State of Things
2:12 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Is North Carolina A Swing State?

In 2008, Barack Obama won North Carolina, marking the first time the state went for the Democratic candidate in over 30 years. In fact, in the previous couple of elections, Republicans won with solid victories. George W Bush had double digit leads over Al Gore and John Kerry. So what happened in 2008, and can it be repeated?

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State of Things
1:03 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

The Studio Ghibli Collection

When the animators of “Toy Story” got stuck, they used to watch movies by Hayao Miyazaki for inspiration. Critics often call Miyazaki the greatest animator of all time, but many people have still never heard of him. The Carolina Theatre is about to screen a series of films from Miyazaki’s production studio. It’s called the Studio Ghibli collection. Guest host Isaac-Davy Aronson is joined by Helen McCarthy, the author of "Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation" (Stone Bridge Press/1999).

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Politics & Government
7:35 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Voters In Caswell County

Gordon Bendall assists voter Carolyn Foster in Caswell County
Credit Leoneda Inge

North Carolina Early Voters have been going to the polls in record numbers.  And political analysts predict the outcome in this state could look a lot like four years ago when the winner of the presidential race won by a hair.

In 2008, most of the 100 counties across North Carolina were definitively for Barack Obama or John McCain.  But there were a handful of counties where the electorate was split right down the middle.   President Obama won Caswell County, for example, by 337 votes.  

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Politics & Government
6:10 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Goodwin Challenges Marshall For Secretary Of State

Early voting ends Saturday in North Carolina. Voters are electing a new governor - and they're also making selections for other statewide offices.

Secretary of State Elaine Marshall calls her office a maternity ward for businesses, where new companies are registered every day. The Democrat is running for a 5th term in the post. Marshall says she's revolutionized technology at the department, putting business and investment records online, improving efficiency and accessibility.

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Karen Grigsby Bates is the Los Angeles-based correspondent for NPR News. Bates contributed commentaries to All Things Considered for about 10 years before she joined NPR in 2002 as the first correspondent and alternate host for The Tavis Smiley Show. In addition to general reporting and substitute hosting, she increased the show's coverage of international issues and its cultural coverage, especially in the field of literature and the arts.

State of Things
10:54 am
Wed October 31, 2012

ZOMBIES!

Zombies are 21st Century stars of the big and small screens. They have been serialized, spoofed, snuffed and ridiculed in movies like “Shaun of the Dead,” “Zombieland,” and television shows like “The Walking Dead.” Though they are a staple of horror fiction, they also have some base in reality. In fact, zombies can be traced back to the Haitian tradition of voodoo.

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State of Things
10:45 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Black Feminism Today

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In 1970, Beverly Guy-Sheftall helped create the first women’s studies department at Spelman College, and it became the first and only department of its kind at a historically Black college.

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Politics & Government
8:20 am
Wed October 31, 2012

McCrory Continues To Lead Dalton In Fundraising

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory continues to lead Democrat Walter Dalton in the polls and campaign fundraising.

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Politics & Government
6:10 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Young Republican Challenges Democratic State Senator

 Since 2010, Republicans have had a majority in both the state House and the state Senate. Many observers believe the House will stay in Republican hands, but the race for control of the Senate will be decided in a handful of districts. District 18- which includes Franklin County and portions of Wake County- is one of them. It pits Democratic incumbent Senator Doug Berger against a former Republican legislative staffer, Chad Barefoot.

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