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The kids aren't all right

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Federal law requires colleges and universities to report sexual assaults on campus. But that’s not true for kindergarten through 12th grade – and the Associated Press found a shocking level of that violence among students under 18. On this episode, Reveal delves into stories from this continuing investigation.

photo of Barbara and Zachariah Claypole White
Courtesy of Barbara Claypole White

Barbara Claypole White always wanted to be a writer. But she put her passion aside when her young son was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

photo of the back of an african american woman's head, facing a white woman across a table who is out of focus
Derrick Beasley

Throughout modern history the work of African-American artists has often been appropriated for the financial and cultural gain of those outside the black community. Black artists bare their souls to create provocative art, but their work is sometimes tokenized or categorized as being just "black art." At the Bullcity Black Theater Festival in Durham, black artists are challenging perceptions of their work through performances and community conversations. 

Kim Richey
Gina Brinkley

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

Right now we are in the middle of a series featuring artists from Yep Roc Records. The label, headquartered in Hillsborough, NC, continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary. We're commemorating by highlighting some of their artists.

Bathtub Sailor, Seamstress, Spy

Mar 20, 2018
Noreen Riols
Jason Falchook

Tim FitzHigham is a record breaking adventurer who sets off to cross the English Channel in a bath.
Catherine Cross finds herself conflicted when her young daughter faces an identity crisis. 
Noreen Riols is recruited into the world of Secret Agents on special missions during WWII.    

NOTE: When offensive or FCC-prohibited words appear, they are bleeped and listed in the Content Advisory.  Sensitive content will be given an on-air caution and will be noted here in the description.


Confidence: Too Much, Too Little?

Mar 20, 2018
Aleeza Kazmi
Photo by Jason Falchook

Aleeza Kazmi tackles difficult questions when working on a self-portrait.

Dante Jackson comes out of his shell at his 8th grade prom.

David Crabb celebrates an anniversary with a trip to the spa.

Sam Shepard brings his personal horse to the set of “The Right Stuff.”

photo of krish mohan
Courtesy of Krish Mohan

Krish Mohan has been a comedian since his teenage years when he won a talent contest at high school. Looking for a way to finetune his craft, he wound up at a local club practicing his jokes between sets for rock bands. His early humor revolved around being from an immigrant family who moved from India to Pittsburgh when he was just 8 years old. 

photo of ned ferm
Esta Frosch

Ned Ferm was only 4 years old when he decided to pursue a career in music. He grew up on a farm on Mount Desert Island near the coast of Maine and says he is a country boy at heart. But his knack for playing almost any instrument would eventually lead him to perform in New York City alongside renowned jazz icons like Roswell Rudd. Later, Ferm would study jazz at William Paterson University and the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Denmark, where he earned the equivalent to a doctoral degree in saxophone performance.

Shucking oysters with Thomas "Uptown T" Stewart

Mar 16, 2018

When it comes to shucking oysters, no one does it with more style and swagger than Thomas "Uptown T" Stewart. The long-time shucker is popular with New Orleans locals and visitors alike after his many years working at Pascal's Manale, a New Orleans mainstay famous for its raw oyster bar. Learn how to shuck like a seasoned pro with Uptown T in this video produced by Then get some oysters and let the good times roll!

photo of stage production - a man speaks at a podium and a group of people look up at an angel figure
Sarah Shatz / 'The World Only Spins Forward'

Playwright Tony Kushner subtitled his seminal work a “gay fantasia on national themes.” “Angels in America” is a two-part, seven-hour play that examines the politics and culture of 1980s America through the stories of eight characters living at the peak of the AIDS epidemic. From its debut in a small San Francisco theater in 1991 to its return to Broadway this year, the play has not only earned a Pulitzer Prize and several Tony awards, but it has also struck a chord with actors, activists and writers around the world.

book cover for 'beginner's guide to a head on collision'
Red Hen Press

North Carolina writer Sebastian Matthews was almost killed by a dead man. He and his family had a head-on collision on a North Carolina highway in 2011 when a driver in the oncoming lane passed away from a sudden heart attack. Matthews and his wife were left in wheelchairs with countless broken bones, bruised spirits and a healthy 8-year-old to manage.

a still of Tom Hanks from the movie Forrest Gump
Paramount Pictures

The credits roll on the beloved, critically-acclaimed film you just watched, but, you aren't impressed. Confused thoughts flash through your head. Are you out of touch, or missing something? Finally, you settle on the most gratifying option: this movie is just overrated.

Sound Opinions: Songs About the Music Industry

Mar 14, 2018

What happens when artists take a look inward at the music business? Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot play the best Songs About the Music Industry. Then, they sit down with the dynamic Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra.

photo of sally field and barbara baxley in 'norma rae'
20th Century Fox

For years, critics have contended that Hollywood films leave a lot to be desired when it comes to female representation. Analyses such as the Bechdel test suggest that too often the male-dominated screenwriting world puts women in passive, one-dimensional roles.

Josh Rouse
York Wilson

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

Over the next few weeks, we'll feature artists from Yep Roc Records. The label, headquartered in Hillsborough, NC, continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary. We're commemorating by highlighting some of their artists.

An oyster primer from America's Test Kitchen

Mar 14, 2018

Oysters are both intriguing and intimidating to many people; they just aren't sure quite how to approach them. But, learning how to buy and prepare them can lead to very delicious results. Dan Souza is editor-in-chief of Cook's Illustrated for America's Test Kitchen. Managing Producer Sally Swift talked with him and got his expert advice for selecting, opening, cooking and eating oysters.

Chef Brandon Jew takes handmade oyster sauce very seriously

Mar 14, 2018

No shortcuts: That's Chef Brandon Jew's philosophy when it comes to creating a sweet, savory, and wonderfully balanced oyster sauce. The owner and executive chef of San Francisco's Mister Jiu's shared his lengthy labor-of-love process with Francis Lam.

Francis Lam: I love oyster sauce, and you love oyster sauce. Anyone who’s ever had beef and broccoli loves oyster sauce – whether they know it or not.

Brandon Jew: It’s true.

Oysters are often seen as a luxury food now, but throughout much of early American history they were so abundant that people from all classes regularly ate them. In coastal cities, you could have them on the street or in dingy bars for practically nothing. In late 1800s New York, a man named Thomas Downing built an empire out of an oyster bar. But here's the thing: he was a black man doing this during the era of slavery.

Ryan and Travis Croxton are cousins and fourth-generation oystermen in the Chesapeake Bay of Virginia, only they weren't meant to be. They inherited the family oyster business, but had no idea what they were doing. Through their research of oyster farming, they created a more sustainable way to farm oysters. The growing and harvesting techniques of their Rappahannock Oyster Company have reinvigorated the industry. Francis Lam talked to them about innovations and improvements in bivalve aquaculture.

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copy of the official program of the women's suffrage procession, March 1913
Library of Congress/Public Domain

When people gathered for the women’s marches of 2017 and 2018, they were joining a tradition that dates back more than a century. In 1913, thousands of women marched on Washington wearing purple and gold sashes instead of pink hats, and Rebecca Roberts says they were a lot more radical than today’s activists.

photo of a young girl in a pink tutu
Courtesy of Whitney Wingate

As a former English teacher and Ph.D. candidate, Whitney Wingate believes strongly that words, books and stories matter. So when she had her first child three years ago, it did not take long for her to realize that children’s literature left much to be desired.

On grief and oysters: a reading by Alicia Kennedy

Mar 13, 2018

Writer Alicia Kennedy was a die-hard vegan until, as a result of a family tragedy, she found solace and comfort in a half shell. She shared her story with The Splendid Table.

I’ve been eating oysters. Now, this wouldn’t be news, but I’ve been vegan for five years. I’m a vegan food writer, and I depend on my nut-cheese diet. And I’ve abandoned it for mid-day lunches that I can’t share on Instagram.

Ron Stacker Thompson
Courtesy of UNC School of the Arts

Ron Stacker Thompson knew from a young age that he wanted to be a teacher. He grew up in Chicago, excelled in school, and loved his time in the classroom. He attended Illinois State University and went on to try his hand at teaching. But his work as a drama teacher quickly led to another career on stage.

A drawing of Willie Bosket
Julienne Alexander / Criminal

For decades, children and teenagers were tried as juveniles in the United States no matter the severity of their crime. That changed 30 years ago because of one person.

This week's episode of Criminal explores the story of that person. His name was Willie Bosket, and he became known as the most dangerous inmate in New York history. 

photo of Alexa Rose
Courtesy of Alexa Rose

Alexa Rose was singing before she could talk, but she did not sing or even listen to country music until she was a teenager. She starred in a country-inspired musical theater production, which opened her up to the sounds of the Carter family, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash.

Wildfires raged across Northern California in October, burning through the state’s famed Napa and Sonoma wine regions. In all, more than 170 blazes ripped across an area the size of Maryland and Delaware combined. Scores awoke to flames at their doors, and 44 people were killed in the deadliest fire event in state history. On this episode of Reveal, we team up with KQED to examine what led to delays in evacuations and why so many fire victims received no warnings at all. As wildfires grow more intense, are first responders keeping up?

Sound Opinions: Buried Treasures & A Giant Dog

Mar 8, 2018

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dig up some buried treasures - albums that aren't yet in the mainstream but that deserve some more attention. Plus, cult rock outfit A Giant Dog join them for an interview and performance.

photo of a man steering a motorboat down a river
Bear Guerra / Fonografia Collective

Ruxandra Guidi is no stranger to deadlines. She has been working as a storyteller and journalist for close to two decades for outlets including NPR, the BBC, National Geographic and The New York Times. But lately she has become increasingly interested in slowing down the reporting process and seeing what happens when she gives herself one month or one year to tell a story, instead of one day or one week.

Mandolin Orange
Mark Maya

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

Over the next few weeks, we'll feature artists from Yep Roc Records. The label, headquartered in Hillsborough, NC, continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary. We're commemorating by highlighting some of their artists.