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North Carolina Opera

Charles Frazier’s Appalachian novel and love story “Cold Mountain” became a modern classic. And now the story of Confederate deserter W.P. Inman and his journey to find his way back to his sweetheart Ada Monroe is on stage at the North Carolina Opera. 

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Courtesy of Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba

Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba have long had a dream of traveling to Senegal to record an album. This year they made it happen. The band just returned from M’bour, Cissokho’s hometown and the city where his family still maintains a large compound open to musical relatives and friends. 

Postcard: To Granny From Skylar

Sep 22, 2017

Postcards from Madison County is a special series from WUNC and The Partnership for Appalachian Girls' Education that features personal storytelling from a unique summer program for Appalachian youths.

Skylar Shelton is entering 6th grade at Madison Middle School. She is from the Spillcorn community in Laurel. Skylar’s digital story is about her love for her Mamaw, and its title is "My Whole World."

About Postcards From Madison County

A few weeks ago, Reveal host Al Letson jumped in to protect someone who was being attacked by counter-protesters in Berkeley, California. We found the man behind the attack. He says he’s a member of antifa and is taking the fight to white nationalists. We also interviewed rally organizers who are connected to right-wing extremists. In the aftermath of the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, militants from the left and the right are taking their battles to the streets.

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.

On this episode, Eric Hodge chats with Tift Merritt about her song "Stitch Of The World" from the album of the same name.

Before discussing her creative process, Merritt says that "Stitch Of The World" is a song about freeing yourself from burdens.

Listen to the episode here:

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Daren Wang grew up in an old farmhouse in Town Line, New York, a place that was notable for being the only town north of the Mason-Dixon Line to secede from the Union. 

Postcard: Trucking With Dad

Sep 21, 2017

Postcards from Madison County is a special series from WUNC and The Partnership for Appalachian Girls' Education that features personal storytelling from a unique summer program for Appalachian youths.

Preslea Harwood is entering 6th grade at Madison Middle School. She is from the Marshall community. The title of Preslea’s digital story is "Coming Back Home."

Sound Opinions: Bonus Songs

Sep 21, 2017

So many talented musicians perform on Sound Opinions, but we don't always have time to share every song. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot play some of their favorite never-before-heard live performances from guests like Courtney Barnett, Drive-By Truckers, and more. Plus, a tribute to Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü.

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Are school movies enjoyable because they are so relatable? Or do they present the far-fetched, fantastical experiences most bored students only daydream about? 

Postcard: Blueberries For Papaw From Megan

Sep 20, 2017

Postcards from Madison County is a special series from WUNC and The Partnership for Appalachian Girls' Education that features personal storytelling from a unique summer program for Appalachian youths.

Megan Anderson is entering 6th grade at Madison Middle School in Marshall. She lives in the Laurel community. The title of Megan's digital story is "For Papaw."

About Postcards From Madison County

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The U.S. military has been using a virtual reality program to augment therapy for combat veterans returning from war with post-traumatic stress disorder. For the first time that software was made available for use in a theatrical production.

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Edwidge Danticat is a renowned Haitian-American writer whose work is rooted in her native country. 

Postcard: "Happy Feet" Clogging With Katlyn

Sep 19, 2017
Katlyn Lewis in Western North Carolina
Mikalah Creasman

Postcards from Madison County is a special series from WUNC and The Partnership for Appalachian Girls' Education that features personal storytelling from a unique summer program for Appalachian youths.

American Songster Radio Episode 15
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When Dom Flemons visited a legendary fried chicken joint in Nashville, inspiration struck him like a wave of cayenne heat:

Katie Wyatt poses with children from the program she co-founded, Kidznotes.
Ken Demery Photography

Katie Wyatt first fell in in love with classical music when she joined her school’s orchestra in third grade. Wyatt played the viola and appreciated being part of a group that created art together. Wyatt was a military kid, so her family moved around about every four years. But no matter where she lived, Wyatt found a way to plug into her community through music. 

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Mikalah Creasman

Postcards from Madison County is a special series from WUNC and The Partnership for Appalachian Girls' Education that features personal storytelling from a unique summer program for Appalachian youths.

Finding Your Calling

Sep 18, 2017
Vivian Huang
Photo by Jason Falchook

David Litt sings for the love of country and his job.

Carl Bernstein tries to not mess up on his first day of work at a newspaper.

Nick Baskerville gets in over his head at his first big job as a firefighter.

Vivian Huang comes face to face with her family history while treating a patient in Syria.

WUNC Youth Podcast: Black Swimmers

Sep 18, 2017
WUNC Youth Radio Podcast
Kimani Hall / WUNC

This episode of the WUNC Youth Podcast features youth reporter Loulou Batta. Loulou is an upcoming freshman at NC State University and graduated from the North Carolina school of Science and Math. Her story that she made this summer focuses on the closing of the N.C. A&T swim team and how it affected those involved. In this interview we hear how she made the story and what it took for her to make it happen.

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Lopez, Kristina

For decades now, Margaret Cho has been fearlessly making audiences laugh about race, sex, and gender. Her ABC sitcom, “All-American Girl” was one of the first TV shows to prominently feature an all Asian cast.

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Lopez, Kristina

Each week, you send us your questions about how to behave and here to answer them this week is comedian and writer Margaret Cho. Before answering your questions, Brendan and Rico chatted with Margaret about her upcoming tour and what it’s like to write comedy in the age of instant backlash. In the audio above, she gives our listeners apt advice on how to handle some oblivious friends and acquaintances.

A Farewell to Michelle Philippe

Sep 15, 2017
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Lopez, Kristina

Folks, we’re marking the historic end of an era. For years, our friend Michelle Philippe has been our show’s “voice of history,” telling you about all these wonderful tales from the past we dig up. But alas, she’s leaving public radio to pursue her writing and acting career. Big win for the arts, big loss for us. And we wanted to have her on for a final goodbye.

Michael McDonald Spins A Nostalgic Party Soundtrack

Sep 15, 2017
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Douglas, Emerald

Michael McDonald is a five-time Grammy winner who’s had a career as a singer, songwriter, keyboardist, and producer for over 40 years. In the ’70s, he brought his inimitable soul vocals to the bands Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers. In the ’80s, he launched a solo career, with hits like “I Keep Forgettin.” Decades later, he’s still going strong, collaborating with indie acts like Grizzly Bear and Thundercat.

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Kimberly and Michelle Cann grew up playing a range of instruments, including the steel drums of their family’s native West Indies. But it was the piano that gripped both of them and inspired their lifelong commitment to serious musicianship. 

Milk punch was a popular boozy concoction in Great Britain and colonial America during the 1700s. Despite its cloudy sounding name, the drink was often crystal clear, had a wonderfully rich body, and was flavored with a wide range of spirits, fruits, and spices. After the 18th century, milk punch faded into obscurity. Thanks to the savvy skills of modern mixologists, we’re seeing a milk punch renaissance. Managing Producer Sally Swift talks with Dan Souza from America’s Test Kitchen about the science and process used to make the cocktail.

Sound Opinions: Late Bloomers

Sep 14, 2017

Some say that making music is a young person's game, but several artists beg to differ. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite "late blooming" musicians - artists that didn't achieve success or even start music until later in life. Plus, the debut album from rock supergroup Filthy Friends, and the song that got Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon Hooked on Sonics.

The rise of the new German right

Sep 14, 2017

In just a few days, Germans will go to the polls to vote for a new government in an election that feels strangely familiar. For decades, Germany’s elections have been subdued and predictable, but this campaign cycle has seen a rise of fake news, hate groups and right-wing politicians with a nationalist agenda. There also are allegations of Russian meddling. This week on Reveal, we team up with Coda Story to look at the rise of right-wing populism in Germany’s election.

Cancer, Crime, and Crypts

Sep 13, 2017
Piper Kerman

Martha Manning is filled with sorrow when cancer revisits her patient.
  Piper Kerman must serve 13 months in a women’s federal prison for a crime she committed almost a decade before.
  Chris Tombline is a young undertaker who wishes he’d taken some more psych courses.   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.   

Nancy Hatch Dupree
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Nancy Hatch Dupree helped preserve the culture and history in Afghanistan through years of war and turmoil. She moved to Kabul in 1962 with her first husband and went on to write five books and more than 100 articles on Afghanistan. 

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