State of Things
11:43 am
Tue January 17, 2012

The Long Shadow of Argentina's Dirty War

Between 1976 and 1983 close to 30,000 Argentineans were kidnapped, tortured and murdered by their own government. The military dictatorship rounded up everyone with any possible connection to the left wing. Their plight came to international attention through the weekly demonstrations of a group of women known as “the mothers of the disappeared”. Charlie Tuggle is a professor of broadcast journalism at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been traveling to Argentina to teach every summer for many years, and in 2009 his two daughters, Brynne and Bethany, joined him there.

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State of Things
11:30 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Stitched

Feathers in the Wind quilt by Caryl Bryer Fallert
Credit Caryl Bryer Fallert

Quilting isn't exactly known for controversy, but in Jena Moreno's new documentary, "Stitched," she shows the fiery spark buried at the heart of the art. She follows three controversial quilters as they traverse the battlefield of the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, hoping to win Best in Show.

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Health
9:04 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Cancer Decisions Need Support

A new study finds that breast cancer survivors had limited knowledge about their surgical options, including decisions that can help prevent recurrence of the disease. The findings are reported in this month's issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Clara Lee, a surgeon at UNC Hospitals, is a co-author of the study. She says the quality of decisions patients make is directly related to how well health providers inform patients about their choices.

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Politics & Government
9:00 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Perdue Speaks Out At MLK Event

Events to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. have been held across the state today. One of the largest was the Triangle Interfaith Prayer Breakfast this morning.

The two-hour event was broadcast on WRAL TV and featured remarks by Governor Bev Perdue. She praised King's passion and vision and speculated that King, if he was alive, might have an issue with some current efforts in the State Legislature.

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State of Things
3:00 am
Sun January 15, 2012

Say It Loud

Lorraine Hansberry

Say It Loud traces the last 50 years of black history through stirring, historically important speeches by African Americans from across the political spectrum. The documentary illuminates tidal changes in African American political power and questions of black identity through the speeches of deeply influential black Americans. With recordings unearthed from libraries and sound archives, and made widely available here for the first time, Say It Loud includes landmark speeches by Malcolm X, Lorraine Hansberry, Angela Davis, Martin Luther King Jr., Henry Louis Gates, and many others.

Politics & Government
4:25 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Edwards Trial Delayed Again

Defense attorney James Cooney leaves the federal courthouse on Friday. He did not speak to the media
Credit Jeff Tiberii

The trial of former North Carolina Senator John Edwards is being delayed again. From Greensboro, Jeff Tiberii reports a serious medical condition is the cause.

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State of Things
8:08 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Tour of Poverty

The United States is one of the richest countries in the world. It also has higher rates of poverty than any other advanced western nation. Some area organizations are taking a tour of the poorest areas in North Carolina to draw attention to the problem. It’s called the Truth and Hope Tour of Poverty in North Carolina.

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State of Things
8:04 am
Fri January 13, 2012

The Endangered Newt

Bryan Stuart
Credit naturalsciences.org

When Bryan Stuart discovered a new species of newt, he did what any self respecting scientist would do. He published the results in a scientific journal. He hoped his research would help with conservation efforts. Instead, it spurred the pet trade to exploit his newly-discovered newt and drive it to the brink of extinction.

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State of Things
7:59 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Mipso Trio

Mipso Trio
Credit www.mipsomusic.com

Mipso is a made-up word. If you ask the guys in the band Mipso Trio what it means they might answer with “What do you want it to mean?” When the three University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill juniors came up with the name for their bluegrass inspired band they were just trying to avoid being called anything involving mountains and boys — no grass mountain boys, or steep mountain boys… you get the idea. They take the stage at Cat’s Cradle tomorrow night but first Joseph Terrell on guitar, Jacob Sharp on mandolin and Wood Robinson on the stand up bass join host Frank Stasio in the studio for a live performance.

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Politics & Government
6:05 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Judges Hear Arguments in Redistricting Case

Judges heard more than three hours' worth of arguments yesterday over litigation challenging newly drawn congressional and legislative maps.

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