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11:49 am
Tue February 28, 2012

College Sports Reform

Charles Clotfelter is the author of ''Big-Time Sports in American Universities''

Big time college sports like basketball and football have a contradictory reputation at many universities. They bring in big bucks and engender loyalty to a school, but they also distract from higher education's primary mission. Are reforms necessary in the college sports system? Host Frank Stasio talks to Dave Dewitt, WUNC's education reporter and a former college basketball player and coach; Charles Clotfelter, professor of public policy, economics and law at Duke University and author of “Big-Time Sports in American Universities" (Cambridge University Press/2011); and Will Blythe, editor-at-large of Byliner and author of “To Hate Like This is to be Happy Forever” (Harper/2007), which chronicles the UNC-Duke basketball rivalry. Listener call-in.

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State of Things
11:15 am
Tue February 28, 2012

To Free a Family

To Free a Family: The Journey of Mary Walker

Historian Sydney Nathans spent most of his career studying U.S. political history and he was just making the transition to social history when he came across an intriguing letter. It was a plea written in 1859 to a North Carolina slave owner, asking for the opportunity to purchase some of the people being held in bondage. The message was sent by a white man named Peter Lesley on behalf of Mary Walker, a runaway who was once enslaved by the family she was attempting to contact. The slaves Walker wanted to purchase were her children and mother. Nathans’ curiosity about that letter, the slave woman’s request and the white man who authored it led him on a decades-long quest to find answers. The history he uncovered has been recorded in a new book, “To Free a Family: The Journey of Mary Walker” (Harvard University Press/2012). Nathans joins host Frank Stasio to talk about his findings and what Walker’s story illustrates about the power of family and community.

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Sports
3:25 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Panel Analyzes College Sports

It's a busy college sports week in North Carolina. An event tonight at UNC Chapel Hill will take a closer look at how college sports may look in the future.

Dave DeWitt: From scandals to championships, the worst and best of college sports has been on display in the state in just the past year. Tonight's discussion will bring together several critics of the corrupting influence of money on college sports, and what changes might be made to make it better.

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State of Things
10:32 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Meet Steve Sager

Rabbi Steve Sager arrived at Congregation Beth El in Durham over 30 years ago.
Credit www.sichaconversation.org

Rabbi Steve Sager arrived at Congregation Beth El in Durham over 30 years ago. He was 27 years old, trained in the Reconstructionist tradition of Judaism and new to North Carolina. His academic bent and his interest in conversation made the move a good fit. Sager retired last year from the pulpit. Now he has started a new venture that's called Sicha, which means conversation. He wants to help people embrace ancient texts and traditions while deepening their modern lives. Rabbi Steve Sager joins host Frank Stasio in the studio today to talk about his new spiritual chapter.

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Environment
7:13 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Study: Climate Change Altering Bird Migration

There's more evidence that climate change is altering bird migration patterns. A new study from UNC-Chapel Hill finds some species along the east coast are migrating three-to-six days earlier than they were just ten years ago. Allen Hurlbert is an assistant professor of biology at UNC. He says birds face problems if they get the timing wrong.

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Military
7:05 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Homeless Disabled Vets to Get Durham Housing

Durham will soon be home to some of North Carolina's first housing for homeless veterans with disabilities. The 10-unit complex near Northgate Mall will have affordable rents and will connect tenants with support services.

Jess Brandes is projects coordinator for CASA, the nonprofit developing the site. She says Durham has a lot of services for veterans because of the VA medical center there.

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Business & Economy
5:27 pm
Sun February 26, 2012

Mayodan Mill Coming Down

The textile mill in Mayodan has been around longer than the town. Crews began taking it down earlier this month.

Jeff Tiberii: In between the railroad tracks and the Mayo River rests a once vibrant building. The windows of this former Washington Mills factory have long since been bricked up and no one has worked inside for 13 years. On the back side of the building is a gaping hole, and on this cool winter afternoon, workers are dismantling what has become a symbolic eyesore.

Bill Morehead: It was the backbone of the community, while it was running. It kept people working; they made a living, a good living.

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Politics & Government
4:40 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Biden Touts Community Colleges in the Triad

Joe Biden holds up a Vice President Seal made by students at Davidson County Community College. His wife Jill looks on.
Jeff Tiberii

Vice President Joe Biden stopped in the Triad today to stress the importance of community colleges.

Jeff Tiberii: Inside the gymnasium at Davidson County Community College Vice President Biden spoke to about 500 people in front of a Blue banner reading “An America Built To Last”. The Vice President spoke as part of a tour highlighting President Barack Obama's budget pitch to fund community colleges and local businesses working together. He said completing a two-year program has cumulative benefits.

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State of Things
11:21 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Remaking High Point University

Nido Qubein is not your typical college president.
Credit nidoqubein.com

Since Nido Qubein took over as president of High Point University in 2005, the small private school, has gone from a regional college to a regional university, doubling in size and stature. Qubein is not your typical college president. He's authored a dozen books including "How To Be a Great Sales Professional" (High Point University Press/2006) and "Stairway to Success: The Complete Blueprint for Personal and Professional Achievement" (Wiley/1997). Has his businessman's approach to running the university paid off? Has running the university altered his point of view as a businessman?

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Business & Economy
10:50 am
Fri February 24, 2012

State of the Northeast Region Examined

The unemployment rate for the northeast part of the state continues to top 10-percent. But at today’s “Northeast State of the Region” event, economic developers are expected to show there’s positive progress.

Leoneda Inge: Sixteen counties make up Northeast North Carolina. Vann Rogerson is president of the North Carolina Northeast Commission. He says there are several projects underway that will provide a brighter future for the region, like a major grant to connect communities through broadband.

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