SOT Meet Series http://wunc.org en Meet Jasmine Beach-Ferrara http://wunc.org/post/meet-jasmine-beach-ferrara <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://jbeachferrara.com/">Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara</a> is an ordained minister and published author who uses her faith work and fiction writing to create new strategies for supporting LGBT communities in the South.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:33:38 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 39335 at http://wunc.org Meet Jasmine Beach-Ferrara 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 The Lives Of NC Firefighters: What We Don't Know http://wunc.org/post/lives-nc-firefighters-what-we-dont-know <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5;">Many young children dream of becoming firefighters someday. But not everybody sustains that desire into adulthood. What is it that makes some people want to run into the buildings when everyone else is fleeing?&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 15:00:55 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 35748 at http://wunc.org The Lives Of NC Firefighters: What We Don't Know Meet Terri Phoenix http://wunc.org/post/meet-terri-phoenix <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Terri Phoenix (T) grew up always feeling like an outsider. As a young child in a poor, fragmented family, Terri moved around more than ten times before starting high school and was always the "new kid."</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:35:15 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 34155 at http://wunc.org Meet Terri Phoenix Meet Jane Smith Patterson http://wunc.org/post/meet-jane-smith-patterson <p><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;">For more than 40 years, </span><a href="http://www.digitallearninginstitute.org/board/jane-smith-patterson" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;">Jane Smith Patterson</a><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;"> has been paving the way for women in North Carolina politics and digital technology. After her start as a young organizer and activist in her hometown in Columbus County, North Carolina, Patterson left home for college when she was 16 years old.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:29:09 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 32973 at http://wunc.org Meet Jane Smith Patterson Farm Provides Therapy For People With Mental Illness And Developmental Disabilities http://wunc.org/post/farm-provides-therapy-people-mental-illness-and-developmental-disabilities <p></p><p><a href="http://www.med.unc.edu/psych/cecmh/patient-client-information/research-rehabilitation/the-farm-at-penny-lane">The Farm at Penny Lane</a> is a 40-acre plot of land tucked away in north Pittsboro, North Carolina. But this is no conventional farming operation; it is operated by volunteers and people with mental illness and developmental disabilities.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:19:11 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 32204 at http://wunc.org Farm Provides Therapy For People With Mental Illness And Developmental Disabilities Meet Perry Deane Young http://wunc.org/post/meet-perry-deane-young <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:58:10 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 29955 at http://wunc.org Meet Perry Deane Young The Mysterious Relationship Between Brain And Body http://wunc.org/post/mysterious-relationship-between-brain-and-body <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Scientists generally understand that healthy bodies and healthy minds are related,&nbsp;but the interaction between the two isn’t as clear.</span></p><p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:36:55 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 20617 at http://wunc.org The Mysterious Relationship Between Brain And Body Former Nun Reflects On The Sanctuary Movement http://wunc.org/post/former-nun-reflects-sanctuary-movement <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Darlene </span>Nicgorski<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was a nun when she was convicted of conspiracy and faced a 25-year prison term in the </span>1980s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for her work helping Central American refugees. She didn’t end up having to serve that term, but her work&nbsp;in the so-called Sanctuary Movement&nbsp;made her the poster child of immigrant activism in the </span>1980s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 15:34:21 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 11376 at http://wunc.org Former Nun Reflects On The Sanctuary Movement Meet Pam Spaulding http://wunc.org/post/meet-pam-spaulding <p></p><p>When Pam Spaulding first got into publishing, she used an X-Acto knife and cardboard. She stayed in the field by learning how to use a computer. And now her blog — <span class="link-external"><a href="http://pamshouseblend.firedoglake.com/">Pam’s House Blend</a></span> — is a popular activist website for gay rights.</p><p>Host Frank Stasio talks to Pam Spaulding about her life, work and gay rights activism.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:31:00 +0000 Frank Stasio & Shawn Wen 6262 at http://wunc.org Meet Pam Spaulding