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11:11 am
Wed March 6, 2013

How Charter Schools Are Changing Public Education

A panel of experts discuss how charter schools are changing public education

Seventy new charter schools have applied to become part of North Carolina’s growing population of alternative public schools. For the longest time, the number of charter schools in the state was capped at 100, but lawmakers changed that back in 2011.

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The State of Things
11:05 am
Wed March 6, 2013

The Life And Times Of Sir Walter Ralegh

Bronze statue of Sir Walter Ralegh outside the Raleigh Convention Center.
Credit Jeffrey L. Cohen via flickr.com

Professor Christopher Armitage parse fact from fiction on the life and times of Sir Walter Ralegh

  Sir Walter Ralegh has never set foot in North Carolina. He’s certainly never seen the city that was named for him. But there he is. Airports and cemeteries bear his name; statues of his likeness are all around town. Why does Ralegh have such a hold on the popular imagination?

Host Frank Stasio will try to parse fact from fiction with his guest Christopher Armitage, a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Armitage is working on a book, “Literary and Visual Ralegh: Writings of and Visual Reproductions of Sir Walter Ralegh” (Manchester University Press).

Law
7:28 am
Wed March 6, 2013

McCrory And Tata Defend Creation Of Pink Licenses

Credit NC Governor's Office
  • WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on Gov. Pat McCrory's comments on pink driver's licenses.

Governor Pat McCrory took on a major state issue following a meeting Tuesday with several North Carolina mayors.   McCrory's meeting with members of the Metro Mayors Coalition addressed issues that are critical to cities and towns trying to cope with sequestration, transportation issues and taxation.  The Governor also answered questions on a hot legislative issue.  He disagrees with immigrants' advocates who say pink driver's licenses are no more than a scarlet letter.

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Business & Economy
7:26 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Cree's Bright Idea: Brand Its Own Light Bulb

Cree's new LED light bulb looks like a traditional light bulb, with a fatter neck.
Credit www.cree.com

Cree technology is in all types of lighting panels and fixtures, but now the Durham-based company has branded its own light bulb.  Cree says its LED light bulb is a big deal.  Mike Watson is a spokesman for Cree.

“Our tag line is the best thing since the light bulb and we believe it.  And we believe with the release of the Cree LED bulb we fundamentally are changing the way people use and view light forever,” said Watson. 

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The State of Things
3:11 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

What Is A Library In Today’s High Tech Age?

James B. Hunt Library
NCSU.edu

A conversation about libraries in today’s high tech age

The James B. Hunt Library at North Carolina State University is a revolution in information storage.


At the Hunt, robots fetch the books. Two million volumes are folded into one ninth of the space they would have taken up in a conventional library because room for humans to walk through the aisles is unnecessary.

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The Story
10:54 am
Tue March 5, 2013

After Seeing Fish Kills, Western Pa. Residents Track Chemicals From Coal And Fracking Sites

Ken Duffala says acidic mine drainage flows from the Clyde Mine into nearby rivers.
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Ken Dufalla keeps an eye on the rivers and streams in Green County, Pa. He and other trained citizens watch for fish kills and chemicals in the water from coal and fracking sites, and they have identified contamination. He works with the Izaak Walton League.

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Law
7:19 am
Tue March 5, 2013

House Democrats File Bill To Stop Pink Licenses

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Some state House Democrats are speaking out against a move to create pink driver's licenses to identify young immigrants.  House Bill 184 would prohibit the state Department of Motor Vehicles from issuing the licenses to young people who are legally in this country under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  The proposed licenses would have a pink strip at the top and the phras

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Business & Economy
7:18 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Museum Of Natural Sciences Is New State Tourism Champ

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A research firm says the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences was the most visited of the state’s museums and historic attractions last year.   It’s the first time in nine years that Biltmore Estate has not topped the list.  Mathews-based Carolina Publishing Associates compiled the numbers.  The firm says 1,220,814 people visited the museum in 2012.  Biltmore attracted 1,123,144 visitors.

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Arts & Culture
7:16 am
Tue March 5, 2013

'Book of Mormon' Singing Its Way to the Triangle

Andrew Rannells was nominated for a Tony Award as Elder Price in 'The Book of Mormon' on Broadway.
Credit www.bookofmormonbroadway.com

Leoneda Inge reports on the 2013-2014 Broadway season at the Durham Performing Arts Center which includes 'The Book of Mormon.'

The Durham Performing Arts Center has announced what it calls its biggest season ever.  The Tony Award winning musical “The Book of Mormon” is singing its way to Durham in February 2014.

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The Story
12:19 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

How To Hunt Down A Meteor

Credit Mike Hankey

Here is what's in this program of The Story:

When a meteor exploded over Russia a few weeks ago, the meteor hunters packed their cold weather gear and headed for the cold and snow to search out fragments of the explosion. Dick speaks with Mike Hankey about how he got his start hunting down these fragments in rural Amish farmland. He has designed a software program used by the American Meteor Society.

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