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State of Things
9:55 am
Wed February 8, 2012

The Festival of the Black Christ

Every October, tens of thousands of people make a pilgrimage to Portobelo, a quiet fishing town in Panama’s Colon Province, to visit El Cristo Negro – the Black Christ.

Every October, tens of thousands of people make a pilgrimage to Portobelo, a quiet fishing town in Panama’s Colon Province, to visit El Cristo Negro – the Black Christ. It’s a life-sized figure of Jesus carved from dark mahogany. That powerful symbol, which has been in Portobelo since the 17th century, represents both the proud spirit and spiritual identity of this unique Central American community. Host Frank Stasio talks about the people of Portobelo, the Black Christ figure and the annual festival that celebrates it with Renee Alexander Craft, a writer and assistant professor of communication studies and global studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

This show originally aired on October 20, 2011. For a link to the audio, click here.

Education
6:20 am
Wed February 8, 2012

"Gen Z" in the Workplace

Generation "Z" college students Enioluwafe Ojo, Andriy Shymonyak, Allyson Brake and Xavier Primus attend the 2012 Emerging Issues Forum at Raleigh Convention Center.
Leoneda Inge

North Carolina’s workforce continues to evolve as the economy evolves and digs its way out of the last recession.  The Institute for Emerging Issues at N-C State says in order to continue this positive trend, it is imperative for the state to begin strategically investing in Generation “Z.”  Most of the young people making up Generation “Z” were born in the 1990s and are approaching college age. Even though this group is the nation’s most diverse and most technologically savvy, how will they fit into the workplace of the future?

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Economic Development Through Art

A task force of civic, arts, and business leaders says the arts can be an economic engine for North Carolina. The panel has released recommendations as part of the SmART Initiative. It's mapping out ways for communities to use the arts to increase jobs and quality of life.

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Environment
5:15 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Thomas Built Buses Recognized for Environmental Stewardship

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources is designating High Point-based Thomas Built Buses as an "Environmental Steward." Julie Woosley is the manager of the state's Environmental Assistance Center. She says Thomas Built recycles 100% of the waste it creates.

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State of Things
10:29 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Viet Nam's Haunting Legacy

Haunting Legacy: Viet Nam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama

George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were born in the same year and came of age during the Viet Nam War. They took different roads to avoid fighting in the conflict, but that didn't hurt their presidential campaigns or their ability to lead. Every U.S. president since Nixon has been affected by the American involvement in Viet Nam. Legendary journalist Marvin Kalb and his daughter, Deborah Kalb, examine the relationship between the war and the American presidency in their new book, "Haunting Legacy: Viet Nam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama" (Brookings Institution Press/2011). The Kalbs join host Frank Stasio to discuss why the legacy of the Viet Nam War endures and what it means for the current war in Afghanistan.

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Business & Economy
7:37 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Clothing Company Expands in Greensboro

A Hong Kong based company is expanding in Greensboro.

Politics & Government
4:00 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Redistricting Lawsuit Proceeds

A three-judge panel is allowing two lawsuits against the Republican-drawn redistricting maps to go forward.

State of Things
11:13 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Meet Lauren Winner

Lauren Winner
Credit www.laurenwinner.net

In 2002, theologian and writer Lauren Winner was feeling blessed to have found what felt like faith’s perfect fit in Christianity. She converted from Judaism and wrote about her spiritual transition in the best-selling memoir “Girl Meets God.” Two years after that book was published, Winner lost her mother to cancer. A few years later, she lost her marriage. She was in fear of losing her faith when she rediscovered her belief in God through civic engagement and community service. Winner’s new book, “Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis” (HarperCollins/2012) is a reflection on that difficult period in her life and an exploration on how to be an engaged Christian in times of personal crisis.

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Education
8:15 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Digital Humanities Conference Opens at Duke

A conference opening today at Duke explores the ways in which the digital is transforming the humanities. It's called the CHAT Festival, short for Collaborations: Humanities, Art and Technology. Festival director Victoria Szabo says it will include exhibits in which art and technology come together in ways that challenge traditional distinctions.

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Education
7:15 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Emerging Issues Forum Takes on "Gen Z"

This year’s Emerging Issues Forum in Raleigh is taking a close-up look at the so-called Generation “Z.”  The conference sets out to better understand and prepare this age group.

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