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.   


1:31 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Singer/Songwriter Sarah Siskind, Amigo's Slade Baird, Second Spring Arts, and MUSEP

Sarah Siskind, Video and Pics

Triad Arts Weekend: May 30, 2014

“She absolutely knocks me out”, and “I Love her songwriting”. That’s exactly how the Triad Arts team feels about Winston-Salem native, singer/songwriter Sarah Siskind, but, turns out we stole those two quotes of high praise from legendary singer Bonnie Raitt and Amy Grant. After leaving her mark in Nashville, Sarah calls the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia home these days and she’ll be coming down the mountain when she comes to Reynolda House next week. Then the Charlotte-based band Amigo has been carving out a little slice of heaven there for the past few years with their eclectic country/punk/East Texas, genre-busting sound. It’s just like American Songwriter Magazine says: There is no gimmick here: Amigo is the real thing. Eddie Garcia peaks behind the curtain—just in case—with Amigo singer, songwriter, and guitarist Slade Baird. Second Spring Arts is proving that life after 60 gets better and better when you get up the gumption to try something new, and Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park is bringing new outdoor concerts to a different Greensboro park every Sunday all summer long.

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1:10 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

The Blue Ridge Music Center, Across the Blue Ridge, Behind the Scenes with Mary Dalton and More

Fiddler, banjo player, and music historian Paul Brown.
Martin Tucker

Triad Arts Weekend: May 23, 2014

Today on the show we take to the road, but not just any road. This is one of the most scenic driving destinations in the entire world, plus it’s right in our own backyard. Yep, we're talking about the Blue Ridge Parkway, mile post 213 to be exact. But once there you’ll find even more than fresh air and stunning mountain vistas. You see the hills are alive with sounds of Appalachian music too, and they’ll be ringing in the air all summer long at the Blue Ridge Music Center. Program Director Richard Emmett is here to tell us all about it, and he’ll be joined by NPR’s own Paul Brown. That’s right. Paul’s Across the Blue Ridge is back, and he’ll be bringing it LIVE to the Blue Ridge Music Center stage. Then film scholar Mary Dalton takes us behind the scenes with her take on three films with religious themes. They’ve been generating some praise and some scorn, but they’re pulling in the big bucks either way. And Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance shares the story of one mother’s struggles with bipolar disorder, their impact on her family, and the sometimes unseemly underbelly of suburban life. It’s the Pulitzer Prize winning rock musical Next to Normal.

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1:18 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Interfaith Winston-Salem, Carolina Blues Fest, and The Healing Blues Project

Carolina Blues Fest
Credit Carolina Blues Fest

Triad Arts Weekend for May 16, 2014

We’ve all heard that hackneyed phrase “music is a universal language”, and it’s true by the way, but today we’re going to get specific. For example did you ever stop to consider the true healing power of the Blues? Or what about the ability of music to spark interfaith dialogues? Those are just some of the heady topics that’ll be floating around here today compliments of The Healing Blues Project’s Ted Efremoff and Dave Fox, as well as Temple Emanuel’s Rabbi Mark Strauss-Cohn, Interfaith Winston-Salem’s Jerry McLeese, and Green Street Church United Methodist Church’s Rev. Kelly P. Carpenter. They're all building musical bridges that span faith and racial divisions. World renowned jazz ensemble The Afro-Semitic Experience paves their way and we’ll talk with Experience co-founder, bassist David Chevan too. Then, before the musical magic subsides, the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society is here to remind us that the thrill is never gone from great Blues music. It’ll be performed outdoors by some of the world’s most accomplished Blues artists when the Carolina Blues Festival returns to Greensboro this weekend. 

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12:56 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

The Music Behind Brother Wolf, Pianist Alexander Schimpf, The Dixie Swim Club, and FREEPORT Jazz

Pianist Alexander Schimpf.

Triad Arts Weekend: May 9, 2014

Today on the show we visit the dark hills and hollows of the Blue Ridge Mountains where good and evil engage in their never ending struggle for supremacy! It’s Brother Wolf by Triad Stage’s Preston Lane. His gripping tall tale is told with the helping musical hands of Laurelyn Dossett and Riley Baugus, and they’re here to sing about it. German piano soloist sensation Alexander Schimpf is here to tell another gripping musical tale. It’s the powerful Piano Concerto No. 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven, and it’s no coincidence that this epic concerto comes with a nickname The Emperor. Then we’ll find comic relief at the Outer Banks and a little vacation with The Dixie Swim Club. The poolside drinks are cold, the gossip’s hot, and The Stained Glass Playhouse actors are here to bring it alive. We’ll chill things back down with some smooth jazz courtesy of FREEPORT.

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8:01 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Taylor Brown's "In the Season of Blood and Gold" Released by Press 53

Taylor Brown’s debut collection of short fiction came out this past Saturday, May 3rd.  In the Season of Blood and Gold, published by Press 53, includes twelve stories of dynamic characters and timeless landscapes.  From alligator wrestlers, to Confederate soldiers, and a tattooed artist exploring the map to her heart and to her mother’s, the stories are impressive.

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