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Environment
1:30 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Study Shows How Trees Help CREATE Smog

Leaves produce a substance that exacerbates smog, a new study finds.
Credit Laura Candler

A new study from researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has revealed exactly how trees play a role in smog production. The question has been a source of scientific uncertainty for years, and the findings are a milestone in air pollution research, with potentially significant implications for public health.

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Politics & Government
12:09 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Exploring Media's Impact In A Time Of Crisis

As the media covered the tragic Boston Marathon bombing, they also made mistakes. News outlets, with reputations built on truth and accuracy, spent air-time speculating rather than reporting.  Some of the early, incorrect reports posed threats to innocent people who were wrongly-implicated in the bombing.

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

North Carolinians Share Their Music In Senegal

Diali Cissokho
Credit kairabamusic.com

Diali Cissokho, a Senegalese musician, moved to the United States several years ago hoping to meet like-minded musicians. He formed the band Kaira Ba with four North Carolina natives.

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Science & Technology
10:05 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Bayer CropScience Is Deepening Its Roots Raleigh

Dr. Mae Jemison with kids at Passage Home's 'Safety Club' in Raleigh.
Credit MMI

Bayer CropScience joined renowned astronaut Mae Jemison in southeast Raleigh Thursday to announce a new urban revitalization initiative.  A big part of the green space near the Brown Birch housing development will be turned into a community garden – thanks to a $600,000 grant from the Bayer USA Foundation.

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WUNC Fund Drive
8:00 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Why I Am A WUNC Sustainer And Volunteer

Carol Bylinski takes a pledge during the 2013 WUNC Spring Fund Drive.
Credit Keith Weston

Living in Chapel Hill for many years, I cannot imagine beginning my day without WUNC radio. The programs keep me informed throughout the day, at home and in the car. This is the reason I became a sustainer - my monthly pledge is my appreciation for the fine and varied programming offered by the station.

I also volunteer regularly during the fund drives and many times I'm packaging the thank you gifts or preparing mailings. This is another way I can say "thank you." Volunteering has also solified my support of the station. The staff and their dedication is priceless!

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Politics & Government
5:50 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

The General Assembly Has Gone To The Dogs, Well At Least One

Diva is part of the General Assembly tour for visiting schoolchildren.
Jessica Jones

Many state legislators in the General Assembly aspire to be top dog, but few of them are as popular as the real deal: a miniature Pomeranian named Diva.

The fuzzy, four-pound lap dog with a personality to match her name comes to work at the legislature every day with the people she owns, Republican representative Nathan Ramsey and his wife, Robin Ramsey, who’s a legislative assistant.

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Politics & Government
5:45 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Lawmakers Divided Over Commissions Compromise

The North Carolina House of Representatives
Credit Jessica Jones

Legislators in Raleigh can't agree over a bill that would revamp several important state boards and commissions.

Members of the House and Senate have worked to reach a compromise for several weeks over Senate Bill 10. The measure would strip many boards and commissions of members so Governor McCrory could appoint new ones.

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The Story
3:04 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

The Tigris, The Euphrates And The Dictator

Azzam Alwash
Credit Goldman Environmental Prize

When Saddam Hussein was in power, he wanted to punish the people who lived in the marshes along the two great rivers in Iraq. He drained the water and the marshes dried up, forcing people to move away.

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Sports
2:00 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Wrightsville Beach Competition Draws World Class Paddleboarders

European Champion, Eric Terrien from France
Credit Ben Thouard BIC SPORTS

Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) involves a surfboard, a paddle, and lots of abdominal strength. And in the world of sports, it’s catching on fast. That might not be too surprising, since it often involves bathing suits and sunny beaches, too.  Starting today, SUP athletes from around the world will compete in the third annual Carolina Cup at Wrightsville Beach.

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WUNC Fund Drive
1:47 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Six NC Potters Offer Handmade Mugs During WUNC Fund Drive

A sample mug from from McCanless Pottery
Will McCanless McCanless Pottery

Seagrove, North Carolina, located just a few miles south of the North Carolina Zoo in Randolph County, calls itself the handmade pottery capital of the United States. It is home to dozens of potters, and the tradition of pottery-making there dates back to the late 1700’s. English and German immigrants are said to have settled the area and quickly realized the value of its strong, red clay for making pots and dishes. Since then, the tradition has grown, and now the area is now a mecca for pottery and pottery-related history.

Events held there include the Seagrove Pottery Festival and the Celebration of Seagrove Potters, and the town is also home to the North Carolina Pottery Center and the Museum of Traditional NC Pottery. The Seagrove pottery directory lists dozens and dozens of potters in the area.

Six of the area potters (represented by four potteries)  are providing mugs to WUNC listeners as part of the Spring 2013 Fund Drive.  For a pledge of $120, or $10/month as a sustainer, you can choose to have WUNC send you a one-of-a-kind handmade mug created and fired in North Carolina from a Seagrove potter.

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