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State of Things
9:44 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Colonialism's Past and Present

Colonialism is often associated with the violent seizure of the Americas and the enslavement of Africa, but its roots and implications go farther than most history texts show. Two new books from Duke University professors explore the nature of colonialism. One examines the role psychoanalysis played in colonial rule, and the other offers ideas about what kinds of challenges to Western colonialism exist in the 21st century.

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Education
4:45 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Thorp Meets With Obama

UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp attended a White House summit yesterday in Washington. He and 11 other college leaders discussed affordability and college access with President Obama.

Thorp says Mr. Obama is well-versed on the issues universities are facing in a tough economy.

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Military
4:55 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Some Military Members Struggle with Debt

Service members, politicians and consumer advocates gathered in a round table meeting at the North Carolina National Guard headquarters today to discuss financial protections and hardships facing members of the military. Hundreds of service members struggling with debt have their security clearances revoked every year, making them ineligible for certain promotions and deployments. U.S. Representative Brad Miller says there are laws to help protect members of the military from predatory lending practices, but not enough people know about them.

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Science & Technology
4:25 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Researchers to Design a Future Internet

Researchers from NC State and UNC Chapel Hill are working on an improved blueprint for the Internet. The project is part of the National Science Foundation’s effort on “Future Internet Architecture.”  The team in North Carolina is focused on making more choices available to end-users. Ilia Baldine is a senior researcher at UNC.

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State of Things
11:36 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Meet Duncan Murrell

Duncan Murrell
Credit http://cds.aas.duke.edu

Duncan Murrell got an early start on being an outside observer. He went to college on an ROTC scholarship where he vigorously protested apartheid in between military drills. And when Murrell became a Marine, his left wing politics never kept him from being promoted and honored. He went to journalism school as one of the only military veterans, and he covered the Gulf Coast for a paper in Mobile, Alabama after growing up in the North. He's written several groundbreaking stories for Harper's Magazine about New Orleans, edited author Robert Morgan for Algonquin Books and now runs the literary program at The Center for Documentary Studies.

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Politics & Government
9:15 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Future of Highway 12 Discussed

Hurricane damaged Highway 12 on Hatteras Island is the subject of two public workshops this week. The only road along parts of the Outer Banks was breached in several places by Hurricane Irene in August. Traffic is rolling again on temporary fixes, but state officials want to move forward with permanent repairs. Greer Beatty works for North Carolina's Department of Transportation.

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Environment
7:16 am
Mon December 5, 2011

TVA Settlement Funds Discussed

A series of public hearings starts today to determine how the state should use funds from an $11.2 million settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority. The agreement came earlier this year after the state claimed coal-fired TVA plants in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee sent polluted air into North Carolina. State Energy Office spokesman Seth Effron says the settlement calls for the money to go toward clean energy projects.

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Politics & Government
6:55 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Big Weekend for Outgoing Mayor

Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker and Mayor-elect Nancy McFarlane
Credit raleighnc.gov

Outgoing Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker is on somewhat of a farewell tour today. First off is the Human Relation Commission's "Unity Day" at the Convention Center this morning. One big issue they'll be discussing is the proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage and domestic unions in the state. Meeker doesn't mince words about that.

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State of Things
11:32 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Sister Helen Prejean

Sister Helen Prejean
Credit www.prejean.org

Sister Helen Prejean is a dedicated opponent of the death penalty. Her experience serving as a spiritual advisor to men on death row was captured in the 1995 film "Dead Man Walking," starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn and based on Prejean’s bestselling book of the same name. Through the years, Prejean has stood by six death row inmates as the government executed them for their crimes. Host Frank Stasio talks with Sister Helen Prejean about her experience fighting against the death penalty and ministering to condemned prisoners.

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State of Things
11:00 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Chapel Hill Community Chorus

The Cantari Voices Ensemble
Credit The Cantari Voices Ensemble

The Chapel Hill Community Chorus has been serenading audiences in the Triangle for 30 years. The 130-member group consists of professional and amateur musicians who love to sing, including a group of 25 called The Cantari Voices Ensemble. A few of the chorus join Host Frank Stasio to perform live and talk about the busy holiday concert season.

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