The State of Things

The State of Things
12:34 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

The Problem With Pirates

Host Frank Stasio will talk about modern day piracy

Criminals who commit modern day maritime piracy pose a serious challenge for law enforcement. Pirates, a hijacked ship and its cargo could all be from different nations with different laws. With so many jurisdictions involved, it becomes nearly impossible to figure out which laws apply and what punishment should be meted out. Host Frank Stasio will talk about modern day piracy with Mark Nance and Michael Struett, assistant professors of political science at North Carolina State University and co-authors of a paper called “Maritime Piracy and Regime Complexes: Explaining Low Levels of Coordination.

The State of Things
12:23 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Two Takes On Textile Mill History

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Host Frank Stasio talks with Filene and two of his public history graduate students, Dale Pennington and Sarah McNulty.

The North Carolina Museum of History has mounted an exhibition of the photography of Lewis Hine. His bleak, black-and-white prints paint a vivid picture of young people, some not yet teenagers, covered in the lint and grime of the state’s textile mills. Meanwhile, University of North Carolina at Greensboro public history students, under the guidance of associate professor of history Benjamin Filene, have created an online project called “Community Threads: Remembering the Cone Mill Villages.”

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The State of Things
12:12 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

The Shape of the Table

playwright David Edgar
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Host Frank Stasio will talk about the play with Edgar and Burning Coal Theatre Company artistic director Jerome Davis.

In David Edgar’s play, "The Shape of the Table," a country is falling to pieces. Its people are protesting and demanding a new government while the old government tries to hold on to power. It could be a story ripped from today's headlines, but it premiered in 1990 — a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The narrative deals with an unnamed eastern European country as it transitions from Communism to democracy.

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The State of Things
12:44 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

Meet Maureen Quilligan

Maureen Quilligan
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Host Frank Stasio talks with Maureen Quilligan about women in history, literature and everyday life.

As a scholar of Renaissance literature, Maureen Quilligan made a name for herself by re-examining the role of women during the Elizabethan age through the lense of art and literature. As the head of the English Department at Duke University, she helped stabilize a respected institution during a tumultuous time. And as a resident of Hillsborough, North Carolina, Quilligan has helped support the small town's independent merchants, including sewing lamp covers for a new book shop.

The State of Things
1:50 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

Fast Food North Carolina

North Carolina has a far-reaching reputation for its farm fresh, home-cooked cuisine. So, it may surprise you that quite a few fast food restaurant chains have Tar Heel State roots.

North Carolina has a far-reaching reputation for its farm fresh, home-cooked cuisine. So, it may surprise you that quite a few fast food restaurant chains have Tar Heel State roots. On today’s show, host Frank Stasio takes a look at the success stories of national franchises like Hardee’s, Bojangles’ and Krispy Kreme as well as regional chains including Cook-Out, Char-Grill and Snoopy’s. Joining the conversation are fast foodies Blair Chancey, editor of Quick Service Restaurant Magazine, and Andrew F. Smith, author of “The Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food.” Also joining the discussion are Burney Jennings, President/CEO of Biscuitville; Eric Newman, executive vice president of Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits; Kenny Moore, founder of Andy’s Burgers, Shakes and Fries; and Tom Barbitta, vice president of marketing for Cheerwine.

The State of Things
1:46 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

Hammer No More the Fingers

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Hammer No More The Fingers join host Frank Stasio to discuss their history, songwriting process, and their new album.

They’ve known each other since elementary school, and have been playing in bands together for almost as long. But after their high school days, the three members of Hammer No More The Fingers scattered to locations across the globe. Since returning to Durham and reforming in 2007, they have impressed crowds around North Carolina and abroad with their freewheeling, energetic live shows. Blending 90’s alternative rock with a sometimes punk aesthetic, they write songs with raucous guitars and ear-worming hooks.

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The State of Things
1:02 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Remembering Margaret H. Turner

Margaret H. Turner

Today, host Frank Stasio remembers the life of a civil rights hero with Durham entrepreneur Beverly Washington Jones, a retired professor of history.

Margaret H. Turner fought vigilantly for civil rights in Durham, North Carolina in the 1960s by recruiting local students to join the March on Washington, mentoring NAACP youth, and enrolling her own children in a previously all-white school as a way to bring balance to an unequal education system. Turner passed away last week at the age of 93.

The State of Things
12:58 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Lady Be Good

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Host Frank Stasio talks with Ray about women who had previously been lost to musical history in advance of the film’s screening today at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC.

Filmmaker Kay D. Ray has captured the stories of generations of female jazz musicians in a new documentary called “Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz.”

The State of Things
12:53 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

YahZarah

YahZarah joins host Frank Stasio for a live, in-studio performance and to talk about working with the Grammy-nominated group The Foreign Exchange.

“Mama’s Gun” is the critically-acclaimed sophomore CD from neo-soul artist Erykah Badu. The project was released 10 years ago and featured background vocals from a teenage singer who called herself YahZarah. That teenager is all grown up now and after touring with Badu and recording two studio projects of her own, YahZarah has reinvented herself for her third CD, “The Ballad of Purple St. James.” YahZarah joins host Frank Stasio for a live, in-studio performance and to talk about working with the Grammy-nominated group The Foreign Exchange and how she defeated the music business in the battle for creative authority of her own music. YahZarah will perform a benefit concert for Durham Nativity School on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 8 p.m.

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The State of Things
12:27 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

Rising Tides and the Changing Coast

The sea level at North Carolina's coast will probably rise one meter by the end of the century thanks to global warming. With about 2,000 square miles of the coast just a meter or less above sea level, state residents can expect radical changes.

The sea level at North Carolina's coast will probably rise one meter by the end of the century thanks to global warming. With about 2,000 square miles of the coast just a meter or less above sea level, state residents can expect radical changes. The Outer Banks could be cut to pieces, water might threaten thousands of homes and buildings and the coastal ecosystem would never be the same.

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