Meghan Modafferi http://wunc.org en It's A Beautiful World http://wunc.org/post/its-beautiful-world <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:black">Musicians Duncan Webster and Leah Gibson strive to never play the same show twice. The experimental duo, formerly known as <a href="http://prypyat.bandcamp.com/">Prypyat</a>, recently embraced a new chamber pop sound along with a new name: <a href="http://beautyworld.bandcamp.com/">Beauty World</a>. </span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:36:52 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio & Charlie Shelton 39217 at http://wunc.org It's A Beautiful World Donating A Family http://wunc.org/post/donating-family <div style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><p></p><div style="margin: 0px;"><span lang="en-US"><font face="Tahoma,sans-serif">When filmmaker Rick Dillwood agreed to donate sperm to his neighbors, he hardly knew them. Mel and Carey Downey-Piper had been seeking a known donor but not a good friend. However, after many months of celebration and hardship, the three became very close. Dillwood recorded their journey in a documentary called "<a href="http://betweenfriendsandfamilymovie.com/">Between Friends &amp; Family</a>".<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Ua4A-WFBaJ8" width="560"></iframe></font></span></div><div style="margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</div> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:48:48 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 39150 at http://wunc.org Donating A Family Kid Finance http://wunc.org/post/kid-finance <p><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;">Children learn a great deal about money from their parents. But which aspects are parents wont to teach and which do they often conceal? Researcher </span><a href="http://communication.chass.ncsu.edu/faculty_staff/lkromo" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;">Lynsey Romo</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;"> sought to answer that in her new study, "</span><a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08824096.2014.907147#.U8fri-NdWzI" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;">Money Matters: Children's Perceptions of Parent-Child Financial Disclosure</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;">".</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;">Meanwhile, an exhibit at </span><a href="http://www.marbleskidsmuseum.org/" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;">Marbles Kids Museum aims</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;"> to facilitate money talk in kids as young as five and the N</span><a href="https://www.ncbankers.org/" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;">orth Carolina Bankers Association</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;"> works with middle and high school students.</span> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:30:06 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 39149 at http://wunc.org Kid Finance Audio Under the Stars http://wunc.org/post/audio-under-stars <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Live storytelling events have increased in popularity recently, but audio listening parties are still relatively rare. A monthly event called "<a href="https://www.facebook.com/audiounderthestars">Audio Under the Stars</a>" seeks to change that in Durham. </span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Its organizers see audio stories as vehicles to other times and occasions for social engagement. The latest installment, "<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1404002086556005/">Fish Out Of Water: Stories of misfits, oddballs, mariners and real fish</a>", is Friday at 8pm at <a href="http://www.spectrearts.org/">SPECTRE Arts </a>in Durham.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Below is a taste of the kind of stories "Audio Under the Stars" showcases.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:24:13 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 39087 at http://wunc.org Audio Under the Stars Meet Monika Johnson-Hostler http://wunc.org/post/meet-monika-johnson-hostler <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Host Frank Stasio talks with Monika Johnston-Hostler, Executive Director of the <a href="http://www.nccasa.net/">North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault</a> and <a href="https://www.wcpss.net/about-us/our-leadership/board-of-education/">Wake County School Board</a> Member.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:37:46 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 38941 at http://wunc.org Meet Monika Johnson-Hostler Dirty Business http://wunc.org/post/dirty-business <p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">Former stockbroker Bernie Madoff and former&nbsp;</span><i style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">New York Times</i><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;journalist Jayson Blair share infamy for their unethical business decisions.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">A new <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24865577">report</a> considers the psychology behind these transgressions and shows that misdeeds tend to escalate into larger scandals over time.</span></p><blockquote><p>Life's difficult choices rarely present themselves in one dramatic question or one big decision. Instead, our most important choices in life, including ethical ones, present themselves in small baby steps.</p><p>-Jayson Blair&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:20:00 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 38742 at http://wunc.org Dirty Business Listen: Young von Trapps Sing "Edelweiss" http://wunc.org/post/listen-young-von-trapps-sing-edelweiss <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August von Trapp are the grandchildren of Werner von Trapp. He was portrayed as Kurt in the beloved film, "The Sound of Music." The young von Trapps learned to sing from their grandfather and have been touring together for 13 years. </span>The foursome sang "Edelweiss" on The State of Things.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:09:08 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 38678 at http://wunc.org Listen: Young von Trapps Sing "Edelweiss" Meet Alexandra Zagbayou http://wunc.org/post/meet-alexandra-zagbayou <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Alexandra </span>Zagbayou<span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"> was born in Montreal but returned to her father's homeland of Ivory Coast when she was 4 years old. Six years later, her family fled because they feared political persecution in the tense years before the country's civil war.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">"We thought we would be in the U.S. for a summer. The summer turned into 15 years," she said.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The family moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, where Zagbayou learned English by reverse engineering her school's French classes.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Later, her parents returned to Africa while she and her sister stayed in Raleigh with their aunt and uncle. A few years after that, their uncle was killed.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Zagbayou's older sister became her primary guardian while she&nbsp;worked hard to finish high school and secure funding for college.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">One summer, Zagbayou taught dance classes to homeless and displaced youth. This was when she first began to process her own challenging life experiences. She realized not only that she related to her students, but that she had come out the other side.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Today she helps run the Durham-based college-access organization, </span><a href="http://studentudurham.org/" style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Student U</a><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">. The program empowers students to pursue their own educational journeys despite diverse challenges.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:07:28 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 38534 at http://wunc.org Meet Alexandra Zagbayou Letters To The Unborn http://wunc.org/post/letters-unborn <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a whirlwind reunion with a childhood friend, Addie Lockwood finds herself unexpectedly pregnant. Never aspiring to motherhood, she chooses adoption without telling the father. But even before the child is born, Addie feels compelled to write letters to him.</span></p><p>The story is the premise of <a href="http://www.dzancbooks.org/our-books/byrd-by-kim-church"><em>Byrd</em></a> (<a href="http://dzancbooks.org">Dzanc Books</a>/2014), a new book by Raleigh-based author <a href="http://kimchurch.com/">Kim Church</a>. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:19:31 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 38298 at http://wunc.org Letters To The Unborn The Art of Drag http://wunc.org/post/art-drag <div style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><font size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Drag performance has a rich history and a lively culture that is increasingly more mainstream.&nbsp;</span></font><span style="font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">Drag queen&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/VivicaCCoxx" style="font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">Vivica&nbsp;C.&nbsp;Coxx</a><span style="font-size: 16px; line-he Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:07:57 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 38229 at http://wunc.org The Art of Drag