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Wendee Wechsberg

Wendee Wechsberg has worked with drug addicts and HIV patients across the world, from urban North Carolina communities to rural South Africa. She has always done her research with the motto: "What can I do to help?"

Bruce Springsteen
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Rock legend Bruce Springsteen canceled his Sunday show in Greensboro, citing his opposition to House Bill 2, the controversial new North Carolina law that bars LGBT people from discrimination protections.

A handful of student protesters have occupied the administration building at Duke University for nearly a week. The demonstration is a response to an incident in which a white administrator hit a black parking attendant with his car. The attendant, Shelvia Underwood, alleges Duke executive Vice President Tallman Trask then used a racial slur in frustration. Protesters say the alleged incident raises questions about the way the school treats minimum wage employees, and have demanded Trask's resignation and a living wage for Duke employees. The university says it will negotiate.

Damon Wayans performing comedy in 2007.
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For some Oscar viewers this year, host Chris Rock’s jokes about race crossed a line. But in the world of humor, is there a line?  

Do certain comedians have greater license to make jokes that might be offensive if delivered by others? And does the composition of the audience matter?

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Ben Hedin

 In the early 1960s, a group of young. white blues enthusiasts ventured through the South to find blues musicians Skip James and Son House. As the group tried to locate these roots musicians, racial violence grew across Mississippi. 

'Two Trains Runnin'' connects the stories from this blues quest with the civil rights protests taking place as a part of Freedom Summer in 1964.

Author John Claude Bemis.
Jen Bauldree

Author John Claude Bemis may live in Hillsborough, but he spends much of his time in an imaginary world where myths and legends come alive. 

Bemis created the Clockwork Dark Trilogy, which weaves American folklore with the fantasy genre.  In his new book, "The Wooden Prince" Bemis has completely overhauled the classic story of Pinocchio, and introduces us to a magical place called Abaton.  

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Journalist and social activist Dorothy Day challenged the structure of the Catholic church when she co-founded the Catholic Worker Movement in the 1930s.

The group advocated for direct aid to the poor and civil disobedience on their behalf. Today, Day's granddaughter Martha Hennessy continues Day's work.
 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Hennessy about the teachings of the Catholic Worker Movement and Day's legacy. Hennessy speaks at Duke Divinity School Room 0013 Westbrook in Durham tonight at 7 p.m. and at St. Francis Church in Raleigh at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 8.

In Our Son's Name

When Phyllis and Orlando Rodriguez lost their son Greg on September 11, 2001, they felt extreme sadness, grief, and fear for the future of their family.

But they also felt a lot of dread about how the U.S. government might react and what kind of international upheaval would occur in light of the attacks.

 

An image of 'Dada' from 'Raising Bertie'
Kartemquin Films

Bertie County is a predominantly African-American in eastern North Carolina, and about a third of it's population lives under the poverty line. 

A new documentary, "Raising Bertie," shows the obstacles of the area through the experiences of three young African-American men.

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