Meghan Modafferi

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The State of Things
11:50 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Orchestral Music For Social Change

Marcus Gee (left) and Heyda Ortiz with Frank Stasio
Credit Carol Jackson

  

 For ten hours each week, 300 children in the Triangle create a cacophony of sound using flutes, violins, cellos and drums. The  organization Kidznotes uses classical music as a tool to combat poverty by strengthening kids' community and self-esteem.

Kidznotes hosts a Renaissance-themed gala on Thursday, April 24th, inspired in part by a local children's author. 

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The State of Things
11:46 am
Thu April 17, 2014

The Secret World of Dr. Seuss

The Hat behind The Cat in the Hat
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Art curator Bill Dreyer talks about the secret world of Dr. Seuss

For many, Dr. Seuss is an icon of clever rhymes and fantastical children's book characters. But few people know he also created elaborate paintings and sculptures. Or that he had a room filled from floor to ceiling with hats. Curator Bill Dreyer describes one use Seuss had for the hats:

If a party was lagging a little bit, he would go into the hat closet, bring out hats, put them on people's heads and ask them to spend the rest of the evening in the persona they might expect the person wearing that hat would have.

 The touring "Hats Off to Dr. Seuss" exhibit includes paintings, sculptures and hats from Seuss' personal collection. The collection is on display at The Art Shop in Greensboro through April 19th. Dreyer believes Dr. Seuss is just beginning to receive the recognition he deserves as a fine artist:

Here we are, 23 years after Ted Geisel passed away and he's now really being considered a significant 20th century American artist because people are viewing his art as separate from... his most important legacy, children's literature.

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Another Look At The Duke Lacrosse Case

The Price of Silence book cover
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Host Frank Stasio talks to investigative journalist and author, William Cohan about his new book

  

In March 2006, three white lacrosse players at Duke University were accused of raping an African-American exotic dancer. The case raised questions about race, gender and class in the justice system. Ultimately, the lacrosse players were found innocent. But Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong lost his law license for withholding evidence and other offenses.

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Unemployment In North Carolina

Depression-era unemployment line
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  The state's unemployment rate is on a downward trend, but the meaning of those numbers is the subject of debate. Some believe it is a sign of a comeback while others believe it is skewed statistic. Debate over unemployment extends to the federal level, as an unemployment bill with a North Carolina-specific provision struggles to reach a vote in the United States House. 

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The State of Things
11:53 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Heartbleed Bug: What It Means For Internet Security

Internet hacker
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NPR news applications developer Jeremy Bowers tells us about Heartbleed and its effects on users

    

You may not know what OpenSSL does, but odds are you rely on it when you enter your credit card number to make a purchase online. The software provides internet security for companies large and small across the web. A recently discovered bug in the software called Heartbleed could mean massive security breaches by hackers and exposure of private information. 

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Meet Michele Tracy Berger

Michele Tracy Berger

Meet Michele Tracy Berger

  

When Michele Tracy Berger was a young girl, her mother gave her a gift: a walk-in closet. Looking back, she thinks of this space as her first portal to creativity. Creativity served as a survival tool for her during a difficult childhood involving abuse and poverty. Today, she's a creativity coach and professor of women's studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Voting Rights In North Carolina

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Associated Press reporter Gary Robertson talks about voting rights in North Carolina

  

As the May primary draws near, issues over voter rights persist. The controversial voter law passed last year requires photo identification and reduces the number of days for early voting in the May 6th primaries. A lawsuit challenging the measure may soon force legislators to release their correspondence related to drafting the legislation. Meanwhile, the State Board of Elections released a report identifying hundreds of cases of possible voter fraud. 

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Singing, Dancing Assassins

L to R: Maren Searle as Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme and Julie Fishell as Sara Jane Moore
Jon Gardiner for PlayMakers Repertory Company

Host Frank Stasio talks with director Mike Donahue and actress Julie Fishell

What would have happened if John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald had met? Stephen Sonheim's musical, "Assassins" imagines a time when nine presidential killers or would-be killers can walk into a bar together. The show raises questions about what the pursuit of happiness means in America. Performed by PlayMakers Repertory Company, "Assassins" runs through April 20 at the Paul Green Theater in Chapel Hill. 

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

The Future of Storytelling

The North Carolina Literary Arts Festival logo
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A panel discussion on the future of story telling

In the pre-digital era, storytellers were a specific category of individuals who regaled live audiences with their tales. Now, anyone with a smart phone or a YouTube account can be a storyteller who reaches audiences across the globe. What is the future of the art of storytelling?

The North Carolina Literary Festival asks that question of a panel of experts this Saturday at 12:30 pm in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University. 

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The State Of Things
12:56 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Beers Of North Carolina

Beer sampler
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Since 1980, North Carolina's beer industry has grown from four breweries to nearly 100. The craft beer explosion has far-reaching effects in the local economy, community and agriculture. It has inspired a great deal of creativity, including the development of beer made from yeast that grows on wasps.

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