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The State of Things
11:45 am
Fri October 31, 2014

A Father Transformed

A new memoir about a father's journey to understand and parent his daughter, Sarah, who has Down syndrome.

When Paul Austin and his wife Sally were anticipating their first child, they both felt excited and ready to be parents.

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Music And Mirth at The Murphey School

The Murphey School Radio Show is a semiannual fundraising event raising money this year for StudentU and EmPOWERment, Inc.
Credit The Murphey School Radio Show

The Murphey School Radio Show takes place at the formerly abandoned but now renovated 1920s-era Murphey School in Orange County. The School serves as a community performance space and an incubator for small nonprofits. The semiannual show features skits, jingles, and musical acts to bring the community together to benefit local non-profits Student U and EmPOWERment, Inc. 

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Still Life with Bread Crumbs

The seventh novel by New York Times Bestselling Author Anna Quindlen.
Credit Random House


As a reporter, columnist, mother, coveted commencement speaker, and novelist, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times Bestselling author Anna Quindlen has never been afraid of redefining herself.

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Jad Abumrad Of 'RadioLab:' How Innovation Drives Storytelling

Radio Lab host Jad Abumrad
Credit Jon Vachon / WNYC


RadioLab bills itself as a show about curiosity.

The program explores ideas in science, philosophy and sociology through unique storytelling, and sound-based experiences.

Audio experiments are a big part of the show, such as adding more sections to a choir to demonstrate what a rainbow might look like to animals with more color receptors.

Radio Lab is on more than 450 NPR stations.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Belly Up To The Bar And Meet NC Brewers

Growler from Front Street Brewery in Wilmington, NC.

Craft beers are filling the shelves and taps around North Carolina. 

From the mountains to the coast, new breweries are opening. The national Brewer’s Association put the economic impact  of craft beer in the state at more than $791 million dollars in 2012. There are 110 breweries across the state and the industry supports 10,000 jobs.

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Arts & Culture
11:52 am
Sat October 25, 2014

TLC's 'Honey Boo Boo' Cancellation Shows Dangers Of Exploitative TV

June "Mama June" Shannon jokes with daughter Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, star of TLC's unscripted series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
John Bazemore AP

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 11:17 am

It's easy to slip into gloating mode, now that cable channel TLC has finally canceled a show so many of us critics have hated for so long: Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Build It Back Again: The Billy Jonas Band's Creative Reconstruction

From left to right, Sherman Hoover, Ashley Farmer, and Billy Jonas
Credit Steve Mann


The Billy Jonas Band, an Asheville-based group, encourages listeners to play along.

Their audiences routinely clap their hands and stomp their feet to add to the sound.

And the band members are masters of re-percussion, using recycled materials like milk jugs or buckets to create unique beats and sounds.

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Arts & Culture
11:42 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Story Update: Money Raised To Protect Civil War Land

This is the Unity Monument at Bennett Place. The vulnerable tract of land is across the street from this monument.
Credit NC Department of Cultural Resources

Update 10/23/14:

North Carolina has raised the more than $300,000 needed to protect land near Bennett Place Historic Site in Durham. The site witnessed the largest Confederate troop surrender of the Civil War.

The money will be used to buy 1.9 acres located near Bennett Place and the "Unity Monument" which symbolically marks the reunification of the country.

The state received two grants of $150,000 each. $13,000 more came in through smaller donations.

Original story:

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The State Of Things
11:50 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Movies On The Radio: Film Noir

The Big Combo (1955)
Credit Wikipedia


Smoke-filled rooms, femmes fatales and twisting crime plots are markers of a period in cinematography known as film noir.

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Arts & Culture
12:12 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Contest Sends Teams On Video Expeditions Across Durham, NC

A new scavenger hunt will make sleuths and stars of Durhamites this Saturday. In this first-of-its-kind fundraiser in Durham, teams will solve riddles, and then head scatter across town to videotape short scenes from movies. For example, here's a clue:

"Durham’s most famous romance unfolded at an 1880s James Manning-designed house. Shoot a short scene inspired by this iconic silver-screen couple on the porch."

Here's how that clue might play out in the contest:

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