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11:32 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Sister Helen Prejean

Sister Helen Prejean
Credit www.prejean.org

Sister Helen Prejean is a dedicated opponent of the death penalty. Her experience serving as a spiritual advisor to men on death row was captured in the 1995 film "Dead Man Walking," starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn and based on Prejean’s bestselling book of the same name. Through the years, Prejean has stood by six death row inmates as the government executed them for their crimes. Host Frank Stasio talks with Sister Helen Prejean about her experience fighting against the death penalty and ministering to condemned prisoners.

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State of Things
11:00 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Chapel Hill Community Chorus

The Cantari Voices Ensemble
Credit The Cantari Voices Ensemble

The Chapel Hill Community Chorus has been serenading audiences in the Triangle for 30 years. The 130-member group consists of professional and amateur musicians who love to sing, including a group of 25 called The Cantari Voices Ensemble. A few of the chorus join Host Frank Stasio to perform live and talk about the busy holiday concert season.

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Education
6:20 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Cultures Converge at Newcomers School

Abu, from Africa, smiles in the ''Giving Closet'' at the Newcomers School in Greensboro
Credit Jeff Tiberii

The Doris Henderson Newcomers School in Greensboro is a melting pot. Since August of 2007 the school has welcomed about 3,000 students from around the world who are transitioning to a life in America while learning English. Seventy-five percent of the students are refugees and the challenges facing them are numerous.

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Environment
6:15 am
Fri December 2, 2011

NC Zoo Working to Preserve Pine Forest

The non-profit LandTrust of Central North Carolina is teaming up with the North Carolina Zoo to preserve a unique tract of Longleaf Pine Forest. The 113-acre tract in Montgomery County is a rarity for this type of growth in the Piedmont. The land has been preserved by private owners for more than a century. Crystal Cockman is a conversation specialist with LandTrust.

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Business & Economy
6:10 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Homeless Shelters Opening in Greensboro

With the winter approaching more beds are being made available to people who are homeless.

In recent weeks shelters in Greensboro have turned away a significant number of people seeking assistance. This week eight winter emergency, or 'WE' shelters are opening throughout the city. One new site is at the YWCA. It will serve up to 25 single women each night. Sharon Sumner is Director of the WE Shelters for the Greensboro Urban Ministries. She says this new shelter increases capacity where there is a growing demand.

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Environment
5:40 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Duke Research Dispels Clean Energy Myths

Researchers from Duke University and Georgia Tech are seeking to debunk several myths about clean energy in the south. They claim their new study refutes six myths purported by policymakers, business leaders, and advocacy groups. Etan Gumerman is a co-author and Duke Senior Policy Analyst.

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Law
2:00 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

New State Laws Take Effect Today

There are more than 30 new laws that take effect today in North Carolina.

People with multiple convictions of driving while impaired will face harsher punishments and higher fines. "Laura's Law" is named after a 17-year-old girl from Gaston County who died after a drunken driver collided with her car last year.

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State of Things
11:24 am
Thu December 1, 2011

HIV in North Carolina

Stephen Inrig wants to dispel the notion that HIV is a disease that plagues mostly sub-Saharan Africa and major metropolitan cities in the United States. He is author of the book, "North Carolina and the Problem of AIDS: Advocacy, Politics & Race in the South" (UNC Press/2011). He calls the South the epicenter of HIV infections in America, and North Carolina has not been spared. In his book, Inrig follows the history of HIV in North Carolina and sheds light on the spread of the disease among minority populations in the South.

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State of Things
10:55 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Gram-O-Rama

Students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill fall all over themselves to get into Marianne Gingher's stylistics class. Gingher, the Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, teaches her language class just once a year. It culminates in the annual performance of Gram-O-Rama, a collection of student-produced skits and songs spun out of grammar assignments.

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State of Things
10:33 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Season 1, Ep. 1: Jade City Pharaoh - Funyuns and a Coke

''That's one bad mutha...''
Credit Jade City Pharaoh

In the pilot episode of the radio drama, “Jade City Pharaoh,” superhero Herald MF Jones’ snack break gets interrupted by the villainous antics of his archnemesis, The Beef Cooka.

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