Arts & Culture

The State of Things
11:56 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Husband and Wife Musicians Find Their Sound In The Lowland Hum

Daniel and Lauren Goans of Lowland Hum
Credit / Lowland Hum


Daniel Levi Goans is an experienced singer-songwriter with three solo albums. His wife Lauren used to sing harmony to his songs, but then they decided to become true collaborators, writing together under the band name Lowland Hum. Host Frank Stasio talks with the couple about their work and their new album Native Air.

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Sci-Fi Publisher Leaves Catholic Faith For Fantastic Worlds

Sci Fi publisher Jim Minz speaks on the State of Things.
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Jim Minz, senior editor at Baen Publishing, discusses his life and the evolution of book publishing

Today's State of Things show is a rebroadcast of an interview with Jim Minz.  The program originally aired on April 1, 2013.

Jim Minz’s childhood in small-town West Bend, Wisconsin prepared him for two things: game shows and science fiction.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Gross Ghost Haunts The Triangle

Gross Ghost plays the main stage at the Hopscotch Music Festival in 2013.
Credit Soleil Konkel

Gross Ghost plays live in the studio

Before Mike Dillon and Tre Acklen formed the band Gross Ghost, they were friends and roommates.  They lived in a rural area on the outskirts on Raleigh and started creating music to combat boredom and cabin fever. Five years after the start of their friendship, they are releasing their second album, Public Housing.  

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The State of Things
11:33 am
Fri September 6, 2013

News Roundtable: Issues Across The World, State, And Triangle

Wars in Syria
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Round table discussion with local experts on Syria.

On this week’s news roundtable, the panel shares their views on the latest headlines. They’ll discuss a broad range of international, national and local issues including American involvement in Syria, violence against women and the state of the economy in North Carolina. 

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Youth Radio: What Does The Word "Ratchet" Really Mean?

Sunny Osment was a Youth Radio reporter at WUNC this summer.
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Youth Radio reporter Sunny Osment explores the word ratchet.

This summer WUNC worked with six youth reporters as part of the Summer Youth Radio Institute in our American Graduate Project.

Have you ever heard of the word “ratchet”? I’m not talking about the tool you buy from Lowe's, but the “Ratchet” you use to describe Miley Cyrus’ dance moves, or someone’s out-dated flip phone?  Connie Eble, a professor in the English Department at UNC-Chapel Hill, collects college slang by asking her students to turn in terms as a class assignment.

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The State of Things
11:53 am
Thu September 5, 2013

All Black Cast Brings New Voice To Theatre Classic "Our Town"

Little Green Pig's production of Our Town
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Artistic Director Jay O'Berski and actors Aurelia Belfield and Alphonse Nicholson preview thier upcoming performance of 'Our Town'


Durham's Little Green Pig theatre company is performing the classic story of small town life, "Our Town.” But this show differs from traditional performances of the production because it features an all-black cast.

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Arts & Culture
12:16 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Culinary Historian Pays Homage To African-American Food History

Culinary Historian and Judaics Scholar, Michael Twitty
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Food historian Michael Twitty expounds on African-American food history, culture and his upcoming Harvest Festival

This summer, celebrity chef Paula Deen’s use of the N-word stirred controversy. Food historian Michael Twitty wrote an open letter to Deen criticizing her appropriation and misinterpretation of African-American culinary tradition. Twitty will cook and speak about his work at Historic Stagville Plantation's Harvest Festival in Durham this Saturday, September 7th.  

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Movie Series Looks At History Of America's Music

America's Music is a film and performance series at the North Regional Branch of Wake County Libraries.

Music and Art Professor Jonathan Kramer discusses his collaborative film project, 'America’s Music'

America’s Music is a film and performance series that traces the soundtrack of a nation. The program features documentary screenings and discussions about the history of 20th century American popular music from blues to Broadway and bluegrass to rock 'n' roll. 

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Arts & Culture
10:45 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Civil Rights Museum Getting Loan From City

The Civil Rights Center in Greensboro will receive $1.5 million from the city to help with mortgage payments and bills.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

The struggling Civil Rights museum in Greensboro will receive a $1.5 million loan from the City. Museum leaders first asked for one and a half million dollars for educational programming earlier this year, than later said they needed the money to keep up with mortgage and loan payments. Members of the city council voted 6-3 Tuesday night and the city will provide half the money in the next 60 days.

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The State of Things
10:44 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Monti Begins A New Season Of Storytelling

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Jeff Polish, creator of the Monti, a North Carolina storytelling organization, previews the upcoming fifth season

For the past five years, the Monti, a North Carolina storytelling organization, has brought the stories of the area to crowds around the Triangle and Triad.

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