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2:52 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

North Carolina Takes No. 9 Spot In List Of Largest States

Charlotte, N.C., the state's largest city
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North Carolina has moved up in the rankings of the largest states in the U.S.

The U.S. Census Bureau released its newest population estimates Tuesday.  They say North Carolina has overtaken Michigan to become the ninth-largest state.  As of July, North Carolina's population was just shy of 10 million. 

State demographer Jennifer Song says the nature of the growth shows North Carolina remains an attractive state for retirees and new professionals.

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The State of Things
12:27 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Black Nativity From Stage To Screen

Langston Hughes
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This show is a rebroadcast from December 23, 2013 

  Originally a play by poet Langston Hughes, Black Nativity made its contemporary debut on the big screen. The film follows a teenager who travels to Harlem to spend the holidays with his estranged relatives.  Executive producer Joy Goodwin is a professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Host Frank Stasio speaks with Goodwin about Black Nativity

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Movies On The Radio: The Tradition Of Holiday Movies

It's A Wonderful Life
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Note: This program is a rebroadcast from December 23, 2013.  

From Elf to Home Alone and Love Actually to A Christmas Story, the tradition of a holiday film is as vital to some people as singing carols or decorating a tree. Host Frank Stasio talks with Marsha Gordon, professor of film studies at North Carolina State University, and Laura Boyes, film curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

 

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Best of 2014
5:00 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Our Gift To You: 'Not To Be Missed' Stories

Joseph Sledge, photographed at Pamlico Correctional Institution in Bayboro, N.C. Thursday, February 28, 2013.
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It's impossible to listen to the radio every minute 24 hours a day. Even the biggest WUNC fan is bound to miss something. So here, in no particular order, are some of our favorite stories from 2014 that you might have missed.

Closer to Freedom (December 8, 2014)

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Sports
2:58 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Your North Carolina Bowl Game Digest

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UNC can cap off a turbulent season with a bowl victory in Detroit. The Tar Heels will take on Rutgers in the Quick Lane Bowl after going 6-6 in the regular season. Head Coach Larry Fedora says the opportunity is as much about 2015 as it is about those seniors who are leaving.

"Just like getting extra practices for Spring Ball," said Fedora. "We're trying to get as many reps with those guys who are going to be with us and we feel like can help us in the future."
 

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Health
2:00 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Pharmacies Scurry To Keep Flu Treatment In Stock

Tamiflu can treat flu symptoms and stop the spread of infection for people who are at high risk of getting sick.
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Flu season has pharmacies scrambling to keep an antiviral drug called Tamiflu in stock.

Duke University Pharmacy Professor Richard Drew says unlike vaccines, Tamiflu works to treat and stop the spread of the disease.

“It's both a preventative and a treatment strategy,” Drew explains. “And, certainly, for those people who have a serious illness and require hospitalization, it's a very important drug.”

Sarah Lee manages the pharmacy supply chain for UNC Hospitals. She says this time each year, the demand for Tamiflu goes up exponentially.

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Talkin' Tar Heel: Exploring North Carolina's Dialects

This is a rebroadcast of a show that aired May 8, 2014.

For more than 20 years, researchers at North Carolina State University have collected interviews exploring the rich diversity of dialects in North Carolina. 

They studied topics ranging from how transplanted Yankees speak to how the Lumbee Indian community in Robeson County maintains a distinct dialect. But why is an awareness of dialect diversity important and what does it tell us about the history and culture of our state? 

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Seth Rudetsky Inside The World Of Broadway

Seth Rudetsky
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This is a rebroadcast of a show that aired May 21, 2014.

For many, the bright lights of Broadway connote a mystical place filled with ornate costumes and incredible talent.

But for one man who has seen all sides of Broadway life, it is a subject matter worth deconstructing.

Seth Rudetsky has performed on Broadway, played piano for more than a dozen Broadway shows and serves as a host on On Broadway, a Sirius/XM radio channel.

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Education
8:10 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Wake Schools To Support "High-Needs" Schools With Extra Resources

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Wake County School leaders hope to spend millions over the next few years to help support their high-poverty schools.

Officials identified 12 “high-needs” elementary schools earlier this year that will receive extra resources like professional development and more pay for teachers.

“One immediate need that we saw in a lot of the schools had to do with vacancies,” said Cathy Moore, Wake's deputy superintendent for school performance, at a recent school board meeting. 

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Eric Hodges' 5 Top Music Recommendations 2014

Here are some of Eric Hodge's 2014 musical selections.
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Many local and national musicians come through the North Carolina Public Radio studios each year and 2014 is no exception. As radio reporters and hosts, we have the chance to book bands we love and ask them anything. Eric Hodge regularly does just that.

And so we asked Hodge, of all the interviews you conducted this year, which five should we not miss? Here are his choices, in no particular order:

Sylvan Esso: Durham-based duo Sylvan Esso's latest album is full of catchy tracks, ripe for getting stuck in your head.

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