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12:20 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

National Black Heritage Swim Meet

Credit www.blackheritageswimming.org

Host Frank Stasio talks about it with Lisa Webb and Tom Hazelett.

Go to a competitive swim meet and you are likely to encounter a sea of white faces. Minorities are notoriously underrepresented in the sport.

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The State of Things
12:12 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

NC Literary Lights: Ron Rash

Ron Rash
Credit www.wcu.edu

Host Frank Stasio will talk with Ron Rash, professor of Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University, about his work and growing acclaim.

Most of the works of writer Ron Rash begin life as single images — ones that live in his head. His first novel, “One Foot in Eden” (Picador/2003), started as a snapshot of a farmer standing in a field with his crops dying all around him. His second novel, “Saints at the River” (Picador/2005), originated as a vision of a child looking up through water.

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Brenda Linton & The Kinglets

Brenda Linton and her band, the Kinglets, join host Frank Stasio to talk about the project and play live in the studio.

Brenda Linton began singing as a child at Catholic school musicals. When she was eight, she was introduced to the piano and classical music. Over the years, this childhood love of song would carry her into the realm of folk music. In 2005, Linton released her first CD, “The Secret,” an album about loss inspired by the grief she experienced after the death of her mother.

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Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Fri May 27, 2011

30 Americans at NCMA

Hank Willis Thomas, ''Branded Head,'' 2003
Credit Rubell Family Collection, Miami.

  The North Carolina Museum of Art continues to celebrate an exhibit where at least three generations of African American artists boldly explore history, culture and pop culture.  The “30 Americans” exhibit is said to be the largest contemporary African American art exhibit in the country.  All of the pieces in the show come from the Rubell Family of Miami who established their collection in the mid-1960s.  

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Politics & Government
5:00 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Democrats Decry Smart Start Reductions

Democratic leaders at the legislature say they're unhappy with the Republican-authored Senate budget proposal that would cut Smart Start. It's a nationally recognized early childhood program for low-income families across the state. The Senate plan would strip funding for the program by 20 percent, as does the House budget proposal passed a few weeks ago. But the Senate proposal would also dissolve the parent organization that oversees Smart Start and shift its administration to the Division of Child Development. Democrat Joe Hackney is the Minority Leader in the House.

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Health
4:45 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Campaign Pushes Pool Safety

A statewide advocacy group is launching a new program to raise awareness of pool safety. The campaign by "Safe Kids North Carolina" aims to improve safety at pools and encourage simple steps that can save lives. Director Kelly Ransdell says about 400 kids under the age of 14 drown in pools and spas each year in the United States.

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The State of Things
1:19 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Indicting John Doe

Young joins host Frank Stasio to talk about the tragic attack she suffered and the unique path she took to bringing her assailant to justice.

On a night in 1994, Patricia Young of Nashville, Tennessee was asleep in her bed when she was startled awake by a masked man who had broken into her house. The man, undressed from the waist down, brutally attacked Young and attempted to rape her. Young, an attorney, put up a fierce struggle, biting off a piece of his finger. Eventually the man left, but not before sexually violating Young with his hands.

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The State of Things
1:05 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Eugenics in America

Illustration from a 1954 brochure, ''The Population Bomb''

Host Frank Stasio talks about the articles with Begos and Alexandra Stern.

In the first decades of the 20th century, the eugenics movement led scientists and policy makers to embrace radical tenets of genetic engineering. This movement included involuntary sterilization of criminals, poor people, the mentally impaired and minorities – in hopes of breeding out undesirable traits. Most Americans refuted eugenics after World War II, but a small contingent of influential researchers and social engineers remained devoted to the flawed science. Their persistence led to state-supported, involuntary sterilizations as late as the 1970s. In 2002, then-Governor Mike Easley issued an apology for the atrocities the state committed in the name of eugenics.

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The State of Things
12:56 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

The Trouble with the Tobacco Trust Fund

Credit www.tobaccotrustfund.org

Host Frank Stasio talks about the role of Tobacco Trust Fund money in the state’s economy with Linda Shaw Andrew Brod.

The future of the state’s Tobacco Trust Fund, which provides financial compensation to North Carolina’s former tobacco farmers, remains in question. Budget proposals for the multi-million dollar program diverge widely between the state House and Senate. Senators have suggested continuing the distribution of funding dollars. State House members have suggested cutting funding all together. Small farmers and the organizations supporting them worry that losing this money could mean the demise of many enterprising agricultural projects.

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Health
7:20 am
Thu May 26, 2011

Young Adults Show High Blood Pressure

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Credit Carolina Population Center

  More young adults are developing high blood pressure - that's the finding of research from UNC Chapel Hill. 

Since 1995, researchers around the country have been interviewing groups of adolescents and then following them and their health as they grow into adulthood. The study - calledAdd Health - is lead by demographer Kathleen Mullen Harris, from UNC.  Harris says they found about one-in-five people in their twenties and early thirties had high blood pressure. And that's worrisome. 

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