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Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

This time Eric Hodge speaks with Rick Miller of Southern Culture On The Skids about the song "Freak Flag" off of the band's 2016 album The Electric Pinecones.

North Carolina legislative building
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This week in state politics, Becki Gray of the John Locke Foundation and Rob Schofield of NC Policy Watch discuss efforts to change HB2 on the occasion of its first anniversary. They also discuss the first override of a Governor Cooper veto- judicial elections in North Carolina will once again be partisan contests.

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House Bill 2 sparked national discussion after it was introduced in the North Carolina legislature in March 2016. At the center of HB2 was whether transgender people should have the right to use public bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity rather than the biological sex listed on their birth certificate. One year later, the debate over HB2 continues.

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Is the Mona Lisa hanging on the wall in the Louvre a fake? Why have some people been driven to insanity after being in the presence of art?

In a new podcast called “ArtCurious,” Jennifer Dasal, creator of the podcast and associate curator of contemporary art at the North Carolina Museum of Art, unravels some of the mysteries surrounding the art world.

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More than 4,000 people surrendered their homes and land to create the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park covers more than 500,000 acres and straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee.

Luis Padilla poses for a picture with his daughter, Isabella near their home in New York. Padilla was arrested at 16 and sent to Rikers Island. New York and North Carolina are the only two states to prosecute all 16 and 17 year olds as adults.
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North Carolina is one of just two states that automatically charges 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system. But in several counties, the court system is working with local law enforcement to give would-be young offenders a second chance.

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The N.C. General Assembly overrode Gov. Cooper's first veto.

So, in coming elections, voters will again see party affiliations next to the names of judges.

Images of MRI scans
Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities

One in 68 children in the United States will develop autism spectrum disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The field of autism research has grown rapidly in the past few decades, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is at the forefront of much of this discovery

  Note: This conversation is a rebroadcast from February 16, 2017.

Brooklyn-based hip-hop artist Talib Kweli entered the music scene in the late 1990s as one half of the duo Black Star. The group stressed the importance of lyricism and wrestled with systems of inequality through rap. Since then, Kweli has maintained a reputation as a “conscious rapper.” He’s collaborated with other hip-hop artists like Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and Durham-based producer 9th Wonder.

Actor Meshaun Labrone playing Stokely Carmichael in a new one-man show.
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Note: This conversation is a rebroadcast from February 16, 2017.

In the early 1960s, Stokely Carmichael was a relatively-unknown young activist working primarily with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Alabama and Mississippi. But he rose to prominence in the summer of 1966 when he introduced the term “black power” into the national dialogue.

Inside the General Assembly
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Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly appear poised to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s first veto.

The North Carolina House of Representatives voted Wednesday to override the governor, who last week vetoed a bill that would reinstate partisan judicial elections.

A Meals on Wheels volunteer delivers a meal in Wake County
Meals on Wheels of Wake County

President Trump's proposed budget cuts might impact seniors who benefit from Meals on Wheels.

Trump's budget includes an 18 percent cut to the Department of Health and Human Services, which provides grants to Meals on Wheels, a program that brings hot lunches to homebound seniors.

Nina Simone's Tryon, NC Home Sold to Artists

Mar 22, 2017
A clapboard house sits on a hill in the town of Tryon, NC
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In the 1930s and '40s, the community of Tryon, North Carolina supported local girl Eunice Waymon on her path to becoming a classical pianist. But she veered far from that trajectory, and eventually became an internationally-celebrated jazz and soul singer known as Nina Simone.
 

The three-room wooden house Simone was born and raised in was preserved by community members and recently purchased by four New York City-based artists.

Guest host Phoebe Judge talks with Blue Ridge Public Radio reporter Helen Chickering about the house and its future.

Marc Edwards has been named among the most influential people in the world by Time, Fortune, Politico, and Foreign Policy Magazine. Edwards is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, and he blew the whistle on the water crisis in Flint, Mich.

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Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are expected to vote on the American Health Care Act Thursday. The bill would replace the Affordable Care Act, former President Obama’s signature legislation. Approval of the AHCA would mean approximately 24 million people could lose health care coverage by 2026, according to an estimate released last week by the Congressional Budget Office. 

WUNC, Schoolkids Records & Rocky Mount Mills

The following is a WUNC announcement:

WUNC has formed a partnership with Schoolkids Records on a new, free concert series at Rocky Mount Mills. In the tradition of the Back Porch Music on the Lawn Series these concerts are designed to both celebrate North Carolina’s rich musical heritage and provide families a fun night out.

A view of the Wake Forest University campus
Ken Bennett / Wake Forest University

Travel + Leisure Magazine has picked Wake Forest University as the most beautiful campus in the state.

The magazine notes that while North Carolina has no shortage of pretty schools, that Wake Forest has "top quality" groundskeeping, and that the buildings are "gorgeous inside and out."

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Flying cars, totalitarian regimes, and post-apocalyptic worlds. These are just a few characteristics of the dystopian film genre--movies that explore a twisted view of the future.

State Senate chamber
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Optometrists and ophthalmologists don’t see eye to eye on this proposal.

The bill under consideration in the state house would allow optometrists to perform certain kinds eye surgery, including procedures that only medically trained ophthalmologists may treat under current law.

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An analysis from Duke University found that transgender college freshmen are more likely to have negative experiences from drinking than their peers.

A recently retired North Carolina State University professor capped his career with a prestigious international award.

Dr. Ron Sederoff has been awarded the Marcus Wallenberg Prize for his work on the molecular genetics of trees. The award is known as the Nobel prize of forestry.

Sea Level Rise Threatens Military Bases

Mar 21, 2017
An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the “Blue Blasters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 takes off from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.
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A report by the Union of Concerned Scientists reveals that 128 U.S. military installations could be threatened by rising sea levels.

WUNC Military reporter Jay Price found that some bases are already experiencing flooding, and that the Department of Defense has no long-term plan for addressing climate change.
 

Guest host Phoebe Judge talks with Jay Price about the findings and the military’s uncertain path forward.  

A profile of a smiling Bakari Sellers, CNN political analyst, lawyer, and former South Carolina State Representative.
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In 2006, Bakari Sellers became the youngest elected state representative in South Carolina. At one point he was also the youngest black elected official in the United States.
 

In conversation with guest host Phoebe Judge, he reflects on his father’s civil rights legacy and his own political career.

An image of Duke University Professor Sarah Gaither
Duke University

Sarah Gaither is interested in how growing up with multiple racial identities shapes one’s social perceptions and behaviors. Gaither is an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University, and her work explores how racial and gender diversity can facilitate positive relationships within different social circles.

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