.
CoastLine: Melodie Homer on how losing her pilot husband on 9/11 shaped her life's work
First Officer LeRoy Homer fought terrorists on United Airlines Flight 93 after they stormed the cockpit. While the hijackers intended to direct the plane towards Washington, D.C., they could not disable the autopilot function. So they sent the plane plunging into a Pennsylvania field, killing everyone on board. LeRoy Homer's widow, Melodie Homer, has allowed her grief to shape her life's work, which includes improving aviation safety and helping underrepresented young people fulfill their dreams of flying.
CoastLine: Elaine Brown on her ancestors, victims of Wilmington's 1898 coup d'état, and reclaiming her power through poetry
Joshua Halsey, Elaine’s great-great-grandfather, was shot 14 times and killed by white supremacists on November 10, 1898, leaving his wife, Sallie, a widow.Elaine Brown, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, along with her siblings, are putting together the fragmented stories of their family and learning about how the massacre shaped their lives. In her personal and artistic life, she tells her stories as Poet E Spoken.
CoastLine: Native plants in urban and suburban landscapes boost ecosystem, support human life
The suburban monoculture dominated largely by traditional lawns could be accelerating climate change and species extinction. Supporting biodiversity by installing native trees, shrubs, and other plants means you are directly supporting the systems on which human life depends. Yes, human life.On this edition of CoastLine, we explore native plants – what they are in southeastern North Carolina, the impact they have on climate change and biodiversity, and how to put more of them in your environment.
CoastLine: Nina Repeta on landing her role in Dawson's Creek and the magic of letting go
Nina Repeta is forever recognizable as Bessie Potter, the older sister of Katie Holmes’ character on the iconic TV show, Dawson’s Creek, which continues to find new generations of fans. She's also appeared in several episodes of Matlock (and died several times), Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (NOT Fried Green Tomatoes), and Radioland Murders.