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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).

Environment
5:00 am
Thu February 10, 2011

Deadly Bat Fungus Found in NC

Little Brown Bat with white-nose syndrome in Greeley Mine, VT, March 2009.
Credit Marvin Moriarty/USFWS

White nose syndrome has arrived in North Carolina. The syndrome is a fungus that's been killing bats up and down the East Coast. In New York state, about 90 percent of some species of bat have died. Biologists have closed caves to spelunkers and hikers in an effort to control the spread.

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Arts & Culture
10:05 am
Wed February 9, 2011

The Literature Of Forgetting

Book Cover
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As Duke University convenes its 25th annual conference on Alzheimer's disease, host Frank Stasio considers the state of the science and the literature with his guests.

More than five million Americans have Alzheimer's disease. By mid-century, that number is expected to double, if not quadruple. Researchers are learning more about the progressive neurological disorder that affects memory and other functions of the brain, but there is still no treatment or cure. Writers have begun documenting the epidemic, creating fiction and nonfiction that renders the mysterious disease and how it uniquely changes the lives of patients and caregivers alike. The New York Times declared this writing a new genre, calling it "Alzheimer's Literature."

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Science & Technology
5:00 am
Wed February 9, 2011

Biotech Leaders Tout Industry's Benefits

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North Carolina's biotechnology leaders want state lawmakers to maintain investment in biotech... and in education.  Maria Rapoza from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center estimates the biotech industry accounts for about 200,000 jobs and creates about 45 billion dollars in revenue for the state annually. Rapoza says, for instance, state investments in the university system over the last quarter century has helped biotech to thrive here.

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Law
4:55 am
Wed February 9, 2011

Wally Harrelson Dies

Former Guilford County Commissioner Wallace-or Wally-Harrelson has died. He was 74. Harrelson was the County's longtime Public Defender. Colleagues remember him as a mentor and a strong criminal defense lawyer. Howard Neumann, the Chief Assistant District Attorney, worked with Harrelson for 25 years:

"I don't know of anyone who has worked as hard for his clients as Mr. Harrelson did. He was a real, what we call, old-school lawyer. Did it the old fashion way."

Sports
4:30 am
Wed February 9, 2011

Duke-UNC Basketball Tonight

One of the biggest rivalries in college basketball heats up as UNC visits Duke tonight in Durham. It’s the first match-up for the two teams this season and both of them are coming off blowout wins. The Tar Heels are playing perhaps their strongest basketball of the season, a trend that hasn’t gone unnoticed by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski:

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Tue February 8, 2011

Perdue At Emerging Issues Forum

Bev Perdue

Governor Bev Perdue says North Carolina's health care system needs better coordination in order to be more efficient and deliver better care.  Perdue spoke at the annual Emerging Issues Forum in Raleigh yesterday. This year, state and national experts are discussing health care innovation.  In her speech, the governor highlighted North Carolina innovations, such as a 2 million dollar federal grant towards a statewide I-T effort. The project will screen for dangerous medication interactions in older patients who get prescriptions from many doctors:

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Arts & Culture
4:55 am
Tue February 8, 2011

Natives Leave When Immigrants Move In

A new study made available today sheds light on the phenomenon of neighborhood segregation. Kyle Crowder, a sociology professor at UNC Chapel Hill, conducted the research along with two others:

"Despite all of the talk about progress towards equal opportunity for everyone in gaining access to neighborhoods, there’s still a lot of evidence that native-born blacks and native-born white householders tend to move away from neighborhoods that have high concentrations of immigrants."


Crowder says people of different races typically leave for different reasons.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon February 7, 2011

Changing Charter Schools

The State Legislature is making good on its promise to change laws that govern charter schools. But some public school advocates say the current bill is too far-reaching.

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Arts & Culture
8:18 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Musical Spotlight: Robert Plant

Robert Plant
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Eric Hodge sat down with Plant to talk about the new album.

A rock n' roll legend, former lead singer of Led Zeppelin Robert Plant has stayed busy as of late. His latest release is called "Band of Joy" and his current tour brought him through Raleigh recently. WUNC's Eric Hodge sat down with Plant to talk about the new album. Click "Listen Now" to hear the interview.

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