The State of Things
11:54 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Student Reporters Put Together Stories Of Humor And Tragedy

Staffers from Carolina Connection, a student-run radio program, present the work on the State of Things. From left: Instructor Adam Hochberg, Wesley Graham, Mike Rodriguez, Kirsten Chang, James Kaminsky, and Mark Haywood.
Credit Shawn Wen

Host Frank Stasio speaks to Professor Adam Hochberg and some of his students about a semester of making radio

A group of student journalists is getting a course in professional radio reporting at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The class has opened a world of experience to them. One of the students, Mark Haywood, had the opportunity to report on an incident of human trafficking right in his hometown of Randolph County, North Carolina. 

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Thu April 25, 2013

What Is A Bastard Film?

A still from one of the bastard films
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Host Frank Stasio talks with the founders of the Bastard Film Encounter, Marsha Gordon and Skip Elsheimer, founder of A/V Geeks.

A bastard film is a film that does not fit into any particular category. Bastard films are offensive, disturbing or just plain nonsensical.

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Health
9:04 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Duke To Cover Sexual Reassignment Surgery On Student Insurance

Credit Dave DeWitt

The student health insurance plan at Duke University will soon cover procedures for sexual reassignment surgery. 

The university will be the first in North Carolina to cover the service, starting this fall. Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek says the student health advisory committee recommended the change to complement existing benefits.

"A couple of years ago, we made certain that we had appropriate counseling support and hormonal therapy covered in the insurance policy for students," says Wasiolek.

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WUNC Fund Drive
9:04 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Three Drawings: Paris, New York, Or iPod

Win a trip to Paris!
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For a limited time, your one call to 800.962.9862 or your pledge online enters you into three drawings.  Sustainers are automatically entered into each of these drawings, too. 

Win A Trip To Paris

You could win a trip for two to Paris. Airfare and accommodations are including in this week-long get-away package. One lucky WUNC listener will win this trip soon.

Win A Trip To New York

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Politics & Government
8:18 am
Thu April 25, 2013

State House Passes Voter Identification Bill

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Lawmakers in the state House have passed a bill that would require residents to present photo identification at the polls.

The measure passed 81-36. The outcome wasn’t surprising to opponents of the measure, who’ve faced an uphill battle with the bill’s Republican sponsors.

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WUNC Fund Drive
6:25 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Special Trips And Offers Abound On The First Day Of Spring 2013 Fund Drive

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The WUNC Spring Fund Drive kicked off April 25th with a number of special offers and thank-you gifts in addition to the stock (but nonetheless marvelous) tote bags, t-shirts and CDs. You'll hear details about trip drawings - to Paris and New York - when you "tune in" online or on the radio. If you pledge before the drawing concludes, your name is entered into the drawing.

And, Before We Go Any Further...

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Doc Watson Remembered Fondly As MerleFest Continues Without Him

David Holt took this photo of Doc Watson's final MerleFest performance in 2012. Watson died a month later.
Credit David Holt

If you’re searching for the who’s who among bluegrass, Americana, folk, and traditional country musicians, MerleFest is a good place to start. The annual four-day festival kicks off today in Wilkesboro, just as it has every April for the past 25 years. Headlining artists include The Avett Brothers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Jerry Douglas, Steep Canyon Rangers, Matraca Berg, and others. But this year for the first time, the festival will lack a performance from its founder, Doc Watson, who died May 29, 2012.

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Politics & Government
5:55 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

House Approves Voter ID Requirement

North Carolina House of Representatives
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State House members passed a GOP-backed bill that would require state residents show a photo ID before being allowed to vote.  The bill, previously approved by three legislative committees, allows several forms of identification to verify voters.  Democrats and civil rights groups who oppose the bill say new requirements amount to attempts at voter suppression. 

Republican David Lewis, chair of the House Elections Committee, says the bill ensures fairness.

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Environment
5:37 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Greensboro Air Quality Improving, But Still Receives F-rating

Greensboro received an F-rating for air quality.
Credit Derrick Matthews, via Flickr, Creative Commons

The American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report is out, and it slots Greensboro as the 42nd most polluted metro area in the county.  The city received an F-rating.

Laura-Kate Bender, who worked on the report, says the news wasn’t all bad.

"Despite getting an ‘F,' the area actually got its lowest overall number of smog days," she says. "So even though it received a failing grade, it’s a significant improvement over last year."

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