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Business & Economy
1:20 pm
Sat February 12, 2011

Red Hat To Stay, Grow In Triangle

Perdue's Red Hat
Credit Laura Leslie

Linux software giant Red Hat will be staying in Wake County, and adding hundreds of jobs.  Laura Leslie reports.

Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst says his company has settled on Wake County for its new corporate headquarters.  The company will add 540 jobs over the next 5 years, in return for state and local incentives totaling around 18 million dollars.

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Arts & Culture
5:50 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Pauli Murray - Before Her Time

Pauli Murray mural in downtown Durham
Credit Face Up Project, Center for Documentary Studie

Celebrations continue to honor Pauli Murray - author, civil rights activist, poet, lawyer, and priest - during the 100th anniversary year of her birth.

There are murals of a woman in downtown Durham who was obscure to the population until just about a year ago. Her name is Pauli Murray. Murray was raised in Durham and went on to become a civil rights leader, co-founder of the National Organization for Women and the first African American woman to be ordained an Episcopal priest. Durham residents have been celebrating the 100th anniversary of Murray’s birth. There is a Pauli Murray Project at Duke University named for her and even a play in her honor. 

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The State of Things
10:37 am
Fri February 11, 2011

Robert Griffin

Robert Griffin
Credit Robert Griffin

Pianist Robert Griffin joins host Frank Stasio to talk about his music and play a few songs live in the studio.

Pianist Robert Griffin makes social commentary and sets it to music. He’s taken on corporate irresponsibility, corrupt government, genetically engineered foods and 24-hour cable news networks in his jazzy compositions. Griffin’s latest CD is called “Ain’t My Kind of Strange.” He joins host Frank Stasio to talk about his music and play a few songs live in the studio.

The State of Things
10:29 am
Fri February 11, 2011

Local Histories

Host Frank Stasio talks with Elin O'Hara Slavick, curator of the exhibition, and Cici Stevens, a local artist with a piece in the show.

An eclectic mix of art pieces come together in Chapel Hill in the exhibition"Local Histories: The Ground We Walk On." Building on the idea that "place can not be global," more than 50 artists from across the United States created works about communities around the world. The exhibit includes artists’ perspectives on a UFO hunter in Puerto Rico, the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam, and Michael Jordan’s childhood home. Host Frank Stasio talks with Elin O'Hara Slavick, curator of the exhibition, and Cici Stevens, a local artist with a piece in the show.

The State of Things
10:19 am
Fri February 11, 2011

Durham Central Market

Credit Durham Central Market

Host Frank Stasio speaks with Project Manager Don Moffitt and Robin Arcus, a board member and Durham Central Market co-founder, about the co-op, which is scheduled to open in 2012.

Durham Central Market, a community grocery store cooperative, lets local investors build social and financial capital in the construction of a downtown supermarket. Host Frank Stasio speaks with Project Manager Don Moffitt and Robin Arcus, a board member and Durham Central Market co-founder, about the co-op, which is scheduled to open in 2012.

Business & Economy
5:00 am
Fri February 11, 2011

ConAgra Explosion Featured in Safety Video

Credit U.S. Chemical Safety Board

The deadly explosion at the Con-Agra Foods plant near Garner has resulted in a safety video to help prevent future tragedies. 

The video was produced by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. It’s called “Deadly Practices” and begins like this.

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Business & Economy
4:45 am
Fri February 11, 2011

It's Pothole Season

North Carolina roads may be clear of ice and snow, but drivers still might hit trouble spots. It's the beginning of pothole season. Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Abbott says drivers should watch out for potholes. But he says the cold weather actually has minimized damage.

"Because we haven't had the thaw and freeze and thaw and freeze of last year potholes are not as bad as they were last year."

The State of Things
10:37 am
Thu February 10, 2011

Rigor Amortis

Book Cover for Rigor Amortis

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. If you’re not sure how to make a successful romantic gesture to the one you love, you might want to consult with a zombie. Sure, they eat brains, but they’re capable of love, too – a love that can last forever. Host Frank Stasio talks with writer Jaym Gates about a new collection of zombie short stories she co-edited called "Rigor Amortis" (Absolute XPress/2010) that deals with love from beyond the grave.

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The State of Things
10:34 am
Thu February 10, 2011

Lessons From A Hard-Knock Life

Jeannette Walls
Credit http://blogs.guilford.edu/bryanseries/

Walls joins host Frank Stasio to talk about her memories of a hard-knock childhood.

Jeannette Walls' parents didn't seem to worry about her and her three siblings much. Not when Jeannette set herself on fire cooking a hot dog when she was a preschooler, not when the family had to repeatedly flee home after home with creditors at their heels, not when she rummaged through the school garbage to find her lunch. But in her best-selling memoir, "The Glass Castle" (Scribner/2005), Walls offers gratitude for the lessons she learned growing up and for her parents' gifts of love. The author joins host Frank Stasio to talk about her memories of a hard-knock childhood.

Arts & Culture
10:31 am
Thu February 10, 2011

Langston Hughes And Lynching

Book cover, 'Langston Hughes and American Lynching Culture'

Host Frank Stasio talks to Miller about his new book, 'Langston Hughes and American Lynching Culture.'

Writer Langston Hughes is famous for uplifting poems like "I, Too" and lyrical poetry like “A Dream Deferred,” but North Carolina State Assistant Professor of English Jason Miller says that hidden within Hughes' works are powerful statements about the practice of lynching. Host Frank Stasio talks to Miller about his new book, "Langston Hughes and American Lynching Culture” (University Press of Florida/2011).

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