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11:30 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Meet Stuart Pimm

Stuart Pimm
Credit http://www.nicholas.duke.edu/people/faculty/pimm/

Duke University professor Stuart Pimm’s work is more important than ever. That’s because species are going extinct faster than ever. Pimm, the Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, studies endangered species in hopes of curbing accelerated extinction rates. His work as a conservation biologist began in Hawaii in the 1970s – before the field of conservation biology even existed.

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Law
5:25 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Durham Police: Choose Your Ride

Credit Durham Police Department

The Durham Police have a new reminder for residents about the dangers of driving drunk. It looks like a police car in the front and a taxi cab in the back. The car tells drunk drivers they can choose their ride- either a taxi or a police car. Decals on the hood give information warning about the monetary cost of getting a DUI. Durham County Assistant Chief Lee Russ says the 'franken-car' will be parked outside of nightlife spots. He hopes that people will think twice before getting behind the wheel after drinking.

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Politics & Government
5:15 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Raleigh Revisits Downtown Light Rail Plan

City Council members in Raleigh are holding a public hearing today to get feedback about a light rail line proposal.

The recommendation from Raleigh's Passenger Rail Task Force takes light rail tracks down Morgan Street to the Capitol building. There, they split in two and run north along Wilmington Street and south on Salisbury Street. It's part of Triangle Transit Authority's plan to build commuter train and light rail tracks from Chapel Hill to Garner by 2025.

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Politics & Government
5:10 am
Mon August 1, 2011

DOT Expanding Interstate Driver Assistance

Credit ncdot.org

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is expanding its driver assistance patrols to interstate between major cities. The Incident Management Assistance Patrol, or IMAP, has increased its number of yellow trucks on areas between Charlotte and Raleigh. That includes Davidson, Randolph, and Rowan Counties along I-85. IMAP directs traffic in the event of major accidents and helps with broken down vehicles to improve congestion. Sam Whittington is the Regional Instant Management Engineer for the Triad.

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Sports
3:13 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Withers Makes History

Everett Withers
Credit TarHeelBlue.com

Everett Withers is the new interim head football coach at North Carolina. Withers, Chancellor Holden Thorp and athletic director Dick Baddour addressed the media earlier today.

Withers replaces Butch Davis, who was fired on Wednesday. Withers is the first African-American head football coach in school history - and just the second black head coach in any sport.

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State of Things
1:21 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Tar Heels Down

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ousted two leaders of the school's athletic program this week. Football coach Butch Davis was fired and longtime Athletics Director Dick Baddour announced his resignation. It's all fallout from persistent allegations that football players violated NCAA rules regarding academics and gifts.

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State of Things
1:12 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Sports Scandal and Citizen Journalism

While North Carolina State University fans uncovered plagiarism on the part of a football player from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, it was the News & Observer that double checked the story and gave it mainstream media play. UNC journalism professor Adam Hochberg says that this combination of citizen and professional journalists has its pros and cons. Hochberg and WUNC reporter Dave DeWitt join guest host Isaac-Davy Aronson to consider whether we are better for it when citizens become journalists and journalists carry on the work of those citizens.

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State of Things
1:04 pm
Fri July 29, 2011

Lizzy Ross Band

Lizzy Ross
Credit www.lizzy.net

Singing used to mean trouble for Lizzy Ross. Her elementary school teachers couldn’t make her stop singing, even in class, so they’d fuss at her or call her parents. In college, singing and songwriting became Ross’ creative outlet. Her solo debut CD, “Traces,” was released last year and her voice drew comparisons to Janis Joplin and Grace Potter. She’s now working with her band on a follow-up project and touring North Carolina to promote her jazzy blend of folk and rock music. Ross joins guest host Isaac-Davy Aronson to talk about her time in the studio and on the road and to perform live.

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Arts & Culture
10:38 am
Fri July 29, 2011

Poetic Portraits of a Revolution: Ayya

Sameer Abdel-khalek

The poets we've been following this summer are in Tunisia right now. This weekend Will McInerney, Mohammad Moussa, Kane Smego and photographer Sameer Abdel-khalek are travelling from their homebase in Tunis to more rural areas to get a different perspective on the Arab Summer. Before they left, they met a young woman named Ayya. She inspired this latest Poetic Portrait of a Revolution.

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Sports
10:04 am
Fri July 29, 2011

Changes in UNC Football Prgoram

UNC-Chapel Hill has named Everett Withers as its new interim head football coach. Withers is a long-serving assistant and takes over for Butch Davis, who was fired by the university late Wednesday. Also this week, UNC's athletic director Dick Baddour announced he will be stepping down early.  education reporter Dave DeWitt sits down with David Brower to talk about the changes at Carolina.

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