Arts & Culture

The State of Things
12:07 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Poet Explores How Childlike "Boyishness" Exists Where You'd Least Expect It

The cover of Boyishly, a new book by Tanya Olson.

English professor Tanya Olson discusses her first book of poems, 'Boyishly'

  Tanya Olson will tell you that being an eight-year-old child in the world allows you a lot of room to be whoever and whatever you want. You can be a whale, a man, a spaceship, and few will tell you otherwise. After that age though, the feeling doesn't necessarily go away. She explores that desire to transform in her first book of poems, "Boyishly" (YesYes Books, 2013). Tanya Olson is a poet and an English professor at Vance-Granville Community College.

Arts & Culture
12:42 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Mad Men Mondays: Episode 8 Analyzed By Duke's Hartman Center

Episode 8 mentioned soup. This 1958 ad for Campbell's Soup is something the Mad Men characters might have seen.
Hartman Center, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

This is a weekly column written by the Hartman Center, part of Duke University's Rubenstein Library that studies advertising history. Each Monday they dig through their archive to find ads for items referenced in the latest Mad Men episode. Here is this week's column (originally posted on their blog) written by Lynn Eaton and the Hartman Center.

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The State of Things
11:35 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Local Musician Puts Out New Album With The Dead Tongues

Image from the album
Credit Alex Klaes &

Singer songwriter Ryan Gustafson plays a few songs live in our studio

After spending some time on instrumental projects, Triangle music scene fixture Ryan Gustafson decided it was time to write lyrics again.  His latest project is The Dead Tongues, which released an album earlier this year. 

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8:12 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Kenny Roby Uses Country And R&B Influences In New Album

Raleigh musician Kenny Roby
Credit Raymond Goodman / Contributed by the artist

Kenny Roby was raised in South Carolina, but he moved to Raleigh as a young adult and began playing music. 

He started with a punk band.  From there, he formed the influential Six String Drag, which put out two well received country rock records in the late 90s at the same time Whiskey Town was getting rolling.

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The State of Things
12:45 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

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

Homeward Bound: The New Domesticity by Emily Matchar
Credit Emily Matchar /

Author Emily Matchar joins host Frank Stasio to discuss her new book, "Homeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity"

You may have noticed a DIY trend among young people these days. Some are getting into knitting sweaters; others are keeping backyard chicken coups. Otherwise, they are making cheese, canning, beekeeping and growing their own vegetables. These labor-intensive homemaking projects may not be just a trend towards rustic pleasures.

Emily Matchar calls this movement the New Domesticity.  And she documents this phenomenon in her new book, "Homeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity." Generally, she is writing not about people who embrace DIY culture out of necessity, but rather as a voluntary lifestyle. 

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The State of Things
12:40 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

New Music Incorporates Stories Of North Carolina Jews

Image from the “Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina” exhibit
Credit / Duke Center for Jewish Studies

A panel talk about new music that incorporates stories of North Carolina Jews

  The Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina has been collecting the stories of the state's Jews for years. Now, those recorded interviews are part of an original musical composition - "Down Home: The Cantata."

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Arts & Culture
7:33 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Artists, Events Announced For Raleigh's 'Wide Open Bluegrass' Festival

Credit IBMA

An excerpt from North Carolina bluegrass group The Grass Cats at a news conference announcing the lineup for "Wide Open Bluegrass 2013"

Organizers of the World of Bluegrass are gearing up for their inaugural year in North Carolina's capital.  They've announced many of the acts and events that will highlight the festival later this year. 

Grammy-winner Alison Krauss will join Steve Martin and North Carolina's own Steep Canyon Rangers as featured performers.  North Carolina bands like the Grass Cats and Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road will also take center stage at several venues at what's being called the "Wide Open Bluegrass Festival".

But it's not just about the music.

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The State of Things
11:27 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Is The Southern Accent Fading In Raleigh?

Downtown Raleigh Skyline
Credit / flickr

NC State professor of linguistics Robin Dodsworth discusses the demise of the southern accent

It’s no secret that Raleigh and other parts of the Triangle have changed drastically in the past decades. But new linguistic research shows that along with social and industrial change, the Triangle is seeing its Southern accent fade.

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The State of Things
11:05 am
Wed May 15, 2013

First Openly Lesbian Presbyterian Pastor, One Year In

Minister Katie Ricks
Credit / Church of Reconciliation Chapel Hill, NC

Pastor Katie Ricks reflects about being the first openly lesbian pastor in the country ordained by the Presbyterian Church


When Katie Ricks became the Associate Pastor of the Church of Reconciliation in Chapel Hill last year, she was the first openly lesbian pastor in the country ordained by the Presbyterian Church. 

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The State of Things
10:53 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Foodie Musician Gathers Huge Ensemble, Releases Album

D-Town Brass Performance
Credit D-Town Brass /

Composers Andy McGowan and Bob Pence talk about their band D-Town Brass and preview their new cd's

  Andy McGowan is making his mark on Durham with the restaurant Geer Street Garden, but by night, he and, sometimes, 15 of his closest friends form D-Town Brass and jam until the early hours. They’ve just released two albums, “UR” and “Golden Belt.”

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