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An image of veteran farmer Alex Sutton
Courtesy Alix Blair


A new documentary explores the personal journey of North Carolina veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Alex Sutton. Sutton carves out a life as a farmer after three military combat tours in Iraq. But his path to healing is marked by stark contrasts between bucolic farm life with his wife and children, and the challenge of grappling with both post-traumatic stress disorder and his own post-war identity.

Host Frank Stasio speaks with one of the film's directors, Alix Blair ,...

Chinyere Amanze, Steven Petrow, Monique LaBorde
Rebecca Martinez / WUNC

In this episode of The Civilist podcast, I invited two kick-ass college senior to join me in answering questions from their peers about college life, free speech, trigger warnings and more.

An image of writer Margot Lee Shetterly
Aran Shetterly

From the 1940s through the 1960s , a group of elite black women mathematicians known as "human computers" helped NASA put rockets, and eventually astronauts, into space. The women began working with federal aeronautical agencies at the Langley Research Laboratory during World War II, computing endless sets of data while enduring racial segregation and discrimination of the Jim Crow South. In her new book, "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women...

Wake County School Bus
Dave DeWitt / WUNC

State Lawmakers' 2013 finagling with the Wake County election maps made it possible for high turnover on the largely Democratic school board this election. Voters weighed in on all nine school board offices. But six out of seven running incumbents kept their seats on Tuesday. Three ran unopposed, and three others won handily against their challengers.

Governor Pat McCrory
Catie Ball / WUNC

While Roy Cooper finished election night with more votes, the race for governor is far from over. With all 2,704 North Carolina precincts reporting, Cooper held a 2,281,851 to 2,276,850 lead over Pat McCrory, a lead of just 5,001 votes or one-tenth of 1 percent.

The 2016 election is, almost entirely, complete. Republican Donald Trump carried the state's 15 electoral votes en route to winning the presidency, voters granted Republican Richard Burr a third term in the U.S. Senate, and the state saw another ticket-split.

Roy Cooper at a podium with his wife, addresses his supporters in Raleigh. North Carolina gubernatorial candidates Cooper and incumbent Pat McCrory are locked in a tie with their race likely heading to a recount.
Brian Batista / WUNC

Last night, North Carolinians watched as successful candidates for President, U.S. Senate, and State Supreme Court took to the podium to thank crowds of exuberant supporters in their acceptance speeches. But one race is still undecided: the race for North Carolina's governor. Only a few thousand votes separated Republican incumbent Pat McCrory from his Democratic challenger Roy Cooper.

President-elect Donald Trump won by nearly four percentage points in North Carolina. He is seen on stage clapping at a rally.
Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons

Voters cast their ballots and elected Donald Trump as their 45th president. Trump won by nearly four percentage points in North Carolina. North Carolinians also re-elected Republican Richard Burr to the Senate, and Democratic Judge Mike Morgan as the newest N.C. Supreme Court Justice.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper addresses supporters at a rally in Raleigh on Election night.
Brian Batista / WUNC

If Roy Cooper holds on to defeat Pat McCrory for North Carolina's governor, it will be in large part because of voters who came out with that race – not the presidential race – as the driving factor.

PHOTOS: McCrory, Cooper Supporters Wait For Results In Governor's Race

Nov 8, 2016
Roy Cooper
Brian Batista / WUNC

North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory remains locked in a tight race with his Democratic challenger Roy Cooper. McCrory told supporters that the election isn't over and that they need to respect the electoral system.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C. greets supporters as he gives his acceptance speech after winning re-election, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Nell Redmond / AP

Richard Burr, the i ncumbent candidate for North Carolina's seat on the U.S. Senate, secured a win against challenger Democrat Deborah Ross. Burr won 51 percent of the vote to Ross's 45 percent.

Roy and Kristin Cooper
Gerry Broome / AP

The governor’s race between Republican Pat McCrory and Democrat Roy Cooper is not over yet. After more than a year of campaigning, the two rivals are separated by fewer than 5,000 votes and this gubernatorial battle is very likely headed for a recount.

Orange County Democratic volunteer Paul Brinich explains the details of a Democratic sample ballot to UNC Chapel Hill student Ashaki George before George enters Chapel Hill First Baptist Church voting site to vote.
Amy Townsend / WUNC

Across North Carolina, voters packed polling places to cast their ballots on a wide range of issues ranging from local bond referendums to a historic presidential race on Tuesday. For many, the end of the contentious election season couldn’t come soon enough. Related: 2016 Election Returns and News Many waited in long lines throughout the day. In Durham, poll workers switched to paper voter lists by midmorning after problems with electronic voter rolls. The federal Department of Justice also...

Image of Flags Outside Climate Conference
AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy

World leaders and climate change negotiators gathered in Marrakech, Morocco yesterday for the first day of a United Nations climate talks conference . Leaders are following up on last year’s historic meeting in Paris where they developed a blueprint for reducing carbon emissions and voluntarily pledged to do their part to limit the rise in global temperatures. Officials in Marrakech are expected to operationalize the Paris agreement and discuss how to develop the financial and technical...

a woman walks past a "vote here" sign
Jim Mone / AP

Updated 12:20 a.m. Republican Richard Burr has defeated Democrat challenger Deborah Ross in the race for U.S. Senate. “I pledge to you to finish my public service doing all I can to make sure that the next generation feels the full effects of what we can accomplish,” Burr said in his acceptance speech.

Cucalorus Film Festival

The 22nd annual Cucalorus Film Festival kicks off tomorrow in downtown Wilmington and two films by former Port City locals are in the lineup. “Women Who Kill” is a wry lesbian romantic comedy/murder mystery from writer, actor and director Ingrid Jungermann. “Finding Home” is a heartfelt drama about adoption from director Nick Westfall. Host Frank Stasio speaks with Jungermann and Westfall about relationships and love in all its many forms. Cucalorus runs Nov. 9-13th. “ Women Who Kill ”...

Donna Helen Crisp has worked as a nurse in North Carolina for more than two decades.

She thought she knew the healthcare system inside and out until one day she went in for a routine surgery, expecting only an overnight stay, and almost died from a chain of medical errors.

Photo: A Massachusetts voting station sign
Katri Niemi / Flickr

The 2016 election cycle has been strange, unorthodox, offensive, entertaining, unpredictable, divisive and long. For more than a year, strategists have tried to use scandals, wedge issues and the media, among other political tools, as candidates chase victory on Election Night. But now, it all comes down to numbers. Here are a few to consider in the final stretch of the campaign.

The cover of Running Man, a memoir by Charlie Engle.
Scribner/2016

Charlie Engle spent much of his young adulthood chasing the next high. His addiction to drugs and alcohol nearly cost him his life. But he eventually attained sobriety, and along the way, developed a new passion: running. He started with marathons but moved to longer distances and adventure expeditions. In 2006, he led a team across the Sahara, a feat documented in the film, Running The Sahara . His fame drew the attention of government officials, including one determined tax agent at the IRS...

The Hula Bowl will come to Raleigh in 2018.
The Hula Bowl / N.C. Department of Commerce

In back-to-back press releases Friday morning, the McCrory administration announced two sporting events would come to North Carolina in 2018: The Hula Bowl and the World Equestrian Games. The Hula Bowl, college football's version of an All-Star game, will come to Carter-Finley Stadium in January, and the equestrian games, administered by the Federation Equestre Internationale, will take place at Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring in September.

The 2016 campaign is officially rounding the last turn and heading into the home stretch. If you are reading this, you are also someone who has likely refreshed FiveThirtyEight and Real Clear Politics multiple times in the last hour, so without delay, please download today's WUNCPolitics Podcast. Today's episode includes a conversation on the five most intriguing questions heading into Election Day, including: Will we remember Hurricane Matthew as the storm that saved Pat McCrory? Will Sen....

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kenrudinpolitics.com

The campaign season is in the final stretch, and both presidential candidates are making last minute pleas in North Carolina. Polls predict a tight race, and candidates up and down the ballot are working to get out the vote. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the election.

An image of writers Clare Beams and April Ayers Lawson
Kristi Jan Hoover/Jason Ayers

When writing a short story, an author must be swift and succinct. A short story does not allow a plot the same amount of breathing room compared to a novel. Writers April Ayers Lawson and Clare Beams welcome the immediacy inherent in a short story as they integrate intimate and engaging tales into their work. Lawson's debut short story collection " Virgin and Other Stories " (Farrar, Straus and Giroux/2016) grapples with gender, sexuality and intimacy in gothic Southern landscapes. Meanwhile,...

An image of Peter Lamb and the Wolves with Maceo Parker
Peter Lamb and the Wolves

For their latest album, " Carolina Tiger Milk ," Triangle-based jazz group Peter Lamb and the Wolves invited some of North Carolina's most prominent musicians. The band's guest lineup includes vocalist Django Haskins of The Old Ceremony, saxophonist Maceo Parker and members of the Mint Julep Jazz Band. Host Frank Stasio talks with Lamb about the inspiration for the band's new album and Lamb's experience playing jazz across the country. The band also performs live in the studio with Peter Lamb...

Amin Drew Law is a Palestinian-American poet and educator based in Washington D.C. In his poem, "The Secret Weapon of Chubby Boys," Amin taps into a classic schoolyard conflict and provides a hilarious and heartwarming solution. On this bonus episode of Stories with a Heartbeat, we reflect on some of the classroom conflicts we covered in season 1 of the podcast. From the first days of elementary to college graduation, we explored the spectrum of friction at school. This week we hear from poet...

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