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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The State of Things
12:58 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Lady Be Good

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Host Frank Stasio talks with Ray about women who had previously been lost to musical history in advance of the film’s screening today at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC.

Filmmaker Kay D. Ray has captured the stories of generations of female jazz musicians in a new documentary called “Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz.”

The State of Things
11:44 am
Fri March 25, 2011

A Pardon Interrupted

Former NC Governor William Holden

Host Frank Stasio talks with WRAL Capital Bureau Chief Laura Leslie about what's behind this dust-up over a 19th-century historical figure.

North Carolina Senator Neal Hunt, a Republican from Wake County, didn't anticipate much reaction from within his party when he proposed a resolution earlier this week to pardon William Holden, a North Carolina governor impeached in 1871. Reconstruction-era Democrats removed Holden from office after the governor sent troops to quell violence spurred by white supremacists in Caswell and Alamance counties.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Tue March 22, 2011

A Renaissance Man For The Modern Age

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Leon Botstein speaks with host Frank Stasio before giving a series of talks at Duke University.

Leon Botstein is on a mission to make Americans think more. As president of Bard College in New York's Hudson Valley, he pushes science education as well as arts and humanities. This may surprise classical music fans who know him best as the music director and conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra. But Botstein clings to a classical view of academics, insisting that knowing something about everything is the best way to create an informed citizenry.

The State of Things
11:39 am
Tue March 22, 2011

A North Carolinian's New York Stories

'I Totally Meant to Do That' by Jane Borden

Host Frank Stasio talks with her about what it means to love two places.

When Jane Borden moved to Manhattan after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she thought she would have no trouble leaving her Southern home behind. Turns out she didn't count on the voice of her Aunt Jane, which she seemed to hear wherever she went in the Big Apple. In an endearing collection of essays called "I Totally Meant to Do That” (Broadway Paperbacks/2011), Borden recalls her Southern fish-out-of-water experiences with humor and affection for both North Carolina and New York.

The State of Things
11:32 am
Thu March 17, 2011

NC Literary Lights: The Legacy Of Paul Green

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As part of our North Carolina Literary Lights series, host Frank Stasio explores the legacy of Paul Green.

You may recognize the name Paul Green as that of the playwright who penned the long-running outdoor drama "The Lost Colony" or gave his name to the theater that houses the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Playmakers Repertory Company. Green's legacy is actually much greater. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, wrote screenplays for Hollywood and fought for decades in his home state of North Carolina for progressive causes and social justice.

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The State of Things
10:27 am
Wed March 9, 2011

The State Of Collective Bargaining

Public Demonstration in Wisconsin
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Host Frank Stasio talks with MaryBe McMillan, Steve Allen, and Robert Korstad, Kevin D. Gorter.

As unionized public workers continue to face off with Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker over budget cuts and collective bargaining rights, Americans' interest in the role of unions and collective bargaining in our political and economic systems has spiked. What do this battle and other labor-government standoffs in the Midwest mean for unions in general? What repercussions could the movement have in North Carolina, a Right to Work State?

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Designing 'The Egg'

'The Egg'
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Roy Gussow's “Ellipsoid Construction,” better known as "The Egg," has been an icon on the campus of North Carolina State University since the sculptor unveiled the chromium steel work of art behind Brooks Hall more than 50 years ago. Gussow was one of the many talented artists who flocked to the NCSU's School of Design in the 1950s, giving shape to a bold, new way of thinking at a university that had been known primarily for its agriculture and engineering programs.

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The State of Things
11:21 am
Fri March 4, 2011

Changing The Rules On Public Education

Host Frank Stasio talks about what is at stake for the state's public schools with WUNC Education Reporter Dave DeWitt.

North Carolina lawmakers are considering two bills that could radically alter the state’s public schools. Senate Bill 8 would remove the state’s 100-school limit on charter schools. House Bill 41 would offer tax credits to parents who send their children to private schools. Host Frank Stasio talks about what is at stake for the state's public schools with WUNC Education Reporter Dave DeWitt; Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Education Freedom in North Carolina; Helen Ladd, Edgar T. Thompson Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy; and N.C. Rep. Paul Stam (R), one of the sponsors of House Bill 41.

The State of Things
10:43 am
Wed March 2, 2011

How Universities Can Change The Future

Engines of Innovation

Host Frank Stasio talks about the role of the academy in the new economy with Holden Thorp and Buck Goldstein.

As we struggle to propel ourselves out of the dregs of a global recession, some of the most creative thinkers in the country are working to address the world’s looming financial problems. In Chapel Hill, North Carolina academics and entrepreneurs are pioneering paths they believe will change the world.

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The State of Things
10:58 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Untold Stories

Missing Monroe, NC teenager Phylicia Barnes

Host Frank Stasio talks about coverage of these stories with Keith Woods,Brett Chambers, and Jill Filipovic.

Even as technology and changing business models reshape the mass media landscape, questionable journalistic practices remain entrenched. The racial and socio-economic profile of a victim greatly influences how and where the media plays stories about them. We take a look at four recent and continuing news stories: the Rocky Mount, N.C. serial killer murders, a non-violent prison protest in Georgia, a Monroe, N.C. teen who went missing in Baltimore, and the attack and sexual assault on CBS reporter Lara Logan in Tahrir Square in Egypt.

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