Anita Rao

Producer, "The State of Things"

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The State of Things
9:57 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Good Versus Evil In the Blue Ridge Mountains

A scene from the Triad Stage production Brother Wolf.
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A conversation with Preston Lane, writer and director of Brother Wolf and artistic director of Triad Stage and musicians Laurelyn Dossett and Riley Baugus perform live
Beowulf is a classic tale that has been told and retold in many ways. But in 2006, a team in Greensboro designed a surprising twist on the age-old tale: a music-filled play set in Appalachia.
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The State of Things
12:04 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Man Versus Science

Sport Science is an ESPN TV series
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A conversation with television host John Brenkus

    

Can an NFL running back muster the same force as a running bull? Does a nine-foot python squeeze harder than a martial arts star?

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The State of Things
11:26 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Talkin' Tar Heel

A Book Exploring North Carolina's Dialect Diversity

'Talkin' Tar Heel: How Our Voices Tell The Story of North Carolina'

    

For more than 20 years, researchers at North Carolina State University have collected interviews exploring the rich diversity of dialects in North Carolina. 

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Giving Motherhood A Microphone

KeAnne Hoeg with her son, Daniel.
KeAnne Hoeg

Host Frank Stasio talks to cast members of 'Listen to Your Mother'

 "Listen to your Mother" are words that make most children squirm. But a group of Triangle women put a new spin on the dreaded phrase in a theatrical event that celebrates the diverse experiences of motherhood.

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The State of Things
11:57 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Your Love Affair With Your Smartphone

This diptych is based on the smudge patterns left behind on glass smartphone screens, which form interesting compositions even thought they are just artifacts of use. By artist parasolb/Kerry Crocker.
Kerry Crocker

A panel of artist discribe their new exhibit, Interface Interference

Many people tote smartphones around all day. But what is the nature of the relationship to smartphones and how do they change the perception of reality?

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The State of Things
12:51 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Common Core Controversy Continues

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WUNC's education reporter Reema Khrais talks about the common core controversy

    

The Common Core standards, a set of benchmarks for K-12 math and English courses, continue to make headlines. 

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The State of Things
11:51 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Superheroes On A Submarine: A New Take On Shakespeare

Jon Haas as The Tune and Jessica Flemming as Memory Lass
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Actors Jon Haas and Jessica Fleming and director Jeff Storer talk about their latest production 'Spirits to Enforce'

Last week as Shakespeare fans around the world celebrated his 450th birthday, Durham's Manbites Dog Theater opened a modern adaptation of his last masterpiece, The Tempest. 

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Wed April 23, 2014

A New Take On The Diary Of Anne Frank

Josh Martin as Peter van Daan and Samantha Rahn as Anne Frank
Burning Coal Theatre

While Anne Frank’s story is familiar to many, the production currently on stage at Raleigh’s Burning Coal Theatre is a bit different. 

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The State of Things
11:55 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Meet The Candidates: North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District

District 2 in North Carolina
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As the primary election draws near, Host Frank Stasio leads a series of conversations with candidates running to unseat Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers in North Carolina's 2nd District. Ellmers declined to come on the program.

Conservative radio talk show host Frank Roche is challenging Ellmers in the Republican primary. Roche opposes Ellmers' views on immigration, which include a legal path to citizenship. He also hopes to buckle down on federal debt by repealing the Affordable Care Act and limiting other entitlement programs. 

Republican congressional candidate Frank Roche

And on the other side of the aisle, candidates Clay AikenKeith Crisco and Toni Morris compete in the Democratic primary.

Aiken is best known for his appearance on American Idol and subsequent singing career, but he is also an advocate for special needs children. Frustrated with political gridlock, Aiken pledges to use his status as an independent outsider to encourage legislators to reach across party lines.

Democratic congressional candidate Clay Aiken

Democrat Keith Crisco is a retired businessman who spent most of his career as the president and chairman of Asheboro Elastics Corporation. He also served as North Carolina's commerce secretary for four years under Governor Bev Perdue. He hopes to focus attention on addressing issues of unemployment and the state of the North Carolina economy.

 

 

 

 

Democratic Congressional candidate Keith Crisco

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The State of Things
11:35 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Meet Terri Phoenix

Terri Phoenix is the director of the LGBTQ Center at UNC-Chapel Hill.
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Meet Terri Phoenix

Terri Phoenix (T) grew up always feeling like an outsider. As a young child in a poor, fragmented family, Terri moved around more than ten times before starting high school and was always the "new kid."

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