The State of Things
12:24 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

Saint John Paul II?

Pope John Paul II

Justin Catanoso joins host Frank Stasio to talk about discovering his cousin’s holy life, and the politics behind the possible canonization of John Paul II.

Earlier this week, Pope John Paul II was beatified in Rome, with 1.5 million people in attendance. Beatification is the penultimate step toward achieving sainthood in the Catholic Church. The process of canonization is something author Justin Catanoso came to understand while writing his book, “My Cousin, the Saint” (Harper Collins/2008).

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Thu May 5, 2011

NC Zoo Expecting Baby Gorilla

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  A gorilla at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro is expecting. That's big news for the zoo which has only had one other gorilla birth in its history. Spokesman Rod Hackney has been at the zoo for 24 years and still remembers the last birth. It was 22 years ago in 1989.

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The State of Things
11:50 am
Wed May 4, 2011

Wither Local News?

Will local blogs like bullcityrising.com play a larger role in the future of news?
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Host Frank Stasio talks with Andy Bechtel, Fiona Morgan, and Kevin Davis.

For the first time in more than 90 years of awarding the top honors in journalism, the Pulitzer Prize jury decided not to hand out an award for breaking news this year. Experts say the jury's decision reflects a disconnect between traditional and new media. It's also a harbinger of a local news crisis.

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The State of Things
11:25 am
Wed May 4, 2011

Raleigh Ensemble Players

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Host Frank Stasio talks about the company’s success with REP Managing Director Gary Williams; actor and REP Board President Betsy Henderson; and actor Page Purgar.

Raleigh Ensemble Players has been presenting provocative theater in the capital city since 1982. Earlier this year, the company moved into a renovated theater space on Fayetteville Street, defying a recession that has plagued many arts organizations. REP’s first full-length production in the new facility will be "Distracted," a play about the challenges of dealing with Attention Deficit Disorder.

Politics & Government
6:00 am
Wed May 4, 2011

House Votes for Budget with Deep Cuts

Lawmakers in the state House have tentatively approved a 19 billion dollar budget that makes deep cuts to education and health care. 

 Legislators debated the Republican penned budget for nearly ten hours yesterday. Republican representative Mitch Gillespie of Marion told colleagues it's the most responsible budget that could be put together in a slow economy. 

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Education
5:45 am
Wed May 4, 2011

Feds Coming To Wake County

Federal civil rights investigators are in Raleigh tonight to host a public-comment session on possible violations by the Wake County School system. 

The visit is part of the Department of Education’s investigation into the School Board’s abandonment of socio-economic diversity in its student assignment policy. The complaint that launched the investigation was filed by the North Carolina NAACP and other groups.

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Military
5:30 am
Wed May 4, 2011

NC Military Bases Tighten Security

North Carolina military bases are on a heightened level of security after Osama bin Laden's death this week. Top commanders directed all U.S. military installations to a status called Force Protection Condition Bravo. It's the middle level of a five-stage security system. The order came Sunday morning, before President Obama announced American forces had killed bin Laden. Camp Lejeune spokesman Nat Fahy says marines and sailors are taking basic steps to ensure safety.

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The State of Things
1:11 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

The America Play

''The America Play''

Director Donna Baldwin-Bradby and actors Darrell Hunt and Cassandra Williams join host Frank Stasio to talk about the play and the challenge of laying history to rest.

Before playwright Suzan-Lori Parks penned the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Top Dog/Underdog,” she wrote “The America Play.” The abstract narrative centers around a character called The Foundling Father, a grave digger who impersonates Abraham Lincoln in a novelty performance that allows people to act out the role of the President’s assassin. “The America Play” is currently in production at Greensboro’s Triad Stage UpStage Cabaret.

The State of Things
12:44 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

Mirror Image

''Mirror Image: Women Portraying Women'' at the NC Museum of Art

Host Frank Stasio talks to NC Museum of Art Curator Jennifer Dasal and artists Elin o'Hara Slavik and Susan Harbage Page.

The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh presents "Mirror Image: Women Portraying Women," the second exhibition in its North Carolina gallery. The thematic group show features work depicting women done by women artists who live in the state, but have national and international reputations.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Tue May 3, 2011

Senate Votes for Rules, Taxes on Municipal Broadband

State senators have tentatively passed a bill that would make it more difficult for municipalities in North Carolina to build their own Internet broadband systems. 

 Right now a handful of municipalities across the state provide their own internet broadband services to residents at subsidized rates. But cable companies are wary of the do-it-yourselfers. They say it's not fair that municipalities don't have to follow the same regulations to set up broadband services.

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