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The State of Things
11:57 am
Wed December 10, 2014

A New Take on Shakespeare’s Life And Marriage

Scholar Lena Orlin has a new take on the life and marriage of William Shakespeare.
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This year marks the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare, and worldwide celebrations earlier this year indicated that his life and work continue to transcend racial, ethnic and geographic boundaries. 

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The State of Things
11:37 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Preserving Forbidden Music

Musicologist Michael Haas helped uncover compositions by Jewish musicians who had been persecuted by the Nazis.

As a young classical music producer in the 1980s, Michael Haas was digging through East German archives researching the works of Kurt Weill.

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Arts & Culture
1:45 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

This Weekend: Duke Chapel Choir Performs Handel's Messiah For Worldwide Audience

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This weekend there is a series of performances of Handel's Messiah at Duke Chapel in Durham, N.C. The tradition has been going on for 81 years. This year the performance will be recorded live and broadcast throughout the state and the world.

Dr. Rodney Wynkoop is the Director of Chapel Music at Duke University. He says that the text of the Messiah tells the entire story of the redemption of the world.

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Big Band Christmas Show With Nnenna Freelon And John Brown

Jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon and bassist John Brown bring their big band Christmas show back to the Triangle this year.
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Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon and bassist John Brown bring their big band Christmas tunes back to the stage at Durham’s Carolina Theatre this Sunday, December 7.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Ferguson Events Encourage Author To Republish Novel

Durham-based author Sharon Ewell Foster republished her book Passing by Samaria in light of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

    

When Sharon Ewell Foster first published her novel Passing by Samaria in the late 1990s, it was a time of relative racial peace throughout the United States.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

A Bartender Spins Patrons' Tales

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Durham writer Gregg Cusick's day job as a bartender allows him to write about some things he hears from the other side of the bar.

He uses just a few elements of the tales from his patrons to create historical fiction in the form of short stories.

His first book, My Father Moves Through Time Like a Dirigible (Livingston Press/2014), is a collection of short stories that explore our emotional connections to our own stories of love, loss and humor.

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9:49 am
Wed December 3, 2014

NPR's 'Book Concierge' - A Guide To 2014's Great Reads

What would you like to read? This multimedia list is an easy way to find great books for the holidays. (Add your suggestions in the comment section!)
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Visit the #bookconcierge, NPR's guide to 2014's great reads. http://apps.npr.org/best-books-2014/
The State of Things
12:16 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

The Shadow Side of Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Jessica Sorgi as Little Red Ridinghood and Gregory DeCandia as The Wolf in the PlayMakers production of Sondheim's Into The Woods.
Jon Gardiner for PlayMakers Repertory Company

The musical Into the Woods begins like many classic fairy tales with the line “Once Upon A Time…” 

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Psychology And Fairy Tales

A photo of Sigmund Freud (L, front row) and Carl Jung (R, front row) in 1909 when they came to Massachusetts to host a series of lectures at Clark University.
Credit Flickr/ David Webb

  

Fairy tales have been around in various forms for hundreds and likely thousands of years, and many scholars argue that they’ve stood the test of time because they speak to many of our most deep-seated beliefs and struggles. 

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Chapel Hill's Utility Player

Nick Vandenberg
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This was originally aired on  10/17/2014

Nick Vandenberg is a man of many talents. 

In the early 2000’s Nick ventured from his home in the Mid-Ohio Valley out to L.A. in hopes of writing scores for films, and guess what? It happened. He worked wrote music for indie flicks that have made their way to the Sundance Movie Festival and has even had his music featured on Nickelodeon. But, now the multi-instrumentalist is based in Chapel Hill and he’s working on his second album of folk/roots music. 

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