The State of Things
11:34 am
Wed April 10, 2013

"Obeast" Shines A Light On Perceptions Of Obesity

Obeasts, a creation of Rachel Herrick
Credit obeasts.org

Rachel Herrick's Obeast Project

Turn on any news program and you’ll eventually hear about the dangers of obesity. It’s commonly accepted that being heavy is bad, and being skinny is good. Rachel Herrick is challenging that idea with her Obeast project.

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The Story
11:27 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Puppeteer Basil Twist And The Rite of Spring

Puppeteer Basil Twist

The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky almost caused a riot when it was first seen 100 years ago. The music, the choreography was so unusual and dissonant that the audience rebelled. There was laughter and fistfights. Today it has become a classic piece and is being celebrated on its centenary- yet eyebrows can still be raised when a puppeteer stages The Rite of Spring. Basil Twist and Dick Gordon speak on the day of a new world premiere.

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Politics & Government
7:11 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Greensboro Mayor Files For Bankruptcy

Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins has nearly $11 million of debt.
Credit www.greensboro-nc.gov

Robbie Perkins, the first-term mayor of Greensboro, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last Friday in Federal Court. The mayor says his total debt is between $10.6 and $10.8 million. The financial trouble is partly personal and largely professional.  Perkins owes several million dollars to banks for multiple property deals approximately $644,000 on a home mortgage and nearly $200,000 to the IRS.

“The combination of getting divorced and not seeing the ability to dig out of the real estate hole caused me to file for bankruptcy,” Perkins said.

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Law
6:00 am
Wed April 10, 2013

State Attorney General Disturbed By Increasing Domestic Violence Deaths

N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper
Credit N.C. Democratic Party

State Attorney General Roy Cooper says he's concerned about an increase in domestic violence deaths in North Carolina last year. 

State law requires police agencies to report domestic violence deaths to the SBI.  Cooper says the 122 deaths last year are 16 more than in 2011.  He called the increase "disturbing" and urged the state to do more to stop these crimes before they happen. Wake County had the highest number of domestic violence deaths at 11, followed by Mecklenburg and Guilford counties with eight and six respectively. 

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The Story
7:01 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Dick Gordon And Interpreter Ahmed Fadaam Recall Baghdad After U.S. Invasion

Ahmed worked with Dick Gordon over 10 days of reporting in Baghdad. They continued to collaborate for several years.
Credit Ahmed Fadaam

Ten years ago today, the massive statute of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad was toppled, and there was a feeling that a new country was ready to rise. The past decade has seen continuous war and violence: at first there were U.S. troops and now there are constant bombings and attacks between factions.

Host Dick Gordon covered the days after the U.S. invasion with his translator Ahmed Fadaam. They recall the destruction, and we hear reports from that time. Then, they call back to Iraq and talk to two Iraqis about life there now.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

What Being The 'Tastiest Town In The South' Means For Durham

Shelly Green with Durham's award for the Tastiest Town in the South
Credit Leoneda Inge

It’s a booming year for the Durham food scene. In February, four of its restaurants became James Beard semi-finalists, and today Southern Living magazine declared Durham the “Tastiest Town in the South.”

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Arts & Culture
5:59 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Fragile Civil War Flag Preserved For NC History Museum

The confederate flag with a star cut out, preserved for the NC Museum of History.
Credit NC Museum of History

A battle-worn confederate flag has undergone a $6500 dollar preservation and has now been returned to the North Carolina Museum of History. The flag was lost in the final months of the Civil War and was carried by the 6th Regiment of North Carolina in the Battle of Sailor's Creek in Virginia. It was captured by Union forces in 1865.

Jackson Marshall, the museum's assistant director of programming, says the flag has been cleaned and placed under glass in an acid-free environment that should last another 50 years.

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As Director of Vertical Initiatives (and Mischief) at NPR, Matt Thompson works with teams across the company to guide the development of topic-focused verticals covering race, ethnicity and culture; education; and global health and development.

Outside his work at NPR, Thompson teaches media and technology management as an adjunct professor at American University. He serves as the vice-chairman of the board of the Center for Public Integrity, an investigative journalism nonprofit. He's also the co-founder of an organization called Spark Camp, which convenes diverse groups of leaders from a variety of industries.

Environment
2:15 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Ready For Pollen Season? Here’s What You Should Know

Catkins on a pine tree
Credit Donald Lee Pardue, via Flickr, Creative Commons

It’s April, and the scent of flowers is in the air. Unfortunately for allergy sufferers, those flowers also mean that it’s pollen season.  North Carolina pollen counts have been mostly low so far this year, but in the past couple days the count has risen dramatically.

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