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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The State of Things
11:44 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Why Drones Could Be Coming To A County Near You

A MQ-9 Reaper drone.
Credit 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.

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Musician Sings For Social Justice

Tokyo Rosenthal
Credit tokyorosenthal.com

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.

The State of Things
5:31 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

One Step Closer To Scrapping Dix Park Deal

Grounds of the Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh
Credit 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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The State of Things
11:56 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Is The Drone War Coming To North Carolina?

A Predator drone on a US Air Force base in 2011.
Credit 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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The State Of Things
10:08 am
Fri March 8, 2013

How Gary Brunotte Is Bringing Jazz To Durham

Gary Brunotte
Credit beyucaffe.com

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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The State of Things
12:27 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Muslim Women Speak Up About the Veil

Credit Adam Jones / flickr.com

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.

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The State of Things
12:20 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Overmountain Men Blend History, Appalachian Music

'The Next Best Thing' is the second CD by Overmountain Men
Credit 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.

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The State of Things
10:12 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Gauging The Reaction To State Of The State Speech

Governor Pat McCrory Delivers State of the State Address
Credit nc.us

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 State of Things
9:51 am
Thu February 21, 2013

How Media Consolidation Kills Democracy

Michael Copps
Credit commoncause.org

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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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Celebrating The Man Who Recorded The World

Alan Lomax with James (Son) Thomas, Delta Blues Festival, Greenville, Mississippi, 1979. Photo by Bill Ferris.
Credit culturalequity.org

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.

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