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9:37 am
Mon October 24, 2011

Meet Deborah and Ken Ferruccio

Ken and Deborah Ferruccio are the accidental instigators of the Environmental Justice Movement. It all started in 1978, when the North Carolina government decided to build a landfill for toxic PCBs in Warren County. The Ferruccios were recent transplants to the area and were outraged at the proposal. They vowed to fight it. Along the way, they organized the community and tied environmental issues to race discrimination.

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State of Things
11:25 am
Fri October 21, 2011

The Queen of Rockabilly

Wanda Jackson
Credit WandaJackson.com

It’s been more than 50 years since Wanda Jackson first tore the paint off the walls with her signature rockabilly tune, “Let’s Have a Party,” and she’s still rockin’ today. These days, she’s getting some help from producer Jack White. Host Frank Stasio talks to Wanda Jackson about her rockabilly sound and her musical staying power.

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State of Things
11:18 am
Fri October 21, 2011

A Hollow Cup

A Hollow Cup
Credit chapelhillmemories.com

Alan Thompson grew up Chapel Hill, but not the one you know today. Alan was coming of age in the 1960s when the little college town was forced to confront its racism and dismantle segregation. He wanted to write a memoir about his time growing up in Chapel Hill, but that eventually morphed into his debut novel, “A Hollow Cup” (WingSpan Press/2011). It imagines a murder that takes place in a town that looks much like Chapel Hill, in the ‘60s. Host Frank Stasio talks to Alan Thompson about his novel and the history of Chapel Hill.

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State of Things
11:11 am
Fri October 21, 2011

Mallarmé Chamber Players

You never know quite what to expect from the Mallarmé Chamber Players. They’ve played songs by Bach and R.E.M., scored music for the silent film “Nosferatu” and teamed up with dancers and visual artists to create interdisciplinary art. This weekend, they will be performing at the Nasher Museum of Art Auditorium. Their performance is composed entirely by women, and is a companion piece to an exhibit at the Nasher Museum of Art that features all women artists. The Mallarmé Chamber Players join host Frank Stasio in the studio to play live and talk about some of their upcoming performances.

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Business & Economy
6:20 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Financial Troubles for P.A.R.T.

Commuters in Winston-Salem board a P.A.R.T. express bus bound for Greensboro
Credit Jeff Tiberii

The Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation is having its busiest year ever. The bus service connecting Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point and many smaller communities in the Triad is 9 years old. Yet despite strong ridership P.A.R.T. is in financial trouble.

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State of Things
12:25 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

The Festival of the Black Christ

The Black Christ

Every October, tens of thousands of people make a pilgrimage to Portobelo, a quiet fishing town in Panama’s Colon Province, to visit El Cristo Negro – the Black Christ. It’s a life-sized figure of Jesus carved from dark mahogany. That powerful symbol, which has been in Portobelo since the 17th century, represents both the proud spirit and spiritual identity of this unique Central American community. Host Frank Stasio talks about the people of Portobelo, the Black Christ figure and the annual festival that celebrates it with Renee Alexander Craft, a writer and assistant professor of communication studies and global studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Sports
11:45 am
Thu October 20, 2011

Gender in Sports Conference at UNC-G

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is hosting a national conference on girls and women in sports.

The three day event will feature speakers from around the country. Presenters will discuss practices for encouraging girls to be physically active, myths about muscles and strength for females in sports, and the role of nutrition before and after physical activity.

Business & Economy
10:00 am
Thu October 20, 2011

Chapel Hill Considers Looser Food Truck Rules

A motion presented by the Chapel Hill Town Council this week would make it easier for food trucks to set up shop in town. The latest proposal would require vendors to operate at least 100 feet from the entrance of a restaurant. That's similar to new food truck rules that went into effect this month in Raleigh. Food trucks are allowed in Durham under the city's zoning ordinances. The Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce says food trucks are unfair competition for restaurants. Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt says the ordinance has other provisions designed to protect other businesses.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Thu October 20, 2011

State Fair Well Attended So Far

State fair officials say attendance has been strong at the annual event this year.

Last year the state fair set a record attendance level of more than a million people. But spokesman Brian Long says he and other officials aren't really interested in breaking that record.

Brian Long: "We're very pleased with where we are right now numbers-wise, but we just want people to take advantage of the good weather that's coming up and come on out. "

State of Things
11:41 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Blue Ribbon Memories

Blue Ribbon Memories
Credit statefair.ncdcr.gov

Countless memories are made at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh every year, but now the State Library has created an easy way for people to share their fair experiences with others. A new Website called Blue Ribbon Memories allows people to submit writings and photographs about their fondest times at the fair. The site is also an interactive archive of documents related to the event’s long history. Lisa Gregory of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources State Library joins host Frank Stasio to talk about the online project and what the first state fair in 1853 was like.

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