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Environment
6:35 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

Red Wolf Pups Possible

Red Wolf
Credit Museum of Life and Science

Animal keepers at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham are keeping their fingers crossed that one of their red wolves is pregnant. The red wolf is extremely rare. There’re only about 300 estimated to be alive today. 2 of them are at the museum. And keepers have been excited the past few weeks because the female wolf has changed her behavior and and is looking a bit chubbie.

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Business & Economy
6:27 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

Jobless Rates Down Across State

Every corner of the state is experiencing a decline in its unemployment rate.  The largest decline was in Graham County.

Politics & Government
2:05 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

Hagan, Burr Want 2 Year Budget Cycle

Senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr have joined several lawmakers who want the federal government to adopt a budget process similar to North Carolina's. Hagan and Burr have co-sponsored a bipartisan bill that would require Congress to write budgets every two years rather than annually. Lawmakers face a government shutdown if they don't agree on a spending plan before this weekend.

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

Reading The Language Of Rape Culture

How we articulate ideas about rape sheds light on American perceptions of violence, gender and race.

Most cases of rape and sexual assault never make the news. But in recent weeks, horrific stories about victims of sexual violence have created national headlines. Some language used in the reporting of these cases and public reactions to them has caused controversy. How we articulate ideas about rape sheds light on American perceptions of violence, gender and race. Host Frank Stasio discusses the language and the law surrounding rape with a panel of guests including documentary filmmaker Aishah Shahidah Simmons; Mark Anthony Neal, a professor of African and African-American Studies at Duke University; Melissa Harris-Perry, associate professor of politics and African-American Studies at Princeton University; and Mary R. Block, associate professor of history at Valdosta State University.

Politics & Government
10:00 am
Wed April 6, 2011

NC Extended Jobless Benefits to End

The state’s extended benefits program for the long-term unemployed is about to end. About 37-thousand people will lose their benefits.

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Law
6:00 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Bill Would Block Retirement Benefits For Felons

A bill in the North Carolina house would prohibit state employees from receiving retirement benefits if they are convicted of a felony. The measure would apply only to those who are convicted of a crime that took place while working for the state. The crime would also have to be directly related to the individual's office or employment. Republican Representative Julia Howard of Mocksville is one of the bill's sponsors. She says she and others hope a penalty would prevent some crimes from being committed:

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Health
5:00 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Teenage Binge Drinking May Have Lasting Effects

Teenagers who binge drink may do long-term damage to their brains, according to a study from UNC Chapel Hill. Scientists administered alcohol to adolescent mice and measured changes in brain matter. They found adolescent mice exposed to alcohol lost brain matter in the frontal cortex and were less proficient at memory tests. Dr. Fulton Crews is a professor of pharmacology at UNC. He says the human adolescent brain functions in much the same way:

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The State of Things
12:34 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

The Problem With Pirates

Host Frank Stasio will talk about modern day piracy

Criminals who commit modern day maritime piracy pose a serious challenge for law enforcement. Pirates, a hijacked ship and its cargo could all be from different nations with different laws. With so many jurisdictions involved, it becomes nearly impossible to figure out which laws apply and what punishment should be meted out. Host Frank Stasio will talk about modern day piracy with Mark Nance and Michael Struett, assistant professors of political science at North Carolina State University and co-authors of a paper called “Maritime Piracy and Regime Complexes: Explaining Low Levels of Coordination.

The State of Things
12:23 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Two Takes On Textile Mill History

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Host Frank Stasio talks with Filene and two of his public history graduate students, Dale Pennington and Sarah McNulty.

The North Carolina Museum of History has mounted an exhibition of the photography of Lewis Hine. His bleak, black-and-white prints paint a vivid picture of young people, some not yet teenagers, covered in the lint and grime of the state’s textile mills. Meanwhile, University of North Carolina at Greensboro public history students, under the guidance of associate professor of history Benjamin Filene, have created an online project called “Community Threads: Remembering the Cone Mill Villages.”

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The State of Things
12:12 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

The Shape of the Table

playwright David Edgar
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Host Frank Stasio will talk about the play with Edgar and Burning Coal Theatre Company artistic director Jerome Davis.

In David Edgar’s play, "The Shape of the Table," a country is falling to pieces. Its people are protesting and demanding a new government while the old government tries to hold on to power. It could be a story ripped from today's headlines, but it premiered in 1990 — a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The narrative deals with an unnamed eastern European country as it transitions from Communism to democracy.

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