Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Comedian Jordan Carlos
MTV

Comedian Jordan Carlos has never shied away from politics in his stand-up material, whether it is jokes about the ways African-Americans respond to mass shootings or the influence of President Trump’s Twitter activity. 

Rusty Wright
Courtesy of The Rusty Wright Band

The Rusty Wright Band made its second public appearance in 2004 when a booking agent asked at the last minute if they could open for Lynyrd Skynyrd. That rain-soaked, lightning-infused concert was an electric start to a career that includes five album releases and tours all over the world. 

Tift Merritt's latest album cover
Alexandra Valenti

Tift Merritt is throwing a party Saturday night at the North Carolina Museum of Art. M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger, Eric Slick of Dr. Dog, and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig from Mountain Man will be there. So will someone who calls himself the Suitcase Junket.

Sboxtest

Aug 17, 2017
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Lopez, Kristina

Battlescene from Civil War
Wiki Images / Wiki Images - Commons

 A new exhibit at the Rural Heritage Museum at Mars Hill University hopes to show people that the Civil War played out in North Carolina in complicated ways. 

Christina Pelech
Courtesy of Christer Berg

Photographer Christer Berg has spent the past few years experimenting with the art of portraiture. He started with a series of environmental portraits of individuals around the state, ranging from ballerinas to business people. 

Tomatoes 101 with Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Aug 16, 2017

Here at The Splendid Table, we love tomatoes! There are as many wonderful ways to eat and cook with them, as there are varieties to enjoy. In this video, Lynne Rossetto Kasper explains the many flavors you can expect from different types of tomatoes. See the archive section below the video for some of our favorite tomato-based recipes and stories.

Art-O-Mat by Clark Whittington
Courtesy of Clark Whittington

Clark Whittington never set out to secure a spot in a famous art museum. The Winston-Salem artist instead dreamed of creating art for the masses. 20 years ago he repurposed old cigarette vending machines to sell and distribute pocket-sized black-and-white photographs.


Courtesy of Melissa Reaves

Melissa Reaves is a blues-inspired rock ‘n’ roll artist whose passion for entertaining has led her to perform more than 200 shows each year. She is an independent musician who collaborates widely throughout her adopted state of North Carolina and has released seven albums.

Rivalries, Hotlines, and the EPA

Aug 14, 2017
Brian Finkelstein

Brian Finkelstein is working at a suicide hot line when a caller reminds him of himself.
  Peter Story and his wife are broke and in love and strategize on how to win an online wedding contest.
  Diane Kastiel decides to skip a family party rather than be scrutinized.
  Lisa Jackson explains why she decided to become an environmental engineer.

WUNC Youth Podcast: Prank or Hate

Aug 14, 2017

On this episode of WUNC Youth Podcast we have  a story from one of our youth reporters, Anthony Howard. In this episode we get to listen to the story he's crafted this summer and the steps it took for him to create it. He's being interviewed by our Youth Reporter mentor, Kamaya Truitt-Martin. 

More Tunes And Tales From Vegas: American Songster Radio Episode 14

Aug 13, 2017
Gus Canonn, jug and banjo, Ashley Thompson, guitar, and Noah Lewis harmonica (Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers around 1928)
Public Domain/ WUNC

When Dom Flemons first came across the story of African American songster Gus Cannon, one fact took him by surprise.  "[Gus Cannon] was a blackface performer, but he was a black man," Flemons says, recalling his initial reaction.  "How can this be?  That you can have an African American man be a part of a type of entertainment that, when I’d read about it in books, they would say that it was demeaning to black people?"  

Jessica Allen / NextGen Radio

Juana Mikels still remembers the day she discovered her daughter’s talent for singing. Mary was 7 years old and heard the soundtrack to “The Sound of Music” for the first time.

“I could hear this voice booming out of the room. I had to open the door because I could not tell if it was Julie Andrews or if it was Mary,” Juana says. “And it was Mary.”

Now, Mary Mikels is 20 years old and wants to be the next Blind Idol.

“It could open up some doors that I might not be expecting and it could turn my whole life around,” Mary says.

Courtesy of Michael Bojtos

 In the early 1970s it was not easy for LGBTQ people to be open about their sexuality no matter where they lived in the U.S. But those in the South had an especially difficult time finding safe and supportive spaces. 

Heather Victoria
Courtesy of Heather Victoria

When Heather Victoria decided to transfer to North Carolina Central University in 2009, she didn’t know she’d soon team up to make music with hip-hop scholar and Grammy-winning producer Patrick Douthit, also known as 9th Wonder

The mystery of Mountain Jane Doe

Aug 10, 2017

Investigators dig up an unidentified murder victim, 45 years after she was buried, in an attempt to give her back her name. The exhumation leads to a series of unexpected revelations about who she was and why she may have been killed. Her case speaks to the complexity – and importance – of opening up cold cases. This story from last year is just one of thousands from the crisis of America’s unidentified dead.

death row jail cell
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On the stage stand six men who are serving sentences on death row. They have backgrounds filled with complexity and trauma, and they are the characters in the new play “Count.” 

WUNC's 2017 Youth Radio Institute students, from left to right: Endia Purdie, Skylar Fisher, Emmanuel Tobe, Star Smith, Loulou Batta, Katherine Gan, and Anthony Howard
Elizabeth Baier / WUNC

Every summer a group of teenagers pitch, report, write and produce radio stories as a part of WUNC’s Youth Reporting Institute. The young reporters pick stories that illuminate aspects of their community. 

Krispy Kreme says it will release a chocolate glazed doughnut for the solar eclipse.
Chuck Burton, File / AP

Krispy Kreme is going dark ahead of the solar eclipse set to cast a shadow across part of the U.S. later this month.

A cookbook devoted entirely to onions may seem too specialized, but Kate Winslow, author of Onions, Etcetera doesn't think so. She talks to The Splendid Table contributor Joe Yonan about the versatility of the allium family.

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There are two kinds of people in this world. The Ferris Beullers, who grin at the thought of a wild day playing hooky. And the Jeanie Buellers, whose eyes gleam at the thought of turning them in. 

 Which one were you during those formative school days? Were you the good-girl Sandra Dee from “Grease?” Or perpetually in detention like John Bender in “The Breakfast Club?” Did you rain torment on your peers a la Regina George in “Mean Girls?” Or pledge allegiance to a passionate teacher like John Keating in “Dead Poets Society?”

The Moth Fall Fundraising Special 2017

Aug 9, 2017

Jen Lee tries to save souls and sell beauty in Target.

Tim Manley credits his mother and his imagination for keeping his spirits high while hospitalized.

Norah McLoughlin walks the Camino De Santiago.

Jonathan Ames recounts his most epic duel in college.

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in 'Roman Holiday'
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Vacation movies may show off some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, but the most compelling films are the ones that show characters another side of themselves. Take a protagonist out of her usual environment and anything can happen.

Maricel Presilla is one of the world’s most respected experts on chile peppers. Her new book, Peppers of the Americas, is an encyclopedia, cookbook and collection of pepper-obsessed photography all in one book. A native of Cuba, Presilla now lives in New Jersey. Host Francis Lam visited home and kitchen for a lesson in dried pepper pastes – incredibly aromatic flavor boosters used to season just about anything from braises and roasts, to pots of rice.

Hatch chile peppers are ubiquitous in New Mexico. This unique variety of green chile is an important ingredient in the spicy stews for which the region is known. However, Hatch chiles aren’t always easy to find. As always, America’s Test Kitchen found a delicious work-around. ATK’s Tucker Shaw talks with managing producer Sally Swift about a satisfying Colorado Green Chili recipe that uses two more readily available peppers as a stand-in for Hatch chiles.

There are foods for which some people are willing to pay a premium price – lobster, aged steak, and truffles come to mind. But you might not expect butter to be on that list. Writer Alex Halberstadt wrote an article for SAVEUR called “Is the World’s Best Butter Worth 50 Dollars a Pound?” where he found the answer to his own question is – yes. He talked with host Francis Lam about Diane St. Clair, the artisan butter maker behind a fascinating and highly sought-after creamy creation.

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Lopez, Kristina

Folks, it’s about midway through Summer! To mark the occasion, we asked you on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, to share the song(s) you’ve been enjoying at your soirées. We received a ton of responses.

Kimani Hall / WUNC

What is News?

In this episode Durham rapper, G Yamazawa, tells us his thoughts on the news.

"News has really broadened itself to different forms. One of the main forms of news for my generation and younger is social media. Not only do you get news clips but you also get a personalized reaction to it."

  

Kyle Mooney – ‘Banana Banana’

Aug 4, 2017

Kyle Mooney – ‘Buccaneer’

Aug 4, 2017

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