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4:33 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Winning Ethics: National Competition Comes To Chapel Hill

Kate Vancil, Joyce Wang, Sandhya Mahadevan, Salman Iftikhar, and Nathan Cho make up the East Chapel Hill High School Ethics Bowl team.
Credit Parr Center for Ethics, UNC-Chapel Hill

Dave DeWitt profiles North Carolina’s entry in the first-ever National High School Ethics Bowl.

Sandhya Mahadevan doesn’t come off as someone who is likely to back down from anyone. She’s whip-smart, looks you dead in the eye when she’s talking to you, and can’t wait to engage on the events of the day.

But after a few years on her high school debate team, even she was looking for something a little less combative. That’s when she heard about the Ethics Bowl. 

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Politics & Government
5:08 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

House Lawmakers Pass Teacher Tenure Bill

NC Legislative building
Credit NC General Assembly

House lawmakers have passed a bill that would revamp teacher tenure in North Carolina. The measure has bipartisan support and passed 113 to 1.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

State Leaders Propose Transportation Funding Changes

State Transportation Secretary Tony Tata
Credit Gurnal Scott

WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on a proposed change in project funding for the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Governor Pat McCrory wants a new method of funding transportation projects in order to spur economic growth.  He says the way the state has approached transportation projects has not favored areas that need an economic boost.

"We have struggled to keep pace with the needs of our growing areas and to bring jobs to our most economic-challenges areas of this state.  So right now it's time to think differently," McCrory says.

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Business & Economy
2:00 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Can The Pitch Of Your Voice Affect Your Income?

Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE.
Credit Ed Schipul via Flickr, Creative Commons

A new study from Duke University says it can. Research finds that male CEOs with deeper voices make more money, manage larger firms, and have a longer tenure than those with higher pitched voices. The study follows another published last year by Duke scientists revealing that deep-voiced people are perceived to have better leadership qualities.

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Arts & Culture
12:57 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

WUNC Wins 4 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

Credit RTDNA

WUNC won four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in the 2013 Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) contest, including the overall excellence award for our region (which includes KY, NC, SC, TN, & WV).

RTDNA has 14 regions and only two other public radio stations in the country won the overall excellence award in their region – WBEZ in Chicago and WLRN in Miami. The awards recognize work of the highest quality produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world.

WUNC also has individual winners:

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The Story
12:53 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Finding A Way Out Of North Korea

Yoon-Hui, 25, now lives in South Korea.
Credit Liberty in North Korea

As the economy has collapsed in North Korea, a new emerging market economy has begun to germinate. This will likely be more powerful than politics in terms of change. Young North Koreans know about – and at times gets their hands on – illegal cell phones, and that opens up information.

On this edition of The Story, host Dick Gordon speaks with Sokeel Park of the U.S.-based NGO Liberty in North Korea about this and the slowdown of people escaping North Korea as security has tightened in the past year or so.

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The State of Things
11:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Putting A Stop To Gerrymandering

North Carolina's Congressional District 12 in 1992.
Credit http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us

Rep. Paul Stam and Rep. Deborah Ross discuss efforts for bipartisan reform to the redistricting process

In 2010, when Republicans won control of the state House and Senate, they radically redrew voting districts in favor of their own party.  In previous elections, Democrats have done the same.  Now, there's a bipartisan effort in the state House of Representatives to reform the redistricting process.

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The State of Things
10:55 am
Thu April 18, 2013

North Carolina Central University Hosts Its 23rd Annual Jazz Festival

Benny Golson
Credit bennygolson.com

Jazz Department Director Ira Wiggins and musician Benny Golson talk about the state of jazz education today, and give us a preview of the NCCU Jazz Festival

North Carolina Central University became the first university in the state to offer a jazz degree in 1977. The university has since been a force on a state and national level in keeping the jazz scene alive.

The university is now throwing its 23rd annual Jazz Festival this week. Ira Wiggins, director of their jazz department, founded the festival in 1990 with hopes of creating a space for students to meet and learn from seasoned jazz musicians. This year the festival features jazz artists Carl Allen and Benny Golson. Benny Golson is a world-renowned saxophonist, composer, and producers.  Ira Wiggins and Benny Golson join Host Frank Stasio to talk about the state of jazz education today, and give us a sneak peek of the festival.

The State of Things
10:47 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Afro-Puerto Rican Music Group Brings Bomba And Plena To The Triangle

Los Planeros de la 21
Credit losplanerosdela21.org

Members of Los Plenero join host Frank Stasio to discuss Afro-Puerto Rican music

When Juan Gutiérrez arrived in Harlem from Puerto Rico in the early 1970s, he had hopes of becoming a professional concert musician. But soon enough he started longing for a community that embraced and celebrated his roots.

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Politics & Government
7:46 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Photo ID Bill Passes House Elections Committee

Credit www.ncleg.net

A bill that would require voters to present photo identification at the polls is one step closer to a chamber-wide vote.

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