Arts & Culture
10:30 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Six Street Pianos Coming To Raleigh For Artsplosure

A child plays on a street piano in New York. Raleigh has never hosted a street piano project before.
Credit Ed Yourdon via Flickr, Creative Commons

All the world’s a stage. Or, at least Downtown Raleigh will be for the next two weeks, as six pianos have been placed there outdoors for anyone to play.  The decorated instruments are set up in public locations around the city as a part of Artsplosure, Raleigh’s annual visual and performing arts festival, and passersby of any skill level are encouraged to give them a go.

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Business & Economy
7:44 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Raleigh Development Flourishes Thanks To Resilient Economy

Credit City of Raleigh

Raleigh city officials have plans for several new residential developments in the middle of the capital city.  They say it's part of their master plan to entice not only new residents but new business downtown.

It is also an indication that Raleigh is doing well economically.  City Planning Director Mitchell Silver says residences that are on the drawing board or under construction are geared toward not just urban professionals, but families.

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KCPW reporter Whittney Evans shares Utah news stories with Utah Public Radio. Whittney holds a degree in communication with an emphasis in print journalism from Morehead State University in Kentucky.

Gene Demby is the lead blogger for NPR's Code Switch team.

Before coming to NPR, he served as the managing editor for Huffington Post's BlackVoices following its launch. He later covered politics.

Prior to that role he spent six years in various positions at The New York Times. While working for the Times in 2007, he started a blog about race, culture, politics and media called PostBourgie, which won the 2009 Black Weblog Award for Best News/Politics Site.

Demby is an avid runner, mainly because he wants to stay alive long enough to finally see the Sixers and Eagles win championships in their respective sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @GeeDee215.

The Story
2:45 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

As Costa Concordia Sank, Newlyweds Allowed Others To Take Life Boats First

Benji Smith and Emily Lau were honeymooning aboard the Costa Concordia cruise ship before it hit a rock and sank.
Credit Benji Smith

It was a Sunday night early last January, and Benji Smith and Emily Lau were celebrating their honeymoon aboard the Costa Concordia cruise ship.

They were traveling near Tuscany when it happened: The ship scraped a rock that tore through its hull, flooding its engine room, and sending the ship tilting onto its side. More than 4,000 people were on board.

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Professor Examines Overlooked Writers Of The 19th Century

Truth's Ragged Edge The Rise of the American Novel
Credit Philip Gura /

When we think of the classics of 19th Century literature, names like Melville and Hawthorne come to mind. But what about their contemporaries? What makes ones writer a master and another forgotten? Phillip Gura, professor of American literature and culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, tackles that subject in his newest book, “Truth’s Ragged Edge: The Rise of the American Novel” (FSG/2013).

UNC Professor and author, Phillip Gura, talks about his new book, 'Truth’s Ragged Edge: The Rise of the American Novel'

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

How Storytelling Influences The Way We Think And Act

Slaying The Gorgon The Rise of the Storytelling Industrial Complex
Credit Joe McHugh /

Joe McHugh says we spend too much time focusing on what information people consume instead of how they consume it. Conservatives may focus on Fox News, and liberals may love MSNBC, but McHugh says that’s not as important as the fact that members of both ideologies are watching television. He says the mediums we use can be as influential as the content they provide.

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10:06 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Aquatic Plant Pest Spreads To Eastern NC

A stem of the hydrilla plant. Biologists say the invasive aquatic weed is spreading to bodies of fresh water on the Coastal Plain.
Credit Reinaldo Aguilar / Flickr Creative Commons

An invasive plant called hydrilla is spreading from the Piedmont toward lakes near the coast. 

Biologists say the aquatic weed first found in Wake County is now on river banks in northeastern North Carolina and in lakes near Wilmington.  Dr. Rob Richardson is a crop science professor at N.C. State University.  He says the plant grows in thick patches, which can cause problems in drinking water supplies.

"Large mats have, at times, clogged turbines," says Richardson.

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Arts & Culture
6:18 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Gullah Geechee Corridor Plan Gets Federal Blessing

Restoration of a seashore farmer's lodge along the Gullah Geechee corridor.

Preservationists are welcoming federal approval of a management plan to preserve areas steeped in Gullah Geechee culture.  The U.S. Department of the Interior says the effort to promote cities and towns in the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida is ready to be put into action.

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Politics & Government
6:07 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Senate Bill Would Abolish Regional Economic Development Commissions

Credit NC General Assembly

A bill that would abolish regional economic development commissions has tentatively passed the state Senate.

The measure would dissolve all seven of the state's commissions. The Department of Commerce would then send at least one employee to work in one of eight newly created economic zones.

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