Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Carrboro Album Cover
Stan Lewis / Blood Shot Records

You may know Dex Romweber from his recent work with his sister in the Dex Romweber Duo. Maybe you first heard Dex in his early band the psycho-surf-rockabilly-garage-punk combo Flat Duo Jets. Or maybe you've heard Jack White, Neko Case, and Cat Power pay tribute to his music. Whatever the context, the Chapel Hill native continues to record and tour with his own brand of rock-n-roll mayhem. And, occasionally he records a solo album. The latest is called Carrboro . It includes a mix of...

An image of author Ron Rash
Ashley Jones / Clemson World

For 20 years, Ron Rash has been haunted by the murder of a young woman that took place near his home. Nobody was ever charged in the case. But over the years, Rash began to think about the two male college students who reportedly last saw her alive. This became the spark for his latest novel "The Risen" (Ecco/2016). The book tells the story of two brothers in Sylva, N.C. whose lives changed after they befriended a free-spirited young woman in the summer of 1969. Host Frank Stasio talks with...

Advice and manners books in Steven Petrow's home library.
Steven Petrow

Steven digs into Bathroom Laws, and just what the rules are for everyone. In New Rules For Better Behavior, is the wife’s word the last word in deciding on baby number 3? Joshua Johnson and Anne Strainchamps also weigh in on how to close an open relationship.

Ji-Ho Park
Steven Petrow

Steven Petrow sits down to chat with transgender activist and singer Mx. Justin Vivian Bond , who says respect must trump grammar. Guest experts Kim Severson and Shereen Marisol Meraji debate Groucho glasses for a vain man’s next party appearance.

A photo of the American flag flying over a rainbow flag.
Steven Petrow

Hello friends, new and old.

I live in North Carolina, where I write the “Civilities” column for the Washington Post, which is about LGBT and straight social dilemmas. I also pen the “Digital Ethics” column for USA Today.

For almost two decades the media referred to me as “Mr. Manners” — because of my advice books, not necessarily my own deportment. Alas, Miss Manners threatened legal action earlier this year if I didn’t stop using that moniker, and I stopped — not...

Social Media, Teenagers, McKinney, Laura Tierney
thesocialinstitute.com

Many high school students are settling into this year’s classes, but there is one class that is likely not on the school roster: A course on the ins and outs of how to best use social media. But research shows , much of this generation’s social development will occur while they are online.

Vicki Juditz
Braden Moran

Carol Leifer is put in a panic when her "signature scent" is discontinued. Adrian Estrada , an Air Force veteran, describes what it's like to be a member of The Honor Guard. Vicki Juditz seeks distraction but finds so much more in a swing dancing community. Chris McKinlay uses his computing skills to hack into the dating site, OkCupid.

NOTE: When offensive or FCC-prohibited words appear, they are bleeped and listed in the Content Advisory. Sensitive content will be given an on...

Image of Hank Willis Thomas's 'The natives will get restless'
ourtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

For a century, advertising campaigns have marketed products to white women by pairing phrases with images to construct a standard for white femininity. The contemporary art exhibit "Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015" ​includes a visual chronology of advertisements without the original ad's accompanying text. The collection aims to explore the intersecting dynamics of beauty, race and gender through decades of marketing. Host Frank Stasio talks with Emily Stamey, curator of...

Image of The Allen Boys
DaShawn Hickman

The pedal steel guitar sits on a stand with foot pedals used to adjust the tension of the strings. The instrument is part of the Sacred Steel musical tradition , which was invented in 1930s-era Pentecostal churches. North Carolina’s only touring Sacred Steel band is The Allen Boys. Host Frank Stasio talks with band founder DaShawn Hickman about Sacred Steel’s roots and resurgence, and the band performs live music. The Allen Boys will also perform as part of the Greensboro Fabric of Freedom...

Youth Radio: For The Love Of Sneakers

Sep 13, 2016
group shot of 2016 youth reporting interns
Elizabeth Baier / WUNC

This story is part of WUNC's 2016 Youth Reporting Institute, an annual summer program that teaches young people how to tell stories about their community in their own voice.

Meet: Emmanuel Tobe
Age: 17

A photo of the North Carolina band Balsam Range
Courtesy of Balsalm Range

The National Folk Festival gets underway in Greensboro on Friday night, marking the three-day festival's second year in the Triad.

Joan Shelley – “Cost of the Cold”

Sep 9, 2016
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Lopez, Kristina


Dave Barry’s Answer to All Your Problems? Mace.

Sep 9, 2016
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Lopez, Kristina

Rico Gagliano: Each week you send in your questions about how to behave, and returning to answer them is one of our favorite etiquette guests: writer Dave Barry. You may have chuckled your way through one of his thousand or so humor columns for The Miami Herald , which were also syndicated. He won a Pulitzer for those.
Dave’s also the author of around 12,000 bestselling books [ Dave laughs ] and his newest is a love letter to one of his favorite topics: his home state of Florida. The...

An image of Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba
Andrea Tani

Diali Cissokho comes from a long line of musicians and griots in his home country of Senegal. So when he came to the United States, continuing to play music was a natural progression. He teamed up with musicians from North Carolina to form a group called Kaira Ba .

Criminal's 50th episode logo.
Julienne Alexander / Criminal

The Criminal podcast focuses on stories of people who have done wrong, been wronged or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. The 50th episode is checking in with some of the show's most memorable guests. Criminal is recorded here at WUNC. Host Phoebe Judge reached out to Criminal listeners and asked them to decide which stories to follow up on.

Teenage Fanclub
Courtesy of Donald Milne

After a six year hiatus, Scottish alt-rock favorite Teenage Fanclub is out with a new album called Here . It's safe to say that the gaps between some of the band's records can be as long as some musicians' careers. Since the late-1980s, Teenage Fanclub has sustained a die-hard fan base with songs built around chiming guitars, harmony-laden vocals and a democratic approach to songwriting.

Don't miss it! WUNC's Back Porch Music on the Lawn Concert Series wraps up tonight at American Tobacco in downtown Durham. For the final concert, we've got the Dom Flemons duo and The South Carolina Broadcasters . Dom won a Grammy for his work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops and has since made a name for himself as a dynamic solo artist. The show begins at 6 p.m. and is free. Here's more details about the concert series . Dom also hosts the WUNC podcast American Songster Radio . Make sure...

An image of 'Invisibilia' co-host Lulu Miller
Grace Miller

In her podcast " Invisibilia ," Lulu Miller explores the invisible forces that guide human behavior. Topics have included explorations of emotions like fear and loneliness or social categories like gender. Miller also examines the dynamics behind personal creativity and how our commitment to "dream" projects might be constraining our creative minds. Host Frank Stasio talks with Miller about how she got her start in radio, and why she is interested in how people act and feel. Miller speaks at...

An image of musician Joan Shelley
Nathan Salsburg

Singer-songwriter Joan Shelley believes in the power of place. She strives to immerse herself in a location's history and folklore, whether that be her hometown of Louisville, Ky. or the islands of Greece. Host Frank Stasio talks with Shelley about how she overcame stage fright and now travels the world writing songs. Shelley also performs live on acoustic guitar. Shelley plays at The Mothlight in Asheville on Friday, Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. and at Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh on Saturday,...

Welcome to Florida sign
Joelk75 and DonkeyHotey on Flickr

Author and comedian Dave Barry is not a Florida native, but he has embraced the state as his homeland. In his new book, “Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland” (G.P. Putnam’s Sons/2016), he explores the wacky landmarks and zany stories of the Sunshine State.

 Director Michael Lewis talks with cast on Men of Israel film shoot.
Wikipedia

Traditionally, the media has blurred the line between public and private lives, and the digital age has almost eliminated that distinction entirely. Nowhere is the private becoming public more evident than in pornography. Professor Richard Cante examines the social and political implications of pornography. He is a professor of media and technology studies in the Communication department at UNC-Chapel Hill. Host Frank Stasio talks with Cante about the intersection of media and pornography....

Youth Radio: Lessons From Walking To Work

Sep 2, 2016
2016 Summer Reporting Institute intern Julio Olmos Arredondo, 17, walked to work with my radio mentor, Allison Swaim.
Allison Swaim / WUNC

This story is part of WUNC's 2016 Youth Reporting Institute, an annual summer program that teaches young people how to tell stories about their community in their own voice.

Meet: Julio Olmos Arredondo
Age: 17

Photo of the Benvenue grill in Rocky Mount
Dudley Marchi

The Tar Heel State might not be the first place one would expect to find French influence. In fact, most people associate early North Carolina with English influence. But a new book by NC State professor Dudley Marchi explores the many connections between French culture and the Old North State. Host Frank Stasio talks with Marchi about " FraNCe: The French Heritage of North Carolina ."

An image of The Bucket Brothers with host Frank Stasio
Charlie Shelton-Ormond / WUNC

Logan Valleroy and Casey Valleroy might be teenagers, but their musical prowess makes them seem like professional musicians. The brothers have been playing music since they were young. Today, the pair play a myriad of instruments like the violin, keyboard, drums, saxophone and guitar, but started out as kids banging on pots and pans around the house. The Bucket Brothers new album is called " Our State ." Host Frank Stasio talks with Logan and Casey Valleroy about developing their talents and...

Graduation speeches tend to be predictable and repetitive. They rarely leave a lasting impression. But a couple months ago, Harvard Graduate School of Education student Donovan Livingston's voice echoed around the world as his poetic commencement speech went viral .

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