Arts & Culture

The State of Things
10:52 am
Wed June 26, 2013

UNC Professor Educates Maya Descendants

Patricia McAnany researched Mayan ruins in Belize. The Xunantunich ruins of western Belize are pictured above.
Credit cjuneau via flickr

Patricia McAnany had a moment of clarity when a young girl of Maya descent asked her why all the Maya people had to die. McAnany knew that the ancient Maya civilization collapsed in the 8th and 9th centuries, but she also knew that the Maya people continued to exist right up until the modern day.

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The State of Things
10:48 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Musical Insider Draws On Experience For Fiction

Bring Me Back is a new book by Karen Booth.
Credit karenbooth.net

Frank Stasio talks with Karen Booth about her book Bring Me Back.

Karen Booth spent years as an insider in the music industry before leaving behind the glitz. Her love for Duran Duran and other ‘80s groups spurred her to pursue her musical career. She draws upon her love and experience for her new novel “Bring Me Back” (Turquoise Morning Press/2013). Host Frank Stasio talks to her in the studio.

Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

UNC Researchers Unearth Ancient Biblical Mosaics In Galilee

Close-up of a female face mosaic unearthed at Huqoq in 2012 by Jodi Magness and her crew.
Jim Haberman

A group of researchers led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Religion Professor Jodi Magness has unearthed a group of significant mosaics at an ancient synagogue in Galilee. The mosaics, which consist of hundreds of tiny stone cubes, depict scenes from in the Bible and have been dated to the fifth century.

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The State of Things
10:17 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Chasing Windmills: Outsider Art Flourishes in North Carolina

Vollis Simpson on his farm in Lucama, NC circa 1986.
Roger Manley

Remembering Vollis Simpson and a look at the rise of Outsider Art in North Carolina

Thousands of curious visitors have made the trek out to Lucama, North Carolina.  The tiny rural town, home to just over a thousand people, has become an unlikely tourist attraction. The visitors come to see the whirligigs.  These are giant windmills, measuring up to six stories high and 50 feet wide, with hundreds of small moving parts. 

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Arts & Culture
2:51 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Mad Men Monday: Season Finale Breakdown With Duke's Hartman Center

An ad for Chanel No. 5 from 1968.
Hartman Center, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

The season finale delivered many memorable moments that will keep us guessing until next year. Stan tells Don that he wants to be the one that goes to Los Angeles to open a satellite office that will service the Sunkist account. After a bad phone conversation with Sally, Don gets drunk at a bar when he is supposed to be at work. Later he wakes up in jail. Pete is horrified to find out that his mother is lost at sea. She married Manolo on a cruise and it is presumed that he threw her overboard in order to inherit her money.

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Bluegrass Band 'Town Mountain' on Tour

Town Mountain
Credit Jason Beverly / http://www.reverbnation.com/townmountain

Last year, Town Mountain released their album Leave the Bottle.  On WNCW’s “Top 100 of 2012” list, the  Asheville-based bluegrass band's album earned the #19 spot. 

Town Mountain is playing tonight in Raleigh at The Pour House Music Hall.  The band joins Frank Stasio today in the studio to tell us about themselves and play a few songs.

Listen to their song "Come Break My Heart."

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Music
8:35 am
Fri June 21, 2013

What Ricky Skaggs Considers Music To His Ears

Ricky Skaggs recently spoke with WUNC's Eric Hodge about his new album, 'Music to My Ears.'
Credit Rex Hammock / Flickr Creative Commons

Ricky Skaggs is a musical icon in the state of North Carolina.  He's won multiple Grammys in country music and bluegrass.  He began his career with a TV appearance as a seven-year-old playing with Flatt and Scruggs.  He moved onto Ralph Stanley's band as a teenager before working with Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and many others.  He's widely considered to be one of the finest singers and players ever to pick up a banjo, mandolin, fiddle and guitar.

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The State of Things
11:01 am
Wed June 19, 2013

NPR President Visits Triangle

Gary E. Knell, the President and CEO of NPR.
Credit Sesame Workshop

NPR President Gary Knell speaks with Host Frank Stasio

Big Bird and Robert Siegel don’t have that much in common. But the All Things Considered host can now say he works for the same guy who used to be Big Bird’s boss.

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The State of Things
10:21 am
Wed June 19, 2013

The Kids In The Hall Co- Founder Teaches Comedy In Carrboro

Kids in the Hall on the red carpet. Kevin McDonald is in the gray suit.
Credit Richard Burdett

Comedian Kevin McDonald gives insight into his upcoming workshop, Dirty South Improv

The late ‘80s and early ‘90s were a good time for funny television. The Kids In The Hall sketch comedy show took to the airwaves and amused a generation of viewers with their unique brand of sketch comedy.

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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley

Tom Dooley sign as seen along the Blue Ridge Parkway
Credit Jan Kronsell, 2002 / Wikipedia, Wikicommons

On June 18, 1866, the body of 21-year-old Laura Foster was found in a shallow grave in Wilkes County, NC. Thomas C. Dula (Tom Dooley), a veteran of the Civil War, was tried, convicted and hanged on May 1, 1868, in Statesville, NC, for the murder.  Dula had fled to Tennessee before the discovery of the body.

Controversy surrounded the trial and conviction. The trial was covered widely in national papers including The New York Times. Dula is reported to have said on the gallows, “Gentlemen, do you see this hand? I didn’t harm a hair on the girl’s head.” 

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