Arts & Culture

The State of Things
12:05 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Shaping A New, Queer Life

A new memoir by UNC's Kenan Visiting Writer Daisy Hernández
Credit A Cup of Water Under My Bed Book Cover

This was originally broadcasted on 10/21/2014

Daisy Hernández grew up between cultures as a first-generation American child of a working-class Colombian mother and Cuban father. 

Her family hoped that she’d “become white,” but she struggled to meet their demands while forming an identity of her own. Her new memoir, A Cup of Water Under My Bed (Beacon Press/2014), traces her journey, weaving stories of religion and family with details about a new world away from home, where she developed a new political consciousness, came out as bisexual, and worked as a feminist journalist. 

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Mandolin Orange Plays LIVE In WUNC Studios

Mandolin Orange
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The music of Mandolin Orange is pure and beautiful.  Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz call North Carolina home, but they have spent the better part of a year on the road, most recently touring Europe with Chatham County Line. Now home, the duo is playing at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC this weekend. But first they stopped by the studio to talk with Eric Hodge, and play live:

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Arts & Culture
6:14 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Try This Winston-Salem Sweet Potato Cornbread for Thanksgiving! Yum!

Stephanie Tyson of 'Sweet Potatoes' restaurant in Winston-Salem, NC and her popular sweet potato cornbread.
Credit Leoneda Inge

If you have lived in North Carolina for any amount of time, you have likely heard this is the sweet potato state.  More sweet potatoes are grown here than anywhere else in the country.

So this Thanksgiving, there are bound to be sweet potato side dishes on many tables.

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The State of Things
11:58 am
Wed November 26, 2014

The Turkey Man

Mike Davis is a turkey hunter turned turkey enthusiast who owns more than 700 turkey-themed items.
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Across the country on Thursday, Americans will consume the quintessential Thanksgiving food: turkey. 

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The State of Things
11:53 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Telling Stories Of Family Traditions

Family eating meal
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During the holiday season, perhaps more than any other part of the year, families embrace or reject traditions.

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The State of Things
11:50 am
Wed November 26, 2014

The Woman Behind Thanksgiving

Sarah Hale was the editor of Godey's Lady Book and helped create Thanksgiving as we know it today.
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Many people sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner may hearken back to some version of a story about Pilgrims and Native Americans feasting together. 

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Arts & Culture
6:14 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Essential Listening For Your Thanksgiving Road Trip

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The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year. 1.3 million North Carolinians are expected to be traveling to visit friends and family this year, 90 percent of whom will be on the road (according to AAA of the Carolinas). That said, here's some essential public radio podcast listening you can take with you on the road, for those moments of stop-and-go.

Snap Judgment

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Alec Baldwin's Return To Public Radio

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After a turbulent year in which Alec Baldwin's radio program was suspended due to lack of funding, the podcast Here's the Thing is back on the air.

As a public figure himself, Baldwin uses his conversations with other celebrities like David Letterman and Jerry Seinfeld to reveal the intricacies of their work, and how it has changed in recent decades.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Alec Baldwin about the new season of Here's the Thing, and his transition to public radio.

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Tue November 25, 2014

NC Author Gains Fans With Supernatural Plots

By Jason Mott
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Author Jason Mott hails from Bolton, North Carolina- a town with a population of 700. The characters in Mott’s novels come from smalltown America as well. Mott’s narratives gained wide popularity for their supernatural situations like the return of lost relatives or children with healing abilities. Host Frank Stasio talks with New York Times bestselling author Jason Mott about his novel The Wonder of All Things (Mira/2014), his debut novel's adaptation into an ABC television series and his sudden rise to fame.

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Arts & Culture
7:14 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Snapshots Capture Life in Depression-Era North Carolina

Roadside meeting with Durham County farmer. North Carolina. He gives road directions by drawing the dirt with a stick. July 1939
Credit Dorothea Lange / Library of Congress Call Number LC-USF34-020259

During the Great Depression, the federal government sent photographers around the country to meet Americans and document their lives. Those photographers took some 170,000 photographs throughout the latter half of the 1930s and into the 194os. The images they captured are among the most iconic of the era.

There's a new way to browse the images by state and even by county. The site is called Photogrammer and it was created by a team at Yale University.

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