Arts & Culture

Re-Mixing The News
4:28 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Re-Mixing The News With Fresh Beats

Re-mixing the news with Pierce Freelon (front left) and Stephen Levitin (aka Apple Juice Kid) and a group of students

Q: What would happen if you put WUNC News stories in the hands of youth armed with laptops and infectious hip hop beats?  

A: You'd get Re-Mixing the News -- it's a new project WUNC launched in 2014 as a part of its American Graduate Project.  
 
WUNC is teaming up with renowned beatmakers and educators Pierce Freelon and Stephen Levitin (aka Apple Juice Kid) for this special project that will engage young people in Chapel Hill over the next several months. 

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The State of Things
11:17 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Film Series Shines Light On 'The Real Israel'

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Israel is often seen through the lens of the Israeli-Palestinean conflict, or through the stories of the Holocaust.

Shai Ginsburg wants to change that, to show what life is really like for people in Israel. So he created a film series to showcase true stories from the region.

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Arts & Culture
2:22 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

She's North Carolina's Own 'Lady Mary'

Katharine Smith Reynolds
Reynolda House Museum of American Art

She was a young woman who took charge of a large estate. She was determined, smart, willing to break some of the social bounds of the time. She didn't much care what people thought of her.

She is not Lady Mary, daughter of the Earl of Grantham in the PBS blockbuster, Downton Abbey. She is Katharine Smith Reynolds, wife of R. J. Reynolds.

Katharine Smith Reynolds and R.J. Reynolds married when Katharine was 24 and R.J. was 54. Despite the thirty year age different, by all accounts they had a marriage based on mutual respect.

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Arts & Culture
12:25 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

For All Your Southern Sound Needs, A Sonic Dictionary

Mary Caton Lingold talking to her Sounds of the South class
Credit Alex Granados

Duke University Junior Tom Shelbourn got his own version of culture shock when he took the Sounds of the South English class last semester.

He is from England, and when he attended a performance of the Fisk Jubilee Singers and listened to them sing  "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," he knew he'd heard the song before. But not like that.

"It's actually a chant that you will hear at every international rugby game," he said. "You will hear that song often louder than the national anthem at times."

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Arts & Culture
4:46 pm
Sat January 11, 2014

DPAC Performances Continue To Pack The House

R&B Star Gladys Knight performed with The O'Jays at one of the top five concerts at DPAC in 2013.
Credit Courtesy of DPAC

The Durham Performing Arts Center continues to be one of the top theaters and concert halls in the country.

New numbers from the trade magazine, Pollstar, ranks DPAC fourth in the US based on attendance.

Pollstar - 2013 - Top 5-ranked US Theatres:

1-Radio City Music Hall - New York, NY

2-The Colosseum At Caesars Palace - Las Vegas, NV

3-Orpheum Theatre - Minneapolis, MN

4-DPAC - Durham, NC

5-Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE - Los Angeles, CA

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Arts & Culture
2:40 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Three Of The Greensboro Four: In Their Own Words

This is the actual Woolworth lunch counter where the protest took place. It is now housed at the Smithsonian.
Credit Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Background to this first person audio story from reporter Jessica Jones:

Back in 2010, I was thrilled to cover the opening of Greensboro's International Civil Rights Center and Museum, housed in the old Woolworth's store where the famous sit-in took place that led to the end of desegregation.

It was exciting for me personally because the assignment allowed me to meet and interview three of the surviving members of the Greensboro Four, the men who as college students showed such incredible courage in integrating the lunch counter.

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The State of Things
12:24 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Author Elizabeth Spencer, 92, Offers Advice For Young Writers

In 1960, Elizabeth Spencer became a southern literary icon with the release of her novella, "The Light in the Piazza." The film version of the book starred Olivia de Havilland.

More than fifty years after her acclaimed Italian love story, Spencer is still writing.  Her newest collection of short stories is "Starting Over" (Liveright, 2013).

All of the narratives in the book stem from her two southern homes: Mississippi and North Carolina.

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Durham Singer-Songwriter Anna Rose Beck Writes Of Love, Loss And Longing On New Album

Anna Rose Beck
Credit Anna Rose Beck / annarosebeck.com

When singer-songwriter Anna Rose Beck last appeared on our show, she was trading engineering studies at Duke University for a full-time career as a musician. Now she is fully devoted to her musical career and her newest album, Glass House in Outer Space, garnered a lot of support on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter.

Anna Rose Beck performs live in-studio, and talks with Frank Stasio about her new album. She is joined by Elana Scheiner on cello and Marc Harkness on guitar.

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Arts & Culture
12:38 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Mike Daisey Talks Guns And The Art Of The Monologue With Phoebe Judge

Mike Daisey
Credit Ursa Waz

"The truth is I don't always want the audience on my side. That's not a very dynamic state. A better state is where some are on your side, some are skeptical, some are listening intelligently and are very present, others are reflecting - there's a mixture. That's what creates the atmosphere where something unexpected can happen." - Mike Daisey

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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
Credit NBC

  

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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