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.


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

Wither Local News?

Will local blogs like play a larger role in the future of news?

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


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.

The State of Things
12:26 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

Who Wrote The Bible?

Bart Ehrman - ''Forged''

Host Frank Stasio talks with Bart Ehrman, head of the Department of Religious Studies at UNC Chapel Hill.

Most Biblical scholars recognize that many books of the Bible were not written by the authors commonly attributed to them. But academics often excuse this because they believe writing in the name of another was a commonly accepted practice in the ancient world. In his latest book, "Forged" (HarperOne Publishers/2011), Bart D. Ehrman argues that forgery was not sanctioned in the ancient world.

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Thu April 28, 2011

Art's New Place

Raleigh Contemporary Art Museum

Host Frank Stasio talks about the CAM's past and its hopes for the future.

Raleigh will get a little bit hipper this weekend when the Contemporary Art Museum - CAM Raleigh - opens in the downtown warehouse district. The organization behind the museum has been around for a couple of decades, but their new building marks a new era.

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The State of Things
1:40 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

Remembering Chris Hondros

Chris Hondros

Host Frank Stasio will talk with Amber Nimocks and JD Pooley, two friends and former colleagues of Hondros’.

Photojournalist Chris Hondros was killed in Libya on Wednesday along with Tim Hetherington, the Oscar-nominated director of the war documentary "Restrepo." Hondros grew up in Fayetteville, graduated from North Carolina State University and worked for a time at the Fayetteville Observer. After Hondros left North Carolina, he became an acclaimed war photographer, winning numerous awards and becoming a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2004.

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Sir Walter Raleigh, Life And Legend

Sir Walter Raleigh: Life and Legend

Host Frank Stasio talks about this explorer, historian, poet, courtier and self-made man with Mark Nicholls.

Sir Walter Raleigh never hoisted the English flag on the coast of North Carolina. He did not throw his cloak across a puddle for Queen Elizabeth I. And though he liked to smoke, he did not introduce either tobacco or potatoes to Europe from the New World. Though history has misconstrued much of the story of Sir Walter Raleigh, for whom North Carolina's capital is named, he was a compelling character nonetheless. Host Frank Stasio talks about this explorer, historian, poet, courtier and self-made man with Mark Nicholls, co-author of “Sir Walter Raleigh: Life and Legend" (Continuum International Publishing Group/2011).

The State of Things
1:25 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Meet Jimmy Creech

Book cover, 'Adam's Gift' by Jimmy Creech

Jimmy Creech had been an ordained United Methodist minister for 14 years before he came to understand the plight of homosexuals within his congregation. A parishioner, whom he calls Adam, came out to him in 1984, revealing the hurt and rejection he felt at the hands of a church that condemned him. Creech became a crusader for homosexual rights within the church, and that crusade led the Methodist church to strip him of his ordination.

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The State of Things
11:40 am
Thu April 7, 2011

What's Coming At Full Frame

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Credit Full Frame

Frank Stasio talks with a few of the state's directors about their films.

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival's annual celebration of the documentary brings artists from around the world to Durham. This year, the lineup includes a rich variety of offerings from filmmakers based in North Carolina.

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The State of Things
12:23 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Two Takes On Textile Mill History

Host Frank Stasio talks with Filene and two of his public history graduate students, Dale Pennington and Sarah McNulty.

The North Carolina Museum of History has mounted an exhibition of the photography of Lewis Hine. His bleak, black-and-white prints paint a vivid picture of young people, some not yet teenagers, covered in the lint and grime of the state’s textile mills. Meanwhile, University of North Carolina at Greensboro public history students, under the guidance of associate professor of history Benjamin Filene, have created an online project called “Community Threads: Remembering the Cone Mill Villages.”

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The State of Things
12:44 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

Meet Maureen Quilligan

Maureen Quilligan
Credit Chris Hildreth, Duke Magazine

Host Frank Stasio talks with Maureen Quilligan about women in history, literature and everyday life.

As a scholar of Renaissance literature, Maureen Quilligan made a name for herself by re-examining the role of women during the Elizabethan age through the lense of art and literature. As the head of the English Department at Duke University, she helped stabilize a respected institution during a tumultuous time. And as a resident of Hillsborough, North Carolina, Quilligan has helped support the small town's independent merchants, including sewing lamp covers for a new book shop.