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Please Excuse Our Mess

Jul 19, 2017

Thank you for your patience with our recent technical problems at WSNC. What once looked like a simple fix has become more complicated. 

We need a new transmitter. The quoted price is around $38,000. While this is not a ridiculously high amount, we are licensed to a state university so there are procedures in place for purchasing equipment which are great for preventing frivolous decisions but not so good for speed.

We'll Take Ten Percent

Jul 12, 2017

WSNC Transmitter Update:

Earlier reports of the transmitter being repaired were premature.  As sometimes happens with old equipment, repairing one piece has exposed problems with other parts of the chain.

For the past week, we have bypassed the main power amplifier of our transmitter and have been broadcasting at 30 Watts instead or our typical 10,000 Watts.  Thanks to the valiant efforts of  our engineer Ed Kasovic, we are back up to 1,000 Watts for the time being.

Today's Schedule

President Trump is now faced with a decision on whether to sign into law new sanctions meant to punish Russia for interfering in last year's presidential election, after the Senate overwhelmingly approved the measure Thursday.

The bill, the first major foreign policy legislation to emerge from Congress since the president took office, also includes sanctions on North Korea and Iran. It easily passed the Senate in a 76-1 vote after sailing through the House by a similarly veto-proof 419-3 margin.

For an entire generation of writers, Michiko Kakutani acted at times as intrepid champion, hated villain or helping hand. But from her perch as chief book critic at The New York Times, the Pulizer Prize winner rarely left one thing in doubt: her vast influence over the literary world she assessed.

On Thursday, after 38 years, Kakutani announced she is stepping down.

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The Republican's seven year quest to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act descended into chaos Thursday night as the Senate prepared for an unwieldy, all-night session.

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos became an even richer man on Thursday morning, when a sudden surge in Amazon stock made him $1.5 billion overnight. His fortune grew to over $90 billion.

For several hours, Bezos was the richest person on earth — surpassing Microsoft founder Bill Gates. The top billionaire title has previously been claimed by Mexican telecom titan Carlos Slim, Spanish fast-fashion giant Amancio Ortega and investor Warren Buffett — though most of the time, it's firmly in Gates' possession.

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Just days away from a national vote to decide the delegates who will rewrite Venezuela's constitution, President Nicolas Maduro's government is trying a new method of clamping down on popular unrest: a complete ban on demonstrations nationwide for the next five days.

What You Need To Know About Foxconn

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To learn more about Foxconn and the company's factories in China, I talked to Brian Merchant. He's a tech reporter for Vice and he recently wrote a book on the history of the iPhone.

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President Trump recently tweeted an unusual suggestion - all agree the U.S. president has the complete power to pardon. Which raised the question, can the president pardon himself? Legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg went to find that out.

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