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11:01 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Justin Robinson & the Mary Annettes

Mary Annettes
Credit Photo credit: D.L. Anderson

Following the Carolina Chocolate Drops big win at the 2010 Grammy Awards, founding member Justin Robinson left the band to take on new challenges. He enrolled in a graduate program, started a frozen dessert business and focused on making music with The Mary Annettes, a band he began working with while still with the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Their new CD, “Bones for Tinder,” has just been released and it’s an eclectic blend of country, soul, folk and R&B.

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Democrats Search for Best BBQ Sauce

Organizers of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte are looking for the Nation's best barbeque sauce. All month long, the host committee is welcoming proposals of vinegar, tomato and mustard based sauces. The best sauce or sauces will then be sold in gift packs to help off-set the cost of the political event. Jackie Bateman is Grassroots Finance Director for the convention's host committee. She says sauce was a logical place to start.

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State of Things
10:41 am
Thu February 16, 2012

The Upside of Irrationality

Dan Ariely explores the limits of logic and what we have to learn from human irrationality.
Credit http://today.duke.edu/2010/06/ariely.html

We all do irrational things. Perhaps the strangest thing of all is convincing ourselves that we don’t. What if we embraced the irrationality of human decisions? Would we find that there are advantages to making illogical decisions? Duke University Professor Dan Ariely thinks so. In his book, “The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home” (Harper/ 2010), he shows how logic isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Guest host Isaac-Davy Aronson talks about the limits of logic with Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke.

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State of Things
10:33 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Monkeys and Mind Control

Credit http://today.duke.edu/2011/10/monkeymoveandfeel

The prospect of quadriplegics walking again once seemed like wishful thinking. The thought of a monkey’s brain controlling a robot was relegated to the realm of science fiction. But real science is always expanding the scope of the possible. Host Isaac-Davy Aronson talks to Miguel Nicolelis, professor of neuroscience at Duke University and founder of Duke’s Center for Neuroengineering, about how his research with monkeys may help millions of people to walk again.

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State of Things
10:18 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Season 1, Ep 8: Jade City Pharaoh - Winner Take Nothing (Part I)

Superheroes don't get the night off...

Superhero Herald M.F. Jones attempts to take a night off from crime fighting to make time with the beautiful Belinda Goodall and attend an art exhibit and as his alter ego, Malik Fraser. But Jade City villain The Beef Cooka has other ideas and before long Jones is donning his green cape to save an innocent citizen.

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Education
4:00 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Some Schools Beating Dropout Odds

Schools affiliated with the non-profit North Carolina New Schools Project continue to show great promise in helping fight the state's dropout problem.

Dave DeWitt: When the State School Board released dropout rates for all schools earlier this month, it was good news. According to their data, fewer students were quitting school across the state.

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Arts & Culture
2:25 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Calder Exhibit Opens at Nasher

Duke's Nasher Art Museum in Durham is combining traditional sculptures with more contemporary pieces at a new exhibit today.

Jeff Tiberii: More than a dozen mobiles from late American sculptor, Alexander Calder will be on display. His works will be complemented by contemporary sculptures from seven other artists. The Nasher's Wendy Hower Livingston says the gallery feels different.

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Environment
8:35 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Lawmakers Discuss Fracking

A legislative committee that's studying a method of natural gas drilling sometimes called fracking met in Raleigh today. Representatives of oil and gas interest groups as well as environmental non-profits spoke at the meeting. Ray Covington of Lee County is a co-founder of a company that has entered into mineral rights agreements with many landowners in the area.

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Education
12:10 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Charlotte Schools End Testing Program

A comprehensive testing program launched last year in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg Schools has been abruptly shut down. Dave DeWitt reports that the tests drew a high number of parent complaints.

Dave DeWitt: 52 year-end tests were developed during the administration of superintendent Peter Gorman, for students as young as kindergarten. The idea was to gather more data on students -and then determine a baseline for future academic performance. Teachers would then be rewarded - or punished - if that student performed better or worse than expected.

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Politics & Government
11:50 am
Wed February 15, 2012

MCNC Honored at the White House

A Triangle non-profit is being honored at the White House today.  MCNC has been named a “Champion of Change” for its work in providing broadband to rural North Carolina.  Joe Freddoso is the President and CEO of MCNC.  He says the first of their two major projects is almost complete.

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