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The State of Things
12:52 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Education Power Grab In Wake County

WUNC's education reporter and Raleigh bureau chief Dave Dewitt gives us a legislative update

  County School Boards have long since been in charge of school construction. However, the Senate recently passed a bill that would hand over school construction to county commissioners in 10 North Carolina counties. Many people who oppose the bill argue that county commissioners may have experience building prisons but not schools. This is one bill out of many that have been progressing through the Senate recently.

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The State of Things
12:45 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

The Kids Are Alright. In Fact, They're Knitting and Baking Bread!

Homeward Bound: The New Domesticity by Emily Matchar
Credit Emily Matchar / http://emilymatchar.com

Author Emily Matchar joins host Frank Stasio to discuss her new book, "Homeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity"

You may have noticed a DIY trend among young people these days. Some are getting into knitting sweaters; others are keeping backyard chicken coups. Otherwise, they are making cheese, canning, beekeeping and growing their own vegetables. These labor-intensive homemaking projects may not be just a trend towards rustic pleasures.


Emily Matchar calls this movement the New Domesticity.  And she documents this phenomenon in her new book, "Homeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity." Generally, she is writing not about people who embrace DIY culture out of necessity, but rather as a voluntary lifestyle. 


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The State of Things
12:40 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

New Music Incorporates Stories Of North Carolina Jews

Image from the “Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina” exhibit
Credit http://sites.duke.edu/downhome/ / Duke Center for Jewish Studies

A panel talk about new music that incorporates stories of North Carolina Jews

  The Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina has been collecting the stories of the state's Jews for years. Now, those recorded interviews are part of an original musical composition - "Down Home: The Cantata."

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Arts & Culture
7:33 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Artists, Events Announced For Raleigh's 'Wide Open Bluegrass' Festival

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An excerpt from North Carolina bluegrass group The Grass Cats at a news conference announcing the lineup for "Wide Open Bluegrass 2013"

Organizers of the World of Bluegrass are gearing up for their inaugural year in North Carolina's capital.  They've announced many of the acts and events that will highlight the festival later this year. 

Grammy-winner Alison Krauss will join Steve Martin and North Carolina's own Steep Canyon Rangers as featured performers.  North Carolina bands like the Grass Cats and Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road will also take center stage at several venues at what's being called the "Wide Open Bluegrass Festival".

But it's not just about the music.

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Politics & Government
7:31 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Bill Seeking To Ban Sharia Law Passes State House

Credit NC General Assembly

House lawmakers have passed a measure that attempts to ban the application of Islamic Sharia law in North Carolina.

House Bill 695 would prohibit North Carolina courts from applying part or all of any foreign laws that could lead to violations of constitutional rights in domestic and child custody cases. Across the country, some social conservatives have expressed fears about Islamic laws being cited in American courtrooms.

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Politics & Government
7:29 am
Thu May 16, 2013

House Tentatively Passes Abortion Bill

Credit Jessica Jones

State lawmakers in the House have passed a bill that would prohibit some health plans from offering abortion coverage.

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The Story
5:32 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Editing An Encyclopedia That Changes By The Minute

Credit Flickr user mikeedesign

On April 16, 2007, Sue Gardner was following the news of the Virginia Tech shooting on every major web site she could find. The one where she learned the most was not a news site – it was the free encyclopedia Wikipedia. The content, she says, was more comprehensive.

“It was better than CNN, and better than the CBC,” she says. “I found that fascinating. How could that be?”

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Environment
1:31 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Duke Study Shows No Contamination Near Fracking Wells In Arkansas

A Marcellus Shale drill rig in Pennsylvania used in the fracking process.
Credit Ken Skipper, USGS

New tests near hydraulic fracturing sites in Arkansas show no evidence of methane leaking into groundwater supplies. A study released Wednesday from Duke University found no negative effects on drinking water near fracking operations. 

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The State of Things
11:27 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Is The Southern Accent Fading In Raleigh?

Downtown Raleigh Skyline
Credit http://www.flickr.com/photos/tsolson / flickr

NC State professor of linguistics Robin Dodsworth discusses the demise of the southern accent

It’s no secret that Raleigh and other parts of the Triangle have changed drastically in the past decades. But new linguistic research shows that along with social and industrial change, the Triangle is seeing its Southern accent fade.


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The State of Things
11:05 am
Wed May 15, 2013

First Openly Lesbian Presbyterian Pastor, One Year In

Minister Katie Ricks
Credit http://www.churchrec.org / Church of Reconciliation Chapel Hill, NC

Pastor Katie Ricks reflects about being the first openly lesbian pastor in the country ordained by the Presbyterian Church

    

When Katie Ricks became the Associate Pastor of the Church of Reconciliation in Chapel Hill last year, she was the first openly lesbian pastor in the country ordained by the Presbyterian Church. 

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