Bob Levin was born and raised in Buffalo, New York.  Bob attended The State University of New York at Oneonta studying Business and Statistics.  During a summer college break, he travelled along the West Coast and fell in love with California, moving to San Francisco after graduation.   Bob worked for US Leasing Corp and Fireman’s Fund Insurance before travelling again, this time across 17 European countries.  Bob landed back in New York and earned his MBA at SUNY Buffalo while working at the University’s School of Medicine.  Bob moved to North Carolina in 1996 and held financial positions at UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health, and Duke University’s Private Diagnostic Clinic, before joining   North Carolina Public Radio in 2000.

Environment
11:30 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Isaac May Dampen Labor Day Weekend Travel

Tropical Storm Isaac may be far from North Carolina, but it could put a damper on Labor Day weekend travel plans in the Tar Heel state. Angela Daley is with AAA Carolinas. She says the storm has been disrupting oil production at Gulf Coast refineries.

Angela Daley says, "Gas prices had been going up all summer, but certainly in the past few days we've seen a huge spike of almost 10 cents in just a few days. So that's pretty significant, and we think a lot of last-minute travelers will choose not to travel this weekend."

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Politics & Government
11:20 am
Fri August 31, 2012

NC Delegates Wrap Up Week In Tampa

North Carolina's delegates to the Republican National Convention are headed home, after their big week in Tampa. Delegate John Steward from Union County joined thousands of fellow party members at Mitt Romney's nomination acceptance speech last night. He says he likes that Romney is not backing away from cutting federal spending.

John Steward says, "I really liked the fact they're not backing off the Medicaid and Medicare - the only way to save it is to reform it and they're not backing off of that."

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Education
11:15 am
Fri August 31, 2012

New Duke Rules Aim To Protect Minors

New rules that take affect today at Duke aim to clarify and strengthen the University's protections for children. Officials say discussions were underway before the child abuse scandal at Penn State brought more attention to the issue. Kyle Cavanaugh is the Vice President for Administration at Duke. He says the new policy requires every member of the university community to report any suspected abuse of minors to campus police immediately.

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State of Things
10:47 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Wake Forest Debate

Many voters are looking forward to the Presidential debates this election year, but competitive debaters might say that the civil discourse of our times has given up on formal argumentation. True debate depends on a certain openness and on the possibility that minds can change on the strength of a well-crafted argument. Wake Forest University has an award-winning debate team and their members are already preparing for the upcoming season.

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State of Things
10:34 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Sayonara to Hello

www.stevemania.com/

In 2011, magician Steve Marshall was living in Japan. That year, a deadly earthquake and tsunami struck and Marshall found it hard to get work in the aftermath of those disasters. He decided to take a magic tour across the United States to raise some cash.

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State of Things
10:26 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Doug Largent Trio

Doug Largent has had a long career as a professional musician playing the bass. But in 2009, he decided to pursue his real dream: learning to play the organ. Soon after, he formed a jazz trio and they have a new CD called “Right in the Pocket” coming out. Host Frank Stasio talks to the Doug Largent Trio about their music, and they play live in the studio.

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Business & Economy
6:00 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Some Growth For Greensboro Economy

Across the state elected officials, business leaders and job seekers continue to monitor unemployment rates, local economic growth and job opportunities. In Greensboro the Chamber of Commerce touted some good news this week, hoping to spark a little optimism. Jeff Tiberii reports there are signs of improvement, but also lingering problems in the workforce.

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Education
5:40 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Youth Radio Institute: Akib Khan

Akib Khan

On Fridays we've been listening to a series produced by young people involved in WUNC's first ever Summer Youth Radio Institute. This week 15-year-old Akib Khan tells the story of his sister, who decided to start wearing the hijab, the traditional Islamic headscarf, when the family immigrated to the United States from Bangladesh. As our youth reporter tells us it's a decision that was met with some skepticism.

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