Amber Nimocks en A Mystery of a People <p></p><p>Questions of racial identity and cultural heritage have long surrounded a group of Appalachians called the Melungeons. In recent years, curiosities have been piqued about this loosely connected group of people, spawning DNA testing, numerous books, Web sites and a documentary film. Guest host Isaac-Davy Aronson talks with K. Paul Johnson, corresponding secretary for the <span class="link-external"><a href="">Melungeon Heritage Association</a></span>; and Julie Williams Dixon, a Raleigh-based writer and director of the film "<span class="link-external"><a href="">Melungeon Voices."</a></span><a href=""> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Amber Nimocks & Isaac-Davy Aronson 7693 at A Mystery of a People Amber's Favorites 2011 <p></p><p>The week of highlights from 2011 continues as host Frank Stasio chats with producer Amber Nimocks about her picks for the year's best shows. North Carolina author Clyde Edgerton jams out to James Brown, humorist Celia Rivenbark pitches a Southern version of "Prairie Home Companion," Mississippi writer Tom Franklin tells the saddest funny story of the year and Brian Hoyle, RBC Center announcer for the Carolina Hurricanes, tells us how to say "Woo!" in Finnish. Thu, 29 Dec 2011 13:00:00 +0000 Amber Nimocks & Frank Stasio 7788 at Amber's Favorites 2011 The Rise of ACC Basketball <p></p><p>It may come as a surprise to modern fans of the Atlantic Coast Conference, but the organization that gave rise to Michael Jordan and Mike Krzyzewski started life with a football agenda. Historian J. Samuel Walker chronicles the formative two decades of the conference in his new book "ACC Basketball: The Story of the Rivalries, Traditions and Scandals of the First Two Decades of the Atlantic Coast Conference" (UNC Press/2011). Tue, 20 Dec 2011 17:00:00 +0000 Amber Nimocks & Frank Stasio 7797 at The Rise of ACC Basketball NC Literary Lights: Charles Chesnutt <p></p><p>Decades before the influential writers and thinkers of the Harlem Renaissance began to challenge prevailing American understandings of race and society, Charles Chesnutt was building a foundation for their work. A teacher and writer who lived for much of his life in Fayetteville, Chesnutt imagined a world where race was irrelevant and injustice could be faced down with nonviolence. In recent years, an increasing number of academics and artists have turned their attentions to Chesnutt, whose work was in danger of being forgotten. As part of our occasional North Carolina Literary Lights series, host Frank Stasio talks about Chesnutt's legacy with Dante James, a filmmaker and instructor at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies and its African and African American Studies program; and Gene Gorman, a PhD candidate in English at Boston College. Fri, 16 Dec 2011 15:01:00 +0000 Amber Nimocks & Frank Stasio 7801 at NC Literary Lights: Charles Chesnutt A New Trial for Michael Peterson <p>Yesterday, Durham Judge Orlando Hudson granted convicted murderer Michael Peterson a new trial. In 2003, Peterson was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his wife. The judge granted the new trial due to questions raised about the credibility of State Bureau of Investigation agent Duane Deaver, who presented evidence against Peterson. Deaver, and others in the SBI crime lab, have been investigated for misconduct and faulty science.</p><p></p> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 16:53:00 +0000 Amber Nimocks & Frank Stasio 7803 at Meet Gary Grant <p></p><p>Gary Grant's family has owned land in eastern North Carolina since just after the Civil War when his great-grandfather, a former slave, bought a farm. That is one reason Grant has made his life's work defending the rights of African-American land owners in rural North Carolina. Grant is the executive director of the <span class="link-external"><a href="">Concerned Citizens of Tillery</a></span> and founding president of the <span class="link-external"><a href="">National Black Farmers &amp; Agriculturalists Association</a></span>. Both groups have fought the federal Department of Agriculture to undo the wrongs of racial discrimination that have cost black farmers their land. Mon, 12 Dec 2011 16:02:00 +0000 Amber Nimocks & Frank Stasio 7815 at Meet Gary Grant If This Old Neighborhood Could Talk <p></p><p></p><p>Downtown Raleigh's historic Oakwood neighborhood puts on its <span class="link-external"><a href="">annual candlelight tour</a></span> this weekend. It's a chance for curious strangers to poke around in some of the city's grandest and oldest homes. What few people realize is that the tour began some 40 years ago as a last-ditch effort to keep a freeway from demolishing the historic area. Neighbors have recently begun collecting one another's oral histories, to help preserve the neighborhood's fascinating story. Fri, 09 Dec 2011 15:36:00 +0000 Amber Nimocks & Frank Stasio 7817 at If This Old Neighborhood Could Talk New Magic for an Old Ballet <p></p><p>When <span class="link-external"><a href="">Carolina Ballet</a></span> Artistic Director Robert Weiss set out to reinvigorate the company's annual chestnut, “The Nutcracker,” his thoughts immediately turned to Las Vegas. That's where the best magicians are, after all. His quest led him to employ the services of magician Rick Thomas. Together they have added Vegas-style magic to the first act of the 1891 work of art. Host Frank Stasio talks with Weiss about retooling "The Nutcracker" for the new millennium. Thu, 08 Dec 2011 16:43:00 +0000 Amber Nimocks & Frank Stasio 7823 at New Magic for an Old Ballet American Meat <p></p><p>Documentary producers have sunk their teeth into the growing sustainable food revolution over and over in recent years. In the crowded field of food films, this year's "<span class="link-external"><a href="">American Meat</a></span>" stands out for its digestible portrayal of the many aspects of our nation's flawed food system. The film will screen at the Haw River Ballroom on Thursday, followed by a panel discussion. In advance of the screening, host Frank Stasio talks with filmmaker Graham Meriwether and a group of local farmers: Suzanne Nelson of Cozi Farms; Eliza MacLean of Cane Creek Farms and Jeff Barney, chef of the Saxapahaw General Store and The Eddy. Wed, 07 Dec 2011 16:45:00 +0000 Frank Stasio & Amber Nimocks 7825 at American Meat Gram-O-Rama <p>Students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill fall all over themselves to get into Marianne Gingher's stylistics class. Gingher, the Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, teaches her language class just once a year. It culminates in the annual performance of Gram-O-Rama, a collection of student-produced skits and songs spun out of grammar assignments.</p><p></p> Thu, 01 Dec 2011 15:55:00 +0000 Amber Nimocks & Frank Stasio 7833 at