Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Life Pig

Nov 1, 2016
University of Chicago Press

In two new books, writer and professor Alan Shapiro explores themes of convention, pain and self-expression. “Life Pig” (University of Chicago Press/2016) is his latest book of poetry and “That Self-Forgetful Perfectly Useless Concentration” (University of Chicago Press/2016) is a new collection of essays. Host Frank Stasio speaks with Shapiro, the William R. Kenan Jr.

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Jason Hedrick

For Nicole Sarrocco, experiences with the supernatural are nothing new. As a child growing up on a tobacco farm on the border of Wake County, she knew that her family's land was filled with spirits. 

 

She went on to live in multiple haunted houses, and encounters with ghosts seemed to follow her wherever she went. Sarrocco has since worked to come to terms with the occult and channeled these experiences into a novel. 

 

 

Happy Halloween from WUNC Music! We'll be celebrating with a spooky mix of Halloween themed music in the mix for one day only. Here's 13 of the ghoulish tunes you'll hear today. Enjoy!

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The Splendid Table

Every month, the Splendid Table helps listeners equip their kitchens and fill their pantries.

This month, we're giving away 14 Ballarini Como Forged Aluminum 10-piece nonstick cookware sets, a retail value of $299.99!

Set includes:

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Lissa Gotwals

North Carolina Public Radio has a new music stream.  It's a place where you can discover new songs and get a taste of the local music scene. 

One song that's in the mix right now is called "Higher Mind" by the Durham based band Mount Moriah.  Heather McEntire says it's one that she wrote while on a cross country drive with her dad.

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Sylvan Esso

Here's the latest in our occasional series  called Songs We Love.  It's a look at the stories behind the songs we're playing on WUNC Music.  That's the new music stream from North Carolina Public Radio.  (WUNC's Songs We Love is also available as a podcast.)

John Paul White
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Today we launch WUNC's Songs We Love Podcast. It's where we look at the stories behind some of the songs in rotation on our 24-hour music discovery stream, WUNC Music.  

One song that's in the WUNC Music mix right now is "Black Leaf" by John Paul White.  

White used to be in the band The Civil Wars but has since branched out on his own. His song "Black Leaf" is one recorded for his solo album "Beulah."

In this first podcast, Eric and John Paul talk about music inspiration, song writing and more.

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SPA CINEMATOGRAFICA

It’s a battle oft overlooked by the history books, but North Carolina Opera is paying tribute to the epic battle between Hercules and vampires in their new live-film event.
 

Are food critics still necessary?

Oct 28, 2016
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With the rise of Yelp, just how relevant are food critics? Sally Swift asked one of the best, Tom Sietsema of the Washington Post.

Sally Swift: I want to talk about the role of a food critic these days. Is it a viable job with everything that goes on on the Web and everyone weighing in? What is your take?

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Courtesy of Michael Karlik

With fewer than 15 days until the election, it is nearly impossible to avoid conversations about politics. While some Americans may be tempted to unplug their televisions until it is all over, comedian Michael Karlik is doing exactly the opposite. Michael Karlik is a Colorado-based writer who is actively seeking out conversations about civics and government from every corner of America.

A new exhibit at The Carrack Modern Art Museum in Durham features works from three generations of the Belans family. It includes photography by the late Herbert A. Belans reinterpreted and repurposed by his granddaughter, photographer and artist Leah Sobsey.  Linda Belans, Leah’s mother and Herbert’s daughter, links the works with her poetry. Host Frank Stasio speaks with Leah Sobsey and Linda Belans about how an inheritance of old film negatives turned into a multi-generational family art collaboration.

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Rebecca Martinez / WUNC

With less than two weeks to go before we elect a new president, a third of the US Senate and the entire House of Representatives, it sure is a nasty, beat-'em-up, free-for-all on my social media feeds, especially Facebook and Twitter.

Beth Dooley on The Joy of Cooking and the future of wheat

Oct 27, 2016
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Author and restaurant critic Beth Dooley talks with Lynne Rossetto Kasper about what drove her to write about food, how she adapted to Minneapolis from her native New Jersey, and a new type of wheat that may change the future of farming.

Lynne Rossetto Kasper: I understand that when you were in school in New Jersey, you would secretly tuck The Joy of Cooking into your bag, pull it out, and hide it during study hall as you read it.

Beth Dooley (Photo: Mary O'Brien)

Marcus Samuelsson's Harlem

Oct 26, 2016
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Butch Fisher

Marcus Samuelsson takes The Splendid Table's Melissa Clark on a personalized tour of Harlem, the neighborhood he has called home for over a decade.

[Ed. note: You can read the second half of our interview with Marcus here.]

Melissa Clark:I am so excited to talk to you about Harlem, which is also dear to my heart. I want to hear how it's dear to your heart. Can you take us through a tour of your Harlem?

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New York Times cocktail writer Robert Simonson's book, A Proper Drink, looks at the origins of the ongoing cocktail renaissance and the bartenders who rescued classic drinks from obscurity. He tells The Splendid Table's Joe Yonan about the lost ingredients (and supermodels) that inspired them, and why the cosmopolitan is so controversial.

Black On Black

Oct 25, 2016
Saba Taj

Artists of color share their thoughts on race and identity in a new exhibit at Raleigh’s Visual Art Exchange called “Black on Black.” A range of community programming expands the artist’s ideas beyond the gallery walls with educational events about music, film, justice, dance and preserving family history.

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Courtesy Ruth Moose

An eccentric yet beloved, homeless bride-to-be, her freshly-murdered fiancé and an evasive white rabbit are some of the residents of Littleboro, North Carolina, a town where mysteries abound. They are also the conjurings of author Ruth Moose, that come to life in her new book “Wedding Bell Blues” (Minotaur Books/2016).

Host Frank Stasio talks with Moose about developing her cast of characters, and about picking up where her last book left off, a book she first wrote more than 25 years ago. 

Baking with cast iron

Oct 25, 2016
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Charlotte Druckman has written the book on baking with cast iron--literally. She tells Melanie Dunea about the roles size, age, seasoning, and heat all play in the process.

Melanie Dunea: What is up with you and cast iron?

Charlotte Druckman (Photo: Melanie Dunea)

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Anthony Bourdain's new cookbook, Appetites, is a family-style cookbook, but since it's Anthony Bourdain's family, you're going to have some wild boar and octopus stock in there. He tells Lynne Rossetto Kasper about the stress of cooking for five people versus 500, making Spam musubi for his daughter's school lunch, and his Oval Office-approved opinion on the matter of ketchup on a hot dog.

PHOTOS: A Day Of Mural Painting In Durham

Oct 24, 2016
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Nicholas Byrne / WUNC

This past weekend, a collection of local artists gathered to paint graffiti and murals outside the Duke Arts Annex.

The event, know as Mural Durham, brought together local Durham artists and the Durham community for a day of mural painting, local food, music and fun.

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Apprentice House

As a child growing up in Bristol, Virginia, writer Christine Hale says she was an unintended hostage to her parents’ abusive marriage and her  family’s dysfunction. When her second marriage ended in a bitter divorce she stumbled upon Tibetan Buddhism as a path toward making sense of her life. Her new memoir, “A Piece of Sky, A Grain of Rice: A Memoir in Four Meditations,” (Apprentice House Press/2016) weaves together memories from her journey toward acceptance.

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The Splendid Table is delighted to be expanding its collaboration with America’s Test Kitchen, the most popular how-to-cook show on television, to offer you even more culinary resources.

Beginning in January 2017, The Splendid Table will include weekly America’s Test Kitchen segments on its podcast and public radio show. America’s Test Kitchen co-host Bridget Lancaster and other America's Test Kitchen personalities will join host Lynne Rossetto Kasper each week. We'll also feature how-to videos and product reviews from America's Test Kitchen on The Splendid Table’s website.

What Is the Best Political TV Show of All-time?

Oct 21, 2016

Take Our Poll

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Lopez, Kristina

Last week, newly-minted “A Prairie Home Companion” host Chris Thile told us, “Here’s the one problem about me being in charge of a dinner party soundtrack: I loathe background music.”

And with that, he built us a party playlist filled with tunes he considered “required listening.” It got us thinking: which songs do our fans think of as “required listening”?

Well, we asked and many of you answered! We built out a special Spotify playlist featuring all your picks below!

Brett Villena

The Raleigh-based hip-hop group Kooley High started nearly a decade ago after its members had spent years trading rhymes with each other on campus at North Carolina State University.  In 2004, some of Kooley High's members started a hip-hop club on campus called "H2O" and helped spark a grassroots rap scene in the city.  

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