My Teacher
5:00 am
Thu April 3, 2014

'It's Really Inspiring To Hear Someone Who's Chosen Teaching Because It's The Right Thing To Do'

East Chapel Hill High School social studies teacher Brian Link and juniors Hannah Schanzer and Leah Meshnick
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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.

WUNC's My Teacher series continues at East Chapel Hill High School, where we asked Hannah Schanzer and Leah Meshnick to interview a teacher who stands out to them.

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Politics & Government
10:26 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

State Elections Officials Investigating Possible Double Voting

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State elections officials say they're investigating 765 cases of voters who could have gone to the polls in two states, including North Carolina. The numbers come from a national crosscheck of voters that compares records in 28 states. State lawmakers mandated participation in the program last year. Kim Strach is the executive director of the state Board of Elections.

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Education
7:10 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Crime, Dropouts, Suspensions Down In NC Public Schools

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Crime, violence, dropout rates and out-of-school suspensions declined across North Carolina public schools last school year, according to a report released by state education officials.

The report shows 10,630 reported acts of school crime and violence last school year, a 4.8 percent decrease from the 11,161 acts in 2011-12. The most common reported acts involve illegal possession of drugs or alcohol, weapons or assault.

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Carl Kasell
4:23 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Happy 80th, Carl!

Happy 80th birthday, Carl Kasell!
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Today, April 2, is Carl Kasell's 8oth birthday. Many happy returns!

Carl was among the students that helped start WUNC in the 1950s when the station first went on the air in Swain Hall on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. And, while he has announced his retirement from "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me," you'll still hear his voice on the program for the next few months.

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Arts & Culture
2:46 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

A Return To The Scene Of The Crime

Darius Monroe directs the new documentary 'Evolution of a Criminal'

  Darius Monroe was 17 years old living in Texas when he committed a crime that would shape the course of his life.  He and two friends robbed a bank in their hometown making off with tens of thousands of dollars.  He was caught and spent 5 years in prison. A decade later, he returned home to try to figure out what impact his crime had on his family and the others who were in the bank that day.                     

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Arts & Culture
2:32 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

The Fight For A Fair Wage: A 'Full Frame' Story

The Hand That Feeds makes its world premiere at Full Frame this weekend.

Hot & Crusty is one the chain delis in New York City that line most street corners, offering fast, affordable food one step up from the fare you might receive at big national chains like McDonalds, or Subway.   Many of the employees at chains such as these are undocumented workers.  They are men and women that are here in this country with no papers, working long hours without the benefit of insurance or job security.  The new documentary ‘The Hand That Feeds’ follows the plight of one group of workers fighting for better working conditions at a Hot & Crusty restaurant on the Upper

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The State Of Things
12:11 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Former President Jimmy Carter Issues "A Call To Action"

President Jimmy Carter
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When President Jimmy Carter took office in 1977, women’s issues and gender equality dominated headlines.  Since leaving the Oval Office, President Carter has continued his work to end sexual discrimination and the abuse of women through his organization, The Carter Center.

The 39th president spoke with The State of Things host, Frank Stasio, about his new book, “A Call To Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power” (Simon & Schuster/2014).

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

The Future of Storytelling

The North Carolina Literary Arts Festival logo
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A panel discussion on the future of story telling

In the pre-digital era, storytellers were a specific category of individuals who regaled live audiences with their tales. Now, anyone with a smart phone or a YouTube account can be a storyteller who reaches audiences across the globe. What is the future of the art of storytelling?

The North Carolina Literary Festival asks that question of a panel of experts this Saturday at 12:30 pm in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University. 

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Business & Economy
8:44 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Nash Health Joins UNC’s Hospital System

Nash Health Care System in Rocky Mount is the latest hospital to join the UNC Health Care system.
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Nash Health Care in Rocky Mount is the newest hospital to join the UNC Health System. Their affiliation agreement allows UNC to manage operations at Nash.

Nash Health CEO Larry Chewning will now be on UNC Health's payroll, but Nash will continue to be governed by its independent board of directors.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

NC State Study: Financial Cost Of Fracking In NC Could Outweigh Benefits

A farm in Lee County, which is expected to be a source of shale gas in North Carolina.
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North Carolina’s economy could gain more from off-shore gas and oil drilling than from drilling on land, and the financial cost of drilling on land could outweigh the benefit, according to a report state lawmakers received on Tuesday.

Off-shore drilling could represent $1.9 billion in economic activity in the state per year for 30 years, according to a report from N.C. State University, which looked at economic benefits like jobs created and drawbacks like environmental risks.  

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