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State of Things
10:23 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Los Restos de la Revolución

Kevin Kunishi's

In 1979, a socialist movement in Nicaragua led by a group called the Sandinistas overthrew dictator Anastasio Somoza. They set about creating a socialist government for Nicaragua, but during the Cold War era, the U.S. intervened and the CIA supplied and trained a counter-insurgency called the Contras. What proceeded was a decade-long civil war.

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State of Things
10:15 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Silent Spring Turns 50

Rachel Carson's

Fifty years ago, the book "Silent Spring" launched the environmental movement and changed the way we think about man-made chemicals. Its impact has been long lasting and the writing of author Rachel Carson still influences people to this day. Host Frank Stasio talks about Carson and the legacy of "Silent Spring" with Linda Lear, biographer, historian and author of "Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature" (Holt/1998).

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Business & Economy
7:25 am
Thu September 27, 2012

First "Mayberry Days" Since Andy Griffith's Death

The annual Mayberry Days festival begins today in Mount Airy. The four-day event celebrates Andy Griffith's hometown which was the model for the fictional Mayberry on the Andy Griffith Show. Jessica Roberts is the director of tourism and marketing for the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce. She says popular events like a parade featuring people who were on the show will go forward as usual, but Griffith's death this past summer will be on everyone's mind.

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Mike Pesca first reached the airwaves as a 10-year-old caller to a New York Jets-themed radio show and has since been able to parlay his interests in sports coverage as a National Desk correspondent  for NPR based in New York City.

Pesca enjoys training his microphone on anything that occurs at a track, arena, stadium, park, fronton, velodrome or air strip (i.e. the plane drag during the World's Strongest Man competition). He has reported from Los Angeles, Cleveland and Gary. He has also interviewed former Los Angeles Ram Cleveland Gary. Pesca is a panelist on the weekly Slate podcast “Hang up and Listen”.

Stories, features and more by WUNC News Staff.  Also, features  and commentary not by any one reporter.

Joyce Russell is a correspondent based at the Iowa Statehouse.  She also hosts River to River on Mondays from the State Capitol during the legislative session. Joyce has been covering the Iowa Statehouse since shortly after joining the news staff at WOI Radio in 1988.    Her earlier broadcasting experience included news reporting at commercial stations in Oklahoma City and Fort Wayne, Indiana.   Joyceââââ

5:45 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

American Graduate & The Monti: Casio Noell

Casio Noell
The Monti

All this week WUNC during All Things Considered we're hearing personal stories about education told live at The Monti. It's a performance storytelling group that hosts events around the Triangle and in Greensboro. As a part of American Graduate Week, we're featuring stories about the drop out crisis -- and other issues with public education. Today the story of Casio Noell -- he spoke to a live audience in Durham.

Keith Weston

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