State of Things
8:59 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Technicolor Muslimah

artbysaba.jimdo.com

Saba Barnard is a Muslim-American artist who is pushing back against the common, one-note portrays of Muslims in mainstream art and media.

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State of Things
8:54 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Too Black, Too Fast

ww2.tnstate.edu

Horse racing is big business, but it's not a sport known for its racial diversity. However, if you look back before the 20th century, black jockeys dominated the sport. A new multimedia project called, "Too Black Too Fast," documents the contributions of African-Americans to horse racing. Host Frank Stasio discusses this forgotten history with project creator Michael McBride, an artist and instructor of art at Tennessee State University.

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State of Things
8:35 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Onward Soldiers

onwardsoldiers.net

The Wilmington-based band Onward Soldiers are an eclectic group. Their style of music depends on who you ask, but they are comfortable playing pop, rock and country.

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Arts & Culture
6:50 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Voices for Civil Rights: Reflections on a Movement

Kathleen Cleaver Source
Southern Oral History Program

In the final installment of Voices for Civil Rights, we hear some reflections on the Civil Rights Movement as a whole.

Kathleen Cleaver describes a loss in intensity in the movement over the years, while Ruby Sales frames the movement as part of a larger fight for human dignity. Finally, we return to Jamila Jones, who recalls how as a child she struggled to understand the segregation on her daily bus ride.

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Education
5:00 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Fixing a "Dropout Factory"

Dave DeWitt

In 2009, Governor Bev Perdue and the State Department of Public Instruction took over the Halifax School System in Northeastern North Carolina. At the time, only about one third of students in Halifax high schools passed end of grade tests, and only about one-half graduated.

Things have improved. Graduation rates have risen by 16 percent. But there’s still a long way to go. As part of our American Graduate series, Dave DeWitt visited Halifax Northwest High School to see how the turnaround is going.

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Military
5:40 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Neighbors Fight with Cumberland Security Firm

A dispute between a few Cumberland County residents and a security training company could wind up before the State Supreme Court. TigerSwan specializes in firearms training for members of the military, law enforcement and private citizens. James Reese is the CEO of TigerSwan.

James Reese: We have three landowners that have taken us to court over what they say is not the correct zoning aspect that we're in and we have been going at this for the last two-and-a-half years.

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State of Things
10:24 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Social Media & Social Change

www.kony2012.com

This month, the San Diego-based nonprofit organization Invisible Children debuted a Web video campaign called “Kony 2012.” The short film aims to raise awareness about a man named Joseph Kony who has been responsible for kidnapping countless children in Northern Uganda and other areas in Central Africa for use in his rebel army.

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Education
4:50 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

McCrory Lays Out Education Plans

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory laid out his education platform today. As Dave DeWitt reports, the former mayor of Charlotte is in favor of expanding school choice and teacher merit pay, among other things.

Dave DeWitt: McCrory was careful not to wade into the current debate between Governor Bev Perdue and the Republican led Legislature over school funding. He refused to say if schools were adequately funded under the current budget, but instead offered outlines of new programs that he said may save money.

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State of Things
10:21 am
Wed March 28, 2012

The Nature of Good and Evil

press.princeton.edu

What drives good behavior? It could be the satisfying feeling of helping others or, in many cases, there are even more alluring incentives to do the right thing. Is the value of goodness lessened when there is a reward involved?

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Education
9:30 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Schools Get Waivers From Longer Year

Most North Carolina school districts will not have to add five days to their upcoming school year. It's the second year that waivers have been granted from an extension mandated by the General Assembly. The State School Board authorized the waivers. Ninety-one of the state's 115 school districts have gotten them so far. Board Chairman Bill Harrison says teachers need those five days to prepare for new national curriculum standards. Plus, he says it would cost $14 million system-wide. State Senator Jerry Tillman is a major proponent of the school year extension.

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