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State of Things
8:00 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Amber's Favorites 2011

Amber and her adorable son, Sammy

The week of highlights from 2011 continues as host Frank Stasio chats with producer Amber Nimocks about her picks for the year's best shows. North Carolina author Clyde Edgerton jams out to James Brown, humorist Celia Rivenbark pitches a Southern version of "Prairie Home Companion," Mississippi writer Tom Franklin tells the saddest funny story of the year and Brian Hoyle, RBC Center announcer for the Carolina Hurricanes, tells us how to say "Woo!" in Finnish.

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Politics & Government
6:50 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Coble Uncertain About Running Again

Howard Coble, R-Greensboro
Credit US House of Representatives

Congressman Howard Coble says he’s ready to get back to work after spending the last two weeks in the hospital.

Congressman Coble is planning to report to work in Washington by mid-January.  But that’s all he’s sure of right now.   The 80-year-old Republican is still contemplating re-election.

Leoneda Inge:  "Are you still planning to run for re-election?"

Howard Coble:  "Well, I’m leaning that way now.  I want to see how the final re-drawn map looks, that’s in litigation right now. And I want to see how I recover from the hospital, so far, so good."

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Arts & Culture
2:15 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Kwanzaa Celebration in Cary

Kwanzaa celebration
Credit townofcary.org

Kwanzaa is underway and the Town of Cary will observe the holiday with a celebration Thursday. Kwanzaa is held each year from December 26th through January 1st in honor of African-American culture and heritage.

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State of Things
8:00 am
Wed December 28, 2011

Lindsay's Favorites 2011

LFT rocking the mic at karaoke night

This year, the story of Biscuitville, a pair of baseball players and a Grammy-nominated band made the short list of “The State of Things” Managing Editor Lindsay Foster Thomas’ favorite segments of 2011. She joins host Frank Stasio to talk about why she especially loves fast food in North Carolina, athletes who also write books and The Foreign Exchange – the group that will go down in history for telling Stasio he has “swag.”

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Environment
1:10 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

Climate Change Forcing Tropical Bird Migration

Deep-blue Flowerpiercer

A new study out of Duke University finds global warming is forcing tropical birds in Peru to migrate to higher elevations. But it also finds they're migrating at a slower rate than the world is warming.

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State of Things
8:00 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Alex's Favorites 2011

Alex and his new fiancé, Mandy

Producer Alex Granados joined the State of Things in July 2010 and brought his own particular brand of weirdness to the show, reflected in his favorite segments from the past year. He joins host Frank Stasio to review his favorites, including a look back at the madness of "Weird Al" Yankovic, the elusive nature of consciousness and the bizarre beauty of a ska version of the KISS song "Love Gun."

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Sports
5:00 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Wolfpack In Charlotte For Bowl

NC State football fans are making their way to Charlotte today. The Wolfpack is playing Louisville in the Belk Bowl.

This has been a challenging and triumphant year to be an NC State football fan. Coach Tom O’Brien says that especially early in the season, things didn’t look good.

Tom O'Brien: "Certainly we’re excited about the opportunity to continue our season. At a point 7 games ago we didn’t look like we’d be on anyone’s radar."

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State of Things
8:00 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Susan's Favorites 2011

Susan and her silly son, Milo

There's nothing better than the end of the year "The State of Things" staff favorites week. Senior Producer Susan Davis kicks it off again for 2011 with moments from a conversation about the wildlife of our bodies with North Carolina State University biologist Rob Dunn. Davis also enjoyed a discussion about Alzheimer's disease and how writers are treating it in a show about the literature of forgetting. Author and marketing expert Steve Stoute talks about race relations and what he calls "the tanning of America." Also, Southern Culture on the Skids plays some spooky Halloween music…plus, there's a quick appearance by the Jade City Pharaoh.

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Sports
5:00 am
Mon December 26, 2011

UNC Goes Bowling Today

North Carolina will play in its 4th consecutive bowl game later today. The Tar Heels take on Missouri in the Independence Bowl.

The last 18 months have seen major changes to North Carolina’s football program. And the state of transition will last one more game, as interim coach Everett Withers coaches the team despite the hiring of a new head coach.

Larry Fedora was chosen to lead the program, but Withers will coach the team at the Independence Bowl. Withers was a candidate for the permanent job, but didn’t get it.

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Environment
4:50 am
Mon December 26, 2011

UNC Recycles Methane from Landfill

Orange County and UNC Chapel Hill are working together to make productive use of a landfill gas. Methane originates from the decomposition of organic materials such as food. The collaboration will collect methane from the county's landfill and use it to produce electricity using a generator at UNC. Ray DuBose is the director of UNC Energy Services. He says projects like these are not without precedent.

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