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State of Things
11:38 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Southern Culture on the Skids

Southern Culture on the Skids
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For more than 20 years, Southern Culture on the Skids has wowed crowds all over the South. They’ve performed in North Carolina’s prisons, made a habit of throwing food into the audience, and now they’ve been turned into zombies. Their 1998 album, “Zombified,” has recently been re-released. It’s a tribute to horror movies from the 1960’s and 70’s, and is out again in time for Halloween. Southern Culture on the Skids joins host Frank Stasio to play live and talk about finding the fun in what frightens us.

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Arts & Culture
9:20 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Urban Ministries Grateful for "SPENT"

An online game developed to help bring awareness to the needy at Urban Ministries of Durham is helping keep the organization afloat.


McKinney advertising agency developed and launched the online game SPENT earlier this year.  Players live close to the edge of joblessness and homelessness.  And at the end – they’re prompted to donate to Urban Ministries of Durham.  Patrice Nelson is Executive Director of the non-profit.  She says SPENT has brought in 41-thousand dollars so far.

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Sports
6:00 am
Fri October 28, 2011

UNC Faces The NCAA

UNC-Chapel Hill officials are in Indianapolis this morning. They are there to face the NC-double-A infractions committee over improper activities in the football program.

Chancellor Holden Thorp and outgoing athletic director Dick Baddour hope to convince the committee to accept the punishment the University has already given itself. Those penalties include vacating all wins in the 2008 and 2009 season, losing nine football scholarships and a 50-thousand dollar fine.

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Politics & Government
7:00 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

NAACP Asks Justice Department to Block Redistricting Maps

The North Carolina N-double-A-C-P has submitted a comment letter to the U.S. Department of Justice, asking it not to pre-clear the proposed redistricting maps drawn earlier this year in the General Assembly. Reverend William Barber heads the state's N-double-A-C-P. He says the maps pack black voters into a small number of districts to dilute their statewide influence.

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Law
6:55 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Judge Denies Motions to Dismiss Edwards Case

A federal judge has denied motions to dismiss the case against former North Carolina Senator John Edwards.

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State of Things
10:08 am
Thu October 27, 2011

Visualizing James Joyce

A piece by Fritz Janschka
Credit Fritz Janschka

Greensboro artist Fritz Janschka has been obsessed with James Joyce ever since he read "Ulysses" shortly after moving to America in 1949. Since then, Janschka has devoted many of his art pieces to Joyce’s literature. It’s a happy marriage of mediums. Joyce is known for his surreal, stream-of-consciousness, and Janschka is one of the founding members of a school of art called Fantastic Realism that has elements of religious and esoteric symbolism as well as psychoanalysis. He has an exhibition of his Joyce-related works showing at the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro through November 20. Host Frank Stasio talks to Fritz Janschka about Fantastic Realism and his obsession with James Joyce.

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State of Things
9:15 am
Thu October 27, 2011

Triad News Update

WUNC welcomed a new Greensboro Bureau Chief this summer. Jeff Tiberii has worked in the Triad region of North Carolina since 2006. He joins host Frank Stasio with a review of the most-buzzed about headlines including the upcoming local elections in Greensboro and John Edwards’ appearance in federal court.

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State of Things
9:00 am
Thu October 27, 2011

Sweet Potatoes

Stephanie Tyson
Credit www.sweetpotatoes.ws

Stephanie Tyson left her hometown of Winston-Salem, NC as a young woman with her sights set on Broadway. She didn't make it big on the Great White Way, but in recent years she has gained national renown - as a chef and restaurateur. Tyson and her partner Vivian Joiner are the women behind Sweet Potatoes, a Southern-food restaurant that has helped shore up revitalization efforts in downtown Winston-Salem. Tyson joins host Frank Stasio to talk about starting a restaurant, her journey back home and her new cookbook "Well, Shut My Mouth! The Sweet Potatoes Restaurant Cookbook" (John F. Blair Publisher/2011).

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Law
5:25 am
Thu October 27, 2011

Defense Wants Edwards Indictment Tossed

John Edwards

Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards sat through federal court hearings on Wednesday as his Lawyers tried to get an indictment against him dismissed.

Wearing a navy blue suit, red tie and wedding ring, the former two-time Presidential Candidate listened to a contentious hearing yesterday.

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Sports
3:30 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Duke Leads ACC Grad Rates

Duke is leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in a statistic not frequently reported in the sports pages. The Blue Devils topped the league in the percentage of student-athletes who graduated in 6 years.

97 percent of the student-athletes who came to Duke in 2004 graduated by 2010. That ties Boston College for the best rate in the ACC. The NCAA graduation rate does not take into account student-athletes who leave school in good academic standing.

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