Isaac-Davy Aronson

Producer, "Morning Edition"

Isaac-Davy Aronson is WUNC's morning news producer and can frequently be heard on air as a host and reporter. He came to North Carolina in 2011, after several years as a host at New York Public Radio in New York City.  He's been a producer, newscaster and host at Air America Radio, New York Times Radio, and Newsweek on Air.

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A MQ-9 Reaper drone.
U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Ridgeway

North Carolina is vying to host one of six national test sites for unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones.  The prospect of a burgeoning domestic drone industry in the state has some people excited.  But others are voicing concerns.

Tokyo Rosenthal
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Tokyo Rosenthal is an Americana musician. And while Americana might be a traditional sort of music, Tokyo Rosenthal isn’t your traditional artist.

His sound combines rock, country and blues, and his songs revolve around issues of social justice. Host Frank Stasio talks to him about his newest album, and Tokyo Rosenthal plays live in the studio.

Dorothea Dix Hospital Sign in Raleigh
Dave DeWitt

A Senate committee has passed a measure  that would void a deal signed three months ago to turn Raleigh's Dix hospital site into a destination park.

The Senate Appropriations Committee would void a 99-year lease signed amid great fanfare by the mayor of Raleigh and former Governor Bev Perdue. Under the deal, the city would pay $500,000 a year plus yearly adjustments to lease the land.

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US Air Force, via Wikipedia

As more domestic law enforcement agencies acquire drones, concerns are increasing about how the unmanned aerial vehicles will be used and regulated.

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Organist Gary Brunotte has been playing music since he picked up an accordion at age 9. He went on to study and teach at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and has been writing, arranging, performing and recording ever since. 

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Rarely do articles of clothing receive as much attention as the Muslim headscarf does in the 2000s. In quite a strange twist, the glances and questions that women who wear the headscarf, in non-Muslim majority societies receive is many times in contradiction with one of the purposes of the veil, which is to not draw attention to oneself.

'The Next Best Thing' by Overmountain Men
Overmountain Men

Musicians David Childers and Bob Crawford bonded over a shared love of Appalachian music and history. The result is the second CD from their band "The Overmountain Men." Crawford is also the bassist for the Avett Brothers, while Childers has had a long career with the Modern Don Juans.

Governor Pat McCrory delivers his State of the State address
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Gov. Pat McCrory is the first Republican Governor in North Carolina for 20 years. So, many looked with anticipation to his first State of the State address this past Monday to see what kind of governor he would be.

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The gradual consolidation of media companies into the hands of just six corporations is bad for democracy. At least, that’s what former FCC commissioner and chairman Michael Copps thinks.

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Alan Lomax dedicated seven decades of his life to recording and distributing the sound of as much of the globe as he could reach. Beginning as a 17-year-old from Austin, Texas, Alan traveled with his father, John Lomax, to plantations, farms and prisons in the deep South.

Ron Rash's latest collection of short stories is 'Nothing Gold Can Stay.'
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  Author Ron Rash has been chronicling the Appalachian way of life for nearly two decades. His poetry and fiction have earned him wide acclaim and a position alongside other esteemed writers from western North Carolina. He joins host Isaac-Davy Aronson to discuss his latest book of short stories: “Nothing Gold Can Stay” (HarperCollins/2013).

Officials in Chatham County are welcoming public input on a proposed site for a 9/11 memorial. The centerpiece will be a small part of the World Trade Center donated by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. Citizens can weigh in at the Board of Commissioners meeting tonight in Pittsboro. Debra Henzey is the director of communications for Chatham County. She says one possible site is in the center of town.

The Fayetteville VA Medical Center and Womack Army Medical Center are joining forces on a new physical rehabilitation facility. The Community Rehabilitation Clinic will be built with $6.7 million in federal funds for initiatives to share resources between the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Fayetteville VA Medical Center Director Elizabeth Goolsby says collaborating with Womack will combine their resources and expertise to provide better care and save money.

Duke Medicine is leading a collaboration with the Durham public schools and local agencies to develop better-integrated mental health care for children. Helen Egger is a child psychiatrist at Duke and leads the initiative. She says too often kids with psychiatric disorders are shuffled between schools, hospitals, and law enforcement- each addressing the problems on their own terms. Egger wants to develop school-based models that can fill in the gaps between services.

Doc Watson's Gallagher Guitar and album recording using it.
Christie's

A guitar belonging to legendary North Carolina musician Doc Watson will be auctioned off at Christie's

in New York today. Nicknamed Ol' Hoss, it's the guitar Watson used in the sessions for the seminal 1972 recording "Will the Circle Be Unbroken." On the album, Watson can be heard meeting Merle Travis, who compliments Ol' Hoss.

North Carolina is seeking to regulate emissions from a big egg-producing facility, using the Clean Water Act. Today the department of Environment and Natural Resources will be in Hyde County Superior Court, where Rose Acre Farms will argue the state can't use water regulations to control air emissions. At issue are pollutants being released through ventilation fans in Rose Acre's hen houses, which contain more than 3 million chickens.

State health officials want to help North Carolinians keep the pounds off this holiday season. The annual Maintain, Don't Gain Holiday Challenge launches today. Participants receive email tips, and can download food and activity logs to track their progress. Daniella Uslan is with the Physical Activity and Nutrition Branch of the state Division of Public Health.

About 2,000 people with severe mental illness are facing eviction from group homes at the end of the year. That was the message from group home residents and staff and mental health advocates who rallied at the state Capitol yesterday. A change in Medicaid rules means residential facilities for the mentally disabled will lose some federal funding at the end of the year. State lawmakers passed a bill earlier this year providing replacement funds for adult care homes...but group homes were left out.

Lovers of independent and foreign film have lost a landmark. Cary's Galaxy Cinema is closed as of today. A developer reportedly plans to replace the theater with a Harris Teeter supermarket. Meena Jeyakumar is president of Hum Sub, a local Indian-American cultural organization. She says the Galaxy became a cultural hub for her community.

Post traumatic stress disorder may be linked to a smaller brain area regulating fear and anxiety response. That's the finding of a new study from researchers at Duke. Psychiatry professor Raj Morey works at Duke and the Durham VA. He's the lead author of the study.

Catherine Brand: Early voting ends tomorrow in North Carolina. Voters are electing a new governor - and they're also making selections for other statewide offices.

Isaac-Davy Aronson: Democrat Beth Wood says she's earned a second term as State Auditor, by turning the office into a fast, efficient, and tenacious watchdog.

Social media, early voting, polls, the financial markets, even the weather, they are all factors in next Tuesday’s election. When Americans pick a president, we also pick our congressional delegations and numerous state and local officials, but getting people to pay attention to the races happening down the ballot from the president can be tough. Guest host Isaac Davy-Aronson will talk about why with Jennifer Wig, the assistant editor at the Raleigh Public Record; and Angie Newsome, the director and editor of The Carolina Public Press.

In 2008, it would have been difficult to go to a college campus in the United States and forget we had an election coming up. The young people brought out about 22 million votes to the election then, but will it happen again? Are people still fired up and ready to go on America’s campuses? And how connected to politics are today’s college students anyway?

Mipso

Nov 2, 2012

The band of three young men and one young woman used to call themselves Mipso Trio.

Now they go by Mipso after adding a fiddler. They recently released their first full length CD and they spent the summer traveling and learning new forms of music. Mipso plays Cat's Cradle Saturday night, but first they stop in to chat with guest host Isaac Davy-Aronson and play some tunes.

On Tuesday, North Carolina voters will elect a new governor. They'll also make selections for Council of State offices. Isaac-Davy Aronson has this look at the two candidates for State Treasurer.

 Steve Royal thinks North Carolinians should be very worried.

Steve Royal: "We cannot continue promising people this money in the future at the rate we are right now. It simply is not sustainable."

In 2008, Barack Obama won North Carolina, marking the first time the state went for the Democratic candidate in over 30 years. In fact, in the previous couple of elections, Republicans won with solid victories. George W Bush had double digit leads over Al Gore and John Kerry. So what happened in 2008, and can it be repeated?

When the animators of “Toy Story” got stuck, they used to watch movies by Hayao Miyazaki for inspiration. Critics often call Miyazaki the greatest animator of all time, but many people have still never heard of him. The Carolina Theatre is about to screen a series of films from Miyazaki’s production studio. It’s called the Studio Ghibli collection. Guest host Isaac-Davy Aronson is joined by Helen McCarthy, the author of "Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation" (Stone Bridge Press/1999).

Early voting ends Saturday in North Carolina. Voters are electing a new governor - and they're also making selections for other statewide offices.

Secretary of State Elaine Marshall calls her office a maternity ward for businesses, where new companies are registered every day. The Democrat is running for a 5th term in the post. Marshall says she's revolutionized technology at the department, putting business and investment records online, improving efficiency and accessibility.

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