Arts & Culture

The State of Things
9:24 am
Thu September 26, 2013

IBMA Winners Balsam Range Rock Raleigh

Balsam Range
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In the winter of 2007, five Haywood county bluegrass musicians got together for an informal jam session. Out of that collaboration, the band Balsam Range was born. They are nominated in six different categories for the International Bluegrass Music Awards including Entertainer of the Year and Song of the Year. They will play at Merlefest showcase as part of the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh this afternoon and the Awards show this evening.

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Arts & Culture
7:33 am
Thu September 26, 2013

World Of Bluegrass: Bands Play On, Prepare For Awards Ceremony

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WUNC's Eric Hodge talks with music journalist Craig Havighurst about Thursday's lineup at the World of Bluegrass.

Raleigh is in the middle of the World of Bluegrass festival. Craig Havighurst returns to talk with WUNC's Eric Hodge about the event.  Havighurst is a music journalist who has contributed to NPR and the Wall Street Jounral.  He produces a music roots show in Nashville and is a Triangle native.  He's also a board member of the International Bluegrass Music Association, which puts on the festival.

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The State of Things
11:12 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Allan Gurganus Brings His Fictional Town Into The 21st Century

Local Souls is the most recent novel by Author Allan Garganus
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For more than 25 years, author Allan Gurganus has written about the mystical town of Falls, North Carolina.

In his newest book, "Local Souls," the town undergoes its most modern transformation (Liveright, 2013). Gurganus returns to Falls with three different novellas that explore love, community, and family. Host Frank Stasio talks with Allan Gurganus about "Local Souls."

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Arts & Culture
7:44 am
Wed September 25, 2013

A New Home For The 'World Of Bluegrass'

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WUNC's Eric Hodge talks with music journalist Craig Havighurst about the World of Bluegrass festival in Raleigh.

The World of Bluegrass event is underway in Raleigh.  It's the first year the five-day convention has come to the Triangle after having a home in Nashville for eight years, and it's a place for musicians, agents and music lovers to hear the best of Bluegrass every year.

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Photography Exhibit Explores American Consumer Culture

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Brian Ulrich

  In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, then-President George W. Bush gave a speech encouraging Americans to boost "participation and confidence in the American economy."

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The State of Things
1:01 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Historic Marker Dedicated To Elizabeth Cotten

Elizabeth Cotten at the 1968 Newport Folk Festival
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In the early 1900s in Carrboro, a young Elizabeth Cotten took her brother's handmade guitar from under his bed.

She started playing the instrument upside down - with her right hand on the fret and strumming with her left hand. The young woman went on to become a famous blues and folk musician. Next weekend, Carrboro will dedicate a historic marker to honor Cotton’s legacy and ties to the town.

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The State of Things
12:48 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Banned Books Back In The News

This week is Banned Book Week -- a time to reflect on censored works of literature.  Last week, the Randolph County Board of Education banned the novel “The Invisible Man,” by Ralph Ellison from school libraries.

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The State of Things
12:36 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

The Era of Design in North Carolina

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Kristen Capp Photo Essay Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

In some ways, Molly Renda is an invisible artist. But it is likely you have seen her work. Renda is a graphic designer whose art appears all over the Triangle in magazine covers, logos and books.

Heightened consumer demand for design drives companies to focus resources on graphics, packaging and branding.  Host Frank Stasio talks with Renda about the art and growth of design.

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The State of Things
11:08 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Hidden Voices: School to Prison Pipeline

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Zero-tolerance policies and increased police presence in schools are charting a path for students from classrooms to prisons. Minority and low-income students are especially vulnerable.The Hidden Voices project interviewed youth, teachers, lawyers and police officers about the school to prison pipeline. Then they turned those conversations into art in a project called “None of The Above.” The onstage production takes place tonight and tomorrow night at 8 p.m.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Youth Radio: Grieving For A Lost Brother

Justavis Brooks was a Youth Radio reporter with WUNC this past summer.
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Youth Radio reporter Justavis Brooks talks about grief her family experiences after the death of her brother.

This past summer WUNC worked with six youth reporters. Justavis Brooks decided to use the opportunity to face something everyone has to deal with at some point- the pain of losing a loved one. 

On December 7, 2006, my brother, Raphael Eason, was shot and killed. I was ten years old and I lived in Virginia. My brother lived with my dad’s side of the family in Elizabeth City, a town in the northeastern part of North Carolina. Since his passing he has been more of a mystery than a memory because no one has said much to me about him or the incident. This summer, I began to question the silence and the reasons behind it. I figured there was no better place to start than with my dad, Troy Brooks.

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