Arts & Culture

The State of Things
11:16 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Our State Magazine Turns 80

Cover of the 80th Anniversary Issue of Our State Magazine
Credit Our State North Carolina

Our State Magazine editor Elizabeth Hudson talks about the 80 years old publication and singer songwriter Aaron Burdett preforms live

Our State magazine has been telling the stories of North Carolina since 1933. It’s celebrating its 80th anniversary this year with a party at the Museum of History in Raleigh tomorrow.

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Arts & Culture
2:30 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

NC Ballad Singer Sheila Kay Adams Named National Heritage Fellow

Sheila Kay Adams
Credit Kim Dryden, courtesty of Sheila Kay Adams

Mention the name Sheila Kay Adams to any traditional old time musician and you’re likely to elicit a reverent response.  In the world of American ballad singers, Adams remains one of the pillars of tradition, drawing on her Madison County roots to perform and teach the old style of singing and banjo playing passed down in her family for generations.  This week, her lifetime of nurturing and sharing traditional music earned her a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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The State of Things
11:16 am
Thu June 6, 2013

A Redneck Romance

Tennessee Playboy is a new play written and adapted by Preston Lane, set to debut at Triad Stage.
Credit Triad Stage

A sneak preview of the play 'Tennessee Playboy', premiering at Triad Stage next week

A stranger staggers into an East Tennessee truck stop with a tale of murder. So begins the play Tennessee Playboy, premiering at Triad Stage next week. Host Frank Stasio talks with Triad Stage artistic director Preston Lane about his original adaptation of J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World. Plus, the cast performs a scene.

The State of Things
11:10 am
Thu June 6, 2013

The 700-Doll Question

Jo Maeder and her Patti Playpal doll, circa 1960.
Jo Maeder

A conversation with writer Jo Maeder

When writer Jo Maeder inherited her mother's collection of 700 dolls, she thought she'd quickly be rid of them. Instead, she became attached, and found herself drawn into the world of doll collectors. Jo Maeder has written about this experience in the New York Times.  Her latest book is Opposites Attack. Host Frank Stasio talks with her...and meets some of the dolls.  

For more information on Jo's doll obsession, you can visit the official site or the Facebook page for Mama Jo's House of Dolls. 

The State of Things
10:54 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Festival Celebrates Greensboro Refugee Communities

Ndabarushimana Christopher is a musician and refugee from Burundi who now calls Greensboro his home.
Credit Ndabarushimana Christopher

Now in its fourth year, the Mosaic Festival celebrates the diversity and cultures of the Triad, attracting thousands of attendees. Host Frank Stasio talks with Sarah Ivory, director of the Immigration and Refugee Program of Church World Service of Greensboro, which organizes the festival. Plus, the band Wareware featuring Ndabarushimana Christopher, a Greensboro musician and refugee from Burundi, performs live at Triad Stage.

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The State of Things
11:20 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Jeff Deaver Breathes New Life Into Popular Character

Cover of best-selling author Jeffery Deaver's new novel, 'The Kill Room.'
Credit http://www.jefferydeaver.com/novel/killroom/

Author Jeffery Deaver talks about his new novel 'The Killing Room'

  Best-selling author Jeffery Deaver has garnered international acclaim through his murder mystery series of novels featuring former NYPD homicide detective Lincoln Rhyme.

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The State of Things
11:08 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Is The South Dying?

Cover of Tracy Thompson's New Book, 'The New Mind of the South.'
Credit http://www.tracythompson.com/new-mind-of-the-south.php

Author Tracy Thompson and Professor Hodding Carter III explore what it means to be Southern today

As the economics, politics, and demographics of the South change, what happens to the culture and identity of the region?

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Mad Men Mondays: A Look At Episode 10 With Duke's Hartman Center

A 1968 ad for Carnation instant breakfast, from Duke's Hartman Center archives.
Hartman Center, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

The riots and politics of the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago continually weave in and out of Episode 10, through media and discussions. The partners begin discussing changing the agency's name.  Don, Roger and Harry travel to Los Angeles for client presentations, including Carnation. Harry drives Don and Roger to a party in the Hollywood Hills.  Starlets and stoned hippies roam poolside. Don is invited to share a hit from a hookah. His hallucination ends with him seeing himself face down in the swimming pool. He comes to on the deck, wet and coughing, with a soaked and out-of-breath Roger telling everyone he's fine.

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The State of Things
12:23 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Scroll Rescued From Nazis Sends Raleigh Rabbi On Interfaith Journey

Credit Rabbi Raachel Jurovics

Host Frank Stasio talks to Rabbi Raachel Jurovics about her interfaith practice

For years, Raleigh Rabbi Raachel Jurovics cared for a Torah scroll looted by the Nazis from a Czech town she thought had been destroyed. As it turns out, the town is still there, and the residents have restored the synagogue that was the scroll's original home.

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The State of Things
11:51 am
Fri May 31, 2013

A Celebration Of Spirituals At The Hayti Heritage Center

100 Men in Black Male Chorus
Credit http://www.100mib.org/

Six members of the 100 Men In Black Chorus perform live in our studio

Wednesday, June 5th, the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham is hosting a celebration of spirituals with acclaimed author Ashley Bryan and the 100 Men in Black Male Chorus.

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