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The State of Things
1:10 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

The Kids Are Alright. In Fact, They're Knitting and Baking Bread!

Homeward Bound: The New Domesticity by Emily Matchar
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The Kids Are Alright. In Fact, They're Knitting and Baking Bread!

What’s going on with the youth these days?  Some are getting into knitting sweaters. Others are tending to backyard chicken coops. They are cheesemaking, canning, beekeeping and growing their own vegetables. These labor-intensive homemaking projects may be more than a trend towards rustic pleasures.

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The State of Things
1:00 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

The Evolution Of The Music Of Branford Marsalis

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The Evolution Of The Music Of Branford Marsalis

Grammy-award winning artist Branford Marsalis is one of the world’s leading jazz artists. 

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The State of Things
1:10 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Movies On The Radio: What Is Your Favorite Holiday Movie?

It's a Wonderful Life
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The State of Things
1:00 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Bringing A Langston Hughes Classic From Stage To Screen

Black Nativity is a Hollywood adaptation of Langston Hughes' gospel libretto.
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Bringing A Langston Hughes Classic From Stage to Screen

Originally a play by poet Langston Hughes, Black Nativity makes its big screen debut. 

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The State of Things
12:54 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Need Fresh Music For The Holidays? Four Off-Beat Album Recommendations

Peter Lamb and the Wolves
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Peter Lamb and the Wolves know a great deal about community love and support. Their last two albums have been completely crowd-funded through Kickstarter. And although Peter Lamb says it doesn't alter the way they make music, he'll tell you it definitely turns up the heat. 

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Ricky Skaggs On His Kentucky Mountain Origins

Ricky Skaggs
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Ricky Skaggs On His Kentucky Mountain Origins

Ricky Skaggs was just five years old when he first got his hands on a mandolin. Many boys in small town Kentucky were playing the guitar or the fiddle, but not the mandolin. With a rich and varied career in bluegrass and country, Skaggs is known for that masterful mandolin sound. 

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Arts & Culture
2:05 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Local NC Writer And Bookseller Suggest 6 Great Books

Looking for last minute gift ideas, or a really good read during the holiday break? Here are six ideas from two local "book guys": Jamie Fiocco, general manager of Chapel Hill's Flyleaf Books and Samuel Montgomery-Blinn, publisher of Bull Spec Speculative Fiction Magazine.

1. Life After Life by Jill McCorkle

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Arts & Culture
8:34 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Raleigh Viral Video: 'Xmas Jammies' Close To 11 Million Youtube Views

Holderness family in their jammies

We've been following the story of a local family and their holiday video that has gone viral. We noticed it when it had 1.5 million Youtube views.

Here's our original story, posted 12/17/13:

Possibly the cutest Christmas viral video ever features local Raleigh-based WNCN anchorman Penn Holderness, his wife Kim, six-year-old daughter Lola, and four-year-old son Penn Charles.

The song is really catchy:

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Arts & Culture
12:48 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Duke's John Brown Jazzes Up Christmas With Durham's Nnenna Freelon

CD cover for 'Christmas' - Nnenna Freelon and the John Brown Big Band

Christmas music. It's nearly inescapable at this time of year - on the radio, in shops, in cafes, everywhere. When Phoebe Judge sat down to talk about "Christmas" with jazz double bassist John Brown, the question arose: Why would musicians want to add to the large catalog of existing Christmas songs and recordings?

"It comes from a place of joy," said the double bassist. "We wanted to take this material that's tested, tried and true and say something different about it."

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The State Of Things
11:59 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Irish Tenor Treks Across Ireland To Pursue His Dreams

Anthony Kearns singing at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Irish Tenor Anthony Kearns Treks Across Ireland To Pursue His Dreams

Twenty-two year-old Anthony Kearns was working in sales when he decided to try out for the radio competition "Ireland's Search for a Tenor." He earned an in-person audition after singing "Danny Boy" over the phone. After hitchhiking across Ireland, he won the entire competition.  

Host Frank Stasio talks with Anthony Kearns, member of The Irish Tenors about his journey. The Irish Tenors are performing tonight at the Carolina Theater in Durham.   

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