Arts & Culture

The State of Things
12:05 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Drawing From Family History To Write About Love, Abuse and Reconciliation

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Chapel Hill author Randi Davenport uses experiences from her own life to write about a range of issues from mental illness to love and reconciliation. 

Her memoir centered on her son’s struggle with debilitating hallucinations. Now her debut novel, The End of Always(Twelve Books/2014), draws again from her family history as she explores the ideas of domestic abuse and gender roles during the turn of the century.

Host Frank Stasio talks with author Randi Davenport about The End of Always.

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Back Porch Music Concerts
8:35 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Back On The Lawn: Concert Series Starts Tonight

The Back Porch Music on the Lawn concert series starts tonight with Southern Culture on the Skids.
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Update: 12:28 p.m. Southern Culture on the Skids to has been rescheduled for  Thursday May 22 at 6 p.m.

Update: 12:06 p.m. Due to the weather, the concert tonight with Southern Culture on the Skids and the Letter Jackets has been canceled.  We're hope to reschedule -- stay tuned for details. We'll post updates on the main Back Porch On The Lawn Concerts page.

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Movies On The Radio: The Film You Watch Over And Over

Groundhog Day
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  You know that movie. The one you can almost recite word for word. The one you had on VHS but you wore out the copy. The one that comes on the television and you are glued to the screen.

What is it that draws viewers to these films? Why would someone watch something they have seen so many times before? Is there a sentimentality embodied in watching the same film over and over? Does it change as we age?

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The State of Things
11:58 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Thriller Novel Plays On Fear of Needles

The Skin Collector book cover
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Author Jeffery Deaver talks about his new book, 'The Skin Collector'

    

Needle phobia is a popular fear, so it is a natural place for a horror writer to start. Author Jeffery Deaver added darkness and poison to the mix in his new book, "The Skin Collector"(Grand Central Publishing/2014). The novel's villain kills his victims in New York City's subterranean tunnels by tattooing them with poison. Detectives try to decipher a message in the tattoos. Jeffery Deaver will be reading at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill tonight at 7pm and at Quail Ridge Books tomorrow at 7:30pm. 

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Photographer Documents Post Office Closings Across Rural South

Post Office on Harkers Island
Rachel Boillot

A conversation with Durham-based photographer Rachel Boillot

Although some regard the United States Postal Service as a beloved American icon, technological developments and budget concerns have taken a toll on the institution. Recent funding issues, competition and the rise of email have transformed the postal service into an endangered species. Thousands of post offices have closed their doors in the last three years. 

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Mad Men Mondays
3:22 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Mad Men Mondays: Xerox, Golf Clubs And Runaways

Xerox ad from The Hartman Center

Episode 5 from the final season of AMC's "Mad Men" has aired and as we have done over the last several Mondays, in partnership with Duke University's Hartman Center For Sales, Advertising & Marketing History, we present the next in the "Mad Men Mondays" series.

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Long Live The King- King Mez Is Raleigh's Latest Rising Rap Star

King Mez's new album, Long Live the King
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The list of nationally-acclaimed rap artists from North Carolina is getting longer each year. The rise of Little Brother, Rapsody, 9th Wonder, and J. Cole, has solidified our state's place on the map of rap history. North Carolina's latest rap incarnation is Raleigh's King Mez. His newest album "Long Live The King," is helping him emerge from a more underground rap scene. 

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Sylvan Esso
8:46 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Get Up, Get Down: Sylvan Esso Brings Infectious Grooves Back To Carrboro

Durham-based duo Sylvan Esso is playing a sold-out show at Cat's Cradle tonight.
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Sylvan Esso's eponymous album is full of catchy tracks, ripe for getting stuck in your head. "Coffee" is hypnotic, with a droning vibe that's infectious and profoundly danceable.

The Durham-based duo filmed much of the music video for "Coffee" in Carrboro months back.

Singer Amelia Randall Meath designed the video to explore different kinds of dance parties. She  is a fervent fan of contra dancing, which kicks off the video and inspired the lyrics. Meath taught band mate Nicholas Sanborn to dance for the occasion.

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The State of Things
11:26 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Talkin' Tar Heel

A Book Exploring North Carolina's Dialect Diversity

'Talkin' Tar Heel: How Our Voices Tell The Story of North Carolina'

    

For more than 20 years, researchers at North Carolina State University have collected interviews exploring the rich diversity of dialects in North Carolina. 

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The State of Things
11:04 am
Wed May 7, 2014

A Snapshot Of A Nazi

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 book cover
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A conversation with author Francine Prose

  

It was a photograph of two women at a table, one in a dress and one in a suit, that inspired Francine Prose's latest novel. The suited woman is Violette Morris, a French athlete turned Nazi collaborator. Mixing history with fiction, "Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932" (HarperCollins, 2014), imagines Morris' life through multiple narrators.

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