The State of Things http://wunc.org en At The Movies: Which Is Better- The Book Or The Movie? http://wunc.org/post/movies-which-better-book-or-movie <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Hunger Games. Harry Potter. The Great Gatsby. Blockbuster films or popular literature? <font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;">Do you ever walk out of the movie theater and hear, "The book was so much better than the movie."? Or do you prefer the silver screen adaptation of your favorite novel? </span></font>Turning a book into a movie poses all sorts of challenges.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:10:40 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 33901 at http://wunc.org At The Movies: Which Is Better- The Book Or The Movie? Tax Day Spurs Conversations Around The State http://wunc.org/post/tax-day-spurs-conversations-around-state <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 12pt; line-height: normal;">While tax day can evoke feelings of anxiety and dread across the country, some North Carolina groups are using today’s deadline to start conversations about tax reform and filing issues in the state.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:13:46 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 33845 at http://wunc.org Tax Day Spurs Conversations Around The State Witness To An Execution: Part Two http://wunc.org/post/witness-execution-part-two <p><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Stephen Lich Tyler drove to Texas last week to witness the execution of his father’s killer, </span></font><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Ramiro Hernandez Llanas. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:13:28 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 33844 at http://wunc.org Witness To An Execution: Part Two Another Look At The Duke Lacrosse Case http://wunc.org/post/another-look-duke-lacrosse-case <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size: 10pt;"><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">In March 2006, three white lacrosse players at Duke University were accused of raping an African-American exotic dancer. The case raised questions about race, gender and class in the justice system. Ultimately, the lacrosse players were found innocent. But Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong lost his law license for withholding evidence and other offenses. </span></font></span></font> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:07:48 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 33843 at http://wunc.org Another Look At The Duke Lacrosse Case Syrian Doctor In Cary Pushes For Free Syria http://wunc.org/post/syrian-doctor-cary-pushes-free-syria <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">When Mazen Hamad talks with his brother over internet chat, he can see through the open window of his brother’s living room. On the screen, Mazen sees bombs raining down outside of his brother's apartment in his home country of Syria. Dr. Mazen Hamad narrowly escaped the Hama Massacre more than 30 years ago; today he supports the Syrian revolution from North Carolina. </span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:28:19 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 33776 at http://wunc.org Syrian Doctor In Cary Pushes For Free Syria Political Junkie Ken Rudin http://wunc.org/post/political-junkie-ken-rudin-2 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p>With less than month to go before the May primaries, congressional candidates are making their final appeals to voters. But how big a role does money play in these last stages of a campaign? Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the state’s hottest House races and the role of finances.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:21:49 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 33659 at http://wunc.org Political Junkie Ken Rudin A Trip Down The Food Shoot With Mary Roach http://wunc.org/post/trip-down-food-shoot-mary-roach <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Mary Roach is a writer known for asking taboo and wacky questions about the human body, and she continues this pursuit in her latest book, </span><a href="http://www.maryroach.net/books-news.html" style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">"Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal."</a><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">(</span><a href="http://books.wwnorton.com/books/index.aspx" style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">W.W. Norton &amp; Company</a><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">/2013)</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:19:50 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 33657 at http://wunc.org A Trip Down The Food Shoot With Mary Roach A Decade Of Old Ceremony http://wunc.org/post/decade-old-ceremony <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Chapel Hill band, The Old Ceremony, celebrates a milestone this weekend: their 10 year anniversary. The band will mark the occasion with <a href="http://www.hawriverballroom.com/event/495061-old-ceremony-love-language-saxapahaw/">a show at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw at 8pm Saturday.</a></p><p>First, they play live and host Frank Stasio talks with band members Django Haskins on vocals and guitar, Mark Simonsen on the organ, Gabriel Pelli on the violin, Dan Hall on the drums, and Shane Hartman on the bass.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:15:21 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 33658 at http://wunc.org A Decade Of Old Ceremony Unemployment In North Carolina http://wunc.org/post/unemployment-north-carolina <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 16px;">The state's unemployment rate is on a downward trend, but the meaning of those numbers is the subject of debate. Some believe it is a sign of a comeback while others believe it is skewed statistic. Debate over unemployment extends to the federal level, as an unemployment bill with a North Carolina-specific provision struggles to reach a vote in the United States House.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:15:20 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 33581 at http://wunc.org Unemployment In North Carolina Return From War http://wunc.org/post/return-war <p><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><font size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Military veterans face many challenges in combat zones and on battlefields. But what about the struggles they face when they return to civilian life? </span></font><font size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;">&nbsp;</span></font></span></font></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:14:43 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 33583 at http://wunc.org Return From War