Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
4:51 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

WUNC Welcomes Six Teen Reporters

(l-r) Emmanuel Johnson, Thar Thwai, Chelsea Korynta, Jamayah Parrish, Morgan Manson, Lilli Morales
Credit Carol Jackson

Where do you find those stories? That is one of the most-asked question of a radio reporter. Six young people will find out the answer this summer in WUNC's 3rd annual Summer Youth Radio Institute. The Institute kicked off Monday June 23 with an ambitious goal: teach the teens to find stories in their communities and give them the tools to tell those stories on the radio.

More than 50 young people applied to be a part of the experience. The rookie reporters hired for the six positions come from Orange, Durham and Chatham counties.

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Arts & Culture
3:29 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

NC Pooch Takes Title As 'World's Ugliest Dog'

Peanut, a mutt from Greenville, NC, took the title this past weekend as World's Ugliest Dog in Petaluma, CA.
Credit Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds

It's that time of year again when dogs with unusually large heads, hairless bodies and other oddities compete to be the World's Ugliest Dog. 

This year's winner? A 2-year-old mutt named Peanut, whose wild white and brown hair, bulging eyes and protruding teeth belie his sweet, energetic personality.

Although Peanut is healthy now, his owner, Holly Chandler of Greenville, NC, says he was seriously burned as a puppy, resulting in bald patches all over his body.

Chandler hopes Peanut's victory will help raise awareness about animal abuse.

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The State of Things
11:37 am
Fri June 20, 2014

A Riches To Rags Story

Jeri Lynn Schulke as "Little" Edie Beale
The Justice Theater Project

The Justice Theater Project previews their new musical, 'Grey Gardens'

"Big Edie" and "Little Edie" Beale, a mother and daughter pair related to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, were once part of Hamptons high society. 

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The State of Things
11:22 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Bombadil Jumps Back Into "Tarpits and Canyonlands"

Bombadil
Credit http://bombadilmusic.com/

  

Melodic rhythms and adventurous harmonies are hallmarks of the music of Durham-based folk rock band Bombadil. But the songs are more than their melodies; Bombadil’s songs are rooted in sentimental and witty stories about characters like caterpillars and bears.

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Estampas De La Raza: Prints For The People

Lawrence Colación, Veterano, 1995, screen print, 37 5/8 x 25 ¾ in., Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Harriett and Ricardo Romo, 2009.43, © 2013 Lawrence Colación
North Carolina Museum of Art

Estampas De La Raza: Prints For The People
Mexican-American and Latino printmaking has strong roots in political activism. In the sixties, printmaking was used primarily to make posters, graphics and cartoons that would convey political messages and assist with community organizing. 
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The State of Things
11:40 am
Thu June 19, 2014

When Poetry And Science Collide

Reel to Reel book cover
Credit press.uchicago.edu

A conversation with poet Alan Shapiro

Poet Alan Shapiro says good science writing, like good poetry, asks questions and evokes a sense of wonder. His new book, "Reel to Reel" (University of Chicago Press/2014), takes inspiration from biology, astronomy and physics.

The poems move between the intimately familiar and the vastly unknowable, considering both the frustrations of political hypocrisy and the mysteries of human consciousness. 

Homeric Turns, Part 2

The gods laugh, that’s what they’re good at, laughing.They laugh at the crippled god, his shriveled legs,
His hobbling, and his mother, in a little
Shadow play of suffering at the sight of him,
Her crippled baby, laughs the loudest, and then
Laughs even louder when she hurls him out
Of heaven, and he falls, and while he falls
The laughter echoing around him is
The measure of the pure unbreathable cold
Height of the heaven he’s falling from and through,
Hilarity of light and air, delight’s
Effacement of everything but itself.
And the crippled baby tumbling to earth
In a charade of terror? Don’t let him
Deceive you—he’s a god—he’s laughing too.

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Driving The American Dream

Auto Biography book cover
Credit harpercollins.com

A conversation with author and journalist Earl Swift

The 1957 Chevy was once the American Dream on wheels. It represented the easy life with backyard barbecues in suburban neighborhoods. But over time, its meaning has changed along with American values.

A new book, "Auto Biography: A Classic Car, An Outlaw Motorhead, and 57 Years of the American Dream" (HarperCollins/2014), examines the evolution of American ideals through the lens of a 1957 Chevy and its 13 owners.

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The State of Things
10:54 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Patriotic Themes On Silver Screen: Tell Us Your Favorite (Or Least Favorite)

Poster
Credit Wikipedia

What movie captures that patriotic feeling? Is it the President's speech in the 1996 hit Independence Day? Or the wholesome enthusiasm of Mr. Smith on his adventure to Washington?

As the 4th of July approaches, The State of Things movie experts Laura Boyes and Marsha Gordon look at patriotism on the big screen.

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Arts & Culture
10:08 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Essays On Speech And Memory

"The Only Sounds We Make" by Lee Zacharias
Credit http://www.hubcity.org/press/catalog/nonfiction/the-only-sounds-we-make

  

Many birds are known for their songs, but vultures cannot sing. Their vocal shortcomings inspired author Lee Zacharias. Her new book of essays, "The Only Sounds We Make" (Hub City Press/2014), meditates on speech and memory, drawing on a range of inspirations from vultures and spiders to her father's death and the Great Migration. 

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The State of Things
10:01 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Community Musicians

"Ars Moriendi" by The Collection
Credit http://www.thecollectionband.com/

Composed of artists, nurses, farmers and students, The Collection is as much a community as a band. The group, presently 15 members, easily expands and contracts as musicians come and go.They describe their sound as a rock band that tripped into an orchestra pit.

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