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9:11 am
Tue December 18, 2012

The Case of Nathan Bowie

In 1991, Nathan Bowie and his uncle killed two men — Nelson Shuford and Calvin Wilson — outside an apartment complex in Catawba County. Bowie was 20 years old at the time. The crime was inexcusable and Bowie received the death penalty for it. But the case was complicated by a number of factors that could have kept Bowie off of death row.

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Health
6:10 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Report Praises Mental Health Partnerships

A public-private partnership is doing a good job of taking care of people suffering from mental illness. --- That, according to a new report from The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research.

Three-way contracts were instituted more than four years ago as part of a new initiative from the Division of Mental Health. The contracts allow the state to buy beds in local hospitals to provide care for people who are in crisis. Mebane Rash is an Attorney with state Center for Public Policy Research.

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Environment
10:35 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Oregon Inlet Clogged, Dredging in Limbo

Dredging crews are set to survey the Oregon Inlet again this morning after they suspended operations due to shallow waters. Officials with the U-S Army Corps of Engineers say strong winds brought more sand into the inlet last week. That prevents crews from using their side-casting dredge. Bob Sattin is the cheif operator for the Army Corps of Engineers in Wilmington:

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Arts & Culture
10:30 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Kitty Hawk Celebrations Mark 109 Years Of Flight

Wilbur and Orville Wright launched their first successful powered flight 109 years ago today on the Outer Banks. A series of events at the Wright Brothers National Memorial this morning honor the anniversary. Fly-overs by Marine jets and Coast Guard planes and helicopters and a wreath laying ceremony will be part of the activities. Joshua Boles is a park ranger at the Memorial. He says the weather was a challenge for those manning that first flight.

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State of Things
9:31 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Meet Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding

When Pam Spaulding first got into publishing, she used an X-Acto knife and cardboard. She stayed in the field by learning how to use a computer. And now her blog — Pam’s House Blend — is a popular activist website for gay rights.

Host Frank Stasio talks to Pam Spaulding about her life, work and gay rights activism.

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Arts & Culture
11:00 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Pop-Up Music Club: Kevin Roughton

For more than 25 years, Kevin Roughton has made his living singing and playing guitar in the bars of North Carolina's Outer Banks
Credit Biff Jennings, copyright Shooters at the Beach

Last Saturday, we launched an experiment we’re calling WUNC’s Pop-Up Music Club. It’s a series made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council – a statewide non-profit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Sports
4:10 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

WSSU Plays For Division II Football Championship

Winston-Salem State University is playing in the Division II football national championship tomorrow against Georgia's Valdosta State.

Winston-Salem State had been transitioning to Division I athletics, but the school did an about face two years ago because the move was too costly. Some supporters were upset that the Rams wouldn't become a Division I member. Head Coach Connell Mayor says his undefeated football team has provided a solution.

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State of Things
11:38 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Education Roundup

The Wake County school board has a new chairman and another new student assignment plan; Chapel Hill is embroiled in its own fight over reassignment; and the legislature and the State school board are tussling over virtual charter schools. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC Education Reporter Dave DeWitt about these and other education topics.

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State of Things
11:27 am
Fri December 14, 2012

You Are What You Dream

Peter Rothbart - You Are What You Dream

In Davy Rothbart's writing, his brother Peter Rothbart often pops up as a straight-man or a sidekick. But on tour together, they are every bit equals, criss-crossing through the country one city at a time.

Peter Rothbart joins host Frank Stasio to tell stories and perform songs from his new album, "You Are What You Dream."

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State of Things
10:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

My Heart is an Idiot

Davy Rothbart's new book, "My Heart is an Idiot" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux/2012), chronicles a decade of his own life and adventures. Rothbart writes as though every stranger could be a new friend, every girl he meets may be his next love and the open road stretches on for miles.

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