Arts & Culture

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Rachel Bloom Gives us Some Not-So-Crazy Advice

Feb 3, 2017
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Lopez, Kristina

Rico Gagliano: Each week, you send in your questions about how to behave, and here to answer them this time around is actor, writer, and musical number belter-outer Rachel Bloom. A few years back, she set the Internet ablaze with a heartfelt and highly vulgar musical tribute to the late…

Brendan Francis Newnam: You can talk while he’s doing this, too. It’s totally Ok.

Rachel Bloom: Oh, I can?

Brendan Francis Newnam: Yeah.


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Christer Berg

Triangle-based Americana band, The Gravy Boys, recently emerged from the recording studio with a fresh batch of songs with influences ranging from pop to bluegrass. Their new tracks are rich and layered, and channel their foot-stomping stage performances.
 

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Julienne Alexander / Criminal

Some mysteries take years to solve, and a certain type of person to solve them. In this week's Criminal podcast we'll hear of a steadfast woman who made it her personal mission to find the missing bodies of two children she'd known only from stories on the news.

Sound Opinions Show

Feb 2, 2017

Of all the artists in the English folk revival, Shirley Collins was the most devoted to traditional song. After a nearly 40 year recording hiatus, she's finally released a new album. Shirley Collins joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to discuss her career and her experiences traveling through America to collect field recordings with Alan Lomax. Plus, reviews of the new albums by Japandroids and Ty Segall.

Trial by fire

Feb 2, 2017

In 1988, two powerful explosions shook Kansas City, Missouri, killing six firefighters. Nine years later, five people were convicted of arson and sent to prison for life – but were they innocent? Reveal investigates problems in the case and whether federal agents pressured witnesses to lie. This month, one of the defendants will make his case for freedom before a federal judge.

Baysha Bernales
StoryDriven

The Nashville Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has awarded a Durham-based production company an Emmy for excellence in visual storytelling for a suicide-prevention video with students from N.C. State University.

Courtesy of Anna Shternshis

More than two million Soviet Jews were killed during the Holocaust, yet their lives and experiences are not well documented in Holocaust history. 


Ryan Adams
Julia Brokaw

Happy 2017! Here's a run down of the songs we have in heavy rotation this month at WUNC Music.

Valerie June - Shakedown

Check out Valerie June on the American Songster Podcast.

Oh Pep! - The Race

Leaving, Loving & Coming Home

Jan 30, 2017

Suzi Ronson a hairdresser from Beckenham leaves it all behind to run away with a preverbal circus.
Denis Repp finds unexpected love after a painful breakup.
Jonah Lehrer describes life after a fall from grace. 
Abeny Kucha flees from violence in her village in the Sudan and finds a new home in Portland, ME.

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Merge Records

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

This time, Eric Hodge sits down with Bob Mould to discuss his song "I Don't Know You Anymore" from the album Beauty & Ruin.

Split down the middle

Jan 27, 2017

At a time when Donald Trump is assuming leadership of a divided nation, Reveal heads to Jacksonville, Florida, one of the most divided cities in America. We look at policing, immigration, education and other issues through the eyes of people with very different perspectives and find out that residents here are not on the same page.

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Jessie Obialor

A couple years ago, jazz vocalist Candice Hoyes was looking for a new direction and started digging into the repertoire of her personal hero Duke Ellington.

She started to unearth manuscripts from the National Archives of Ellington compositions that he had written for jazz and classical artists. In her latest album “On a Turquoise Cloud,” Hoyes showcases new recordings of the Ellington manuscripts as she blends her musical origins of jazz and classical training.

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Sharilyn Wells / www.sharilynwellsphotography.com

Sharilyn Wells knows what it's like to wait for a spouse returning from a deployment.

Tift Merritt
Alexandra Valenti / Sacks & Co.

Tift Merritt is back home in Raleigh.  After spending years in New York City, the North Carolina native took the advice of friends—including Hiss Golden Messenger's M.C. Taylor—and headed south to have her first baby and see what her hometown had to offer.  Before making the move, Merritt managed to record a new album called Stitch Of The World.

Sound Opinions Show

Jan 26, 2017

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****CONTENT ADVISORY: During the YOUR SOUND OPINIONS segment, the song “Kick My Ass” from Vic Chesnutt is mentioned and played. The phrase ‘kick my ass’ is NOT bleeped and is heard at 55:59 and 56:05 into the show****


An image of song collector Cecil Sharp
Courtesy of Donald Hughes

In 1916, British song collector Cecil Sharp traveled to the United States to explore folk traditions in the Appalachians. During his time, Sharp knocked on the doors of homes, interviewing Appalachian residents and listening to their songs. He documented hundreds of folk ballads that would eventually influence a folk-revival in both England and the U.S.

Eno Publishers

A long wait for grape pie, the intricacies of hard crab stew, and a good life for a pig named Crisco are some of the stories in the new book "The Carolina Table" (Eno Publishers/2016).

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Alex Maness

In 1928, writer Virginia Woolf portrayed the story of an Elizabethan nobleman in her novel “Orlando: A Biography.” The story follows Orlando as he becomes a woman and travels through time. Orlando’s journey takes on a 21st-century spin in the stage adaptation by Sarah Ruhl. Durham-based theater group The Delta Boys have brought Ruhl’s adaptation to Manbites Dog Theater.

Chinyere Amanze, Matthew King, Steven Petrow, Rebecca Martinez at The Civilist Live Show at Motorco Music Hall.
Courtesy of Dean Fitzgerald

Steven and his guest experts take questions from listeners and audience members at a live show in Durham, North Carolina. Of course, that's the hometown of his alma mater Duke University.

An image of the book cover for 'Dancing in Damascus'
Routledge

In March 2011, many Syrians stood up in the midst of the Arab Spring to protest President Bashar al-Assad and demand the country’s leader step down. Since then, a tumultuous civil war has ensued between the government, its citizens and rebel extremists.

Courtesy Sheryl Oring

In the lead up to the inauguration, Sheryl Oring, art professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, roamed the country asking people to dictate postcards to the new president. The postcards show a range of support, emotion, and frustration regarding the incoming administration.
 

Danielle Ofri has a crisis of confidence while working the night-shift at Bellvue.
Isobel Connelly discovers she has a heart condition at age six.
David Newell gets a job as Mr. McFeely on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
Steve Zimmer flirts with a woman while at the supermarket.

Helen Cooper spends a special birthday at Coney Island. 

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Lopez, Kristina

Brit Marling first attracted some attention when two movies she co-wrote and starred in premiered at Sundance in the same year. Those films, “Sound of My Voice” and “Another Earth,” were widely acclaimed by critics and they both explored metaphysical themes. We talked with her about “Another Earth” back in 2011.

Cristela Alonzo Finds the Funny in her Family

Jan 20, 2017
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Lopez, Kristina

Comedian Cristela Alonzo grew up in south Texas and got her start performing stand up in Dallas. Then she struggled for years in the L.A. comedy scene before becoming the first Latina to write and star in her own TV show. It was called “Cristela” and it aired on ABC. Her new comedy special launches this Tuesday on Netflix, it’s called “Lower Classy.” She talks about the special and how her family had a major influence on her jokes. (Find her advice for the proper way to dine on pan dulce here.

Cristela Alonzo Gives Us Some ‘Lower Classy’ Advice

Jan 20, 2017
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Lopez, Kristina

After chatting with us about her upcoming Netflix comedy special and explaining the story of why the sight of Girl Scouts struck fear into her mother’s heart, the comedian stuck around to answer our few of our listeners’ etiquette questions… and offers us a new business opportunity.

The proper way to dine on pan dulce

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