Arts & Culture

The State of Things
12:15 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Once Upon A Gypsy Moon

The cover of Michael Hurley’s book `Once Upon A Gypsy Moon`;
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Attorney Michael Hurley reveals his memoir, 'Once Upon a Gypsy Moon: An Improbable Voyage and One Man’s Yearning for Redemption'

Michael Hurley’s life had fallen to shambles. His wife was divorcing him, he lost his job and faced big alimony payments. He decided that would be a good time to set sail on his 32-foot boat.

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Film Looks At Background Singers In Rock'n'Roll History

Backup singers in the age of Rock N' Roll.
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Morgan Neville, the director of '20 Feet From Stardom', joins Host Frank Stasio to discuss the making of the film

When you find yourself singing along to your favorite rock'n'roll songs, you're probably not singing along with a front man like David Bowie or Bruce Springsteen. You're probably singing along with their backup singers.

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

How The Triangle Got Dressed

Three generations of women wearing clothing bought at Smitten Boutique.
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Boutique owner Nancy McKaig talks about retail and community action

Food is like a religion in the South.  It’s well-known that Durham was named the "Tastiest City in the South" by Southern Living.  But the food scene here is relatively new.  Restaurants, food trucks, and coffee shops opened up in recent years to make Durham's cuisine what it is.

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Confederate Ironclad Ship On Display In Kinston

Remains of the CSS Neuse being moved by truck through Downtown Kinston.
Credit NC Dept. of Cultural Resources

A Civil War ironclad ship used by the Confederacy has a new home in eastern North Carolina.  The CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center, now open in Kinston, displays what’s left of the ship.

The Neuse was launched near there in 1863 and was meant to help the Confederate Army along the coast of the Carolinas, but the ship ran aground in the Neuse River, and the army used it as support during an inland skirmish in 1865. 

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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Greensboro Band Phive Releases Tribute Song To Nelson Mandela

Phive is a band based in Greensboro.
Credit Phive, Facebook

Greensboro band Phive has released a new single dedicated to Nelson Mandela. They made the announcement yesterday on Mandela Day, the birthday of the South African leader. Phive spoke with PRI's the World from WUNC's studios in Durham. You can listen to the interview here.

Here's the music video of their new song, "Madiba."

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The State of Things
10:48 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Young Band Spreads Its Musical Wings

The band Many Nights Ahead performs on The State of Things.
Credit http://www.manynightsahead.com/

Many Nights Ahead energize our studio with live music

Out of the Shenandoah Valley, Many Nights Ahead is a young 7-member bluegrass band looking to grow. Their music is influenced by the Shenandoah Valley and their backgrounds in genres such as blues and metal. 

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The State of Things
11:15 am
Tue July 16, 2013

New Projects At Greensboro’s Elsewhere Museum

Nikita Gale is the current artist in residence at Elsewhere.
Credit Nikita Gale

George Scheer, Nikita Gale, Chris Kennedy, and Red Behnke explicate the “living museum” and art space, Elsewhere

Greensboro’s self-defined “living museum” and art space, Elsewhere, has several new projects in store this summer.

This spring, the space launched one of its newest endeavors entitled “Southern Constellations.” The project attempts to bring together a network of experimental multimedia artists from around the south into Elsewhere’s creative space.

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Arts & Culture
7:32 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Family Reunion At Rose Hill Plantation

The Harrison-Boddie Family held their reunion at Rose Hill Plantation, where their descendants were slaves.
Credit Leoneda Inge

Leoneda Inge reports on the Harrison-Boddie Family Reunion at Rose Hill Plantation.

Thanks to the Internet, more and more families have been able to complete their family trees.  For African American families, the trail has led them back to the slave plantations where their story began in this country.  The Harrison and Boddie families of Nash County have been gathering for four decades.  But for the first time, they celebrated their family reunion at the Rose Hill Plantation near Nashville.

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Last Motel
3:25 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

The Indigo Girls Live On Last Motel

The Indigo Girls with Eric Hodge live on Last Motel, at Manifold recording.
Credit Manifold Recording

This summer, the Indigo Girls played a show at Manifold Recording in Pittsboro, streamed live on WUNC’s Last Motel with Eric Hodge. During their time on stage, they played a range of songs and also spoke about their lives and musical careers. 

The Last Motel live stream features portions of this concert as part of the program rotation from now until Sunday, July 14.

Here are a few highlights from the show:

On playing with a symphony orchestra:

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Arts & Culture
3:18 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

This American Life Celebrates Its 500th Episode; Take The TAL Quiz!

Ira Glass and the This American Life producers celebrate their 500th episode this weekend.
Credit Adrianne Mathiowetz

UPDATE: Hear Episode #500 on the TAL website.

If you are a This American Life listener, get ready to celebrate. The popular radio show is reaching a milestone this weekend, broadcasting its 500th episode. To celebrate, Ira asked each of the show’s producers to recall their favorite moment—whether that be a single phrase or an entire story—and talk about that moment during a special, behind-the-scenes, “best-of” episode airing this weekend.

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