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The State Of Things
4:09 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Tupelo Honey Cafe Cookbook Showcases Appalachian Cuisine

Tupelo Honey Cafe cookbook
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Southern food is a popular cuisine in many foodie circles. But an Asheville restaurant seeks to highlight a subgenre of Southern food: Appalachian cuisine. Chef Brian Sonokus of Tupelo Honey Café and co-author Elizabeth Sims demonstrate the versatility of Appalachian cuisine in their new book, Tupelo Honey Café: New Southern Flavors From The Blue Ridge Mountains. Host Frank Stasio talks with Sonokus and Sims about the expansion of Tupelo Honey Café and their new book. 

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The State Of Things
12:57 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

From Activism To Legislation: Terry Van Duyn

NC Senator Terry Van Duyn
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Terry Van Duyn is North Carolina’s newest state senator. The Buncombe Democrat was elected to fill the seat held by longtime legislator Martin Nesbitt who died last month after a brief battle with stomach cancer. When she heads to Raleigh next month, Van Duyn will be the only sitting senator to have been arrested in the Moral Monday protests. Host Frank Stasio talks with Van Duyn about the challenges of transitioning from protestor to legislator.

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The State Of Things
12:46 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Scientists And Artists Explore The Sounds Of Outer Space

Ed White on the first United States Spacewalk
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Scientists say in space you cannot hear a sound. But for decades, filmmakers have tried to create the sounds of space. And perhaps they’re onto something. Asheville's Moogfest is hosting a panel "Sounds of Space," that explores both artists and scientists' perspectives on what we can hear in space if we learn to listen. Charles Lindsay, a multimedia artist and the artist in residence at SETI (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, and Eric McDougall, founder and principal of Black Ink San Francisco, are part of the panel. 

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Business & Economy
11:07 am
Thu April 24, 2014

The Solar Suitcase: Sharing Big Ideas At SwitchPoint

SwitchPoint 2013
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There's a fascinating conference happening Thursday and Friday at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw. It's called SwitchPoint. This is the conference for you if you're interested in things like using technology for good, social entrepreneurship and creativity/design.

The attendees are the kind of people who are doing the most interesting things in our society: printing 3-D organs, crowdsourcing crisis response via text, building medical devices out of broken toys.

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Business & Economy
8:05 am
Thu April 24, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Lilly Part Of Drug Asset Swap

GSK Scientist. The company says much of its focus is on respiratory therapy and HIV drugs in RTP.
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Big changes and asset swaps in the pharmaceutical world are happening this week, but the Triangle should be spared of any fall-out.

One of the big moves in this chess game includes Switzerland-based Novartis agreeing to spend up to $16 billion for GlaxoSmithKline’s cancer drug business in Pennsylvania.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Republican U.S. Senate Candidates Hold Second Debate

GOP Senate Primary Debate hosted by WRAL 4.23.14
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Four of the candidates vying to win the state’s Republican U.S. Senate primary appeared in their second debate last night. In the half-hour forum, aired live on WRAL-TV, state house speaker Thom Tillis, Army veteran Heather Grant, Baptist pastor Mark Harris and ob-gyn Greg Brannon touched on a variety of issues, from immigration to the Affordable Care Act. But the candidates seemed to agree on most of the issues.
 

>> Watch the debate here.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Early Voting Starts Today

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Early voting begins today for the May primary election.

Today is the first day North Carolinians can cast their votes in this year's primary election. 289 sites across the state will be open for residents to come to the polls. That's 77 more locations than in 2010.

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Education
8:48 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Judge Halts Law Repealing Teacher Tenure in Durham, Guilford

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A Superior Court judge on Wednesday halted a mandate that  requires North Carolina school districts to reward their top teachers with multi-year contracts in exchange for giving up tenure.

Guilford County and Durham Public School leaders filed a lawsuit against the new mandate earlier this year, calling it unconstitutional.  The judge issued a  preliminary injunction, which means the two school systems do not have to follow the mandate while the case is being decided.

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Arts & Culture
1:00 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

This Is Radio: Behind-The-Scenes With The Kitchen Sisters

The Kitchen Sisters. Nikki Silva (left) and Davia Nelson
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"It's like prospectors that are mining for gold. Having something that is just shimmering and so hot and dynamic and compelling, you have to just follow it." - Davia Nelson

There's a new installment of the web-only series This is Radio. This time, producer Andrew Norton goes behind-the-scenes with the public radio producing duo The Kitchen Sisters.

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