Arts & Culture

Mad Men Mondays
3:08 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

'Mad Men' Mondays: Intriguing Archival Images From Advertising History

Here are some real ads that are from the 'Mad Men' time period. The Smirnoff Brunch: Worth dropping by for.
Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/hartman

AMC’s final Mad Men season debuted this week. Many staff members of the Hartman Center at Duke University tuned in. The center specializes in advertising and marketing history. Their archives are full of the sort of ads seen on the series. In fact, the AMC show even consults with them from time to time.

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Back Porch Reviews
3:00 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Back Porch Reviews Steep Canyon Rangers, John Howie Jr., And Robbie Fulks

The Steep Canyon Rangers 'Tell The Ones I Love'
Credit Rounder

Our series of Back Porch Music album reviews continues this week with three new releases reviewed by the hosts of Back Porch Music.

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

A Decade Of Old Ceremony

The Old Ceremony
Credit Django Haskins

  

Chapel Hill band, The Old Ceremony, celebrates a milestone this weekend: their 10 year anniversary. The band will mark the occasion with a show at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw at 8pm Saturday.

First, they play live and host Frank Stasio talks with band members Django Haskins on vocals and guitar, Mark Simonsen on the organ, Gabriel Pelli on the violin, Dan Hall on the drums, and Shane Hartman on the bass.

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Arts & Culture
4:53 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

'Leave The Edges Wild' - Good Advice For Songwriting And Life

Over the Rhine
Credit Darrin Ballman

Eight years ago, musicians and husband and wife Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler moved from Cincinnati to a brick farmhouse in rural Ohio. Linford had seen the house and loved it at first sight. Karin took a little convincing. But when she saw it, she was smitten: "Sure enough we rounded the bend in the road, and I saw it. It was an old, old brick house that looked like it had a lot of love in it at some point."

The space around the building was inviting and green with rolling fields. "It felt like home," Karin says.

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Thu April 10, 2014

“Liberating Dixie” Traces 50 Years Of Southern Life

Liberating Dixie by Ed Williams

Ed Williams spent almost half a century writing for newspapers in Mississippi and North Carolina. His journalism career started at The Daily Mississippian and continued through 35 years at The Charlotte Observer.

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Arts & Culture
8:13 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Do You Know This Chapel Hill Bus Driver? Man Wants To Say Thanks

Credit bendertj / Flickr/Creative Commons (Image cropped)

David Ellis Dickerson is a writer, a storyteller and a teacher. He might be best known for the stories he's told on "This American Life." He also has a book about greeting cards, and an online series of video shorts called "Greeting Card Emergency."

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The State of Things
11:20 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Poet Li-Young Lee Draws Influence From Chinese Classics

Behind My Eyes by Li-Young Lee
Credit books.wwnorton.com / WW Norton and Company

A conversation with poet Li-Young Lee

  

When Li-Young Lee's parents received a classical education in China, they memorized dozens of poems. As a child, he heard his parents playfully recite poem after poem to one another. Today Li-Young Lee draws much of his poetic influence from that same classical Chinese poetry. 

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The State of Things
11:46 am
Tue April 8, 2014

My White Friends

MG, Chicago, Illinois, 2009.
Myra Greene

Photographer Myra Greene describes her new exhibit 'My White Friends'

Photographer Myra Greene spent years taking self portraits exploring her own black identity. But after sharing these photographs with a friend, she realized that not everyone thinks about race as much as she does. 

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Meet Michele Tracy Berger

Michele Tracy Berger

Meet Michele Tracy Berger

  

When Michele Tracy Berger was a young girl, her mother gave her a gift: a walk-in closet. Looking back, she thinks of this space as her first portal to creativity. Creativity served as a survival tool for her during a difficult childhood involving abuse and poverty. Today, she's a creativity coach and professor of women's studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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Arts & Culture
3:29 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A Life Looking Like Obama -- In 'Full Frame'

Luis Ortiz stars in the documentary 'Bronx Obama'

  The documentary Bronx Obama follows the story of Luis Ortiz, an unemployed man living in the Bronx who one day in 2008 is told he looks an awful lot like a guy named Barack Obama from Chicago who is running for President—and that changes everything. 

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