Arts & Culture

The State of Things
2:40 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

At The Movies: What Movie Have You Seen Over And Over?

Groundhog Day, The Movie
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You know that movie. The one you can almost recite verbatim. The one you just cannot stop watching over and over. The one that comes on the television and for some strange reason, you just can't change the channel.

Marsha Gordon, film professor at North Carolina State University and Laura Boyes, film curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art, return to The State of Things to talk with host Frank Stasio about those films we have watched over and over.

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

At The Movies: Which Is Better- The Book Or The Movie?

The Great Gatsby movie set
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  The Hunger Games. Harry Potter. The Great Gatsby. Blockbuster films or popular literature? Do you ever walk out of the movie theater and hear, "The book was so much better than the movie."? Or do you prefer the silver screen adaptation of your favorite novel? Turning a book into a movie poses all sorts of challenges.

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Arts & Culture
7:38 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Merge Turns 25 in Durham

Merge Records is hosting a series of events at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and Duke Gardens to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Credit Merge Records

It's a big year for Merge Records. The Durham-based label is celebrating its 25th birthday with a series of events, which has included concerts, limited release recordings and a 25K run.

Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance founded the label in Chapel Hill to promote their band, Superchunk. A quarter-century later, dozens of other celebrated artists have jumped on board, including the Grammy-winning Arcade Fire.

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Mad Men Mondays
3:08 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

'Mad Men' Mondays: Intriguing Archival Images From Advertising History

Here are some real ads that are from the 'Mad Men' time period. The Smirnoff Brunch: Worth dropping by for.
Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/hartman

AMC’s final Mad Men season debuted this week. Many staff members of the Hartman Center at Duke University tuned in. The center specializes in advertising and marketing history. Their archives are full of the sort of ads seen on the series. In fact, the AMC show even consults with them from time to time.

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Back Porch Reviews
3:00 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Back Porch Reviews Steep Canyon Rangers, John Howie Jr., And Robbie Fulks

The Steep Canyon Rangers 'Tell The Ones I Love'
Credit Rounder

Our series of Back Porch Music album reviews continues this week with three new releases reviewed by the hosts of Back Porch Music.

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

A Decade Of Old Ceremony

The Old Ceremony
Credit Django Haskins

  

Chapel Hill band, The Old Ceremony, celebrates a milestone this weekend: their 10 year anniversary. The band will mark the occasion with a show at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw at 8pm Saturday.

First, they play live and host Frank Stasio talks with band members Django Haskins on vocals and guitar, Mark Simonsen on the organ, Gabriel Pelli on the violin, Dan Hall on the drums, and Shane Hartman on the bass.

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Arts & Culture
4:53 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

'Leave The Edges Wild' - Good Advice For Songwriting And Life

Over the Rhine
Credit Darrin Ballman

Eight years ago, musicians and husband and wife Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler moved from Cincinnati to a brick farmhouse in rural Ohio. Linford had seen the house and loved it at first sight. Karin took a little convincing. But when she saw it, she was smitten: "Sure enough we rounded the bend in the road, and I saw it. It was an old, old brick house that looked like it had a lot of love in it at some point."

The space around the building was inviting and green with rolling fields. "It felt like home," Karin says.

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Thu April 10, 2014

“Liberating Dixie” Traces 50 Years Of Southern Life

Liberating Dixie by Ed Williams

Ed Williams spent almost half a century writing for newspapers in Mississippi and North Carolina. His journalism career started at The Daily Mississippian and continued through 35 years at The Charlotte Observer.

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Arts & Culture
8:13 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Do You Know This Chapel Hill Bus Driver? Man Wants To Say Thanks

Credit bendertj / Flickr/Creative Commons (Image cropped)

David Ellis Dickerson is a writer, a storyteller and a teacher. He might be best known for the stories he's told on "This American Life." He also has a book about greeting cards, and an online series of video shorts called "Greeting Card Emergency."

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The State of Things
11:20 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Poet Li-Young Lee Draws Influence From Chinese Classics

Behind My Eyes by Li-Young Lee
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A conversation with poet Li-Young Lee

  

When Li-Young Lee's parents received a classical education in China, they memorized dozens of poems. As a child, he heard his parents playfully recite poem after poem to one another. Today Li-Young Lee draws much of his poetic influence from that same classical Chinese poetry. 

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