Arts & Culture

The State of Things
12:16 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Inviting Strangers To Live With You

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For most people, the home is a private sanctuary. But for Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and his family, inviting strangers to live in their house is just a way of life.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Tue October 29, 2013

North Carolina Writer Wins Campbell Award

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Travel guides can help the ordinary humans navigate locales near and far, but what about those monsters banished to the nether regions of human imagination? Well, for those creepy crawlies, there is a service that will help guide them through the underworlds of planet Earth. At least, that’s the premise of Mur Lafferty’s novel, “The Shambling Guide to New York City,” (Orbit/2013). Host Frank Stasio talks with North Carolina writer Mur Lafferty about her new novel.

  

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The State Of Things
11:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

The Return To Gap Creek

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More than 12 years ago, Robert Morgan’s “Gap Creek” (A Shannon Ravenel Book/2013) catapulted to the top of the New York Times Bestseller list. Oprah selected it for her book club. Fans loved the characters and their struggles in Appalachia. Robert Morgan promised a sequel and more than a decade later, he brings readers back to Gap Creek in his latest book, “The Road From Gap Creek” (A Shannon Ravenel Book/2013) .

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Arts & Culture
5:02 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Ham Biscuits Reign Supreme At NC State Fair

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Alex Granados checks out food at the State Fair and settles on a traditional ham biscuit.

The North Carolina State Fair is coming to a close, which means time is running out to sample a smorgasbord of foods: turkey legs and fried Oreos. Ostrich burgers and pork BBQ egg rolls. Or perhaps your palate runs to the more traditional. If that's the case, then perhaps you should head over to the Cary United Methodist Church booth.

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The State Of Things
10:01 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Ironing Board Sam Performs Rhythm & Blues

Ironing Board Sam
Credit www.musicmaker.org/ / Music Maker Relief Foundation

  Ironing Board Sam has been playing rhythm and blues professionally since he was 16 years old in Rock Hill, SC. He's now 73, living in Chapel Hill and his passion for music-making is as strong as ever. Sam is part of Hillsborough's Music Maker Relief Foundation, and he's just released a new album, “Going Up.”

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The State Of Things
11:20 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Lucy Daniels Looks Back On Her Writing Life

Walking With Moonshine
Credit iUniverse, Lucy Daniels

  At 22 years old, Lucy Daniels was a best-selling author and a Guggenheim Award winner.  But she spent five years hospitalized for severe anorexia and the trauma of sudden success led Daniels to stop writing for much of her adult life.  After a 40 year gap, Lucy Daniels took up writing again.  Host Frank Stasio speaks with Daniels, a writer and clinical psychologist, about her newest book, “Walking with Moonshine: My Life in Stories” (iUniverse/ 2013).

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Arts & Culture
7:50 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Drop In Enrollment Closes Most NC 4-H Camps

The NC National Guard visits a 4-H camp.
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Four of North Carolina's 4-H youth camps are closing at the end of the year due to financial struggles. 

Leaders of the program say operations and maintenance costs have been going up while funds they get from fees and donors have been dropping since the economic downtown.  4-H camps charge about $450 for a week of activities. 

State 4-H director Marshall Stewart says local chapters started to see a steep decline in campers when the recession started.

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The State of Things
11:46 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Celia Rivenbark’s Profane Take On Manners

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Celia Rivenbark is a successful essayist with numerous acclaimed books under her belt, but she has resisted the urge to dole out advice until now.

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The State of Things
11:46 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Artists Take On Surveillance State

"Surveying the Terrain" at CAM Raleigh. Artists: Maya Lin, David Maisel, Trevor Paglan
CAM Raleigh

Surveying the Terrain,” a new exhibition at Raleigh’s Contemporary Art Museum, CAM, uses surveillance and mapping tools towards artistic ends. 

The artists in the exhibition traded in their paintbrushes and canvases in favor of Google Earth, satellite images, and aerial photographs.  Brooklyn-based artist Matthew Jensen used Google Street view for his project 49 States, visiting every state except Hawaii.

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The State Of Things
12:16 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Rocking Out At Recess

Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players
Credit Justin Roberts

The New York Times calls him, “the Judy Blume of kiddie rock,” and USA Today says he is “hands down the best songwriter in the genre.” Grammy-nominated children’s musician Justin Roberts writes not only for young audiences but for parents and grandparents as well. He and the Not Ready for Naptime Players will play at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Carrboro ArtsCenter. Host Frank Stasio talks with Roberts about his music.

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