Meghan Modafferi

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The State of Things
10:09 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Sales Tax For Education

North Carolina General Assembly
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North Carolina counties are bracing themselves for statewide education cuts under consideration by the General Assembly. Guilford County schools stand to lose between $6 million and $21 million from the state. 

In an effort to mitigate the loss, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners is considering a referendum on increasing the sales tax rate. Host Frank Stasio talks with News & Record reporter Kelly Poe.

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Arts & Culture
10:08 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Essays On Speech And Memory

"The Only Sounds We Make" by Lee Zacharias
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Many birds are known for their songs, but vultures cannot sing. Their vocal shortcomings inspired author Lee Zacharias. Her new book of essays, "The Only Sounds We Make" (Hub City Press/2014), meditates on speech and memory, drawing on a range of inspirations from vultures and spiders to her father's death and the Great Migration. 

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The State of Things
10:01 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Community Musicians

"Ars Moriendi" by The Collection
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Composed of artists, nurses, farmers and students, The Collection is as much a community as a band. The group, presently 15 members, easily expands and contracts as musicians come and go.They describe their sound as a rock band that tripped into an orchestra pit.

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The State of Things
12:30 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

A Dance For A Warrior

Gregory Maqoma in Exit/Exist
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South African choreographer Gregory Maqoma grew up hearing the story of his ancestor, a 19th century Xhosa warrior. The man is remembered for his long fight to preserve cultural traditions and resist colonial rule. In the dance piece, "Exit/Exist," Maqoma explores the connections between his past and present while live musicians sing in the Xhosa language.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

A Bridge To The Future

Girl in the Road book cover
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Author Monica Byrne was reading a poem that included the words "ocean" and "bridge," when something just clicked. She couldn't get the idea out of her head: a pedestrian bridge so long it spanned the Arabian Sea. The vision formed the basis of her debut novel, "The Girl in the Road" (Crown Publishing/2014), which is set decades in the future.

The novel combines months of research and travel with numerous autobiographical details. It considers the different ways people recover from trauma.

Learn more about Monica and her work here.

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

WakeMed's New CEO Talks Health

WakeMed CEO Donald Gintzig
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After a controversial year, WakeMed Health and Hospitals' Donald Gintzig became permanent CEO last month. Gintzig is a retired Rear Admiral in the United States Navy with experience leading non-profit, faith-based and private health systems. 

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The State of Things
11:57 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Risky Behavior

Risk! logo
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Many people assume comedy requires wacky characters and crazy scenarios. But for comedian Kevin Allison, vulnerability is key. His podcast and live show, "Risk!", features personal stories the tellers never thought they would share. "Risk!" will be at DSI Comedy Theater in Chapel Hill on Friday at 8:30pm. 

Check out last week's podcast. The theme was stung. On The State of Things, we played a clip featuring LA-based comedian Jen Kirkman.

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Tue June 10, 2014

The Future Of Community Newspapers

Saving Community Journalism book cover
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The advent of the internet forced many industries to adjust, and newspapers were no exception. To deal with new competition and the changing face of advertising, community papers are reaching across platforms. A new book, "Saving Community Journalism: The Path to Profitability" (The University of North Carolina Press/2014) seeks to assist local papers in that transition.

 

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The State of Things
2:09 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Dreams Of Disaster and Redemption

Book cover for The 53rd Parallel
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"The 53rd Parallel" (Light Messages Publishing/2013) is the first novel in a series about the historic, yet little known, contamination of the English River. It was the largest mercury poisoning event in North American history, bringing devastation to the many Ojibway people native to the area. 

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Wed June 4, 2014

The Expansion of Video Games

Gamer
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When many people hear the words “video game,” they think of a stereotypical geeky teenage boy. But that image does not represent the true industry. Women account for nearly half of the gaming population and more than a third of gamers are over the age of 36. Video games have expanded into an art form that produces complex narratives, cultural critiques and symphony soundtracks. 

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