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12:42 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Carolina Public Press

Carolina Public Press
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Journalist Angie Newsome saw a need for more investigative reporting in the western part of North Carolina, so she founded the Carolina Public Press. It’s a non-profit, online publication that reports on the 17 westernmost counties in the state. The project is funded through the generosity of foundations, donors, businesses and other organizations. Host Frank Stasio talks to Newsome about the Carolina Public Press and some of the news it's covering.

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State of Things
12:25 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

The Kruger Brothers

The Kruger Brothers
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Swiss brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger have played music together since they were very young, but their band never seemed quite complete – until they met New Yorker Joel Landsberg. Landsberg shared their love of musical creativity and everything started coming together. The trio began playing for Swiss audiences, eventually making their American debut in 1997. The band is now based in North Carolina, a place they credit for inspiring their early sound. The Kruger Brothers perform tonight in Raleigh, but first they join host Frank Stasio in the studio to talk about their alliance and their music.

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State of Things
11:55 am
Thu November 3, 2011

The Jade City Pharaoh

Comic artwork by Franco

When last we left superhero Herald M.F. Jones, he was saving the people of Jade City from the controlling clutches of corrupt, charismatic villains. That was in “Jade City Chronicles,” a stage production that ran at Man Bites Dog Theater in Durham last summer. Since then, playwright Howard Craft has written even more spectacular adventures for Herald, an African-American vigilante with a unique past and supernatural abilities. The new chapters of Herald’s life will be heard on the radio in a new series called “The Jade City Pharaoh,” which is in development to premiere on WUNC’s “The State of Things” in December. Craft joins host Frank Stasio to talk about creating a modern-day hero that’s perfect for the stage, the comic strip and the airwaves.

SPECIAL EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: The Jade City Pharaoh is coming to "The State of Things" on WUNC! Join host Frank Stasio at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, NC on Friday, November 4th at 8 p.m. for a benefit to support a new radio drama series starring Herald MF Jones, the bad ass black superhero of "Jade City Chronicles." It's an evening of live music, visual art, spoken word and audience participation with playwright Howard Craft, Shirlette Ammons & the Dynamite Brothers, Poetic Portraits of a Revolution, Franco, Kim Arrington and more. Tickets start at just $25! For more information, click here.

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Environment
11:53 am
Thu November 3, 2011

Rising Temps Tough on Some Trees

A new study from Duke University points to tough times ahead for some tree species. Researchers examined data on climate change and the effect rising temperatures are having on tree populations in the eastern U.S. James Clark is a professor of biology and statistics at Duke. He says models that predicted trees would move with the climate were wrong.

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Business & Economy
9:10 am
Thu November 3, 2011

Pension Fund to Help Life Science Start-Ups

A major push is underway in North Carolina to help grow businesses in the Life Sciences. 

Politics & Government
1:38 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Hagan, Burr Divided on Infrastructure Bill

North Carolina's Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan is calling on Congress to pass another piece of President Obama's jobs bill. The president divided his first proposal into pieces after it failed to get the 60 votes needed in the Senate. The first piece was also voted down last month. Mr. Obama urged lawmakers to pass the second part earlier today. It's a $50 billion proposal that would go toward infrastructure projects. Hagan says the investment would support businesses in North Carolina.

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Environment
1:29 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Plan for Blue Ridge Parkway Discussed

The Blue Ridge Parkway is finally getting a management plan. The long-delayed outline for the next twenty years goes to a series of public hearings starting later today. Phil Francis is the park's Superintendent. He says much of the land that forms the backdrop for many of the views along the parkway's 469 miles is privately owned.

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State of Things
11:45 am
Wed November 2, 2011

What to do With the Big Banks

On Tuesday, Bank of America ditched its plans to begin charging customers a monthly fee to use their debit cards. The decision to abandon the fee comes in response to consumer complaints to the proposal. Among those complaints is a movement called Bank Transfer Day, which urges consumers to move their money from banks to credit unions. Host Frank Stasio talks with experts in personal finance and banking about the role of big banks, small banks and credit unions in our lives and in the emerging economy.

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Science & Technology
11:09 am
Wed November 2, 2011

NC State Device Monitors Floods, Droughts

North Carolina has seen its fair share of both flooding and drought over the past several years. One of the problems has been getting accurate information, especially in rural areas. Francios Birgand is a biological engineering researcher at N.C. State. He led the development of the 'Gauge-Cam'. He says he and his team wanted to explore the possibility of using wireless imaging technologies to help track water flows in streams and rivers.

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