Anita Rao

Producer, "The State of Things"


The State of Things
11:59 am
Tue July 22, 2014

What Animals Tell Us About Love And Relationships

Wild Connection by Jennifer Verdolin

Scholar, scientist, and author Jennifer Verdolin


After a bad end to a long-term relationship, animal behavior expert Jennifer Verdolin decided to look to the animal kingdom for new insight on dating. 

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The State of Things
11:33 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Meet Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

Meet Rev. Jamine Beach-Ferrara


Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is an ordained minister and published author who uses her faith work and fiction writing to create new strategies for supporting LGBT communities in the South. 

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Politics and Polling with Ken Rudin

Ken Rudin, the Political Junkie

Politics and Polling


Former Baptist minister Mark Walker defeated Phil Berger Jr. in a runoff election for the 6th district Republican primary this week. 

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Changing Industries in North Carolina

Industry consolidation and reorganization is happening in the tobacco, pharmaceutical and health care industries in North Carolina.

A conversation with Triangle Business Journal Reporter Jason deBruyn about industry trends in North Carolina


Reynolds American and Lorillard, two of the country’s biggest tobacco producers, announced a merger yesterday that is expected to reshape the tobacco industry. 

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The State of Things
12:33 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

How The World Cup Moves Stock Prices

Credit Flickr/Sonny Abesamis

Finance professor Diego Garcia talks about his research


As the 2014 World Cup draws to a close, all eyes are on Brazil. Historical data shows the effects of this tournament may go far beyond the walls of the stadium.

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The State of Things
11:15 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina

Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina Guidebook

The Blue Ridge Music Trails initiative


The Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina are the center of a rich history of music and dance, from musicians like Doc Watson and Earl Scruggs, to traditions like ballad singing and square dancing. 

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

The Unraveling Of The Family Reed

After the Race by Michael Jones

A conversation with Chapel-Hill based author Michael B. Jones


In his debut novel, Chapel-Hill based author Michael B. Jones explores a tumultuous relationship between a father and son who search for happiness and identity as their lives fall apart around them.

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The State of Things
11:15 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Every Seed Has A Story

Funded by Durham Library Foundation, the Digging Durham Seed Library packets give the gardener basic planting information.
Alice Sharpe, Durham County Library

An expert panel discuss the power of seeds

Seeds play a prominent role in global agriculture and food supply systems. 

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The State of Things
11:07 am
Tue July 1, 2014

A Fictional Trilogy Explores Nature's Secrets

"Authority" is the second book in The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer

Host Frank Stasio talks with author Jeff VanderMeer


Author Jeff VanderMeer dreamed he was walking down a tunnel where words were appearing on the wall.

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The State of Things
12:03 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Segregation Again

African American students getting on a school bus in Grimesland, North Carolina in the 1950s
Credit ECU Digital Collections/Flickr

Jenn Ayscue, research associate at The Civil Rights Project and Mark Dorosin, managing attorney at The UNC Center for Civil Rights discuss the re-segregation of North Carolina schools


This year marks the 60th anniversary of Brown V. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court decision that ushered in the era of school desegregation.

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