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11:55 am
Wed November 19, 2014

A Chapel Hill Playwright's Social Commentary On World War I

A scene from World War I at the North Carolina Veterans Memorial
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At the peak of the Great Depression in the 1930s, legendary Chapel Hill playwright Paul Green collaborated with composer Kurt Weill to create a socially conscious musical about World War I.

In fact, Johnny Johnson was a blend of comedy, tragedy and satire. The musical pits a pacifist American against The War to End All Wars.

The title character is thrust into it after his girlfriend threatens to leave him for lack of patriotism, but Johnny finds his lighthearted and joking nature does not mesh with the horrors of war. 

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Wed November 19, 2014

The Great Gatsby - An American Rite Of Passage

So We Read On is Maureen Corrigan new book that takes a look into "the greatest" American novel.

Reading F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is a rite of passage these days. The novel is mandatory reading for many high schoolers across the country. 

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Arts & Culture
3:45 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Grammy-Nominated Rapper's New Album Features Fayetteville, NC

J. Cole
Credit the artist

Rapper J. Cole grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina. This week, with very little fanfare, he announced that his new album would go on sale December 9. The album is called "2014 Forest Hills Drive." The title refers to Cole's childhood home in Fayetteville.

The announcement came with a short documentary of the musician, wearing a sky-blue UNC jersey, re-visiting many of the places of his childhood.

There's the roller rink, and the game arcade, and the football field where he rapped publicly for the very first time:

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The State of Things
11:10 am
Tue November 18, 2014

City Makes Move For Greensboro Civil Rights Museum

The International Civil Rights Center and Museum faces ongoing financial struggles, and the Greensboro mayor wants the city to take it over.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

  

The International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro was built to commemorate a transformative moment in civil rights history when four NC A&T freshmen staged a sit-in at the city's whites-only lunch counter. 

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The State of Things
11:00 am
Tue November 18, 2014

“Cello and Bass…Seriously?”

The Low and Lower duo puts a new twist on chamber music.
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Bassist Paul Sharpe and Cellist Brooks Whitehouse are a bestselling cello-bass duo who developed a new genre of music that puts string instruments in a new context. 

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Arts & Culture
9:10 am
Mon November 17, 2014

New Plaque Honors NC Leaders Who Did Not Sign Constitution Until Bill Of Rights Added

Scott Washington is the historian who proposed the marker.

A new highway historical marker in Orange County commemorates a key event in American history. 

In 1788, North Carolina leaders gathered in Hillsborough to debate ratification of the U.S. Constitution. 

Hillsborough historian Scott Washington says leaders were pressured to ratify the Constitution as it existed. 

“As they debate and go through the constitution, Samuel Spencer realizes there is something missing and that's the point at which he raises this concern and says there ought to be a Bill of Rights,” Washington says.

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The State of Things
12:16 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Behind The Scenes of The 2014 North Carolina Comicon

The 5th Annual North Carolina Comicon is in Durham November 15-16.
Tommy Lee Edwards

Comicons, or conventions of comic fans, are best known for throngs of costume-clad attendees and access to the industry’s best comics creators. 

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

The Lone Bellow

The Lone Bellow dropped by WUNC to play The State of Things.
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The Lone Bellow is a band is born from tragedy with songs told with heart and simplicity. 

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Arts & Culture
1:34 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Jon Stewart's Debut Film Shows 'Humor Survives' In The Bleakest Conditions

Rosewater is Jon Stewart's directorial debut. He filmed much of the movie in Jordan, and he says he grew a beard because after wearing a suit and shaving for most of his career, he wanted to let his "freak flag fly."
Laith Majali Courtesy of Open Road Films

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 3:00 pm

When asked about how he reacted to learning that one of his Daily Show satires was used as evidence to torture a journalist in Iran, Jon Stewart says, "I might have uttered the phrase: 'Are you — with some profane adjective — are you kidding me?' "

"It's so surreal and it's so absurd that it's hard to imagine it as not farce," Stewart tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

That discovery led to Stewart making his first film, Rosewater, adapted from a memoir by journalist Maziar Bahari.

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The State of Things
11:39 am
Thu November 13, 2014

NPR's 'Ask Me Another' Comes To Durham

Ophira Eisenberg
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The comedy of Ophira Eisenberg includes many elements of her former dating life like lamenting about online dating and unreasonable expectations from your partner.

The charming brand of stand-up allowed Eisenberg to make a seamless transition to radio as host of the NPR trivia program Ask Me Another.

The show features contestants guessing about everything from Shakespearean soliloquies to the names of French pastries.

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