State of Things
10:55 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Gram-O-Rama

Students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill fall all over themselves to get into Marianne Gingher's stylistics class. Gingher, the Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, teaches her language class just once a year. It culminates in the annual performance of Gram-O-Rama, a collection of student-produced skits and songs spun out of grammar assignments.

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State of Things
10:33 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Season 1, Ep. 1: Jade City Pharaoh - Funyuns and a Coke

''That's one bad mutha...''
Credit Jade City Pharaoh

In the pilot episode of the radio drama, “Jade City Pharaoh,” superhero Herald MF Jones’ snack break gets interrupted by the villainous antics of his archnemesis, The Beef Cooka.

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Business & Economy
7:55 am
Thu December 1, 2011

"Occupy" Protestors Face Wells Fargo CEO

The head of Wells Fargo Bank addressed a crowd at N-C State University yesterday.   But there was a break in the script once protesters from the “occupy” movement interrupted the speech and were eventually escorted out.

It was no secret – the scheduled speech by Wells Fargo C-E-O John Stumpf would definitely be interrupted.  The only question was WHEN.  Stumpf opened his speech at N-C State’s Poole College of Management joking about the emails he received from students inviting him out after the talk.

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Education
5:45 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Peace University Lowering Tuition

William Peace University
Credit peace.edu

Colleges and universities across the state are looking at raising tuition. But one university in Raleigh is going against the grain. William Peace University has announced in a letter to students it's lowering tuition around 7.73 percent. That brings tuition to $23,700 for the 2012-2013 school year. Debra Townsley is the university president.

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State of Things
9:58 am
Wed November 30, 2011

The Future of NC’s Racial Justice Act

On Monday, the North Carolina General Assembly sent a repeal of the Racial Justice Act to Gov. Bev Perdue for her signature. The law, which legislators passed in 2009, gave the state's death row inmates a means to challenge their sentences using statistical evidence. The law has been at the center of controversy since its beginnings. Advocates claimed it would help right racial imbalance in the justice system, while opponents said the law would give convicted murderers access to parole. 

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State of Things
9:53 am
Wed November 30, 2011

I Love the 80s!

Paul Swartzel
Credit today.duke.edu

Contemporary composer Paul Swartzel certainly draws from the masters of classical music for inspiration. But in addition to Beethoven and Haydn, Swartzel studies commercially successful songs from the 1980s for lessons on how to write great music - and how to descriptively write about music for non-musicians. Host Frank Stasio talks with Swartzel, a graduate student in the Department of Music at Duke University, about how Milli Vanilli and Public Enemy can influence today’s classical composers and the course he teaches at Duke called “I Love the 80s.”

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State of Things
9:44 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Tim & Scrooge

Tim & Scrooge
Credit www.osctheatre.com

Watching "A Christmas Carol" is an annual holiday ritual for millions of people around the world. The story of the mean old Ebenezer Scrooge and his conversion from sinner to savior has been shown in a variety of versions on the big screen, the television and on the stage. But for those fans wondering what happened after Scrooge's change of heart, there is only one show to watch: the musical production of “Tim and Scrooge: A Carol for a Later Christmas.” It's a play written by Nick Meglin with music by Neil Berg and the narrative picks up with a now not-so-tiny Tim 12 years after the events of the original story. Host Frank Stasio talks to Meglin about his sequel to "A Christmas Carol," which makes it local premiere at Greensboro’s Open Space Café Theatre on December 8th.

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Business & Economy
8:15 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Raleigh Grows Despite Recession

The recession that began four years ago is still holding many communities across the country hostage.  Homes continue to fall into foreclosure and long-term employees are again looking for work.  But there are some areas in the United States that are recovering quite well during this down-turn.   And one of those metropolitan areas includes Raleigh.

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Sports
8:00 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Synthetic Ice Rink Offers Warm-Weather Skating

Recent warm weather has not stopped ice skaters from hitting a rink in Graham. The synthetic surface at the Children's Museum of Alamance County does not rely on cold weather or freezing water. Carlyn Sautter works for Graham Parks and Recreation.

Carlyn Sautter: "It is not ice, its actually a very dense polymer. But it skates like ice, it actually looks like ice, so you kind of feel like you're on ice when you're out there. You do use real ice skates so it gives it that added effect as well."

Business & Economy
5:50 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Occupy Raleigh Finds a New Home

The new Occupy Raleigh encampment
Credit Occupy Raleigh

Occupy Raleigh protesters have set up camp four blocks from the Capital. About 15 to 20 protesters have been camping since Thanksgiving. They're paying $400-a-month for the site owned by Rob Baumgart. Baumgart says it's purely business, but he did sympathize with the protesters.

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