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The State of Things
11:16 am
Thu June 6, 2013

A Redneck Romance

Tennessee Playboy is a new play written and adapted by Preston Lane, set to debut at Triad Stage.
Credit Triad Stage

A sneak preview of the play 'Tennessee Playboy', premiering at Triad Stage next week

A stranger staggers into an East Tennessee truck stop with a tale of murder. So begins the play Tennessee Playboy, premiering at Triad Stage next week. Host Frank Stasio talks with Triad Stage artistic director Preston Lane about his original adaptation of J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World. Plus, the cast performs a scene.

The State of Things
11:10 am
Thu June 6, 2013

The 700-Doll Question

Jo Maeder and her Patti Playpal doll, circa 1960.
Jo Maeder

A conversation with writer Jo Maeder

When writer Jo Maeder inherited her mother's collection of 700 dolls, she thought she'd quickly be rid of them. Instead, she became attached, and found herself drawn into the world of doll collectors. Jo Maeder has written about this experience in the New York Times.  Her latest book is Opposites Attack. Host Frank Stasio talks with her...and meets some of the dolls.  

For more information on Jo's doll obsession, you can visit the official site or the Facebook page for Mama Jo's House of Dolls. 

The State of Things
10:54 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Festival Celebrates Greensboro Refugee Communities

Ndabarushimana Christopher is a musician and refugee from Burundi who now calls Greensboro his home.
Credit Ndabarushimana Christopher

Now in its fourth year, the Mosaic Festival celebrates the diversity and cultures of the Triad, attracting thousands of attendees. Host Frank Stasio talks with Sarah Ivory, director of the Immigration and Refugee Program of Church World Service of Greensboro, which organizes the festival. Plus, the band Wareware featuring Ndabarushimana Christopher, a Greensboro musician and refugee from Burundi, performs live at Triad Stage.

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Politics & Government
7:10 am
Thu June 6, 2013

House Lawmakers Definitively Pass Racial Justice Act Repeal

Credit NC General Assembly

Lawmakers in the state House have given final approval to a bill that would repeal the Racial Justice Act.

It's a law that gives death row inmates the chance to appeal their sentences if they can prove racial bias was a factor in their cases.

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Business & Economy
6:52 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Disputing Development In East Greensboro

A majority of City Council members in Greensboro have approved the controversial sale of a city-owned shopping center to a private developer. 

The deteriorating shopping center in the northeastern part of the city has a Family Dollar and a series of boarded up store fronts. The city has owned the property for five years but there has been no development. The city finally decided to sell the site, but many are upset.

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Environment
2:00 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Should NC Wildlife Refuges Grow Genetically Modified Crops?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says waterfowls rely on crops at wildlife refuges during the winter.
Credit Michele Hayslett / Flickr Creative Commons

Environmental officials are asking for public input about whether they should replant genetically modified crops (GMCs) at national wildlife refuges in North Carolina. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hosts a public meeting at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Thursday.  That refuge and three others in eastern North Carolina have been using a farming program to plant genetically modified crops like corn and soybeans since the 1990's.

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Education
1:45 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Forest Leads Fight Against Common Core

Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest
Credit Office of the Lieutenant Governor

North Carolina may join several other states in challenging the implementation of the Common Core standards.

The Common Core is a set of national standards for student learning. Forty-five states have adopted the Common Core standards for math and language arts; North Carolina did so two years ago. They were implemented this past year.

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The State of Things
11:20 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Jeff Deaver Breathes New Life Into Popular Character

Cover of best-selling author Jeffery Deaver's new novel, 'The Kill Room.'
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Author Jeffery Deaver talks about his new novel 'The Killing Room'

  Best-selling author Jeffery Deaver has garnered international acclaim through his murder mystery series of novels featuring former NYPD homicide detective Lincoln Rhyme.

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The State of Things
11:08 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Is The South Dying?

Cover of Tracy Thompson's New Book, 'The New Mind of the South.'
Credit http://www.tracythompson.com/new-mind-of-the-south.php

Author Tracy Thompson and Professor Hodding Carter III explore what it means to be Southern today

As the economics, politics, and demographics of the South change, what happens to the culture and identity of the region?

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The Story
10:40 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Employment: Security Hacker

In 2003, police in Manchester, England found this note hidden with a stolen Gauguin, Van Gogh, and Picasso.

Jim Stickley is a professional hacker. Companies hire him to attempt to hack into their financial information, and identify weaknesses in their security practices.  He tells Dick that his job isn't all high-tech, and that sometimes he dresses up as a firefighter to access office buildings. 

Also in this show, Cici McNair, a Paris-based private investigator who got her start hiding in bushes, and a man who is obsessively searching for every single Tim Wallach baseball card.

Hear these conversations on The Story's site. 

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