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The State of Things
12:24 pm
Fri April 8, 2011

Occult America

Mitch Horowitz

Host Frank Stasio talks to Mitch Horowitz.

The occult has been with America since the nation’s inception, thriving in the parlors of mediums, even reaching the White House. So says Mitch Horowitz in "Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation" (Bantam/2009).

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Fri April 8, 2011

The Eldest Jackson

Rebbie Jackson

Rebbie Jackson joins host Frank Stasio to talk about her advocacy, her music and her family.

The Jackson family holds an important place in American music.  Its eldest child, Rebbie, has had a successful career as an entertainer that included her 1984 hit song, "Centipede," which was written by her brother, Michael Jackson. 

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Education
6:00 am
Fri April 8, 2011

Charter School Bill Closer to Governor's Desk

A bill that would lift the current limit of one hundred charter schools in North Carolina has tentatively passed the state House.

The bill would allow the addition of up to fifty charter schools every year. It has been the subject of hours of debate, discussion and even compromise in committees. But lawmakers were still wrangling over the bill on the House floor yesterday. House Majority Leader Paul Stam told the body he was growing impatient.

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Politics & Government
6:36 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Kay Hagan On The Budget

Kay Hagan
Credit hagan.senate.gov

Congressional leaders and the White House have yet to reach an agreement to keep the federal government running. The current spending plan runs out at midnight tomorrow. Congressional leaders met at the White House Thursday afternoon and planned to meet later in the day. They need to strike a deal that can be agreed to by the President, the Republican-controlled House, and the Democratic-controlled Senate.

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Politics & Government
6:35 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Governor And Lawmakers Air Their Differences

Governor Perdue and the Republican-led legislature are entering what may be the public beginning of a contentious relationship.

At the beginning of this year's legislative session, the governor and Republican leaders pledged to work together in the spirit of cooperation. But the governor says she's tired of seeing lawmakers introduce and debate bills that have nothing to do with an enormous looming budget deficit of around 2 billion dollars.

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Law
6:30 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Fayetteville Police Policies Aimed At Preventing Racial Profiling

The Fayetteville Police Department is changing its search policies in response to accusations of racial profiling. The department stopped and searched three times more black drivers than white ones last year. That concerned local activist groups, who want a review of the traffic stops. Lieutenant Chris Davis says Fayetteville Police are now requiring officers to give a detailed written reason for each search they conduct based on probable cause.

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Environment
6:00 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Cleaning Up Chemicals from Dry Cleaners

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources is evaluating a number of sites around the state deemed hazardous because of spilled dry-cleaning solvent. There's a spill in Carrboro that originated from a dry-cleaner in the 70s that's no longer there. John Powers is the director of DENR's Dry Cleaning Solvent Clean Up Act team. He says the first thing they do when a site is volunteered for clean-up is to evaluate water to find out the extent of the contamination.

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The State of Things
11:52 am
Thu April 7, 2011

Imperfect Birds

Anne Lamott

Host Frank Stasio talks to Anne Lamott about the scourge of drugs, the hardships of adolescence and the endlessly inspiring American family.

Anne Lamott is famous for her revealing, poetic, funny books about motherhood, faith and America. Nearly everything she writes is autobiographical, including her newest book, “Imperfect Birds” (Riverhead Books/2010), which is out in paperback and features a teen named Rosie who goes from being a likable, model student-athlete to lying, stealing and using drugs.

The State of Things
11:40 am
Thu April 7, 2011

What's Coming At Full Frame

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Credit Full Frame

Frank Stasio talks with a few of the state's directors about their films.

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival's annual celebration of the documentary brings artists from around the world to Durham. This year, the lineup includes a rich variety of offerings from filmmakers based in North Carolina.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Thu April 7, 2011

Voters Could Decide On Term Limits For Legislative Leaders

Lawmakers in the state House want voters to decide on a constitutional amendment restricting the terms of the leaders of the General Assembly.

The Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tem of the Senate are currently allowed to serve as many two-year terms as they are able- as long as they keep winning the support of their chambers. But House Bill 61 would change that. Republican representative John Blust is from Greensboro, and says

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