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10:30 am
Tue February 18, 2014

[PHOTOS] Theater Of Belief: The Ritual Of Masking Across The Globe

Akata Dance Masqueraders in Ogoja, Nigeria
Phyllis Galembo Phyllis Galembo

Professor and photographer Phyllis Galembo and Temple of Light founder and chief priest Babalawo Ifaniyi Akintunde talk with Frank Stasio about the culture of masking.

When people don masks and costumes in the United States, it is often for Halloween or to root for their favorite sports team. But in Africa and the Caribbean, masking carries a much deeper meaning.

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7:39 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Rebuilding A Slave Cabin: 'Proud Of The Work We’ve Done'

WUNC's Leoneda Inge has been working to rebuild a slave cabin on the grounds of James Madison’s Montpelier estate

Updated 2/21/14: 

All this week, WUNC's Leoneda Inge is working with a team to re-construct a slave cabin that dates back to the early 1800s. The cabin is on the grounds at James Madison’s Montpelier in the Piedmont region of Virginia. The remains of the original slave cabin was discovered and excavated in 2010.  Leoneda and the team will be helping to rebuild the slave quarter at the actual site where it stood generations ago. She'll be blogging all week. We will excerpt her blog here and link to each day's entry.

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Arts & Culture
6:33 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Civil Rights Museum Lifts Tour Guide Requirement

The International Civil Rights Center and Museum
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Members of the Greensboro City Council will get an update Tuesday afternoon about the downtown Civil Rights Museum.  Leaders in Greensboro were upset to learn late last week that part of a loan they approved was paid out before a written agreement went into place.  The city council agree d last fall to provide the Civil Rights Museum with a $1.5 million loan. 

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Arts & Culture
1:24 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

Jade City Pharaoh - Last Call (Season 2, Ep. 3)

The Jade City Pharaoh
Credit Luis Franco /

In our last episode, you might remember, our hero chased The Beef Cooka and his driver to a fiery crash at a police roadblock. But somehow, the wily Beef Cooka escaped.

This week, the search for the sinister fiend must wait as the green-caped avenger, the Jade City Pharaoh,  embarks on a personal crusade to save his detective friend from destroying herself. It's a quest that threatens a budding romance.

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Arts & Culture
10:18 am
Fri February 14, 2014

VIDEO: 'Snow Day The Musical'

The Holderness family produces and stars in their own videos.
Credit Still from Video

Penn Holderness and Kim Dean Holderness, the brains behind the 2013 viral video 'Xmas Jammies', have a new video out: 'Snow Day: The Musical.'

'Xmas Jammies' is closing in on 14 million Youtube views. Could the dynamic duo do it again? Well, with so many kids and families at home, we bet the odds are likely.

If you didn't catch it the first time, here's 'Xmas Jammies':

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The State Of Things
5:11 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Movies On The Radio: Unconventional Love In The Movies

King Kong (1933)
Credit Wikipedia

Love can be strange, complicated and even downright bizarre. The portrayals of romance on the silver screen are no exception. Just in time for Valentine's Day, Host Frank Stasio talks with Marsha Gordon, film professor at North Carolina State University and Laura Boyes, film curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art, about unconventional romance in the movies. 

Here are some of their picks and your favorites:

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Movies That Traumatized You As A Kid

Wicked Witch of the West, Wizard of Oz
Credit Wikimedia commons

For many moviegoers, mention of the classic film The Wizard of Oz conjures up images of Dorothy and her little dog Toto skipping along the yellow brick road.  She frolicked with her newfound friends and sang happily of her travel towards the Emerald City.

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

One-Man Play Narrates Stories Of Gay Black Men Of The South

Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men Of The South
Credit / Sweet Tea The Play

A conversation with professor and author E. Patrick Johnson

Television shows like Glee, Will and Grace, and Modern Family portray gay identity as white, northern, and secular. But that was far from E. Patrick Johnson's reality growing up in Hickory, North Carolina. Johnson decided to travel across the South to unearth stories of African American gay men and document his findings in the book Sweet Tea: Gay Black Men of the South (UNC Press/2008).

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Artists Explore The Sounds And Imagery Of Ice

An image from Ice Music, photographed by UNC Professor Brooks de Wetter-Smith within a Swiss glacier
Credit Brooks de Wetter Smith / Ice Music

 After numerous trips to Antarctica, Brooks de Wetter-Smith developed a fascination with ice. He says this overlooked necessity gives us water and supports our rivers. But it is not just utilitarian. The element is visually-magnificent, and creates unique sounds as it transforms from ice to water. 

Brooks described to Host Frank Stasio what it was like exploring Antarctica, a massive icy landscape, and how that made him think twice about the ice back home. 

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Arts & Culture
7:27 am
Sat February 8, 2014

Behind The Big Top: A Conversation With An Elephant Handler

A baby elephant peeks through a fence at The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus in Greensboto
Jeff Tiberii

The 'Greatest Show On Earth' arrived in Greensboro this week. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus has been performing for nearly a century. That longevity has led to some circus family traditions that cover multiple generations. 

Young children in strollers and on shoulders are trying to contain their excitement as they wait on the side of the road across from the train tracks in Greensboro. And then, at dusk, from over a hill come a few elephants and several horses.

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