Amber Nimocks

Producer, "The State of Things"

Amber Nimocks came to The State of Things in January 2009. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a survivor of 15 years in the newspaper business. As a reporter and editor, her posts have included such exotic locales as her hometown of Fayetteville, Robeson County, Wilmington, Raleigh and Fort Worth, Texas.

In her spare time she drinks wine and writes about it for The News & Observer, eats and writes about it for Edible Piedmont, and travels and writes about it for anyone who’s interested. She lives with her husband, her son and two dogs in downtown Raleigh.

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State of Things
12:23 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Private Money for Public Education

When organizers of North Carolina's public Governor's School summer enrichment program learned that the state General Assembly had cut their funding, they went to work raising money. So far, the group has secured more than $100,000 in hopes of keeping the program afloat, but not every public educational program at risk has the ability to keep itself funded. What problems arise when we rely too heavily on private donations to pay for public school programs?

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State of Things
1:17 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

It's Electric

The Plug-In electric car conference wrapped up its four-day run this week in Raleigh. It's the first time the conference, which draws car makers and utility planners from around the country, has been held on the East Coast. Conference planners were drawn to North Carolina's capital by the growing demand for electric vehicles in the Triangle.

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State of Things
11:54 am
Fri July 15, 2011

The Small Ponds

The Small Ponds
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The Small Ponds combines the vocal and instrumental talents of Triangle musicians Caitlin Cary and Matt Douglas, backed by Jesse Huebner and Skillet Gilmore. Their music has been described as gorgeous art folk.

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State of Things
11:12 am
Fri July 15, 2011

Filthybird

Filthy Bird
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The partnership that fuels the heralded local band Filthybird is both creative and romantic. Renée Mendoza and Brian Haran found personal salvation and professional redemption when they met in Greensboro, NC a few years ago.

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State of Things
12:47 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

Taking Refuge in the Great Dismal Swamp

Great Dismal Swamp
Credit http://www.fws.gov/northeast/greatdismalswamp/

It's tough to imagine the 112,000 muck-filled, bug-swarmed acres of the Great Dismal Swamp looking like paradise. But for enslaved people in the 18th- and 19th-century, the swamp provided protection from those who wished to keep them in bondage.

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The State of Things
10:00 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

Book cover, ''Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter''

Host Frank Stasio talks with Tom Franklin about his newest book.

Author Tom Franklin made his name with a collection of short stories called “Poaches.” His latest novel is a murder mystery that mines his Southern boyhood for material. Not only does “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter” (Harper Perennial/2011) keep the reader enraptured with its well-paced crime story, it also explores truths about race relations and friendship in the modern, rural South.

The State of Things
11:37 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Meet Dr. Jeffrey Brantley

Credit spiritualityandhealth.duke.edu

Host Frank Stasio talks with Dr. Brantley about his life and work.

The key to greater peace and health is as simple as "mindfulness" - the act of paying attention on purpose. However, practicing mindfulness isn't as simple or as easy as it sounds. Dr. Jeffrey Brantley helps patients find their way to mindful living and a stronger connection between their minds and their bodies.

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

A Lost Jazz Legend Remembered

Film poster ''Talmage Farlow'' by Lorenzo DeStefano
Credit Lorenzo DeStefano

Host Frank Stasio talks with filmmaker Lorenzo DeStefano about the film he made of Farlow's life, and with Farlow's widow Michele Hyk Farlow in advance of what would have been the musician's 90th birthday.

In his heyday in the 1940s and '50s, jazz guitarist Greensboro native Tal Farlow wowed the Down Beat crowd, playing with Charles Mingus, Red Norvo and the like. His large hands and his intrinsic sense of harmony distinguished him from his contemporaries. Farlow walked away from the jazz scene in the late 1950s, but he never let go of his love for the music.

The State of Things
11:41 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Wake Up, The Recession Is Over

Host Frank Stasio talks with Mark Vitner, David Zonderman, Alan Wolf, and Erika Bell.

Economists say that the current recession ended two years ago, in June of 2009, but what about those soaring unemployment rates, the stagnant housing market and the growing divide between rich and poor? If this is the recovery, are we in bigger trouble than we thought? Host Frank Stasio talks with Mark Vitner, managing director and senior economist at Wells Fargo in Charlotte; David Zonderman, professor of American labor history at North Carolina State University; Alan Wolf, assistant business editor of The News & Observer in Raleigh; and Erika Bell, vice president of Strategy and Services at the Latino Credit Union in Durham. Listener call-in.

The State of Things
1:05 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Eugenics in America

Illustration from a 1954 brochure, ''The Population Bomb''

Host Frank Stasio talks about the articles with Begos and Alexandra Stern.

In the first decades of the 20th century, the eugenics movement led scientists and policy makers to embrace radical tenets of genetic engineering. This movement included involuntary sterilization of criminals, poor people, the mentally impaired and minorities – in hopes of breeding out undesirable traits. Most Americans refuted eugenics after World War II, but a small contingent of influential researchers and social engineers remained devoted to the flawed science. Their persistence led to state-supported, involuntary sterilizations as late as the 1970s. In 2002, then-Governor Mike Easley issued an apology for the atrocities the state committed in the name of eugenics.

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