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Music
8:12 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Kenny Roby Uses Country And R&B Influences In New Album

Raleigh musician Kenny Roby
Credit Raymond Goodman / Contributed by the artist

Kenny Roby was raised in South Carolina, but he moved to Raleigh as a young adult and began playing music. 

He started with a punk band.  From there, he formed the influential Six String Drag, which put out two well received country rock records in the late 90s at the same time Whiskey Town was getting rolling.

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The State of Things
12:45 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

The Kids Are Alright. In Fact, They're Knitting and Baking Bread!

Homeward Bound: The New Domesticity by Emily Matchar
Credit Emily Matchar / http://emilymatchar.com

Author Emily Matchar joins host Frank Stasio to discuss her new book, "Homeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity"

You may have noticed a DIY trend among young people these days. Some are getting into knitting sweaters; others are keeping backyard chicken coups. Otherwise, they are making cheese, canning, beekeeping and growing their own vegetables. These labor-intensive homemaking projects may not be just a trend towards rustic pleasures.


Emily Matchar calls this movement the New Domesticity.  And she documents this phenomenon in her new book, "Homeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity." Generally, she is writing not about people who embrace DIY culture out of necessity, but rather as a voluntary lifestyle. 


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The State of Things
12:40 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

New Music Incorporates Stories Of North Carolina Jews

Image from the “Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina” exhibit
Credit http://sites.duke.edu/downhome/ / Duke Center for Jewish Studies

A panel talk about new music that incorporates stories of North Carolina Jews

  The Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina has been collecting the stories of the state's Jews for years. Now, those recorded interviews are part of an original musical composition - "Down Home: The Cantata."

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Arts & Culture
7:33 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Artists, Events Announced For Raleigh's 'Wide Open Bluegrass' Festival

Credit IBMA

An excerpt from North Carolina bluegrass group The Grass Cats at a news conference announcing the lineup for "Wide Open Bluegrass 2013"

Organizers of the World of Bluegrass are gearing up for their inaugural year in North Carolina's capital.  They've announced many of the acts and events that will highlight the festival later this year. 

Grammy-winner Alison Krauss will join Steve Martin and North Carolina's own Steep Canyon Rangers as featured performers.  North Carolina bands like the Grass Cats and Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road will also take center stage at several venues at what's being called the "Wide Open Bluegrass Festival".

But it's not just about the music.

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The State of Things
11:27 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Is The Southern Accent Fading In Raleigh?

Downtown Raleigh Skyline
Credit http://www.flickr.com/photos/tsolson / flickr

NC State professor of linguistics Robin Dodsworth discusses the demise of the southern accent

It’s no secret that Raleigh and other parts of the Triangle have changed drastically in the past decades. But new linguistic research shows that along with social and industrial change, the Triangle is seeing its Southern accent fade.


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The State of Things
11:05 am
Wed May 15, 2013

First Openly Lesbian Presbyterian Pastor, One Year In

Minister Katie Ricks
Credit http://www.churchrec.org / Church of Reconciliation Chapel Hill, NC

Pastor Katie Ricks reflects about being the first openly lesbian pastor in the country ordained by the Presbyterian Church

    

When Katie Ricks became the Associate Pastor of the Church of Reconciliation in Chapel Hill last year, she was the first openly lesbian pastor in the country ordained by the Presbyterian Church. 

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The State of Things
10:53 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Foodie Musician Gathers Huge Ensemble, Releases Album

D-Town Brass Performance
Credit D-Town Brass / http://www.reverbnation.com/dtownbrass

Composers Andy McGowan and Bob Pence talk about their band D-Town Brass and preview their new cd's

  Andy McGowan is making his mark on Durham with the restaurant Geer Street Garden, but by night, he and, sometimes, 15 of his closest friends form D-Town Brass and jam until the early hours. They’ve just released two albums, “UR” and “Golden Belt.”

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Arts & Culture
10:30 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Six Street Pianos Coming To Raleigh For Artsplosure

A child plays on a street piano in New York. Raleigh has never hosted a street piano project before.
Credit Ed Yourdon via Flickr, Creative Commons

All the world’s a stage. Or, at least Downtown Raleigh will be for the next two weeks, as six pianos have been placed there outdoors for anyone to play.  The decorated instruments are set up in public locations around the city as a part of Artsplosure, Raleigh’s annual visual and performing arts festival, and passersby of any skill level are encouraged to give them a go.

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Professor Examines Overlooked Writers Of The 19th Century

Truth's Ragged Edge The Rise of the American Novel
Credit Philip Gura / http://us.macmillan.com

When we think of the classics of 19th Century literature, names like Melville and Hawthorne come to mind. But what about their contemporaries? What makes ones writer a master and another forgotten? Phillip Gura, professor of American literature and culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, tackles that subject in his newest book, “Truth’s Ragged Edge: The Rise of the American Novel” (FSG/2013).

UNC Professor and author, Phillip Gura, talks about his new book, 'Truth’s Ragged Edge: The Rise of the American Novel'

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

How Storytelling Influences The Way We Think And Act

Slaying The Gorgon The Rise of the Storytelling Industrial Complex
Credit Joe McHugh / http://www.joemchugh.info

Joe McHugh says we spend too much time focusing on what information people consume instead of how they consume it. Conservatives may focus on Fox News, and liberals may love MSNBC, but McHugh says that’s not as important as the fact that members of both ideologies are watching television. He says the mediums we use can be as influential as the content they provide.


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