Operation Smile changes lives, even their own

Brigette Magee slapped the scalpel into the surgeon’s palm, just as her father had taught her to. She was 13, standing at the side of a child in the Philippines, acting as a scrub nurse to a volunteer repairing a child’s cleft palate. It’s an unusual thing for a teenager to do, unless you’re a…

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WHRV’s Cathy Lewis is listening

The producer has Sen. Tim Kaine on hold and it’s making him very nervous. Kaine’s staff is texting a countdown, because the senator has a floor vote scheduled and the 20 minutes allotted for an interview on HearSay with Cathy Lewis is ticking away. He jiggles his knee as he watches the incoming texts. Kaine…

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Brian Boggs, Master of The Chair

A lifetime of tinkering has led Brian Boggs to create a line of innovative woodworking tools, and some of the world’s finest chairs. “I’ve always been kind of intense,” Boggs says, “but if I’m going to do something, especially for this long, I want to know it inside and out.” Brian Boggs made what some…

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The Quarantined Country Musician

Undaunted by masks, social distancing, and sheltering-in-place orders, North Carolina’s Jonathan Byrd continues to draw large audiences to his virtual performances. For more than 20 years, Jonathan Byrd has written and performed country and old-timey, flat-picking folk and rock ‘n roll, most recently at The Kraken, one of the diviest of North Carolina’s dive bars.…

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