Arts & Culture

The State of Things
11:57 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Duke Conference Dances Across The African Diaspora

Dancing the African Diaspora: Theories of Black Performance
Credit African-American Studies at Duke University / http://aaas.duke.edu

    

For centuries, countless dances were born out of the disbursement of African people.  Dancing The African Diaspora, a new conference at Duke University, explores dances by people of African descent.

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The State of Things
11:20 am
Wed February 5, 2014

The Rabbi Of Worms

The Rabbi of Worms by M.K. Hammond
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The 11th century isn’t noted in history for its peaceful interfaith relations. And yet, at that time, Christians and Jews alike came from all over Europe to seek the wisdom of the Rabbi of Worms, a French scholar whose commentaries on the scriptures are still used today. Host Frank Stasio talks to writer Marie Hammond about her historical fiction, "The Rabbi of Worms."

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Arts & Culture
9:34 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

VIDEO: Spoof of HBO's 'Looking' Features What Looks Like A WUNC T-Shirt

Screenshot from Funny or Die video. Is that a WUNC T-shirt?
Credit Funny or Die

Familiar with HBO's new comedy drama Looking? The Huffington Post today featured a Funny or Die parody of the show. The parody is called Not Looking.

Looking, not looking. All we know is that WUNC staffers were looking closely at the parody, because appears that one of the characters is wearing a WUNC t-shirt.

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The State of Things
12:48 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

This Dark Road to Mercy

Author Wiley Cash
Credit photo by Tiffany B. Davis http://www.wileycash.com/

Author Wiley Cash talks about his new book, 'This Dark Road to Mercy'

Wiley Cash's latest novel, "This Dark Road to Mercy," is set in his hometown  of Gastonia, N.C. 

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The State of Things
12:40 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Documentary Shows Struggle For Racial Equality In Brazil

RAÇA, a documentary film
Credit racafilme.com / Raca

Brazil is often touted as a racial democracy or a multicultural paradise. More than half of the country's population is of African descent, and there are more than 130 words to describe skin tone. But according to Afro-Brazilian filmmaker Joel Zito Araújo, there is much work to be done in the struggle for racial equality. The scholar-in-residence at UNC's Sonja Haynes Stone Center highlights the challenges in his new film, RAÇA. Host Frank Stasio talks with Araújo and the Center’s director, Joseph Jordan.

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Arts & Culture
7:55 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Jade City Pharaoh Season 2 Premiere: "Hard To Kill"

The Jade City Pharaoh
Credit Luis Franco / http://francoproject.com/
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The State of Things
11:44 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Élève Music Combines Guitar, Strings and Synthetics

João Ritter is the musician Élève.
Credit www.elevemusic.org

A conversation and live performance by Élève

João Ritter combines his technical computer skills with his musical ear to record, mix and master his own tracks.

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Arts & Culture
4:26 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Superhero Herald M.F. Jones Returns To The WUNC Airwaves

The Jade City Pharoah
Credit Luis Franco / http://francoproject.com/

Jade City Pharaoh was born of the imagination of playwright Howard Craft.  Originally constructed as a community play for the Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, the concept morphed into a comic book. The State of Things host Frank Stasio saw the stage production and has turned it into a radio drama.

The main character, Herald M.F. Jones, protects the metropolis of Jade City, an American city with a strong resemblance to Durham, North Carolina.  Born and raised in the African-American neighborhood of Concrete Falls, Jones is a mortal with some exceptional abilities.

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The State of Things
3:13 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

The Science Of Superheroes

When comic book authors set out to construct their superheros, how do they factor in the believability of those characters’ powers?  And no matter how fantastic those powers may be, what is the importance of a good story in comic books?  Suveen Mathaudhu is a professor at NC State who studies the science of superheroes.  Host Frank Stasio talks with Mathaudhu and comic book creator Howard Craft.

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The State of Things
6:17 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Unconventional Love On The Silver Screen: What Is Your Favorite?

The 1933 Classic King Kong
Credit Wikipedia

From May-December romance to a giant ape and a blonde he can hold in the palm of his hand, love stories on the big screen take many forms.

Just in time for Valentine's Day, North Carolina State film professor Marsha Gordon and North Carolina Museum of Art film curator Laura Boyes return to The State of Things to talk with host Frank Stasio about unexpected love in the movies.

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