Lindsay Foster Thomas

Producer, "The State of Things"

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Tue March 29, 2011

Gen Silent

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Abuse and neglect at the hands of hired caregivers are very real concerns for the elderly. But for gay seniors, these can be even bigger problems as they face discrimination within the healthcare system. A new film called “Gen Silent” examines the challenges of being out and aging. Host Frank Stasio gets a preview from filmmaker Stu Maddux before the film screens in Cary and Chapel Hill this weekend.

The State of Things
11:18 am
Fri March 25, 2011

"Th' Bullfrog" Willard McGhee

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Musician “Th’ Bullfrog” Willard McGhee has nothing but respect for the blues greats of the Piedmont. In fact, McGhee would love to see more being done to honor blues pioneers like Blind Boy Fuller and Floyd Council. Their legacies live on in McGhee’s music. His new CD project, recorded with fellow blues guitarist Tad Walters, is called “Stealin’ Gasoline.” In the tradition of blues, the songs are personal and poignant and sometimes racy.

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Thu March 24, 2011

Examining Cult Culture

Host Frank Stasio examines public perception of new religious movements

The word “cult” comes from a Latin root word that translates into “ritual.” But in the modern era, the word has acquired derogatory connotations – used to describe spiritual, political or social groups that challenge conventional beliefs. In North Carolina, police are investigating the possibility of a connection between two missing persons and a Durham congregation that has been characterized as a cult. Could use of that word in the news coverage of the case influence its outcome? Host Frank Stasio examines public perception of new religious movements with James Tabor, chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Sean McCloud, an associate professor of religious studies and American studies affiliate at UNC-Charlotte; Benjamin Zeller, an assistant professor of religious studies at Brevard College; and Lisa Kerr, founder of the Web site www.mycultlife.com. Listener Call-in.

The State of Things
12:25 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Islamic Awareness Month

Haroon Moghul
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Host Frank Stasio is joined by one of the visiting speakers, Haroon Moghul, who is the executive director of The Maydan Institute, which works to counter stereotypes of Muslims in the media.

The Muslim Student Association at Duke University is presenting a series of lectures by experts on Islam with the goal of generating positive dialogue about Muslims in America. This year’s “Islamic Awareness Month” comes on the heels of Congressional hearings examining the spread of radicalism and extremism in Muslim communities across the U.S.

The State of Things
12:14 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Crime Lab Controversy

Derrick Allen
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Host Frank Stasio talks about the case and pending legislation that could change operations at the SBI with Mandy Locke and Joe Neff, staff writers at the News & Observer.

Last week, Durham Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson publicly criticized the State Bureau of Investigation’s handling of a 1998 murder case, saying the SBI withheld evidence that could have aided the defendant in trial. The case of Derrick Allen, who spent 12 years in jail for the sexual assault and murder of a 2-year-old girl, is the latest to bring attention to the SBI’s policies and procedures at its crime lab.

The State of Things
9:00 am
Mon March 14, 2011

Meet Joe's Diner

At the corner of Angier Ave. and Driver St. in Durham sits Joe’s Diner. The special there is a 1 lb. all-beef hot dog, but what’s really special about the place is the relationship between its owner, Joe Bushfan, and the restaurant’s financier, Dan Hill. The unlikely partnership between Bushfan, a former celebrity bodyguard, and Hill, an insurance broker, started as a chat about business investments and has grown into an effort to revitalize East Durham’s neighborhoods.

The State of Things
9:00 am
Fri March 11, 2011

Nonsuicidal Self-Injury

Members of adolescent social cliques tend to dress alike, talk alike and share the same interests. But, a new study out of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests that more dangerous behaviors – specifically engaging in nonsuicidal self-injury – are also contagious among friends. UNC psychology professor Mitch Prinstein joins host Frank Stasio to talk about investigating seemingly infectious harmful behaviors among young peer groups.

The State of Things
10:48 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Investigating Islamist Extremism

Department of Homeland Security
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David Schanzer, the center’s director and an associate professor of the practice for public policy at Duke, joins host Frank Stasio to talk about his findings on Islamist extremism.

Congressional hearings to investigate the “radicalization of Muslims in America” begin today on Capitol Hill. The hearings, called by New York Rep. Peter King, who is the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, are being criticized as racist for singling out the Muslim community in an exploration of homegrown terrorism.

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The State of Things
10:33 am
Thu March 10, 2011

The North Carolina Gazetteer

The North Carolina Gazetteer
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Hill joins host Frank Stasio to talk about collecting the treasured stories of the Tar Heel State to put together the second edition of 'The North Carolina Gazetteer.'

Historian William S. Powell first assembled “The North Carolina Gazetteer” in 1968. The book has since served as an essential reference for readers with an interest in the state and the fascinating stories that are attached to places like Frying Pan, Hanging Dog, and Naked Mountain. Powell’s book has recently received an update with help from Michael Hill, research supervisor at the North Carolina Office of Archives and History.

The State of Things
10:59 am
Thu March 3, 2011

Sleeping With Patty Hearst

Sleeping With Patty Hearst

Moore joins host Frank Stasio to talk about her novel and the resonant metaphor of Patty Hearst.

It took Raleigh resident Mary Lambeth Moore decades to tease her intriguing short story about sisters in a small North Carolina town during the mid-1970s into a novel. The result is "Sleeping with Patty Hearst" (Tigress Publishing/2011), an intriguing book that follows a teenager named Lily as she navigates identity and community in 1975 and 1976.

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