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11:44 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Remembering William Wainwright

www.ncleg.net

There must be something in the water in Craven County, NC. North Carolina’s first female governor, Bev Perdue, got her start there, as did the state’s first African-American President Pro Tem of the House, William Wainwright.

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State of Things
11:36 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Putting a Face on Poverty

Since January, activists, journalists, non-profit workers and others have traveled around North Carolina to meet the state’s impoverished families. The idea behind the “Truth and Hope Putting a Face on Poverty in North Carolina Tour” is to understand those who live below the poverty line as people, rather than as statistics, and to hear their stories. The tour traveled 2000 miles and visited 27 different communities.

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State of Things
11:24 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Carolina Parakeet

www.unc.edu/

Today, parakeets are creatures of the tropics, but one breed in particular was native to the forests of the Eastern United States, including North Carolina.  The Carolina Parakeet went extinct in the early 20th century, but continues to fascinate the public.

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State of Things
11:32 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Understanding Hate

“Hate” is one of those words that gets thrown around recklessly in everyday conversation, but sometimes when we say it, we mean it. What is hatred and why do we feel it? Is it an emotion unique to humans? And why does hatred often lead to violence?

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State of Things
10:14 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Unfinished Business

http://www.markpinsky.com/

After years covering crime, investigative journalist Mark Pinsky had had enough of murder.  He made the transition to religion reporting and became a well-respected columnist and author by writing about spirituality in contemporary society and popular culture.

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State of Things
10:06 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Celebrating Coltrane

http://www.friendsofjohncoltrane.com/

John Coltrane’s music blossomed during his time in Philadelphia and New York, but his roots are in High Point, NC where he played music at church and in the high school band.

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State of Things
11:27 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Meet Al Buehler

www.goduke.com

Today, Duke University’s athletics program is world famous for basketball, but back in 1955 when Al Buehler came to Duke to coach the cross country team, football was the school’s big sport. The teams were all men and all white.

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State of Things
11:45 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Restorative Justice

Our justice system is sometimes referred to as “retributive justice,” meaning when someone commits a crime, the response is to punish them. Now imagine a system where the focus is on healing, rather than punishment, one that allows the victim of a crime to experience a legal process that is interactive and engaging. That is the mission of restorative justice.

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State of Things
11:34 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Riley Baugus

Musician Riley Baugus has devoted his life's work to playing, making, and studying the banjo. Baugus’ new CD is called “Long Steel Rail.” He regales host Frank Stasio with old-time songs and stories from North Carolina.

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State of Things
12:21 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Criminal Corporations

In the aftermath of the 2008 economic collapse, the public clamored for criminal prosecution of those responsible. While some corporations and banks have paid out big fines, few executives have gone to prison. Host Frank Stasio talks to Rick Rothacker, a Reuters banking reporter, about why many criminal corporations have gone unpunished.

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