Arts & Culture

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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Arts & Culture
5:01 am
Sat February 8, 2014

Why Did Dozens Of Santas Gather At Golden Corral In Durham, NC Recently?

Santa Charlie Easton
Credit Eric Mennel

Content Advisory: If Santa is real to your kids, this story may not be suitable for them.

It was a normal night at the Golden Corral Buffet and Restaurant off Highway 65 in Durham, North Carolina. Men and women just getting off of work were there to have their dinners, with families taking advantage of the all-you-can-eat dessert line.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Sat February 8, 2014

Jade City Pharaoh - The Chase (Season 2, Ep. 2)

The Beef 'Cooka' is one of the Jade Pharaoh's rivals
Credit Luis Franco / http://francoproject.com/

We left our hero in the hospital, recovering from a brutal attack by his arch nemesis, The Beef Cooka. Though he survived, the Pharaoh fakes his death in hopes his enemy would get careless. For six months, he helped Detective Martina McCoy build a case. Now, the wait is over. It's time to take the fight to the very headquarters of The Beef Cooka.

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Indie-Pop Band Morning Brigade Previews Sophomore Album

Left to right: Christian Adams - cello / Nathan Spain - drums / Peter Vance - guitar and vocals / Gabriel Reynolds - piano and vocals / Mary Koenig - vocals and auxiliary percussion / Eli Howells - violin
Credit Morning Brigade / http://morningbrigademusic.com

Host Frank Stasio talks to indie-pop band Morning Brigade and they perform live

    

Above Our Heads, the first album by Chapel Hill band Morning Brigade, took an in-depth look at love and relationships. Their second album offers an even more vulnerable examination of these themes. Songwriter and vocalist Peter Vance finds inspiration and catharsis in writing about his personal history and medical struggles.

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Thu February 6, 2014

'Hug A Muslim': Comedians Come to Chapel Hill To Take On Islamophobia

The Muslims Are Coming! A film by Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah

Film director and comedian Negin Farsad talks about fighting Islamophobia in America

Since 9/11, some news accounts portray Muslim-Americans only as terrorist threats. These stories create stereotypes in the minds of the American public. A new film, The Muslims Are Coming, co-directed by Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah, follows a group of Muslim-American comedians on a tour across America. 

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Arts & Culture
12:00 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Daniel Wallace And Django Haskins: Unexpected Night Of Storytelling And Song

Fables in Story and Song was part of the Under the Atrium series at the Friday Center
Credit Friday Center

Daniel Wallace is a storyteller extraordinaire. He's the author of five novels including Big Fish, which was made into a movie by Tim Burton. Django Haskins knows song like its nobody's business. The Durham-based musician has recorded nine albums.

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The State of Things
11:57 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Duke Conference Dances Across The African Diaspora

Dancing the African Diaspora: Theories of Black Performance
Credit African-American Studies at Duke University / http://aaas.duke.edu

    

For centuries, countless dances were born out of the disbursement of African people.  Dancing The African Diaspora, a new conference at Duke University, explores dances by people of African descent.

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The State of Things
11:20 am
Wed February 5, 2014

The Rabbi Of Worms

The Rabbi of Worms by M.K. Hammond
Credit https://wipfandstock.com/store/The_Rabbi_of_Worms

The 11th century isn’t noted in history for its peaceful interfaith relations. And yet, at that time, Christians and Jews alike came from all over Europe to seek the wisdom of the Rabbi of Worms, a French scholar whose commentaries on the scriptures are still used today. Host Frank Stasio talks to writer Marie Hammond about her historical fiction, "The Rabbi of Worms."

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Arts & Culture
9:34 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

VIDEO: Spoof of HBO's 'Looking' Features What Looks Like A WUNC T-Shirt

Screenshot from Funny or Die video. Is that a WUNC T-shirt?
Credit Funny or Die

Familiar with HBO's new comedy drama Looking? The Huffington Post today featured a Funny or Die parody of the show. The parody is called Not Looking.

Looking, not looking. All we know is that WUNC staffers were looking closely at the parody, because appears that one of the characters is wearing a WUNC t-shirt.

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