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Sound Opinions Show

Dec 15, 2016

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FEATURE:

An image pop singer Beyonce
Andrew Harnik / AP Photo

 


As the year comes to a close, popular culture experts Natalie Bullock Brown, professor of film and broadcast media at St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, and Mark Anthony Neal, professor of African & African American Studies at Duke University in Durham, reflect on cultural media that stood out to in 2016.  They shared some of their favorites from the year in music, movies and television on The State of Things with host Frank Stasio.

Auctions and Boxers

Dec 13, 2016
Lewis Lapham
David Polenberg

George Plimpton escorts an auction winner through the legendary bar and restaurant Elaine's on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Lewis Lapham is a rookie reporter in San Francisco when he is tasked with notifying a young woman of her husband's untimely death. Jose Torres, World Boxing Light Heavyweight, discovers how to harness his fears. Christopher Hitchens is traveling through a small village in Ceylon when his car hits a villager.

Rico and Brendan visit Cuba (Photos)

Dec 13, 2016
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Lopez, Kristina

You may have heard in a few recent episodes that Brendan and Rico visited Cuba. Other than having more than enough flan and mojitos for a lifetime, our hosts also had the opportunity to visit a music school for gifted students called the Conservatorio Guillermo Tomás, Finca Vigía (where Ernest Hemingway wrote “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “The Oldman and the Sea”), a cigar factory, and more.

Get a glimpse of their trip in the photos below and stay tuned for an upcoming main course taped during their journey in Havana. It’s set to air on our December 19 episode.

Meet Nancy Petty

Dec 12, 2016
Reverend Nancy Petty
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As an activist pastor at Raleigh’s progressive Pullen Baptist Church, Nancy Petty is often making news. She is openly gay and has championed marriage equality and LGBT rights. She has led Moral Monday protests and chairs the Reverend William Barber’s Repairers of the Breach board. Most recently her work has focused on facilitating interfaith dialogue with Raleigh’s Muslim community and fighting Islamaphobia and racism.  Her transformative journey from her small town upbringing in Shelby, North Carolina, paralleled major social shifts happening in the churches she has served.

Sound Opinions Presents: Best Albums of 2016

Dec 12, 2016

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot love putting together a list of their favorite music of the year, and 2016 is no different. The critics share highlights from their lists. Plus, some listeners tell us about their favorite albums of the year. Featured artists include Solange, Nick Cave, Savages and more.

This is a Christmas special like none other. Holiday music collector and expert Andy Cirzan scours record stores, dustbins and basements to find the best and most unique tunes for the season. And each year he treats Sound Opinions listeners to a much-anticipated hour of music and a free mix to download.

Pierre Epstein
Photo by Jason Falchook

Adam Ruben is at a loss when it comes to buying Christmas gifts.

Pierre Epstein is a little boy tracking the progress of his Uncle Igor's escape from Nazi-occupied France.

Ed McCarthy break sinto the house he grew up in to rescue a precious box of Christmas decorations.

Katie Fales
 grandfather is a rancher who was to rescue a bunch of stranded steer.

Catherine McCarthy finally admits she's homesick during Christmas in Thailand.

An image of musician Phil Cook
Middle West Management

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

This time Eric Hodge sits down with Durham, NC based musician Phil Cook to discuss "Sitting On A Fence" from Cook's album Southland Mission.

Tom Rankin

Beloved North Carolina authors Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle first partnered up with Nashville-based musicians Matraca Berg and Marshall Chapman to help design the musical “Good Ol’ Girls,” which debuted in 2010. 

An image of the band Elizabeth Haddix and the Gurley Flynns
Dave Clark

Back in the mid-1990s, singer/songwriter Elizabeth Haddix had just entered law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when she realized academics should not be the only thing in her life. On the first day of class, she went to the local music store and bought herself an acoustic guitar to fill her passion for a creative outlet.

The Monti
Jessie Gladdek

 In the eight years since founding The Monti, a North Carolina-based storytelling organization, Jeff Polish has chosen a variety of topics for storytellers. Participants on The Monti stage have talked about their experiences around themes like "Fear," "The End of the Road," and "Humility." 

But one topic stayed off the list: God. When Polish eventually decided to broach the difficult subject of a higher power, the response was off-the-charts.

Secrets of the Watchtower

Dec 8, 2016

For the past two years, Reveal reporter Trey Bundy has been uncovering how the Jehovah’s Witnesses hide sexual abuse in their congregations – in fact, it’s official policy. The religion's leaders have been going to extreme lengths to keep the details from public view. On the next Reveal, we track down people who know the religion’s dark secrets.

Jake Fussell Playing Guitar
Brad Bunyea

Jake Fussell didn’t have to look far for musical inspiration in his home state of Georgia.  Even before he picked up a guitar, he was surrounded by some of the region’s most storied performers and committed documentarians.  Fussell grew up in the town of Columbus, GA, the son of parents whose passion was studying, teaching, and presenting regional culture.  For Fussell, an American folk song like “Raggy Levy” isn’t just an archival find.  It’s a part of his lived experience. 

An image of the book cover for 'Metaphors Be With You'
Courtesy of Harper Collins

Poet Robert Frost once said, "An idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor."

What’s the Worst Present You’ve Ever Received?

Dec 6, 2016
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Lopez, Kristina

Total raised by solicitors and percentage passed through to nonprofits and charities.
Secretary of State

Professional fundraisers had a down year in 2015-16. However, this marks just one slice of overall charitable giving and does not necessarily indicate a down year for nonprofits as a whole.

She & Him

The holidays are among us, and WUNC-Music is here to help you get in the right spirits! Starting today you'll hear a festive variety of holiday tunes in the mix from some of your favorite artists that we play on the station. Here's a short sampling of what we've got coming your way. Happy Holidays!

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It’s our year end wrap up for Movies on the Radio and we want to know, what was your favorite movie of 2016?  Amid all the summer blockbusters and family films, did anything stand out? We've already got a submission for "The Witch," what's your favorite? Send an email to sot@wunc.org or tweet #sotmovie. Hurry! The holidays have shortened the deadline on this one. We need your submissions by December 15th.

 

The Hillandale Elementary School chorus performs under the Lucky Strike Tower at the 12th annual lighting holiday event on Dec. 12, 2016.
Carter Chambliss / WUNC

Hundreds of people gathered at the American Tobacco campus in downtown Durham on Friday night for the annual tower lighting celebration.

Looking Back at Toshiro Mifune’s Legendary Career

Dec 2, 2016
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Lopez, Kristina

From the 1940s and into the ‘80s, Toshiro Mifune was known around the world as Japan’s answer to John Wayne. He starred in almost 200 movies, including a slew of classics directed by the great Akira Kurosawa.

His life is now the subject of a new film called, “Mifune: The Last Samurai.” It’s from Oscar-winning documentarian Steven Okazaki, and he chatted with us about the unexpected start of Mifune’s on-screen career, his rebellious spirit, and more.


Nora McInerny Recalls Living Life in the Face of Death

Dec 2, 2016
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Lopez, Kristina

In 2014, writer Nora McInerny had a year like few others: she miscarried a child, then lost her father and her husband to cancer. Those tragedies are the jumping off point for her new podcast “Terrible, Thanks for Asking,” a show about talking honestly — and with humor, too — about the painful things in life. Nora shares a story from her recent memoir, “It’s Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too),” in the audio above.

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Lopez, Kristina

In 2000, Anthony Bourdain’s best-selling memoir, “Kitchen Confidential,” gave readers what was then a shocking glimpse at the difficult, dangerous and sometimes hedonistic lives of restaurant kitchen workers.

Anthony Bourdain Gives Tough and Tender Advice

Dec 2, 2016

Each week our listeners send in your questions about how to behave, and answering them this time around is Anthony Bourdain. After talking with Brendan and Rico about his new cookbook and how the culinary world has changed since his “Kitchen Confidential” days, he stuck around to deliver some much-needed straight talk to our listeners.

Dealing with a loud friend in a quiet restaurant

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Lopez, Kristina

Actor Mackenzie Davis plays the punk rock coding genius Cameron in the AMC series “Halt and Catch Fire.” She has also appeared in the latest season of the celebrated U.K. anthology show “Black Mirror.” And you may have seen her on the big screen in “The Martian.”

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