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Footcandle Films 5: Sarah’s Key

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In this month's episode, the Footcandle guys discuss the film adapation of the novel "Sarah's Key", dealing with the persecution of Jewish people in France during World War II. (To all of our book club member listeners out there, we'll go ahead and break the bad news to you: they didn't care for it very much.) Besides that review, Alan and Chris also discuss some movie news and give their "picks of the month" recommendations — one dealing with time travel on a budget, the other dealing with chaining people to radiators. Enjoy! Read More »

Education Matters 4: Preparing Students for Careers

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Tracy and Lamar bring in two special guests - Cynthia Eades, Human Resources Director for Catawba County, and Todd Ashworth, Financial Consultant with Renaissance Financial Managers - to talk about the importance of getting businesses to connect with students. The group talks about how, with better preparation, students can become more competitive in the future job market. What does the future hold and what more can we do? Read More »

I’m With the Band: The Belfast Boys

I’m With the Band: The Belfast Boys

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The Belfast Boys are Alyn Mearns (guitar & vocals) and Adrian Rice (mandolin, bodhran & vocals). Mearns and Rice both hail from the Troubled streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mearns has lived in the States since his late teens, but Rice only settled in Hickory (NC) in 2005, having come to Lenoir-Rhyne College as their Visiting Writer-in-Residence. Both men have been happily ‘captured’ by lovely American brides. Join them as they have a conversation with Chad about their music, their influences, and their newest CD "Songs For Crying Out Loud". And speaking of their new album, they are having a party to celebrate! Their newest CD is entitled “Songs For Crying Out Loud” and the party will be held on October 21, at The Main Cellar City Club, behind Market on Main in Hickory, North Carolina. The party will be held from 8-11, and admission is free. There will be a cash bar. Read More »

Storytime Station: The Butterfly Lizard

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In this month's edition of "Storytime Station", Western North Carolina author Kenneth Elliott, Ph. D., reads his own book "The Butterfly Lizard". While searching for new playmates, the Butterfly Lizard realizes for the first time that he is different from others. His journey becomes a quest for understanding of himself and the differences of the playmates he finds. In the end, he realizes that our differences are what give each of us our uniqueness and makes the world a fun and amazing place. Kenneth M. Elliott has a Ph.D. in Organization and Management, and is currently the Executive Officer of Technology Services at Catawba Valley Community College. The artwork and illustrations in the book, and in this video podcast were created by Ben Precup. Read More »

I’m With the Band: Carpal Tullar

I’m With the Band: Carpal Tullar

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Chris Tullar - who performs with a band under the name Carpal Tullar - joins show host Chad Austin in this month's episode to talk about his music, recording style, and influences, as well as play a couple of tunes in the studio. Chris has not only produced several albums of his own original music, composed music for a Beatles-influenced stage performance, had a musical produced about his original songs, but also performs some of the original theme music featured on other MESH shows. Take a listen to the talented Chris Tullar in this month's "I'm With the Band". Read More »

Stepping Up Service 3: Customer Service in Professional Sports

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This month's episode of "Stepping Up Service" discusses the importance of customer service in - of all places - the world of professional sports. Ed Gagnon (Customer Service Solutions) talks with Alan Jackson (The Jackson Group) about how organizations like the NFL, NBA, and other pro sports leagues have their own special challenges when it comes to customer service and how we can all gain valuable lessons from their experiences. And, as always, Ed and Alan share some recent customer services experiences of their own. Read More »