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7:15 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Emerging Issues Forum Takes on "Gen Z"

This year’s Emerging Issues Forum in Raleigh is taking a close-up look at the so-called Generation “Z.”  The conference sets out to better understand and prepare this age group.

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Environment
3:14 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Mild Winter May Mean Better Roads

A warm, mild winter so far may help driving conditions later in the year. The state has put aside about 50 million dollars to take care of winter weather conditions. But the Department of Transportation has only spent about eight million on maintaining roads so far this winter. Steve Abbott is a spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

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State of Things
11:33 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Carolina Valentine

Jeffrey Beam is a well known poet around the Triangle and for 35 years he was a librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Credit Bernard Thomas

Jeffrey Beam is a well known poet around the Triangle and for 35 years he was a librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His love for the people of that institution and its campus is reflected in his work. Beam retired from the university in November. On Thursday, February 9th, he will give a special reading called “Carolina Valentine” at Historic Playmakers Theater on the campus of UNC.

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State of Things
11:14 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Cymbeline

''Cymbeline'' is unanimously considered Shakespeare’s most difficult play to stage.

“Cymbeline” is unanimously considered Shakespeare’s most difficult play to stage. That might be because it’s incredibly hard to follow on the page, even with the help of color-coded flow charts. The play includes a war, a decapitated head, poison, mistaken identity, the appearance of a Roman god and an ending scene with 17 revelations in a row. The Fiasco Theater Company of New York has fearlessly staged “Cymbeline” to rave reviews. The six-member ensemble brings their production to the campus of Duke University this weekend.

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State of Things
11:01 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Sea Cow

Sea Cow

The Durham-based band Sea Cow describes their sound as, “rocked out pop” or “pop with an edge.” They say they love to harmonize vocally. They love loud guitars. And, according to them, “their songs tend to have a sardonic, occasionally humorous touch, mixed with neurosis and self loathing.”

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Business & Economy
8:00 am
Fri February 3, 2012

HUD Secretary Touts Mortgage Proposal

The Obama administration says thousands of North Carolina families could benefit from a proposed home-refinancing program. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan came to Raleigh to tout the proposal. He told WUNC that ten percent of North Carolina homeowners owe more on their home than the home is worth and the national average is twice that.

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Health
7:50 am
Fri February 3, 2012

New Clinic to Treat Rare Disorder

UNC Chapel Hill this afternoon will officially mark the opening of its new Comprehensive Angelman Syndrome Clinic at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. Anne Wheeler is a psychologist at CIDD; she's also co-coordinator for the new clinic. She says Angelman Syndrome is a rare congenital disorder that occurs in about 1 in 15-thousand births.

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Politics & Government
6:50 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Bowles, Shuler, Hackney Not Running

The former president of the UNC system, Erskine Bowles, says he will not run for governor. Meanwhile, Democratic Representative Heath Shuler and state House Representative Joe Hackney will not seek another term in office.

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State of Things
11:24 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Prophets of Funk

Prophets of Funk

Choreographer David Dorfman had never seen anything like Sly & the Family Stone when he attended the band’s concert as a college freshman in 1973. The psychedelic funk/soul group with hits like “Everyday People” and “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” was the first commercially successful American rock band to be both racially and gender integrated. This weekend, Dorfman’s company will perform “Prophets of Funk,” a dance homage to the music of Sly & the Family Stone, at Stewart Theater at North Carolina State University. First, Dorfman joins host Frank Stasio to talk about being inspired to “Dance to the Music.”

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State of Things
11:08 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Learning with the Lights Off

Collection of essays by Devin and Marsha Orgeron

The art of filmmaking has long been used to entertain visitors to the big screen, but its influence on the classroom is often overlooked. The 20th century was rife with educational films designed to teach students about such topics as lunchroom behavior, sex education, race relations and various types of disease. Many of these films have been relegated to the dustbins of education history, but some fans are trying to preserve their legacy. Devin and Marsha Orgeron are associate professors in the Film Studies Program at North Carolina State University. They’ve just published a collection of essays, along with Dan Streible, called, “Learning with the Lights Off: Educational Film in the United States” (Oxford University Press/2012).

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