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The State of Things
11:07 am
Tue July 1, 2014

A Fictional Trilogy Explores Nature's Secrets

"Authority" is the second book in The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer

Host Frank Stasio talks with author Jeff VanderMeer

    

Author Jeff VanderMeer dreamed he was walking down a tunnel where words were appearing on the wall.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Folk Songs From The Soul

Skylar Gudasz
Credit Marie Killen

For Skylar Gudasz, a whisper can resonate louder than a shout. The Carrboro folk singer has toured with national musicians in Big Star Third and collaborated locally with Spooky Woods. She showcases her soft, but powerful vocals and elegant songwriting in her upcoming solo album, Oleander.  

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Arts & Culture
10:52 am
Fri June 27, 2014

"Boys Rock For Girls Rock" Tonight in Saxapahaw

Girls Rock NC organizes days camps to help girls write songs, form rock bands and learn about feminism.
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Girls Rock NC is turning 10 years old this summer.  The series of week-long day-camps gathers girls of varying ages and musical abilities to form bands.  They write original music and play a show at the end of the week. 

But tonight, some male musicians are covering songs by female artists at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw to benefit the nonprofit.  With me this morning is Girls Rock NC founder Amelia Shull, and Stu McLamb of the band The Love Language

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Arts & Culture
10:04 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Teen Reporters: 8 Essential Summer Jams

Credit Olivia Alcock / Flickr/Creative Commons

WUNC is working with several teen reporters this summer. The young people are learning Journalism 101 from seasoned NPR and WUNC reporters.

On their first day on the job, we asked each reporter to recommend a song. The idea is to pull together a fun 2014 summer playlist for you.

Here are the recommendations.

Jamayah Parrish: "Pumped up Kicks" by Foster the People:

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Arts & Culture
4:47 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Paul McCartney Headed to Greensboro, NC

Paul McCartney
Credit The artist

Jonesing for tickets to Paul McCartney's 'The Out There' tour? He's just announced that he's headed to the Tar Heel state.  The tour will stop at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina October 30.

The legendary rocker has been ill with a viral infection, but he released a video message today saying that he's feeling better and he's ready to rock. He even plays a (slightly awkward) air guitar.

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The State of Things
12:18 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Not So Happy Ever After

Beyond Fairy Tales book cover
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A conversation with writer and poet Maureen Sherbondy

  

Walt Disney's fairy tale adaptations are known for their neat, happy endings. But in their original states, these tales were rife with darkness and despair. 

Writer and poet Maureen Sherbondy embraces the gloom in her new book, "Beyond Fairy Tales: Poems in Concrete & Flesh" (Main Street Rag Publishing Company/2014). For example, Sherbondy's Rapunzel loses her hair to chemotherapy.

What the Prince Doesn't Know

By Maureen Sherbondy

Two months ago the mammogram revealed
a lump, and days since then have passed.

She can no longer throw her hair over the wall
for him to shimmy up beneath the star-scarred sky.

In a nauseous-chemo blur, clumps of golden thread
fell from her head to the tower's cold stone floor.

Still, the witch keeps her here, caged and ill, the left breast
completely gone. Her head a pale bald egg.

So when the Prince yells up to her, Rapunzel, throw down your golden hair, she hides beneath the sterile sheets.
 

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Arts & Culture
4:51 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

WUNC Welcomes Six Teen Reporters

(l-r) Emmanuel Johnson, Thar Thwai, Chelsea Korynta, Jamayah Parrish, Morgan Manson, Lilli Morales
Credit Carol Jackson

Where do you find those stories? That is one of the most-asked question of a radio reporter. Six young people will find out the answer this summer in WUNC's 3rd annual Summer Youth Radio Institute. The Institute kicked off Monday June 23 with an ambitious goal: teach the teens to find stories in their communities and give them the tools to tell those stories on the radio.

More than 50 young people applied to be a part of the experience. The rookie reporters hired for the six positions come from Orange, Durham and Chatham counties.

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Arts & Culture
3:29 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

NC Pooch Takes Title As 'World's Ugliest Dog'

Peanut, a mutt from Greenville, NC, took the title this past weekend as World's Ugliest Dog in Petaluma, CA.
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It's that time of year again when dogs with unusually large heads, hairless bodies and other oddities compete to be the World's Ugliest Dog. 

This year's winner? A 2-year-old mutt named Peanut, whose wild white and brown hair, bulging eyes and protruding teeth belie his sweet, energetic personality.

Although Peanut is healthy now, his owner, Holly Chandler of Greenville, NC, says he was seriously burned as a puppy, resulting in bald patches all over his body.

Chandler hopes Peanut's victory will help raise awareness about animal abuse.

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The State of Things
11:37 am
Fri June 20, 2014

A Riches To Rags Story

Jeri Lynn Schulke as "Little" Edie Beale
The Justice Theater Project

The Justice Theater Project previews their new musical, 'Grey Gardens'

"Big Edie" and "Little Edie" Beale, a mother and daughter pair related to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, were once part of Hamptons high society. 

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The State of Things
11:22 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Bombadil Jumps Back Into "Tarpits and Canyonlands"

Bombadil
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Melodic rhythms and adventurous harmonies are hallmarks of the music of Durham-based folk rock band Bombadil. But the songs are more than their melodies; Bombadil’s songs are rooted in sentimental and witty stories about characters like caterpillars and bears.

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