Arts & Culture

The State of Things
12:01 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

North Carolinians Share Their Music In Senegal

Diali Cissokho
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Diali Cissokho, a Senegalese musician, moved to the United States several years ago hoping to meet like-minded musicians. He formed the band Kaira Ba with four North Carolina natives.

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Thu April 25, 2013

What Is A Bastard Film?

A still from one of the bastard films
Credit facebook.com/bastardfilmencounter

Host Frank Stasio talks with the founders of the Bastard Film Encounter, Marsha Gordon and Skip Elsheimer, founder of A/V Geeks.

A bastard film is a film that does not fit into any particular category. Bastard films are offensive, disturbing or just plain nonsensical.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Doc Watson Remembered Fondly As MerleFest Continues Without Him

David Holt took this photo of Doc Watson's final MerleFest performance in 2012. Watson died a month later.
Credit David Holt

If you’re searching for the who’s who among bluegrass, Americana, folk, and traditional country musicians, MerleFest is a good place to start. The annual four-day festival kicks off today in Wilkesboro, just as it has every April for the past 25 years. Headlining artists include The Avett Brothers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Jerry Douglas, Steep Canyon Rangers, Matraca Berg, and others. But this year for the first time, the festival will lack a performance from its founder, Doc Watson, who died May 29, 2012.

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The State of Things
3:28 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Local Filmmaker Takes Over Reality TV

Figure 8 Films Production About Twins Conjoined At The Head
Figure 8 Films Production About Twins Conjoined At The Head Figure 8 Films

Film maker and founder of Figure 8 Films, Bill Hayes, talks about his life and career.

Bill Hayes is the founder of Figure 8 Films, a Carrboro production company which created hits like "Jon & Kate Plus 8," "Nineteen Kids and Counting," and "Sister Wives."

Hayes grew up on a chicken, tobacco and dairy farm in the quiet town of Mt. Airy, North Carolina. When colleagues and friends told him he was crazy for starting a production company in North Carolina, he said, "why not?" Bill Hayes joins host Frank Stasio to discuss his success as a documentarian, producer and director.

Back Porch Music
1:41 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Four Concerts Scheduled In Expanded, Larger Back Porch Music Series In Durham

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The Celtic powerhouse band Solas will kick off the 2013 Back Porch Music concert series in Durham.  Bluegrass, local blues, and much more will be a part of the four Back Porch concerts scheduled between May and October.

The crowds at the annual Back Porch Music concerts On The Lawn at American Tobacco Campus in Durham have grown so much that "the lawn" can no longer contain the anticipated numbers. This spring and summer  the concerts will be in a much bigger space and have a more festival like feel.

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Arts & Culture
12:57 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

WUNC Wins 4 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

Credit RTDNA

WUNC won four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in the 2013 Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) contest, including the overall excellence award for our region (which includes KY, NC, SC, TN, & WV).

RTDNA has 14 regions and only two other public radio stations in the country won the overall excellence award in their region – WBEZ in Chicago and WLRN in Miami. The awards recognize work of the highest quality produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world.

WUNC also has individual winners:

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The State of Things
10:55 am
Thu April 18, 2013

North Carolina Central University Hosts Its 23rd Annual Jazz Festival

Benny Golson
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Jazz Department Director Ira Wiggins and musician Benny Golson talk about the state of jazz education today, and give us a preview of the NCCU Jazz Festival

North Carolina Central University became the first university in the state to offer a jazz degree in 1977. The university has since been a force on a state and national level in keeping the jazz scene alive.

The university is now throwing its 23rd annual Jazz Festival this week. Ira Wiggins, director of their jazz department, founded the festival in 1990 with hopes of creating a space for students to meet and learn from seasoned jazz musicians. This year the festival features jazz artists Carl Allen and Benny Golson. Benny Golson is a world-renowned saxophonist, composer, and producers.  Ira Wiggins and Benny Golson join Host Frank Stasio to talk about the state of jazz education today, and give us a sneak peek of the festival.

The State of Things
10:47 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Afro-Puerto Rican Music Group Brings Bomba And Plena To The Triangle

Los Planeros de la 21
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Members of Los Plenero join host Frank Stasio to discuss Afro-Puerto Rican music

When Juan Gutiérrez arrived in Harlem from Puerto Rico in the early 1970s, he had hopes of becoming a professional concert musician. But soon enough he started longing for a community that embraced and celebrated his roots.

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Arts & Culture
3:06 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Raleigh Set To Run For Boston Marathon Victims

Aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Credit Aaron 'tango' Tang via Flickr, Creative Commons

Runners in the Triangle will be jogging through Raleigh this weekend to support victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. 

Organizers will be taking donations for the families of those who died or were injured in Monday's explosions.  Kazem Yahyapour is the director of Cary's annual Tobacco Road Marathon and organized this Sunday's benefit.  He finished the Boston Marathon minutes before the bombs went off.

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Scholars Push For Interculturality

Scholars Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio and Issa Asgarally join Host Isaac Davy-Aronson to discuss the possibilities of interculturality

The United States has for centuries been a nation of multiculturality, with many cultures and communities existing within it, but not necessarily integrated. Many scholars say that the way to true peace is through interculturality, where cultures are educated about other culture through methods like language, arts and education.

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