Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
11:57 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Why Did It Take 7 Years For SNL To Hire A Black, Female Cast Member?

Sasheer Zamata, newest cast member of SNL
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The recent decision by Saturday Night Live to hire an African American woman underscores the lack of diversity on the show and in the wider media landscape.

In fact, Sasheer Zamata will be only the fourth African American woman to ever be a cast member on the show. She will be the first since Maya Rudolph left in 2007. Zamata makes her debut January 18.

Why do minorities still get short shrift in the entertainment industry?

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Arts & Culture
1:24 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Two Cool Banjos On Display At New Earl Scruggs Center In Shelby, NC

The Super Earl
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Earl Scruggs was a North Carolina native, a banjo virtuoso who was instrumental in the development of the classic bluegrass banjo sound.  There's a new museum, the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, North Carolina, which honors his legacy. Annmarie Reiley-Kay is the curator. We asked Annmarie what she's most excited by in the new collection. She immediately told us about two of his instruments.

The Super Earl

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The State of Things
3:08 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Synthesizers Reign Supreme With Heads On Sticks

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David Mueller is well known for playing bass in Birds of Avalon, a band which has been signed on a big label and toured internationally.  

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The State of Things
1:00 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Adding A Dash Of Synthesizer To Rock And Roll

Heads on Sticks performs on The State of Things.
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Adding A Dash Of Synthesizer To Rock And Roll, Heads on Sticks Play Live

David Mueller is well known for playing bass in Birds of Avalon, a band which has been signed on a big label and toured internationally.  

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The State of Things
2:21 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

A New Year's Laugh Is Good For The Soul

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We all like a good chuckle, but what if laughing was actually good for more than entertainment?

Research from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill indicates that laughter may be good for far more. In honor of that, here are some great comedy acts to laugh at. You can hear the State of Things show on the topic of humor here.

Warning: Videos below may contain strong language or content.

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The State of Things
1:00 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

How Comedy Shapes Our Relationships

We all like a good chuckle, but what if laughing was actually good for more than entertainment? Research from the North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill indicates that laughter may be good for far more. In fact, it may be the key to a healthy relationship.

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The State of Things
1:20 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

To The People, Food Is Heaven

Journalist Audra Ang spent seven years reporting from China.
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To The People, Food Is Heaven

Audra Ang worked as a foreign correspondent for the AP in Beijing, China for seven years. 

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New Year's Eve
4:59 am
Tue December 31, 2013

The Triangle Boasts New Year's Celebrations For Music Lovers, Families

Instead of a "ball", Raleigh drops a giant acorn at its First Night festival each New Year's Eve.
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New Year's Eve revelers will have plenty of options for live music across the Triangle tonight.

In true out-with-the-old sprit, The Casbah in Durham will host live jazz music. It's the last music show there, before the venue becomes a game room.

The Carolina Symphony begins early in the evening at the Meymandi Concert Hall. For less formal listening, Southern Culture on the Skids will play absurdist Rockabilly tunes at the Southland Ballroom in Raleigh.

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The State of Things
1:00 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

South Sudanese Duke Student Writes Of Home

Nyuol Tong, Duke student and writer, from South Sudan
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When Nyuol Tong was six years old, his family was caught in the crossfire of the Sudanese Civil War. After living in Sudanese refugee camps, and Egypt, Tong made his way to the United States. 

When Nyuol reflects on his life in Sudan and Egypt, he talks about the constant shifting he had to do in order to survive. 

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The State of Things
1:10 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

The Kids Are Alright. In Fact, They're Knitting and Baking Bread!

Homeward Bound: The New Domesticity by Emily Matchar
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The Kids Are Alright. In Fact, They're Knitting and Baking Bread!

What’s going on with the youth these days?  Some are getting into knitting sweaters. Others are tending to backyard chicken coops. They are cheesemaking, canning, beekeeping and growing their own vegetables. These labor-intensive homemaking projects may be more than a trend towards rustic pleasures.

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