Arts & Culture

The State of Things
11:59 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Bluegrass Band 'Town Mountain' on Tour

Town Mountain
Credit Jason Beverly / http://www.reverbnation.com/townmountain

Last year, Town Mountain released their album Leave the Bottle.  On WNCW’s “Top 100 of 2012” list, the  Asheville-based bluegrass band's album earned the #19 spot. 

Town Mountain is playing tonight in Raleigh at The Pour House Music Hall.  The band joins Frank Stasio today in the studio to tell us about themselves and play a few songs.

Listen to their song "Come Break My Heart."

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Music
8:35 am
Fri June 21, 2013

What Ricky Skaggs Considers Music To His Ears

Ricky Skaggs recently spoke with WUNC's Eric Hodge about his new album, 'Music to My Ears.'
Credit Rex Hammock / Flickr Creative Commons

Ricky Skaggs is a musical icon in the state of North Carolina.  He's won multiple Grammys in country music and bluegrass.  He began his career with a TV appearance as a seven-year-old playing with Flatt and Scruggs.  He moved onto Ralph Stanley's band as a teenager before working with Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and many others.  He's widely considered to be one of the finest singers and players ever to pick up a banjo, mandolin, fiddle and guitar.

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The State of Things
11:01 am
Wed June 19, 2013

NPR President Visits Triangle

Gary E. Knell, the President and CEO of NPR.
Credit Sesame Workshop

NPR President Gary Knell speaks with Host Frank Stasio

Big Bird and Robert Siegel don’t have that much in common. But the All Things Considered host can now say he works for the same guy who used to be Big Bird’s boss.

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The State of Things
10:21 am
Wed June 19, 2013

The Kids In The Hall Co- Founder Teaches Comedy In Carrboro

Kids in the Hall on the red carpet. Kevin McDonald is in the gray suit.
Credit Richard Burdett

Comedian Kevin McDonald gives insight into his upcoming workshop, Dirty South Improv

The late ‘80s and early ‘90s were a good time for funny television. The Kids In The Hall sketch comedy show took to the airwaves and amused a generation of viewers with their unique brand of sketch comedy.

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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley

Tom Dooley sign as seen along the Blue Ridge Parkway
Credit Jan Kronsell, 2002 / Wikipedia, Wikicommons

On June 18, 1866, the body of 21-year-old Laura Foster was found in a shallow grave in Wilkes County, NC. Thomas C. Dula (Tom Dooley), a veteran of the Civil War, was tried, convicted and hanged on May 1, 1868, in Statesville, NC, for the murder.  Dula had fled to Tennessee before the discovery of the body.

Controversy surrounded the trial and conviction. The trial was covered widely in national papers including The New York Times. Dula is reported to have said on the gallows, “Gentlemen, do you see this hand? I didn’t harm a hair on the girl’s head.” 

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The State of Things
10:56 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Breaking Into Rock Music's Boy's Club

Thirteen-year-old singer-songwriter Emma Livingston has attended Girls Rock NC for three years and counting.
Hannah Shaw

Hannah Shaw, Director of Operations of Girls Rock NC, and Emma Livingston, a 13-year-old singer-songwriter and Girls Rock attendee gives us an overview of the camp and Emma performs her original songs live

Mount Moriah fans are familiar with Heather McIntyre’s heart-wrenching vocals.  But they may not be familiar with her work with the summer camp Girls Rock NC.  In fact, several fan favorites of the Triangle music scene support Girls Rock, including singer-songwriter Laura Thurston and Maria Albani of Schooner.

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Arts & Culture
3:09 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Mad Men Mondays: Duke's Hartman Center Locates Archival Ads From Episode 12

A Nixon-Agnew billboard from 1968, like ones the Mad Men characters would have seen.
Hartman Center, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

Don stays home from work feigning illness and drinking too much, as he mourns what happened with Sally. Ken goes hunting with two Chevy executives and accidently gets shot in the face. Betty tells Don that Sally doesn’t want to visit him anymore and that she wants to go to boarding school. Ted and Peggy’s fondness for each other becomes apparent to others in the office. Harry calls Don to tell him that Sunkist has approved a large media budget.

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The State of Things
11:38 am
Mon June 17, 2013

What Is The Relationship Between Art And Advertising?

Image of George W. Bush from the series Culture of Corruption.
David Alsobrooks
  • Artist Dave Alsobrooks discusses the lines between art and marketing

When Nike used the Beatle’s song “Revolution” in an ad campaign, the Beatles sued. Their lawyer released a statement: “The Beatles’ position is that they don’t sing jingles to peddle sneakers, beer, pantyhose or anything else.” 

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The State of Things
11:20 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Musician Jeanne Jolly Returns From National Tour

Cover of Jeanne Jolly's album 'Angels'.
Credit Celeste Young / Family Love Photography

Live in studio music from Jeanne Jolly

Jeanne Jolly visited our studio a year ago in the early stages of working on her album, “Angels.” Now, she is back in the midst of a national tour promoting her album.

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Poetic Justice
7:30 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Poetic Justice: Words From Phoenix Academy

Sacrificial Poets CJ Suitt and Will McInerney reflect on a spoken word project at Phoenix Academy in Chapel Hill

This past school year, WUNC partnered with the group Sacrificial Poets on a series of after-school writing workshops.  The goal was to help young people tell their own stories using poetry, performance art and now, radio.  This past semester, poets Will McInerney and CJ Suitt taught a small group at Phoenix Academy, an alternative school in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School District.  They produced this poetic reflection on the experience.

Phoenix academy sits on a curve of Merritt Mill Road in Chapel Hill. Many students here will be victims of the school to prison pipeline, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization that render them invisible with no control over how they are seen and in some cases how they see themselves, gifted with vision and insight.

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