State of Things
10:57 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Shadows in Flight

Orson Scott Card
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When it comes to science fiction, few names are as well known as Orson Scott Card. The Greensboro, NC writer created the novel "Ender's Game," which is a must-have for any true sci-fi fan. His latest work is "Shadows in Flight" (Tor Books/2012) and it follows Bean, a minor character from "Ender's Game," as he travels through space racing to find a cure for a genetic illness that threatens him and his children. Host Frank Stasio talks to Orson Scott Card about his new book and his influence on literature.

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State of Things
10:50 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Growing Power

Will Allen is co-founder and director of Growing Power.
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Will Allen grew up on a farm, but becoming a farmer was the furthest thing from his mind as a child. Allen was a basketball star and his athletic talent carried him through college and into professional leagues in the U.S. and abroad. During a stint in Belgium, Allen got back to his roots and started farming natural foods. He loved having his hands in the soil so much that when he returned to America, he started an urban farm to help members of his community gain access to healthy, organic produce. His hobby became a nonprofit called Growing Power, which is based in Milwaukee, WI with operations in Chicago, IL. But, Allen’s message has traveled worldwide: access to good food should be a basic, human right.

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Arts & Culture
8:00 am
Wed February 29, 2012

NC WWII Veterans Awarded Legion of Honour

Ten veterans in North Carolina received France’s highest honor in a special ceremony yesterday. The French Consul General in Atlanta awarded the Legion of Honour to a group of World War Two veterans in a ceremony at the old state capitol building. The retired service members say they were lucky to survive a war that changed their lives forever.

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Politics & Government
3:50 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Perdue Halts Ferry Toll Increases

Residents along the coast are getting a reprieve from ferry toll increases. Governor Bev Perdue has issued an executive order to delay the new tolls that were set to go into effect in April.

Dave DeWitt: The State Legislature last year told the Department of Transportation to generate $5 million in new revenue by increasing or charging new tolls on ferries. People who live in and around the ferries at Bayview, Cedar Island, Cherry Branch, Southport and Swan Quarter spoke out against the tolls.

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Environment
5:10 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Report: NC Not Ready for Hydraulic Fracturing

State Environmental officials say an independent study concludes North Carolina needs more regulations before some natural gas drilling can take place.

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Politics & Government
12:10 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Price Wants Super PAC Donors Named in Ads

As the ad wars escalate in the GOP primary race, North Carolina congressman David Price is proposing a requirement that Super PAC donors be identified in the political ads they fund.

The Triangle Democrat says the Supreme Court made a terrible decision in the "Citizens United" case, which allows unlimited corporate and union money to flow into political ads. Price says a new Supreme Court or a constitutional amendment will be needed to overturn that decision.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Triangle Hosts Food Symposium

The future of food, farming, and sustainability are topics at a symposium today and tomorrow at UNC and Duke. Jaqueline Olich is from the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies at UNC; she's also one of the coordinators of the event. According to projections from the United Nations, Olich says food production will have to increase by up to 100-percent by the year 2050 to sustain an estimated 9 billion people.

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State of Things
11:49 am
Tue February 28, 2012

College Sports Reform

Charles Clotfelter is the author of ''Big-Time Sports in American Universities''

Big time college sports like basketball and football have a contradictory reputation at many universities. They bring in big bucks and engender loyalty to a school, but they also distract from higher education's primary mission. Are reforms necessary in the college sports system? Host Frank Stasio talks to Dave Dewitt, WUNC's education reporter and a former college basketball player and coach; Charles Clotfelter, professor of public policy, economics and law at Duke University and author of “Big-Time Sports in American Universities" (Cambridge University Press/2011); and Will Blythe, editor-at-large of Byliner and author of “To Hate Like This is to be Happy Forever” (Harper/2007), which chronicles the UNC-Duke basketball rivalry. Listener call-in.

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State of Things
11:15 am
Tue February 28, 2012

To Free a Family

To Free a Family: The Journey of Mary Walker

Historian Sydney Nathans spent most of his career studying U.S. political history and he was just making the transition to social history when he came across an intriguing letter. It was a plea written in 1859 to a North Carolina slave owner, asking for the opportunity to purchase some of the people being held in bondage. The message was sent by a white man named Peter Lesley on behalf of Mary Walker, a runaway who was once enslaved by the family she was attempting to contact. The slaves Walker wanted to purchase were her children and mother. Nathans’ curiosity about that letter, the slave woman’s request and the white man who authored it led him on a decades-long quest to find answers. The history he uncovered has been recorded in a new book, “To Free a Family: The Journey of Mary Walker” (Harvard University Press/2012). Nathans joins host Frank Stasio to talk about his findings and what Walker’s story illustrates about the power of family and community.

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Sports
3:25 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Panel Analyzes College Sports

It's a busy college sports week in North Carolina. An event tonight at UNC Chapel Hill will take a closer look at how college sports may look in the future.

Dave DeWitt: From scandals to championships, the worst and best of college sports has been on display in the state in just the past year. Tonight's discussion will bring together several critics of the corrupting influence of money on college sports, and what changes might be made to make it better.

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