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Finding Your Calling

Sep 26, 2017
Vivian Huang
Photo by Jason Falchook

David Litt sings for the love of country and his job.

Carl Bernstein tries to not mess up on his first day of work at a newspaper.

Nick Baskerville gets in over his head at his first big job as a firefighter.

Vivian Huang comes face to face with her family history while treating a patient in Syria.

Courtesy of Bryant Simon

In September, 1991, a deadly fire killed 25 people at the Imperial Food Products plant in Hamlet, North Carolina. 

Workers at the chicken processing facility tried to escape after a hydraulic line spilled flammable liquid on a fryer and ignited a fireball inside the facility.

Tyree Daye
Courtesy of Tyree Daye

 In Tyree Daye’s debut book of poetry, the young author builds on the stories and superstitions of his mother, as well as his own memories of growing up in two small towns in North Carolina: Youngsville and Rolesville. 

Happy Fall, everybody! Here's a quick look at some of songs that are  in the mix at WUNC Music right now.

Finbarr O'Reilly

Thomas J. Brennan first started writing about war through letters home to his wife when he was deployed in a remote village in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

North Carolina Opera

Charles Frazier’s Appalachian novel and love story “Cold Mountain” became a modern classic. And now the story of Confederate deserter W.P. Inman and his journey to find his way back to his sweetheart Ada Monroe is on stage at the North Carolina Opera. 

members of diali cissokho and kaira ba
Courtesy of Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba

Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba have long had a dream of traveling to Senegal to record an album. This year they made it happen. The band just returned from M’bour, Cissokho’s hometown and the city where his family still maintains a large compound open to musical relatives and friends. 

Postcard: To Granny From Skylar

Sep 22, 2017

Postcards from Madison County is a special series from WUNC and The Partnership for Appalachian Girls' Education that features personal storytelling from a unique summer program for Appalachian youths.

Skylar Shelton is entering 6th grade at Madison Middle School. She is from the Spillcorn community in Laurel. Skylar’s digital story is about her love for her Mamaw, and its title is "My Whole World."


America's Test Kitchen on Filipino chicken adobo

Sep 22, 2017

Bryan Roof, a cook with from America's Test Kitchen, has a personal connection to the classic Filipino dish, chicken abodo. And he's cracked the code to making the dish perfectly at home. Roof shares the process and his recipe for Filipino Chicken Adobo by America's Test Kitchen with Francis Lam.

In the kitchen with King & Emma Phojanakong

Sep 22, 2017

For our Filipino Food episode, Francis Lam joined Filipino-American chef King Phojanakong in the home kitchen of King's mother, Emma, for a lesson on how to make their versions of two staple dishes from the Philippines: Seafood Sinigang and Pancit Canton with Chicken & Sausage. Listen to their interview and cooking segment using the audio player above.

Guide to eating Filipino food in the US

Sep 22, 2017

Over the last few years, Filipino cuisine has seen a huge explosion in popularity in the United States. Why wouldn’t it? The flavors are bold and bright, and the food of the Philippines is friendly for vegetarians, omnivores, and seafood lovers. Joanne Boston is the Vice President of the nonprofit group, Filipino Food Movement. She travels the country to search out the newest and hottest chefs, and to revisit the classic neighborhood restaurants.

Filipino food: a cuisine of many influences

Sep 22, 2017

When we set out to produce an episode all about Filipino food, we knew we'd need a general overview of the cuisine of the Philippines: what it's like, what influenced its past, and how it's evolved to become the hottest new thing in the food world.

Chef Chad Valencia’s Filipino pantry essentials

Sep 22, 2017

Filipino food is full of bold flavors: salt, sour, acid, and funk. Acheiving these flavors requires a list of very specific ingredients. Francis Lam received a quick primer -- and shopping list -- compliments of Chad Valencia, the acclaimed Filipino-American chef at LASA in Los Angeles.

A few weeks ago, Reveal host Al Letson jumped in to protect someone who was being attacked by counter-protesters in Berkeley, California. We found the man behind the attack. He says he’s a member of antifa and is taking the fight to white nationalists. We also interviewed rally organizers who are connected to right-wing extremists. In the aftermath of the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, militants from the left and the right are taking their battles to the streets.

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

On this episode, Eric Hodge chats with Tift Merritt about her song "Stitch Of The World" from the album of the same name.

Before discussing her creative process, Merritt says that "Stitch Of The World" is a song about freeing yourself from burdens.

Listen to the episode here:

cover of 'The Hidden Light' and headshot of Daren Wang
Courtest of Daren Wang

Daren Wang grew up in an old farmhouse in Town Line, New York, a place that was notable for being the only town north of the Mason-Dixon Line to secede from the Union. 

Postcard: Trucking With Dad

Sep 21, 2017

Postcards from Madison County is a special series from WUNC and The Partnership for Appalachian Girls' Education that features personal storytelling from a unique summer program for Appalachian youths.

Preslea Harwood is entering 6th grade at Madison Middle School. She is from the Marshall community. The title of Preslea’s digital story is "Coming Back Home."


Dog Mother, Tour Guide, and Milli Vanilli

Sep 20, 2017

Sara Barron learns to share custody of a dog with her husband's ex-girlfriend.
Falen Johnson confronts racism and her own biases while taking a tour group through “Invisible Toronto.”
Catherine Palmer takes her young sons on a work trip where they learn some inappropriate toasts, which they repeat at church. 
Fabrice Morvan shares his memories of the rise and fall of Milli Vanilli.

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Are school movies enjoyable because they are so relatable? Or do they present the far-fetched, fantastical experiences most bored students only daydream about? 

Postcard: Blueberries For Papaw From Megan

Sep 20, 2017

Postcards from Madison County is a special series from WUNC and The Partnership for Appalachian Girls' Education that features personal storytelling from a unique summer program for Appalachian youths.

Megan Anderson is entering 6th grade at Madison Middle School in Marshall. She lives in the Laurel community. The title of Megan's digital story is "For Papaw."


Excerpt: High Society by Jessica Hagedorn

Sep 20, 2017

One thing we keep hearing again and again about Filipino food is how it's a delicious mix of cultures. But cultures also have a way of mixing uneasily. Imagine a big family, with relatives of different cultures and classes visiting from all over the world. And they're coming to a country where people are so into Christmas they start decorating in September - and that makes for some intense holiday dinners.

Courtesy of Elisabeth Lewis Corley

The U.S. military has been using a virtual reality program to augment therapy for combat veterans returning from war with post-traumatic stress disorder. For the first time that software was made available for use in a theatrical production.

Edwidge Danticat
Wilfredo Lee / AP - 2017

Edwidge Danticat is a renowned Haitian-American writer whose work is rooted in her native country. 

Postcard: "Happy Feet" Clogging With Katlyn

Sep 19, 2017
Katlyn Lewis in Western North Carolina
Mikalah Creasman

Postcards from Madison County is a special series from WUNC and The Partnership for Appalachian Girls' Education that features personal storytelling from a unique summer program for Appalachian youths.

Katlyn Lewis is entering 6th grade at Madison Middle School in Marshall. Katlyn’s digital story, "Happy Feet," is about clogging and her relationship with her brother, Shane. She has always looked up to him and the two have watched SpongeBob SquarePants together since they were little.


American Songster Radio Episode 15
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When Dom Flemons visited a legendary fried chicken joint in Nashville, inspiration struck him like a wave of cayenne heat:

Katie Wyatt poses with children from the program she co-founded, Kidznotes.
Ken Demery Photography

Katie Wyatt first fell in in love with classical music when she joined her school’s orchestra in third grade. Wyatt played the viola and appreciated being part of a group that created art together. Wyatt was a military kid, so her family moved around about every four years. But no matter where she lived, Wyatt found a way to plug into her community through music. 

Wrenn Treadway
Mikalah Creasman

Postcards from Madison County is a special series from WUNC and The Partnership for Appalachian Girls' Education that features personal storytelling from a unique summer program for Appalachian youths.

Our first story is by Wrenn Treadway. Wrenn is from the Walnut community in Madison County, and is entering 7th grade at Madison Middle School in Marshall. Wrenn’s story is about keeping alive one of her favorite family traditions. It’s called "Our Family Secret." It involves doughnuts and a family recipe.


WUNC Youth Podcast: Black Swimmers

Sep 18, 2017
WUNC Youth Radio Podcast
Kimani Hall / WUNC

This episode of the WUNC Youth Podcast features youth reporter Loulou Batta. Loulou is an upcoming freshman at NC State University and graduated from the North Carolina school of Science and Math. Her story that she made this summer focuses on the closing of the N.C. A&T swim team and how it affected those involved. In this interview we hear how she made the story and what it took for her to make it happen.

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