The State of Things

State of Things
10:53 am
Thu October 4, 2012

The Writing Revolution

An article in October’s issue of The Atlantic details a struggling Staten Island high school that turned itself around by implementing an intensive focus on analytic writing in subjects across the board. How did they accomplish that, and what are the implications for the rest of our nation’s struggling writing students?

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State of Things
9:46 am
Wed October 3, 2012

When I Leave

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Ella Joyce Stewart grew up on a farm in rural North Carolina during the time of segregation.

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State of Things
9:39 am
Wed October 3, 2012

On the Front Lines

Success in the war on Afghanistan depends on Afghan soldiers taking over after U.S. troops leave.

The Army’s Green Beret’s are charged with training them. Kevin Maurer, the local news editor for the Wilmington Star-News embedded with the Green Beret and walked away with a book, “Gentlemen Bastards: On the Ground in Afghanistan with America's Elite Special Forces” (Berkley Hardcover/2012). Host Frank Stasio talks to him about his experiences.

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State of Things
9:31 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Maestro Mystery

For years, Felix Mendelssohn’s “Easter” sonata has been a source of contention in the music world. Some thought it was composed by him, but others attributed it to his sister Fanny. Duke graduate student Angela Mace solved the mystery once and for all this year. Host Frank Stasio talks to her about her discovery.

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State of Things
10:10 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Immigration Discrimination

A two-year Department of Justice investigation has concluded that the Alamance County Sheriff, Terry Johnson, and his department have been carrying on a routine of discrimination against Latinos. Johnson denies the allegations, and the Alamance County Board of Commissioners is asking the DOJ to present its evidence. Host Frank Stasio talks about immigration discrimination in Alamance County with WUNC Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii.

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State of Things
10:02 am
Tue October 2, 2012

North Carolina's Poet Laureate

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Joseph Bathanti was born and raised in Pittsburgh. He even went to college and graduate school there. So it's a testament to his passion for North Carolina that he was just announced as the Tar Heel state's newest poet laureate. Bathanti came to North Carolina in the late 1970s to be a VISTA volunteer.

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State of Things
9:48 am
Tue October 2, 2012

The Suburban Strange

Nathan Kotecki's first young adult novel is haunted by the moody alternative rock of the 1980s which haunted his own youth. Even though the Durham writer's book is set in the present, it's heavy on nostalgia. Kotecki says that for high school kids trying to find their identity as serious, creative types, looking backwards is the easiest way to reject the status quo. Courting the supernatural also helps. Nathan Kotecki joins host Frank Stasio to talk about his book, "The Suburban Strange" (Houghton Mifflin/2012).

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State of Things
1:58 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Meet Gary Kueber

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Gary Kueber went to medical school and became a doctor in Durham, but being an M.D. wasn’t enough for him. He also had a passion for architecture and turned it into his blog, Endangered Durham. He has chronicled the destruction and preservation of Durham’s historic landmarks for years.

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State of Things
11:19 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Shana Tucker

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Classically trained cellist-turned jazz vocalist Shana Tucker has been leading a double life this year. She’s been traveling back and forth between Nevada and North Carolina. In Las Vegas, she’s a part of the musical cast of the Cirque du Soliel show “Ka,” but Durham is still home for Tucker and this weekend, she’s back for a special concert where she’ll film scenes for a new music video. Tucker joins host Frank Stasio to perform live and talk about the bi-coastal life plus her new music projects.

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State of Things
11:02 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Winston's Foxy Woman

Pam Grier (facebook.com)

Before the 1970s, opportunities for Black women in film were limited. African-American actresses were often relegated to roles as “mammies” or “tragic mulattos.”

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