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10:58 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Killer Mike

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Before he even released his debut solo CD, hip-hop artist Killer Mike scored a Grammy with OutKast for the song “The Whole World” in 2003.  Mike’s new project, “R.A.P. Music” is his sixth studio effort and one that showcases the wisdom that has come with aging in the music business.

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State of Things
10:53 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Some Army

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The annual Hopscotch Music Festival kicked off in Raleigh yesterday, and if you were hanging around the right spot, you might have caught the band Some Army rocking it out. The group formed in 2011, and it is releasing its first EP later this month. Host Frank Stasio talks to them about playing Hopscotch and their new album, and they play live in the studio.

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Business & Economy
7:21 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Recession Deep, Recovery Slow In North Carolina

The economic downturn hit North Carolina harder than much of the country, and it will take the state longer to recover. That's the conclusion of a new report from UNC's Global Research Institute.

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Politics & Government
6:28 am
Fri September 7, 2012

North Carolina Voices From The DNC

Gov. Bev Perdue addressing the DNC on Tuesday.
Dave DeWitt

The Democratic National Convention concluded in Charlotte last night. The three “official” days of the Convention took years of planning and millions of dollars to organize and stage. Its long-term effects on North Carolina's image and politics remain to be seen. But by almost all accounts, the Convention was a success for North Carolina’s largest city. Dave DeWitt spent the week at the Convention and produced this audio montage of the week’s “Carolina” moments.

Politics & Government
6:20 am
Fri September 7, 2012

NC Democrats Leave DNC Ready To Work

Stella Adams of Durham
Leoneda Inge

The North Carolina Democratic delegation says it’s pumped up and ready to return home and motivate voters.

William Flyth of Brunswick County says since retirement he’s been busy working to register voters. The retired chemist says he’s ready to work even harder.

William Flyth:  I started get out the vote campaign among African American churches before I arrived and I plan to double down on that when I return home.

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Education
3:00 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Youth Radio Institute: Fontezia Walker

Fontezia Walker

Our series from the WUNC Youth Radio Institute concludes this morning with a story from Fontezia Walker. She's 19 and had a number of setbacks while working towards her high school diploma. As you'll hear in this report, she and her sister struck out on their own -- by deciding to stay home.

Fontezia Walker: I live in a 3-room apartment in North Durham. Our home is filled with squeaky stairways, and the sounds of noisy neighbors. I live with my older sister, her son - and the memory of my mother.

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Politics & Government
5:45 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Democrats Working For African American Vote

T-shirts for sale in downtown Charlotte during the DNC
Leoneda Inge

President Barack Obama is preparing to address the nation tonight and make his plea for “Four More Years.”  In 2008 – many analysts say it was the African American vote that put the president over the top in battleground states like North Carolina.  But is this constituency as “fired up” and “ready to go” in 2012?  Leoneda Inge reports from the Democratic convention in Charlotte.

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Politics & Government
1:00 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Duke Student DNC Delegate

The Democratic National Convention in Charlotte is especially exciting for a growing group of youth delegates.  Elena Botella says she’s pumped up!  The Duke University senior helped campaign for President Obama as a senior in high school but was too young to vote for him. Botella says there are a lot of students like her still involved.

State of Things
12:08 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

The Final Day of the DNC

The Democratic National Convention is in Queen City. And the streets of uptown Charlotte are crowded with delegates, politicians, reporters, police, and protesters. Tonight President Obama will take the stage and formally accept his party’s nomination. Host Frank Stasio will be joined by WUNC reporter Dave DeWitt to talk about the buzz at the DNC.

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State of Things
12:06 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Payday Lending in North Carolina

North Carolina had a brief brush with payday lending. But it was banned by the State Attorney General Roy Cooper in 2006. However, banks are not bound by state law, and Regions Bank from Alabama is offering payday loans in North Carolina in a program they call "Ready Advance." Some are worried that Regions Bank will open the door for other banks to do the same. Host Frank Stasio will be joined in the studio by Ellen Harnick, the Senior Policy Counsel for the Center for Responsible Lending.

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