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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Slam Poetry Festival Gives Voice To Area Students

Credit http://ltabgso.tumblr.com/ / Louder Than a Bomb Greensboro

Louder Than a Bomb organizer Kelly Rae Williams and student poet Aaron Ashby give us a preview of the event

The Louder Than a Bomb Poetry Slam competition started in Chicago in 2001. Inspired by the competition and a documentary about it, local group Poet.she Female Performing Arts & Spoken Word decided to bring the competition to Greensboro.

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The State of Things
4:39 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Local & International Talent Light Up Full Frame Documentary Film Fest

Nicole Triche
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A sneak preview of the 2013 Full Frame Film Festival

Rivalries are fierce at the World Taxidermy Championships. Judges, armed with flashlights and magnifying glasses, examine anatomy and artistry. And taxidermists, who fancy themselves artists, vie for the legitimacy of their craft.

Nicole Triche’s new documentary, “Taxidermists,” premiers at the annual Full Frame Documentary  Film Festival. Triche is also an assistant professor at Elon University in the school of communications.

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Arts & Culture
4:13 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Acclaimed NC Composer Robert Ward Dies

NC Composer Robert Ward
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NC Composer Robert Ward in conversation with Keith Weston from a 1999 State of Things broadcast.

The acclaimed classical composer and Durham resident Robert Ward has died. He was 95 years old.

Ward was known and honored for his contributions to the world of classical music and was chancellor of the UNC School of the Arts (then called N.C. School of the Arts) from 1967 to 1974 before joining Duke University as a music professor.  He composed many symphonies and operas over his lifetime, including an operatic adaptation of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1962.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Poet Draws From Life On The Reservation

Poet Natalie Diaz
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The poetry of Natalie Diaz

Natalie Diaz grew up on the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation. While many of those around her struggled with the lack of opportunities, she saw basketball as her way out.

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The State of Things
10:59 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Novel Inspired By Baptist Missionary’s Diary

Elaine Neil Orr
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Host Frank Stasio talks to author Elaine Neil Orr about her first novel 'Different Sun.'

Elaine Neil Orr was born and raised in Nigeria, the daughter of Baptist Missionaries. When she began writing her memoir about 10 years ago, her mother gave her a keepsake – the 1853 diary of the first Baptist Missionary in Nigeria. This artifact spoke to Orr, and it was the inspiration for her first novel, “A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa” (Berkley Trade/2013).

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The State of Things
10:51 am
Tue April 2, 2013

A North Carolina Family Lives State's History

Professor Chris Benfey
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Author Chris Benfy talks about his new book 'Red Brick, Black Mountain, and White Clay

Several years ago, Chris Benfey decided to write a traditional memoir. He soon realized, however, that his family was anything but traditional. His new book, “Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay” (Penguin/2012), is part memoir, part history, part archeology.

It tells the stories of his ancestors’ work as bricklayers, his father’s escape from Nazi Germany and his great aunt and uncle’s pivotal role in the founding of Black Mountain College. Chris Benfey is a Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College. He joins Host Frank Stasio to discuss his family’s North Carolina stories.

The State of Things
10:38 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Sci-Fi Publisher Leaves Catholic Faith For Fantastic Worlds

Jim Minz
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Jim Minz, senior editor at Baen Publishing, discusses his life and the evolution of book publishing

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

West Bend was home to the West Bend Company – the maker of small appliances which were regularly featured as consolation prize on game shows.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Sat March 30, 2013

Raleigh Bartender Wins National Pisco Cocktail Contest

John Anton, bar manager at Mandolin
Credit courtesty of John Anton

If you’ve never heard of pisco, then you're not alone. But  Mandolin bar manager John Anton hopes to change that.  He wants to introduce pisco – a Peruvian grape brandy – to people in the Raleigh area willing to give it a go, and he believes that a trip to Peru to witness the makers of the spirit can help him do it. Anton will head to the Peruvian town of Ica next month, courtesy of pisco-maker Campo de Encanto, to watch a 90-year-old master pisco distiller in action.

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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Can Zoo Animals Hunt For Easter Eggs?

A chimpanzee eats treats from inside a papier-mâché egg.
Credit Zoo photo by Tom Gillespie

Who says animals can’t participate in an Easter egg hunt? This weekend, while thousands of children across the state hunt for candy-filled Easter eggs, the North Carolina Zoo will give its animals their own egg hunt.

The “Egg-Stravaganza” begins Saturday morning, and it involves zookeepers putting papier-mâché eggs filled with animal treats inside the animals' living spaces. Some of the lucky creatures that will be getting eggs include gorillas, elephants, ocelots, Red River hogs, seals, bears, and a cougar.

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Arts & Culture
7:30 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Standing Room Only At NC Catholic Churches

Raleigh Bishop Michael Burbidge on Palm Sunday at Sacred Heart Cathedral.
Credit Frank Morock

There are so many Catholics in North Carolina these days, it’s hard to keep count.  Those who are keeping count say numbers have jumped 300 percent in a generation. The Diocese of Raleigh is growing so fast it plans to break ground on a 2,000-seat cathedral next year.  For now, if you plan on attending mass this Easter Sunday, you better get up early or you’ll likely be having service at an overflow site at the Clarion Hotel.  Or, you’ll just have to stand.

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