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
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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Arts
1:00 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

A Band Called Death, In the Season of Blood and Gold, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and Robert Ward

A Band Called Death

Triad Arts Weekend: May 2, 2014

This week it’s a full arts spread with opera, literature, sculpture, and a film about a family that helped lay the foundation for punk rock. The documentary “A Band Called Death” has been called “one of the best music documentaries in years,” and today Eddie talks with its co-director Jeff Howlett. Then Bethany Chafin opens the book on the Press 53 short story collection “In The Season of Blood and Gold” with its author Taylor Brown.  Next David Ford takes in the Weatherspoon Art Museum’s exhibition Nancy Rubins: Drawing, Sculpture, Studies with Curator of Exhibitions Xandra Eden, and Weatherspoon Director Nancy Doll. Then we revisit David Ford’s conversation with the late opera composer and former UNCSA chancellor, Dr. Robert Ward. 

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Arts
3:31 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

David English, Mark Freundt, Hope Larson, Lemony Snicket, and Matt Haimovitz on Triad Arts Weekend

Cellist Matt Haimovitz

Triad Arts Weekend: April 25, 2014

This week we revisit some of Team Triad Arts’ choice recent interviews, and get a musical look at this Earth Day Weekend. Guitarist David English is one of the performers at the Piedmont Earth Day Fair, and we’ll join him in conversation with David Ford, and learn about the art of building the cigar box guitar. Our celebration of Mother Earth continues with Mark Freundt. He’s conducting the 4th annual presentation of the Missa Gaia (Earth Mass). Then we’ll get a little silly & confusing with author Lemony Snicket – that is, if he even shows up. Mr. Snicket crafted the wildly popular “A Series of Unfortunate Events” novels, and now he’s inking out his peculiar craft in the world of detective fiction. We keep the pen close to paper with acclaimed graphic novelist Hope Larson, and a look at her adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time.” Then we wrap things up with acclaimed cellist Matt Haimovitz. Matt explores the sonic limits of the cello from Bach to Hendrix with indie rock detours along the way. 

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Arts
9:47 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Local Artist Laura Lashley Collaborates with Arts Based School on Science-Inspired Mural

Laura Lashley

Triad Arts as Broadcast at 8:35 am and 5:44pm

If you've ever stopped to check out the bright and mesmerizing mural at 7th and Trade Streets in Winston-Salem or roamed through the jungle of the tiger maze at the Children's Museum, you've experienced the work of local visual artist Laura Lashley.  Her acrylic paintings are characterized by vivid color, pattern, movement, and inspiration from nature.  Laura is currently working on an ArtSTEM mural project with the 6th graders at the Arts Based School.  Their project aims to represent the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through visual art.  Laura stopped by WFDD to talk about her personal work and some of her community projects.

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Arts
1:00 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Kripplekrunk, Faith Action International House, and Wayne Shorter

Kripplekrunk CD Cover
Kripplekrunk

Triad Arts Weekend April 18, 2014

On today’s show we take a look at some men and women whose passion for the arts inspires, entertains, and informs. First up its Rex McGee and the merry band of musical mischief makers that call themselves KrippleKrunk. Their debut album was released last summer, and with lots of concerts on their horizon, it’s a perfect time to get familiar with the music of this diverse all instrumental band. Then we knock on the door of Faith Action International House, and learn how to go from stranger, to neighbor. Faith Action tackles the big issues surrounding immigration, but they do it in relatable, community driven, and artistically inclined ways. Then we close out today’s show with David Ford’s conversation with one of the greats from the world of jazz. Composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Wayne just became an octogenarian , but trust that he has not slowed down one bit. In fact he just swept the Jazz awards, and won a Grammy.  

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