Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
3:09 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Mad Men Mondays: Duke's Hartman Center Locates Archival Ads From Episode 12

A Nixon-Agnew billboard from 1968, like ones the Mad Men characters would have seen.
Hartman Center, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

Don stays home from work feigning illness and drinking too much, as he mourns what happened with Sally. Ken goes hunting with two Chevy executives and accidently gets shot in the face. Betty tells Don that Sally doesn’t want to visit him anymore and that she wants to go to boarding school. Ted and Peggy’s fondness for each other becomes apparent to others in the office. Harry calls Don to tell him that Sunkist has approved a large media budget.

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The State of Things
11:38 am
Mon June 17, 2013

What Is The Relationship Between Art And Advertising?

Image of George W. Bush from the series Culture of Corruption.
David Alsobrooks
  • Artist Dave Alsobrooks discusses the lines between art and marketing

When Nike used the Beatle’s song “Revolution” in an ad campaign, the Beatles sued. Their lawyer released a statement: “The Beatles’ position is that they don’t sing jingles to peddle sneakers, beer, pantyhose or anything else.” 

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The State of Things
11:20 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Musician Jeanne Jolly Returns From National Tour

Cover of Jeanne Jolly's album 'Angels'.
Credit Celeste Young / Family Love Photography

Live in studio music from Jeanne Jolly

Jeanne Jolly visited our studio a year ago in the early stages of working on her album, “Angels.” Now, she is back in the midst of a national tour promoting her album.

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Poetic Justice
7:30 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Poetic Justice: Words From Phoenix Academy

Sacrificial Poets CJ Suitt and Will McInerney reflect on a spoken word project at Phoenix Academy in Chapel Hill

This past school year, WUNC partnered with the group Sacrificial Poets on a series of after-school writing workshops.  The goal was to help young people tell their own stories using poetry, performance art and now, radio.  This past semester, poets Will McInerney and CJ Suitt taught a small group at Phoenix Academy, an alternative school in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School District.  They produced this poetic reflection on the experience.

Phoenix academy sits on a curve of Merritt Mill Road in Chapel Hill. Many students here will be victims of the school to prison pipeline, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization that render them invisible with no control over how they are seen and in some cases how they see themselves, gifted with vision and insight.

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Arts & Culture
6:30 am
Thu June 13, 2013

American Dance Festival Begins In Durham, Celebrates 80 Years

Paul Taylor Dance Company
Credit American Dance Festival

The American Dance Festival is entering its 80th year as performances begin in Durham. 

The national festival opens Thursday at the Durham Performing Arts Center.  This year's celebration includes dance companies from as far away as Argentina, Ireland and Taiwan. 

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Elon Grads Film ‘Friends’ Intro In University Fountain

The group of Elon graduates filmed the 'Friends' intro in the University's Fonville Fountain.
Credit David Gwynn

A group of graduating seniors at Elon University have been recognized nationally for their YouTube video that imitates the intro of the popular sitcom “Friends.” The group of six then-seniors (now graduates) asked the university's vice-president for permission to frolic in the university’s Fonville Fountain to shoot the short film.

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The State of Things
12:43 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Lionel Shriver Tackles Obesity Through Fiction

Cover of Lionel Shriver's new book, 'Big Brother.'
Credit http://www.npr.org/assets/bakertaylor/covers/manually-added/big-brother_custom.jpg

Author Lionel Shriver joins Host Frank Stasio to talk about her new book, 'Big Brother'

In her new book, "Big Brother," Lionel Shriver takes on the struggle of obesity through Edison. He is a formerly good looking, charismatic jazz musician who has become hugely obese and down on his luck. His sister takes him on as a project, threatening her marriage and her sanity.

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Arts & Culture
1:22 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Mad Men Mondays: Episode 11 Recap With Duke's Hartman Center

A Purina cat food ad from 1968.
Hartman Center, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

The title of last night’s show,"Favors," accurately sums up a major theme seen in the episode.  Many characters need or give favors, though not without consequences.  The SC&P staff realizes that they are competing for two similar clients, Sunkist and Ocean Spray, so one will have to be resigned. While talking to Peggy, Pete’s mother claims she is in love with her nurse Manolo, and implies that their relationship is sexual. Sylvia and Arnold are afraid because their son Mitchell is reclassified 1A by the draft after dropping out of school and sending back his draft card in protest.

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The State of Things
11:51 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Minister Reflects On Decades As Elder In Methodist Church

Photo of Will Willimon, professor of the practice of Christian ministry at Duke University.
Credit http://www.spdlc.org/faith-life-continues-with-william-willimon-february-4

Christian ministry professor Will Willimon talks about his life and his first novel, 'Incorporation'

Will Willimon has served at Duke University in a variety of roles for decades, but he always left to continue his calling as a Methodist minister.

He knew from an early age that he had a special connection to God.

"I think I always had an extraordinary sense of the divine," he said.

Though, he said that his fundamentalist upbringing in rural South Carolina scared him off from faith for a while.  

"I sort of decided that Christianity was for people who weren't very good at thinking things through," he said.

When he went off to Wofford College, he was exposed to a religous studies professor who helped him see a different view of Christianity.  

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Arts & Culture
9:49 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Archeologists To Recover Eight Cannons From Blackbeard's Ship

A cannon excavated from Blackbeard's ship, Queen Anne's Revenge.
Credit Karen K Browning; N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

State archeologists say they have the ambitious goal of recovering eight cannons from Blackbeard's ship.  The Queen Anne's Revenge sunk near Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina, in June of 1718, and the state Department of Cultural Resources has been leading efforts to recover artifacts from the ship since 1997. Divers use good weather during the summer and fall months to bring artifacts to the surface.  Last week, bad weather prevented divers from starting their yearly digs, but Fay Mitchell of the Department of Cultural Resources says they hope to surface up to three sunken cannons this week.

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