Bethany Chafin

Associate Producer/Web Editor

Bethany joined the staff of WFDD in the fall of 2012.  She received her B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from Wake Forest University and focused on Anglo-Irish writing.  Between undergraduate studies and graduate school, Bethany served as the intern to Talk of the Nation at NPR in DC, participating in live NPR Election Night Coverage, Presidential debate broadcasts, regular Talk of the Nation shows, and helping to plan the inaugural broadcast of ‘Talk of the World.’  She enjoys engaging her interests in books, politics, and art in the interdisciplinary world of public radio.  Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Bethany enjoys calling the Piedmont home.   

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Arts
1:55 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss, Puppetry, the Camel City Jazz Orchestra, and Tony Abbott

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Triad Arts Weekend: April 11, 2014

Today on the show we’ll take our hats off to Dr. Seuss. Bethany Chafin leads the way with her conversation with Bill Dreyer. Bill’s the curator and director for the Dr. Seuss art collection now on display at the Art Shop in Greensboro. Then from the cat in the hat we jump back in time to when Swing was King. It’s open rehearsal with tenor sax player Matt Kosma and the Camel City Jazz Orchestra every Monday night at Krankies and you're invited. We’ll move on from Big Band to Bunnies, and the Winston-Salem Children’s Puppet Theatre production of “A Tall Tale of Peter Rabbit”. Granny Blue Ridge is here with her posse of young puppeteers from Heritage Theatre. Their motto is Live it To Learn It, and this weekend they’re giving back to The Second Harvest Food bank. We wrap things up with poet and author Tony Abbott. Ever wonder what it’d be like to chat it up with an angel? Tony sure has, and you’ll be a fly on the wall during the Angel Dialogues, his new book out on Lorimer Press. Angels, bunnies, jazz and all the green eggs and ham you can eat next on Triad Arts Weekend.

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Arts
8:50 am
Thu April 10, 2014

"Songs of Hope" Short Documentary Highlights Homelessness in Winston-Salem

Gay from Songs of Hope.
Safyah Usmani and Tania Kharchenko

Tania Kharchenko and Safyah Usmani tell stories through film.  Both are Fulbright Scholars (Tania is from Ukraine and Safyah is from Pakistan) currently studying with the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University.  Their most recent documentary short focuses on homelessness in Winston-Salem, and more specifically, takes the Bethesda Center for the Homeless and the experiences of three women, Teresa, Gay, and Evelyn as its subject.

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Arts
1:33 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Phuzz Phest 2014 and RiverRun International Film Festival on Triad Arts Weekend

Phuzz Phest

Triad Arts Weekend: April 4, 2014

Festival season has arrived, and in a big way. Two major arts festivals that call Winston-Salem home launch tonight, and the Triad Arts team has worked their microphones to the capsule to bring you an inside look. First up, it’s the Phuzz Phest Music Festival. This weekend festival features more than 50 bands, and while we couldn’t get to all of them we do have music & interviews with No Age, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Love Language, Must Be The Holy Ghost and many more. Then we turn our attention to the silver screen and the 16th annual RiverRun International Film Festival. The 12 day festival has a film for every taste, and in honor of those that refuse to be defined or confined by genre, we’re bringing you an interview with filmmaker David Gordon Green. He’s been behind the lens making us laugh uncomfortably with Eastbound and Down and Pineapple Express, and now he’s inching back to his roots with the dark drama Joe. Then Associate Producer Bethany Chafin talks with Filmmakers Safyah Usmani and Tania Kharchenko, about their Documentary short “Songs of Hope.” You can listen to the complete Triad Arts Weekend show (above), or check out the Phuzz Phest and RiverRun segments below.

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Arts
8:48 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Jessica Lea Mayfield Plays Phuzz Phest and Anticipates Release of New Album

Jessica Lea Mayfield.
Jessica Lea Mayfield

Jessica Lea Mayfield has a distinct, unforgettable voice, and this weekend she’s bringing that voice to the Triad for Phuzz Phest.

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Arts
1:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Songwriting Sessions, "Our Country's Good", Dale Pollock, and the Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention

Singer/songwriter Tyler Nail.
Tyler Nail

Triad Arts Weekend: March 28, 2014

Everybody loves a good song, but did you ever wonder exactly goes into creating one? Singer/songwriters Tyler Nail and Johnathan Loos have been asking that very question of themselves off and on for most of their adult lives. They’ve got a few ideas and their here to share during the 2nd Annual Songwriter Sessions in Winston-Salem. Then it’s time to break out your vegemite sandwiches and “have a g’day” with the WFU Theatre Department production of “Our Country’s Good”: a 19th century Australian penal colony prison, and a chance at redemption for its inhabitants through one life-changing theatrical experience. It’s certainly changing perceptions among the talented Wake student actors and they’re here to explain how. And Dale Pollock takes us Behind the Scenes to help us make sense of current film and theatre trends and just who is borrowing from whom these days. Meanwhile they’ll be keeping it authentic BIG TIME this weekend at the Surry Old Time Fiddler’s Convention and David's guests, fiddler Nick McMillian and bassist Buck Buckner will take a step back in time with us, and hold our hand all the way to the dance floor.

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