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I’m With the Band: Henry River

Henry River a.k.a. Andy Rhoney has been writing songs for years and playing sporadic shows when he can. What keeps this local musician going? Tune in to find out what keeps Henry River’s creativity flowing and enjoy not two, not three, but four original tunes that Henry plays live in the MESH studios. Running Time...

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Footcandle Films: Prometheus, The Kid With A Bike, Brave & more

Acclaimed director Ridley Scott returns to his sci-fi roots with Prometheus – a prequel of sorts to his classic film Alien.  Do Alan and Chris find it to be a worthy addition to the Alien cannon or want to have Scott excommunicated for heresy against the galaxy? In this episode the gents also give quick...

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Chick Chat: Dennis Quaid & John Collins?

It’s a sad day in the studio as we mourn the loss of some of our favorite celebrities… to marriage.  But, alas!  We get the juicy scoop on a real life brushes with Dennis Quaid and… um,  Bob Saget?  Karen and Janette join Mary-Margaret to discuss their summer plans and even better… their summer drinks! ...

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I’m With the Band: Sydney Shepherd

Sydney Shepherd is a gal who likes to keep busy. Whether she’s polishing her acting chops at North Carolina School of the Arts for her work on Broadway this summer or laying down some tunes with Harold (her trusty banjo) things are always moving. Chad sits down and talks with this NC native as she...

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Chick Chat: 50 Shades of Oh My

You’ve heard all about it. Your friends are all reading it. You find yourself putting down the gossip mags and picking this up, even if you’re “not a reader”. Yes, its 50 Shades of Grey. The book that’s heating up the charts is now heating up the MESH studio. Mary-Margaret, Catherine, Jennifer and...

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Footcandle Films: The Avengers, Dark Shadows, JWLAH & more

The big summer movies have started arriving in theaters. Perhaps you’ve heard of “The Avengers”? The Footcandle dynamic duo of Alan & Chris lead off this episode with a lively discussion of the box office juggernaut. Also in this episode are brief reviews of “Dark Shadows”, “Jeff, Who Lives At Home”, “Young Adult”, “We Bought A Zoo”, “The Descendants”,...

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I’m With the Band: Rick Cline

Chad’s back in the studio for something a little different. This episode of “I’m With The Band” highlights Rick Cline – Hickory’s own beat boy. From high school marching bands, to steel drums, African drumming, jazz and dance bands… Rick has “drummed” them all. Later in the show, Rick is joined by some special guests who...

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Storytime Station: My Day with Daddy

On this episode of Storytime Station, Chris Frye, co-founder of Footcandle Film Society and host of the Footcandle Films podcast on The MESH, joins us to read a story of a young girl and the fun-filled Saturday that she gets to spend with her father. My Day with Daddy is a story written by Michael Fulbright and illustrated...

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Chick Chat: Does Age Really Matter?

What happens when you put three ladies of all different ages in front of some microphones? Do you know the difference in Showgirls and Dreamgirls? Find out on this episode of Chick Chat as Mary-Margaret welcomes Amy and Marty as her guests! This show has a little bit of everything – Magic Mike, Kim for Mayor,...

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Footcandle Films: A Separation

"A Separation" won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Did Alan & Chris find it deserving or do they think the Academy must have switched the envelopes? After the review, the gents turn their attention to movie news and talk of the return of Tarantino and Chris gets the Olsen children confused. Running Time: 50 minutes

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I’m With the Band: Will Willis

Lenoir native Will Willis joins us in the studio for this episode of I’m With the Band. Host Chad Austin talks in depth about recording styles, local hang-outs, and their matched admiration for Peter Gabriel. Hear about the production group Will is involved in and how he is helping to bring notice to some of the...

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Chick Chat: George Clooney, Snooki and Juicing.

Chick Chat delivers all the juicy gossip this month when Mary Margaret and her friends Valerie and Janette get together in The MESH studio. The topic of George Clooney’s recent arrest starts off the show but we squeeze in time to talk about everything from Snooki’s confirmed pregnancy to the Bachelorette, which is currently filming in Charlotte, NC. We...

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Footcandle Films 12: The Artist

“The Artist” won some of the biggest Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.  But was it any good?  Alan and Chris talk about the film, and along the way get into one of their biggest disagreements since the podcast series started.  Luckily, they make up afterwards to discuss some movie news,...

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Footcandle Films 11: My Week With Marilyn

“My Week With Marilyn”, starring Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh, was nominated at this year’s Academy Awards for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor.  Did either of these two actors deserve to win, did the film deserve more accolades than it received, or was it overrated?  Alan and Chris discuss “My Week With Marilyn”...

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Storytime Station: Butterflies + Eskimos

On this episode of Storytime Station, Board Member for the March of Dimes Foothills Division, Margaret Jackson, joins us to read a tale of unlikely friendship and extravagant quests. Butterflies + Eskimos is a story written by Erika Everett Yeaman and follows the unlikely pair of Bu and Mo as they take a journey filled with excitement, friendship and...

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Chick Chat: Whitney, Madonna & JFK

This month’s episode of Chick Chat brings your host Mary-Margaret and two of her favorite chicks, Karen and Marie to the table to talk about all things chick-chat worthy. The topics range from the death of Whitney Houston that left many mourning with tracks of “I Will Always Love You” playing in the background, to Adele’s comeback performance at...

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I’m With the Band: Yarn

On this month’s episode of I’m With The Band, your host Chad welcomes Andrew, Robert, Rod, Trevor, Blake and Ricky – collectively known as Yarn. Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, this bluegrass style band joins us in the studio to talk about life before the band and where their success has landed them now that they’re an up-and-coming musical ensemble...

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Footcandle Films 10: Oscar Picks!

While the last episode was all about Chris & Alan's favorite films of 2011, this episode asks them to gaze into their crystal ball and make predictions on this year's Academy Awards. With Chris in his designer tuxedo and Alan in his favorite jeans, the boys go through each of the Oscar categories, talk through the nominees, and...

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Footcandle Films 9: The Best of 2011

Chris and Alan had a novel idea... what if they took a look at all of the films they saw in 2011, and then presented their "top five" films of the year? We don't think that has ever been done before! Original or not, the guys present their favorite "Footcandle" films of the year, their favorite "Non-Footcandle"...

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Storytime Station: Fancy Pants

This month on Storytime Station we journey to France - for a dance - with some "Fancy Pants"! There is an excited young man who is in need of some pants, so follow along to see if he finds what he is looking for! You and your children will love this rhyming story -- from the bright...

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I’m With the Band: The Logic

On this month’s episode of I’m With The Band, the tables turn as Mary-Margaret fills in for Chad, a member of this month’s spotlight band, The Logic. From how the band got it’s name to the style and method of forming one of the Carolina’s most contemporary cover bands, join Mary-Margaret to discover what makes this local band tick....

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Chick Chat: Paula Deen, Baby Blue and Your Favorite Chicks

Chick Chat dives right in to juicy gossip this month when Mary Margaret invites her friends Valerie and Cameron to the show. The topic of New Years Resolutions starts off the show but along the way we talk about everything from the Zumba craze to Paula Deen's love of butter and diagnosis of diabetes. We talk about The Bachelorette...

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Footcandle Films 8: The Guard

After some downbeat movies over the last few months, it's time for some laughs. But does "The Guard", starring Brendon Gleeson and Don Cheadle, deliver? Gleeson stars as unconventional Irish police officer Gerry Boyle, quite content with his life and pace of work, while Cheadle plays a straight-laced FBI agent assigned to a drug-smuggling case in Boyle's...

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Chick Chat 5: December 2011

In this somewhat awkward topic episode, the chicks discuss: the ever important first kiss, holiday plans, and of course... Tim Tebow. We even have a shout-out giveaway for guessing Kathryn's job! So grab a margarita and tune in to the latest ChickChat! This episode of "Chick Chat" is sponsored by Catawba Valley Medical Center. Visit the Health First...

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I’m With the Band: Puddingstone

To help celebrate the holiday season, Chad spends some time with the band Puddingstone! Hailed as the "best kept secret in North Carolina", this band plays a wide range of Americana such as fife and drum, Celtic, folk, New Age, Flamenco, Renaissance and even some classical. Puddingstone is a 6-7 member band including percussion, hammered dulcimer, harp...

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Storytime Station: Up I Will Grow

This month's story, "Up I Will Grow", was written and illustrated by Eric Childers. The story is read by Mayor Rudy Wright of Hickory, North Carolina. Hickory-native Eric Childers was educated at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Wake Forest University, and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia. In January 2012, he...

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Footcandle Films 7: Take Shelter

Alan and Chris review the film "Take Shelter", starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain. Shannon plays a father and husband haunted by visions of a devastating storm that threatens his family, compeling him to build a storm shelter and question his own sanity. Imagine a really frightening, depressing version of "Field of Dreams". Listen to what...

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I’m With the Band: Sanctum Sully

Asheville based band, Sanctum Sully, joins us in the studio for some toe tappin' down south bluegrass. As they take some time away from recording their next album, we hear about their upcoming gigs, daily lives, and have a few laughs with these good ol' boys. To learn more about Sanctum Sully, visit their web site at www.sanctumsully.com.

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Footcandle Films 6: Project Nim

"Project Nim" is a documentary about a group of researchers in the 1970s that decided to raise a baby chimpanzee in a human environment and try to teach it how to communicate. The project didn't go as planned, thus giving show hosts Alan and Chris a film to discuss on this month's "Footcandle Films". Listen to see...

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Chick Chat 4: November 2011

We went out on a ledge this month and invited some guests who claim they aren't very girly. Did they even know who the Kardashians are? So, how'd it go? Tune in now for the discussion from the "other side". Also, some holiday tips to keep you happy and healthy during what can be a stressful time of year! This...

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Storytime Station: What If No One Likes Me?

This month’s story, “What If No One Likes Me?”, is brought to us by author Janet Young and Illustrator Neil Dowd.   The book is read by the Rev. Susan Smith, Assistant Director of Exodus Homes in Hickory, North Carolina.  You can learn more about Exodus Homes by visiting their web site at www.exodushomes.org.

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Chick Chat 3: October 2011

It's a different type of episode this time on Chick Chat. Did the girls really get sentimental in the studio? Oh, but have no fear, they still cover juicy hot topics and fads. What is it about the UPS man? Did you get the hottest invite on the web? And, who is your favorite Kardashian?...

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Footcandle Films 5: Sarah’s Key

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,...

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I’m With the Band: The Belfast Boys

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...

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Storytime Station: The Butterfly Lizard

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...

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I’m With the Band: Carpal Tullar

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...

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I’m With the Band: Matty Mcree

In this month’s episode, our host Chad Austin spends some time with a Nashville-based singer/songwriter with Hickory connections: local favorite Matty Mcree! Matty talks about the move to Nashville, the time he spends in the local Western North Carolina area, his songwriting process, and some of his favorite performers and influences. Plus, Matty plays us...

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Chick Chat 2: September 2011

Reality shows, social media etiquette, having an automobile accident involving a famous celebrity, and using mosquito spray as a replacement for mace. All of these topics, and more, are yours for the listening in the latest episode of Chick Chat! Mary Margaret assembles a new roundtable of girls to talk about the latest "guilty pleasures". You...

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Footcandle Films 4: Midnight in Paris

Alan and Chris get together to discuss their latest film society screening, Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris". After an in-depth discussion of that film, they turn their attention to some of the latest movie news with the theme being "directors taking on unexpected projects". Each gives their "pick of the month" for a film that listeners should...

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I’m With the Band: Katharine Whalen & Her Fascinators

Chad interviews Katharine Whalen & Her Fascinators in this month's episode. Katharine was a founding member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, and has been produced albums ranging from jazz standards to avant-pop ever since. She describes her latest album, "Madly Love", as a "blend of Irish blues and Southern-tinged rock". The album is set to release...

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