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3:47 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Ideas For Your Weekend Plans From The State Of Things

Making plans for the Weekend?
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Looking for weekend plans? This week on The State of Things, we chatted about many upcoming events. Here are a few:

Tuesday the show aired from The Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh and talked with science comedian Brian Malow who is part of the North Carolina Science Festival. The event hosts family-friendly events across the state through next weekend.

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Arts & Culture
3:29 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A Life Looking Like Obama -- In 'Full Frame'

Luis Ortiz stars in the documentary 'Bronx Obama'

  The documentary Bronx Obama follows the story of Luis Ortiz, an unemployed man living in the Bronx who one day in 2008 is told he looks an awful lot like a guy named Barack Obama from Chicago who is running for President—and that changes everything. 

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Voting Rights In North Carolina

voting sign
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Associated Press reporter Gary Robertson talks about voting rights in North Carolina

  

As the May primary draws near, issues over voter rights persist. The controversial voter law passed last year requires photo identification and reduces the number of days for early voting in the May 6th primaries. A lawsuit challenging the measure may soon force legislators to release their correspondence related to drafting the legislation. Meanwhile, the State Board of Elections released a report identifying hundreds of cases of possible voter fraud. 

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Singing, Dancing Assassins

L to R: Maren Searle as Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme and Julie Fishell as Sara Jane Moore
Jon Gardiner for PlayMakers Repertory Company

Host Frank Stasio talks with director Mike Donahue and actress Julie Fishell

What would have happened if John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald had met? Stephen Sonheim's musical, "Assassins" imagines a time when nine presidential killers or would-be killers can walk into a bar together. The show raises questions about what the pursuit of happiness means in America. Performed by PlayMakers Repertory Company, "Assassins" runs through April 20 at the Paul Green Theater in Chapel Hill. 

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The State of Things
11:08 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Dark Water Rising Diversifies Southern Music

Charly Lowry and Corey and Aaron Locklear of Dark Water Rising.

Charly Lowry and Aaron Locklear of Dark Water Rising play live in our studio

  

Chapel-Hill based band Dark Water Rising mixes southern rock, gospel harmonies, and traditional Lumbee influence to create their "rocky soul" sound. They got together in 2008, when none of them had any formal music training. Since then, they have gained local and national recognition throughout Native American communities. 

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Arts & Culture
8:54 am
Fri April 4, 2014

VIDEO: Discovered LIFE Magazine Photos Reveal Curious NC Tradition

This is the first time that these images, of the 1952 Wilson NC Shoeshine Contest, have been made public.
John G. Zimmerman John G. Zimmerman Archive

A yearly shoeshine competition in the 1950's in Wilson, NC drew more than 1,000 spectators and the attention of LIFE Magazine. The images, though, were never published. They were not seen publicly for more than 60 years. Until now.

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Business & Economy
8:52 am
Fri April 4, 2014

GPS Spying? Odometer Fees? NCDOT Considers A Mileage Tax

NCDOT is looking for alternative revenue sources to cover road repairs and upgrades needed to accommodate a rapidly-growing population.
Credit Dave DeWitt

North Carolina's Department of Transportation is considering taxing drivers by the mile to help pay for road construction and upgrades. As cars become more efficient, the gas tax is becoming a less effective revenue source.

The department's Funding and Appropriations Strategies committee – or FAST – has been meeting with leaders and researchers across the state to hear concerns about population growth and potential solutions for insufficient infrastructure.

NC State researchers suggested a revenue model using annual odometer checks or GPS technology to tax motorists.

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Arts & Culture
7:34 am
Fri April 4, 2014

ConvergeNC Festival Challenges Notions Of What Makes Music "Southern"

The second annual Converge NC festival celebrate the music of the American South on and near the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.
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The ConvergeNC Southern Music Festival is underway on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  It's organized by students and faculty.

Co-founders Libby Rodenbough  and Gabe Chess spoke with WUNC's Eric Hodge about this year's event.

Chess said the desire to start a music festival on campus came after his freshman year of college, so he reached out to Bill Ferris at the Center for the Study of the American South, who found a lot of support from university leadership.

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North Carolina Radio History
6:30 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Celebrating Ralph Epperson, WPAQ And 'The Voice Of The Blue Ridge'

Ralph Epperson, founder of WPAQ. Photographed 07/20/05.
Credit Megan Morr / Winston-Salem Journal

This weekend people in Surry County remember a radio pioneer and North Carolina broadcasting legend, Ralph Epperson. A special WPAQ broadcast of the long-running "Merry Go-Round" program and a screening of "Broadcast - A Man and A Dream" documentary are scheduled for Saturday morning and afternoon at The Earle Theater in Mount Airy, NC.

WPAQ - "The Voice of the Blue Ridge"

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My Teacher
5:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

'The McNeills Will Miss You. You've Always Been Everybody's Favorite Teacher'

Riverside High School senior Cameron McNeill and math teacher/school paper adviser Steven Unruhe
Credit Deirdre Logan

WUNC is in the midst of a yearlong examination of what it's like to be an educator, called the North Carolina Teacher Project. This week, we're returning to the My Teacher series, exploring what it takes to make a connection in the classroom by asking students to interview their teachers.

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