Arts & Culture

The State Of Things
12:50 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Does God Want You To Be Rich?

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In the world of prosperity theology, abundant wealth and good health are signs of God’s favor. Leaders of the many of the megachurches that preach the prosperity gospel enjoy lavish lifestyles and a new reality show documents their experiences. Host Frank Stasio talks with Kate Bowlers, assistant professor of the History of Christianity in the United States and the author of Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel (Oxford, 2013).

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Home Movie Day Returns To Raleigh



A worldwide celebration of amateur filmmaking returns to the Triangle this weekend.

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The State of Things
10:53 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Poetry Meets Dance

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The poet Lightsey Darst found inspiration for her new book “Dance” (Coffee House Press/ 2013) from some unlikely sources: the Zodiac, Dante, the Guinness Book of World Records and Vogue magazine. 

In dance, Darst finds a metaphor for Hell, Earth, and Paradise.  Host Frank Stasio speaks to Lightsey Darst about dance, writing and her latest work.

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Arts & Culture
5:53 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Fun And Fried Food Highlight 2013 N.C. State Fair

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The North Carolina State Fair is getting ready to open its gates Thursday. The 11-day event features rides, exhibits, livestock, and entertainment. The State Fair's Brian Long says there's always something new on the food front.

"We have a massive double caramel apple that's called a 'double decker doozy' that's been covered in chocolate and other candy and what not," explains Long.

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Arts & Culture
7:07 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Slave Dwelling Project Comes To Historic Stagville

Joseph McGill spends the night in a slave cabin at Historic Stagville in Durham County. He founded The Slave Dwelling Project.
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Today, almost 150 years since the end of slavery, two-story slave cabins still stand prominently on the Stagville grounds in Durham County, but that is not the case for hundreds of former slave structures across the U.S.

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The State of Things
11:43 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Schooner Juggles Line-Up For New Album

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The band Schooner’s journey to their first national release of an album was not without bumps in the road.

Founder Reid Johnson created a new line-up of members after the band nearly broke up in 2007. The composition of the band changed again for the latest album, Neighborhood Veins. Host Frank Stasio talks to Schooner, and they play live in the studio.

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The State Of Things
11:55 am
Thu October 10, 2013

The World Tilts In New Collaboration

The Tilted World

Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly are both accomplished writers, but their latest work, "The Tilted World," is their first collaboration as husband and wife (Macmillan, 2013). A thriller set against the backdrop of the 1927 Great Flood of Mississippi, "The Tilted World" draws upon extensive research by Fennelly and a short story by Franklin. The original story was set in a zombie apocalypse, but the pair found that devastating floods can provide just as much grist for the apocalyptic plot mill.

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The State of Things
10:02 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Spartan Jazz Collective Performs Music By Jazz Legend Max Roach

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The Spartan Jazz Collective from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is made up of students and faculty.

The group will perform a retrospective of work by percussionist composer and native North Carolinian Max Roach. The Spartan Jazz Collective is Chad Eby, Melvin Holland, Evan Ringel, Jonathan Wiseman, Thomas Linger, Aaron Gross, Kassem Williams, and Dr. Neeraj Mehta.

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The State of Things
10:28 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Lifelong Folklorist Unearths Stories From The South

Bill Ferris' new book, The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists, presents 40 years of interviews and photographs.
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Writer Bill Ferris talks about his latest book The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists (UNC Press/ 2013)

For decades, Bill Ferris documented Southern African-American folklore.  His latest book The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists presents material from 40 years of interviews with writers, scholars and artists who reflected southern culture in their work.

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Fri October 4, 2013

100 Men In Black Male Chorus Cuts First Single

The 100 Men in Black Male Chorus

Seven members of the 100 Men Black Male Chorus inspire us with their voices



The 100 Men in Black Male Chorus doesn't quite live up to its name -- they haven't broken the 100-man mark yet, but that's not stopping them from recording their voices for posterity.

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