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5:50 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

The General Assembly Has Gone To The Dogs, Well At Least One

Diva is part of the General Assembly tour for visiting schoolchildren.
Jessica Jones

Many state legislators in the General Assembly aspire to be top dog, but few of them are as popular as the real deal: a miniature Pomeranian named Diva.

The fuzzy, four-pound lap dog with a personality to match her name comes to work at the legislature every day with the people she owns, Republican representative Nathan Ramsey and his wife, Robin Ramsey, who’s a legislative assistant.

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Politics & Government
5:45 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Lawmakers Divided Over Commissions Compromise

The North Carolina House of Representatives
Credit Jessica Jones

Legislators in Raleigh can't agree over a bill that would revamp several important state boards and commissions.

Members of the House and Senate have worked to reach a compromise for several weeks over Senate Bill 10. The measure would strip many boards and commissions of members so Governor McCrory could appoint new ones.

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The Story
3:04 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

The Tigris, The Euphrates And The Dictator

Azzam Alwash
Credit Goldman Environmental Prize

When Saddam Hussein was in power, he wanted to punish the people who lived in the marshes along the two great rivers in Iraq. He drained the water and the marshes dried up, forcing people to move away.

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Sports
2:00 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Wrightsville Beach Competition Draws World Class Paddleboarders

European Champion, Eric Terrien from France
Credit Ben Thouard BIC SPORTS

Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) involves a surfboard, a paddle, and lots of abdominal strength. And in the world of sports, it’s catching on fast. That might not be too surprising, since it often involves bathing suits and sunny beaches, too.  Starting today, SUP athletes from around the world will compete in the third annual Carolina Cup at Wrightsville Beach.

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WUNC Fund Drive
1:47 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Six NC Potters Offer Handmade Mugs During WUNC Fund Drive

A sample mug from from McCanless Pottery
Will McCanless McCanless Pottery

Seagrove, North Carolina, located just a few miles south of the North Carolina Zoo in Randolph County, calls itself the handmade pottery capital of the United States. It is home to dozens of potters, and the tradition of pottery-making there dates back to the late 1700’s. English and German immigrants are said to have settled the area and quickly realized the value of its strong, red clay for making pots and dishes. Since then, the tradition has grown, and now the area is now a mecca for pottery and pottery-related history.

Events held there include the Seagrove Pottery Festival and the Celebration of Seagrove Potters, and the town is also home to the North Carolina Pottery Center and the Museum of Traditional NC Pottery. The Seagrove pottery directory lists dozens and dozens of potters in the area.

Six of the area potters (represented by four potteries)  are providing mugs to WUNC listeners as part of the Spring 2013 Fund Drive.  For a pledge of $120, or $10/month as a sustainer, you can choose to have WUNC send you a one-of-a-kind handmade mug created and fired in North Carolina from a Seagrove potter.

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Student Reporters Put Together Stories Of Humor And Tragedy

Staffers from Carolina Connection, a student-run radio program, present the work on the State of Things. From left: Instructor Adam Hochberg, Wesley Graham, Mike Rodriguez, Kirsten Chang, James Kaminsky, and Mark Haywood.
Credit Shawn Wen

Host Frank Stasio speaks to Professor Adam Hochberg and some of his students about a semester of making radio

A group of student journalists is getting a course in professional radio reporting at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The class has opened a world of experience to them. One of the students, Mark Haywood, had the opportunity to report on an incident of human trafficking right in his hometown of Randolph County, North Carolina. 

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Thu April 25, 2013

What Is A Bastard Film?

A still from one of the bastard films
Credit facebook.com/bastardfilmencounter

Host Frank Stasio talks with the founders of the Bastard Film Encounter, Marsha Gordon and Skip Elsheimer, founder of A/V Geeks.

A bastard film is a film that does not fit into any particular category. Bastard films are offensive, disturbing or just plain nonsensical.

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Health
9:04 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Duke To Cover Sexual Reassignment Surgery On Student Insurance

Credit Dave DeWitt

The student health insurance plan at Duke University will soon cover procedures for sexual reassignment surgery. 

The university will be the first in North Carolina to cover the service, starting this fall. Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek says the student health advisory committee recommended the change to complement existing benefits.

"A couple of years ago, we made certain that we had appropriate counseling support and hormonal therapy covered in the insurance policy for students," says Wasiolek.

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WUNC Fund Drive
9:04 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Three Drawings: Paris, New York, Or iPod

Win a trip to Paris!
Credit Agaw.dilim / Flickr

For a limited time, your one call to 800.962.9862 or your pledge online enters you into three drawings.  Sustainers are automatically entered into each of these drawings, too. 

Win A Trip To Paris

You could win a trip for two to Paris. Airfare and accommodations are including in this week-long get-away package. One lucky WUNC listener will win this trip soon.

Win A Trip To New York

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Politics & Government
8:18 am
Thu April 25, 2013

State House Passes Voter Identification Bill

Credit house.gov

Lawmakers in the state House have passed a bill that would require residents to present photo identification at the polls.

The measure passed 81-36. The outcome wasn’t surprising to opponents of the measure, who’ve faced an uphill battle with the bill’s Republican sponsors.

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