Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Langston Hughes

This show is a rebroadcast from December 23, 2013 

  Originally a play by poet Langston Hughes, Black Nativity made its contemporary debut on the big screen. The film follows a teenager who travels to Harlem to spend the holidays with his estranged relatives.  Executive producer Joy Goodwin is a professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Host Frank Stasio speaks with Goodwin about Black Nativity

It's A Wonderful Life

Note: This program is a rebroadcast from December 23, 2013.  

From Elf to Home Alone and Love Actually to A Christmas Story, the tradition of a holiday film is as vital to some people as singing carols or decorating a tree. Host Frank Stasio talks with Marsha Gordon, professor of film studies at North Carolina State University, and Laura Boyes, film curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art.


This is a rebroadcast of a show that aired May 8, 2014.

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

They studied topics ranging from how transplanted Yankees speak to how the Lumbee Indian community in Robeson County maintains a distinct dialect. But why is an awareness of dialect diversity important and what does it tell us about the history and culture of our state? 

Photo of Broadway comic Seth Rudetsky

This is a rebroadcast of a show that aired May 21, 2014.

For many, the bright lights of Broadway connote a mystical place filled with ornate costumes and incredible talent.

But for one man who has seen all sides of Broadway life, it is a subject matter worth deconstructing.

Seth Rudetsky has performed on Broadway, played piano for more than a dozen Broadway shows and serves as a host on On Broadway, a Sirius/XM radio channel.

the artists

Many local and national musicians come through the North Carolina Public Radio studios each year and 2014 is no exception. As radio reporters and hosts, we have the chance to book bands we love and ask them anything. Eric Hodge regularly does just that.

And so we asked Hodge, of all the interviews you conducted this year, which five should we not miss? Here are his choices, in no particular order:

Sylvan Esso: Durham-based duo Sylvan Esso's latest album is full of catchy tracks, ripe for getting stuck in your head.

In the past year, WUNC producers and reporters have been experimenting with the ways in which we tell stories.

We're creating videos, and making photo essays and running Twitter campaigns. One of our most ambitious projects was a special report, Outspoken: The State of Teaching In North Carolina.

Here are the top 10 most viewed miltimedia stories from the past year:

Lucrecia and Rose Torre

When she was 20 years old, Lucrecia de la Torre left her home country of Guatemala and moved to the United States, eventually finding her way to Durham. She was interviewed by her daughter, Rose at the StoryCorps booth in Durham, North Carolina.

Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book

When you say the words "Little Golden Books" many people flash back to a time in their childhood when they learned to read from books like Mister Dog and Tawny Scrawny Lion

Greensboro's DADDY ISSUES performs live on The State of Things.

The cleverly-named female band DADDY ISSUES from Greensboro, North Carolina started making music last year. 

An illustration of the proposed Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral.
O'Brien and Keane

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh will break ground on a new cathedral in January.

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart is the principal church in the Raleigh diocese which covers the Eastern half of North Carolina.

Raleigh Bishop Michael Burbidge says it's also the second-smallest Catholic cathedral in the United States, after the Cathedral of the nativity in Juneau, Alaska.