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The State of Things
11:50 am
Fri March 18, 2011

"Butterfly's Child"

'Butterfly's Child' by Angela Davis-Gardner

Angela Davis-Gardner joins host Frank Stasio in the studio to talk about writing and loving Japan.

Raleigh writer Angela Davis-Gardner loves Japan. She went there to teach when she was a young woman fresh from her undergraduate studies at Duke University. The landscape and the people stayed in her imagination so profoundly that she has visited several times and set her most recent books there. “Plum Wine” examines the aftermath of World War II in Japan. And her new book, “Butterfly’s Child” (The Dial Press/2011) moves between Japan and America at the end of the 19th century.

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The State of Things
11:37 am
Fri March 18, 2011

Israel And Unrest In The Middle East

Arthur Lenk

Host Frank Stasio talked with Lenk about Middle East unrest and the legal basis for Israeli policies this morning in advance of Lenk’s 12:15 p.m. lecture.

Arthur Lenk, director of the Department of International Law in Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will deliver a lecture at Duke University’s Law School today, focusing on Israel, the Middle East peace process and international law. Revolution in Egypt and Tunisia, civil war in Libya and unrest throughout the region mean Israel’s long-held relationships with other Middle Eastern states are in transition.

Education
6:00 am
Fri March 18, 2011

Teachers Rally In Raleigh

The North Carolina Association of Educators will hold its annual convention in Raleigh today. The teachers' group is also expected to march through the city streets.

North Carolina's teachers are facing thousands of potential layoffs across the state and a nationwide trend portraying them as entrenched and ineffective.

Politics & Government
5:30 am
Fri March 18, 2011

Legislators Block Toll Road Route in Garner

Legislators have passed a bill that would block transportation officials from considering a proposed route for a toll road through Garner. The so-called red route would essentially cut the town of Garner in half. State officials say they don't want to build the road on that route.

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Business & Economy
5:00 pm
Thu March 17, 2011

Garner Citizen Halts Circulation

A local newspaper called The Garner Citizen is no longer circulating. Owners say their revenue wasn't keeping up with production costs. Officials with the Audit Bureau of Circulations say newspaper circulation nationwide dropped nearly 9 percent last year. The last print edition of the Garner Citizen was delivered yesterday morning. Founder and executive editor Barry Moore says the paper was losing subscribers as fast as it gained them:

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The State of Things
11:32 am
Thu March 17, 2011

NC Literary Lights: The Legacy Of Paul Green

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As part of our North Carolina Literary Lights series, host Frank Stasio explores the legacy of Paul Green.

You may recognize the name Paul Green as that of the playwright who penned the long-running outdoor drama "The Lost Colony" or gave his name to the theater that houses the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Playmakers Repertory Company. Green's legacy is actually much greater. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, wrote screenplays for Hollywood and fought for decades in his home state of North Carolina for progressive causes and social justice.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Thu March 17, 2011

Voter ID Bill Causes Controversy In Legislature

A bill that would require voters to present photo identification cards at the polls is causing controversy in the state legislature.

A bill in the legislature that would require North Carolinians to show a photo ID at the polls has become a flashpoint of controversy among lawmakers. The measure’s Republican sponsors say the bill aims to fight voter fraud and ensure that every vote is counted. But Democrats believe the proposal is a regressive measure aimed at keeping many of their supporters away from the polls.

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Arts & Culture
5:45 am
Thu March 17, 2011

No More Dillard's BBQ

The owners of Dillard’s Bar-B-Que in Durham have announced – “its season is up.” The long-time family restaurant will close Friday.


The cafeteria-style line to get food at Dillard’s Bar-B-Que has been a place to catch up with friends and to get a home-cooked hot meal. And Bar-B-Que makes up just a small part of the menu – which also includes fried fish, smothered chicken, an assortment of greens and more.  But Wilma Dillard says the business has run its course:

"We just closing it down.  We just closing it down."

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Education
5:00 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Wake High Schools Accreditation Changed

Wake County high schools have been placed on “accredited warned” status by the agency that accredits them.

The AdvancED report (pdf) states that the school board has"created a climate of uncertainty, suspicion, and mistrust throughout the community."

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The State of Things
12:25 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Islamic Awareness Month

Haroon Moghul
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Host Frank Stasio is joined by one of the visiting speakers, Haroon Moghul, who is the executive director of The Maydan Institute, which works to counter stereotypes of Muslims in the media.

The Muslim Student Association at Duke University is presenting a series of lectures by experts on Islam with the goal of generating positive dialogue about Muslims in America. This year’s “Islamic Awareness Month” comes on the heels of Congressional hearings examining the spread of radicalism and extremism in Muslim communities across the U.S.

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