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.   


8:44 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Charlie Lovett Publishes First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen

The cover of Charlie Lovett's new novel First Impressions.

Charlie Lovett's highly anticipated second novel is here. First Impressions: a Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen is out today from Viking Press.  In his new book, Lovett's protagonist Sophie Collingwood finds herself in the midst of a literary mystery. While Sophie is working in an antiquarian bookstore, two customers request the second edition of an obscure 18th Century book of Allegories.

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1:21 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Low & Lower, Theatre Gigante, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Mary Dalton, and Steep Canyon Rangers

Steep Canyon Rangers

Today on the show we’re going to find out once and for all just how low we can go. No, not THAT kind of low. There’ll be no profanity, no cruelty, no foul humor, just a whole lot of fun with America’s #1 selling cello bass duo: Low & Lower. They’ve got a world premiere coming up by renowned composer Lawrence Dillon, so I guess we’ll call this segment Low & Lower & Larry. Then, from the enormous double bass, we get even bigger with Theatre Gigante—the theatre of big ideas. They’re here with their own brand of Shakespeare, movement, dance and sound. My Dear Othello puts the “D” in deconstruction, and what exactly that means, well, Theatre Gigante’s leaving that on up to you. Sweet Honey in the Rock is celebrating four decades of great music-making. They’re fierce at 40, and headed to the Triad! Mary Dalton has the skinny on the gritty new British prison film "Starred Up". And after reaching for the stars we head down into the canyon…Steep Canyon Rangers are lighting up the Blue Ridge Music Center.

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12:55 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

The Kruger Brothers, Ron Rash, Triad Story Exchange, and Terry Kay on Triad Arts Weekend

Joel Landsberg, Jens Kruger, and Uwe Kruger.
The Kruger Borthers

Today it’s all about banjo, bass, Bluegrass, brothers, the Blue Ridge, and books. That’s right, and we’ll kick things off with the music. The Kruger Brothers are gearing up for a world premiere for banjo, bass, guitar and string quartet. It’s called Lucid Dreamer and if you think that’s a thought-provoking title, wait till you hear Jens and Joel share their thoughts on music and music-making. Then it's the New York Times bestseller and PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist, Serena.  Beauty and violence, passion and rage, cruelty and love, it’s a tough balancing act, but award-winning author Ron Rash gets it just right, and he’s here to share with Bethany Chafin. Then Bethany is back with the Triad Story Exchange and Story Slams emcee Joel Richards. There’s a Grand Slam event coming up in Greensboro, so polish up your delivery and get set for great story-telling. And author Terry Kay has a great story for us. It’s the inspiration behind his award-winning book, and Emmy Award-winning movie To Dance With the White Dog. It’s the centerpiece at this year’s Blue Ridge Read in Alleghany County.

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9:27 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Poet Joe Mills, Barbara Lister-Sink, the Write Motivation, and Paper Lantern Theatre Company

Cinny Strickland and Stephen Moore.
Paper Lantern Theatre Company

Poetry, music, literature, and theatre on the program today, beginning with This Miraculous Turning, a new book of poems by Joe Mills. And to all of the poetry naysayers out there groaning in the distance I say: you’re not gonna like it, you’re gonna LOVE it! And speaking of love, it’s a love story of a…different kind between Steinway artist Barbara Lister-Sink, the instrument that captured her heart decades ago, and why—I mean, aren’t all pianos the same? Then Bethany Chafin’ll cover books and blogs with established writers Chris Laney and Steve Cushman. They’re giving back big time with The Write Motivation—creative writing classes for everyone. And spit out your gum, sit up straight, and get ready to say “you’re welcome”, ‘cause Mrs. Mannerly is comin’ to town courtesy of Paper Lantern Theatre Company.

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11:51 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Artist's Studio, Piedmont Plein Air Paintout, Winston-Salem Symphony, and Greensboro Opera

UNCSA Dance.
Camel City Dispatch

Today on the show we’ll be your one-stop culture shop. We have award-winning filmmakers, multi-media artists, choreographers, dancers, curators, students and audience members all making art together in real time. And that, ladies and gentlemen is just segment one on TAW. Then we’re off to the great outdoors and a popular 19th century tradition that’s being embraced today in High Point en plein air. That’s the French expression for "in the open air" and specifically outdoor painting. High Point’s Piedmont Plein Air Paintout is coming to town and we’ll check it out with an artist’s keen eye. Then, the keen ears of W-S Symphony conductor Robert Moody will guide us through the orchestra’s season opener. We’ll wrap things up on the red carpet walk to Aycock Auditorium. That’s where Greensboro Opera Conductor David Holley and internationally renowned Dixie Diva mezzo soprano Victoria Livengood will be struttin’ their stuff at GO—as in Greensboro Opera—to the Movies. It’s an entire evening of opera hits used in the movies and you’re invited.

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