Arts & Culture

The State of Things
11:57 am
Thu March 26, 2009

Jewish-American Identity & Food

A lot of what we cook defines us. Say "barbecue and sweet tea" and people hear, "the South." The same is true for immigrants. As hyphenated Americans we are what we eat. This will be the subject of an upcoming lecture by Nora Rubel, an assistant professor of religion and classics at the University of Rochester in New York. Rubel earned her graduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and returns next week talk about "The Settlement Cookbook and the Transformation of Jewish-American Identity." But first she joins guest host Laura Leslie with a preview.

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Arts & Culture
1:51 pm
Tue December 9, 2008

Joe Thompson At 90

Joe Thompson
David Persoff

Legendary North Carolina fiddler Joe Thompson turns 90-years-old today. He is widely recognized as being the last living link to a time when African American String Bands played for square dances nearly every weekend around here. Thompson's toured the world with his music and is still playing, but now mostly, at home with friends and neighbors.

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The State of Things
5:00 am
Wed November 12, 2008

Holy Smoke

Holy Smoke book cover

John Shelton Reed and Dale Volberg Reed join Frank Stasio to discuss Carolina barbecue.

Most traditions have plenty of people, history and folklore to back them up. Carolina barbecue is no different. A new book called, "Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue" explores the Tar Heel tradition - past and present.

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State of Things
1:43 pm
Thu November 6, 2008

Brazil And Branford And Beyond: The Classical Side Of Branford Marsalis

Jazz artist Branford Marsalis
Credit courtesy of the artist

Saxophone master and Durham resident Branford Marsalis has never shied away from a challenge when it comes to tackling music.  The jazz legend's latest undertaking incorporates his sax into the classical music traditions of South America in a show called "Marsalis Brasilianos: Villa Lobos, Milhaud and the New Worlds of Brazilian Modernism."  

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Arts & Culture
7:33 am
Mon June 23, 2008

Interracial Anniversary

Alvin and Omelia Garner
Credit Leoneda Inge

Leoneda Inge reports on the Garners' wedding.

On this day - June 23, 40 years ago, the first interracial couple in Orange County was married. Alvin and Omelia Garner got their marriage license a year after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state laws forbidding such unions. To mark this year’s anniversary, the Garners decided to celebrate in style and have the wedding they never had.

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The State of Things
5:14 am
Wed June 4, 2008

Photographing the Ninth Ward

Church of Living God2, 2007 photograph by John Rosenthal
Credit John Rosenthal

John Rosenthal is renowned for his black and white photographs of New York City in the 1970s. The photos archived parts of the city that were vanishing and eventually disappeared: a dusty model of a ship in a bottle in the window of a social club in Little Italy, for example, or seltzer bottles stacked in wood crates.

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