Meghan Modafferi

Producer, The State of Things
Karl Eikenberry headshot
stanford.edu

From 2009 to 2011, Karl Eikenberry served as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan where he worked to stabilize the country and build a stronger foundation for democracy.

The challenge is great as many question the intervention of American troops. Eikenberry, a Goldsboro, NC native, believes the humanities can provide an innovative approach to modern diplomacy.

Houndmouth's first album is From the Hills Below the City.
houndmouth.com

The members of Houndmouth, an Americana quartet, grew up in the small town of New Albany, Indiana. Their music draws from their roots and combines folksy narratives with more rugged rock. 

Composer Dan Asia smiling.
danielasia.net

Poet Yehuda Amichai is one of Israel’s most acclaimed artists. His poems explore different aspects of the Jewish faith. American poet Paul Pines also examines the many components of Judaism in his work. American musical composer Dan Asia set both their works to music which will be performed tonight at Elon University

Teachers protest
Dave DeWitt

A task force created by the legislature last year met earlier this week to discuss incentives for good teaching. Some Republican leaders favor a merit pay system that would reward a limited number of teachers based on their individual performances. But many educators believe this would discourage collaboration within their schools. 

Cedars in the Pines is a new exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History.
www.ncdcr.gov / North Carolina Museum of History

 

 Food, music and dancing are just a few of the contributions of Lebanese Americans to North Carolina’s culture. "Cedars in the Pines,” a new exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History, showcases the influence of Lebanese immigrants on the state.

Apostles of Reason by Molly Worthen
http://global.oup.com/ / Oxford University Press

    

Evangelical Christians are a diverse group with similar questions but vastly different answers. 

A scene from Love Alone with Julia Gibson as Helen Warren and Jenny Wales as Dr. Becca Neal.
Playmakers Repertory Company

When Dr. Becca Neal loses a patient after a routine procedure, she grieves much like the patient's family. 

Power plant in Goldsboro, NC.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dukeenergy/11441208065/

NC WARN, a progressive environmental non-profit, is teaming up with an unlikely partner: the John Locke Foundation. The two organizations share a desire to increase competition in the power industry and challenge Duke Energy's monopoly on electricity in the state.  

Swamiji is a laser documentary about Swami Vivekananda.
http://www.swamiji.vedantanc.org/

If you are going to yoga today, you can thank Swami Vivekananda. The Hindu monk is credited with bringing yoga to the West along with the Indian philosophy of Vedanta. 

Celebration is about a dark family secret.
http://littlegreenpig.com/?p=1560

When a dark secret is revealed at father's 60th birthday party, the whole family has something to say about it.

Veterans learning to fly fish.
Justin Lubke http://www.notyetbeguntofightfilm.com/?page_id=46

Retired Marine Colonel Eric Hastings used to dream about fly-fishing when he was in Vietnam. In 1969, he returned home to Montana and went quickly to the water. "I came back from combat and found I needed relief. And the more I was out there fly-fishing, the more I knew I needed more of it.  You know, this ... this river healed me," he says.

A dry field of crops
http://www.flickr.com/photos/usdagov/12309025826/

Earlier this month, Raleigh was selected to host one of seven climate change research hubs in the nation. The hubs will prepare farmers to cope with  the effects of climate change on their land. 

President Barack Obama talks about the importance of raising the minimum wage.
Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy

President Barack Obama signed an executive order last week to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 per hour. He is pushing for Congress to pass a bill that will do the same for all Americans. 

image of the Dan River
Jeff Tiberii

Eleven days after a coal ash spill in Eden, North Carolina leaked 82,000 tons of potentially toxic material into the Dan River, there are still a lot of unanswered questions. What's the best way to clean up the river? Who should be held responsible? And how can we prevent an accident like this from happening again? Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC reporter Jeff Tiberii about spill clean-up efforts.  

Gov. Pat McCrory stands at a podium and speaks to the Emerging Issues Forum on Monday.
Dave DeWitt

After ongoing controversy about educator pay, Governor Pat McCrory announced a plan to increase salaries for new teachers yesterday. Under this plan, the base pay for the state’s beginning teachers will increase to $35,000 over the next two years, bringing North Carolina starting teacher pay in line with that of border states like Virginia, Tennessee and South Carolina.

Diya Abdo headshot
http://www.guilford.edu/about/faculty-staff/profile/index.aspx?linkid=370&moduleid=17

 

Growing up as a Palestinian in Jordan, Diya Abdo straddled multiple cultures. Her love of American literature brought her to the United States. 

Eric Chance / Appalachian Voices

 When a stormwater pipe burst in Eden, N.C. on Sunday, more than 80,000 tons of coal ash rushed into the Dan River. The waste from the retired Duke Energy coal-fired power plant poses possible threats to humans and wildlife in the region. Host Frank Stasio discusses the coal ash spill and its ramifications with WUNC reporter Jeff Tiberii.

Book cover depicting the bearded Rabbi of Worms
https://wipfandstock.com/store/The_Rabbi_of_Worms

The 11th century isn’t noted in history for its peaceful interfaith relations. And yet, at that time, Christians and Jews alike came from all over Europe to seek the wisdom of the Rabbi of Worms, a French scholar whose commentaries on the scriptures are still used today. Host Frank Stasio talks to writer Marie Hammond about her historical fiction, "The Rabbi of Worms."

Author Wiley Cash smiling outside
photo by Tiffany B. Davis http://www.wileycash.com/

Wiley Cash's latest novel, "This Dark Road to Mercy," is set in his hometown  of Gastonia, N.C. 

The Old Well at UNC-Chapel Hill.
unc.edu

The athletic program at Carolina came under scrutiny when academic advisor and tutor Mary Willingham made her research on athlete literacy public.

João Ritter is the musician Élève.
www.elevemusic.org

João Ritter combines his technical computer skills with his musical ear to record, mix and master his own tracks.

David Pizarro black and white photo, laughing
http://www.peezer.net/

  

Feelings of disgust can be a useful in navigating environmental threats. When we are disgusted, we avoid contaminated or poisonous things. But new research shows that disgust may also subconsciously influence our political and moral judgments. Psychology professor David Pizarro examines the ways disgust affects decision-making in the political realm.

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The Meredith College Documentary Film Festival offers movies made by women that address a wide range of topics.

 Filmmaker Joan King Widdifield's "Rainy Season" explores the lingering damage of the Vietnam War. Kristin Bedford's film, "Field Notes, Durham Noir" is an aesthetic interpretation of the tobacco town. Host Frank Stasio talks with Widdifield and Bedford about their work. Both films will be featured at the Festival on Sunday, January 26th.

 

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