State of Things
10:45 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Eaarth

billmckibben.com

shrinking polar ice caps, rising temperatures, vanishing forests, acidic oceans and superstorms. Welcome to the new planet earth. A renowned environmental writer came up with this new spelling of Earth - Eaarth - because the planet we live on no longer resembles the planet we used to live on. The new planet has a new name.

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For more than 3 1/2 decades WUNC's Back Porch Music has brought the world of folk and acoustic music to listeners in North Carolina on the radio and around the world via the Internet. Here are some albums we featured this past weekend on the program:

Hear Back Porch Music Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday Night Starting At 8pm

Every weekend Back Porch Music presents a wide range of acoustic-based folk music: from contemporary singer/songwriters to old-time musicians of the 20s and 30s, and from classic Celtic to blues, and beyond. Ticket and CD giveaways are part of the Back Porch mix, too.

BPM Has a Facebook Page

"Like" BPM on Facebook. Come join the virtual Back Porch for BPM updates and to leave your feedback.

State of Things
10:21 am
Thu November 15, 2012

The Queen of Katwe

simonandschuster.com

Sportswriters dream of the ultimate underdog story. Chapel Hill based Tim Crothers found it in Katwe, a giant slum in Kampala, Uganda. Phiona Mutesi is currently Uganda’s leading female chess player, but a few years ago, when Tim met her, she was a child in the slums with promise.

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Health
7:55 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Group Home Funding May Run Out

About 2,000 people with severe mental illness are facing eviction from group homes at the end of the year. That was the message from group home residents and staff and mental health advocates who rallied at the state Capitol yesterday. A change in Medicaid rules means residential facilities for the mentally disabled will lose some federal funding at the end of the year. State lawmakers passed a bill earlier this year providing replacement funds for adult care homes...but group homes were left out.

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Business & Economy
7:30 am
Thu November 15, 2012

SAS Tops "World's Best" List

Cary-based SAS has topped the grand-daddy of Best Places to Work lists.  SAS is number one on the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces list.  To make the top 25 list – a company has to have more than five-thousand employees, with at least 40-percent of them working outside the company’s home country.  Lisa Pappas is a Customer Experience Tester at SAS.

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Politics & Government
6:10 am
Thu November 15, 2012

NC US Senators Say Close Tax Loopholes

North Carolina’s two US Senators agree eliminating tax loopholes should be part of the equation as congress works to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. Congress has to decide whether tax cuts should be extended for any Americans and if automatic cuts to federal government should be partially or completely stopped. Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan supports reduced spending and changes to the tax code.

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State of Things
10:12 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Long Story Shorts

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For many aspiring playwrights, seeing your production come together piece by piece on stage is a faraway fantasy. But for the young students of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s undergraduate Writing for the Screen and Stage Program, this very fantasy will become a reality. Long Story Shorts is a festival of one act plays written by six undergraduate playwrights, and directed and performed by professional local actors.

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State of Things
10:08 am
Wed November 14, 2012

The Tree of Forgetfulness

englishcomplit.unc.edu

Aiken, South Carolina is an affluent town made up of horse farms and country estates. Its pastoral splendor hides a truly ugly past. In 1926, three members of the Lowman family were sitting in jail, charged with the death of a local sheriff.

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State of Things
9:59 am
Wed November 14, 2012

The Collide

davidson.edu

Composer Daniel Bernard Roumain and Greensboro-based singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett have brought their musical talents together for a new album that explores North Carolina.

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Business & Economy
6:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Research Triangle Park Bus Hits the Road

The RTP tour bus
Credit Leoneda Inge

Business, education and political leaders have given the Research Triangle Foundation a “thumbs-up” on its new, long-awaited master plan for the park.  Now the folks in RTP are selling the new vision across the state.

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