Meghan Modafferi

Producer, The State of Things

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The State of Things
12:28 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

The Future Of The North Carolina Democratic Party

North Carolina Democratic Party logo
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The North Carolina Democratic Party recently appointed Casey Mann as its new executive director. She inherits some financial difficulties stemming from the cessation of tax checkoffs for political parties while the party struggles with internal divisions. She also talks about how the Citizens United case has introduced nationally-funded messages in state races.

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Thu March 13, 2014

New York Times Editor Sheds Light On Love

Love Illuminated by Daniel Jones
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"Modern Love" is a New York Times column that features personal essays on issues of the heart. After editing submissions for a decade, Daniel Jones has read more than 50,000 intimate stories of love and loss. He compiled the wisdom of those narratives into a new book, "Love Illuminated" (Harper Collins Publishers/2014) and he will speak at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill on March 24th at 7p.m. 

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Photographing Father Divine

Kristin Bedford

Photographer Kristin Bedford spent five weeks living with the followers of Father Divine and learning about their religion. She photographed their lives. Her exhibit, The Presence of Father Divine, has been postponed.

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The State of Things
4:47 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

This Is Your Brain On Crime

Brain scan
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In the future, neuroscientific evidence may be as prevalent as DNA evidence in the criminal justice system. Today on The State of Things, experts discussed the future of neuroscience and the law. Here are some highlights. 

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Neuroscience And The Law

MRI brain scan
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In the not so distant future, brain scans may be as prevalent as DNA evidence in the criminal justice system. This neuroscientific evidence has the potential to correct biases and predict criminal recidivism. But critics argue it could be misleading and difficult to refute. Exploring the brain as a means of assessing intent also raises privacy concerns. 

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Former Ambassador Weighs In On American Foreign Policy

Karl Eikenberry
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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.

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Houndmouth's Folk Songs Tell Vivid Stories

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

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Arts & Culture
10:41 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Jewish Poetry Set To Music

Composer Dan Asia
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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

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The State of Things
12:16 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

State Legislators Propose Merit Pay For Teachers

Teachers protest
Credit 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. 

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The State of Things
10:09 am
Thu February 27, 2014

NC History Exhibit Celebrates The Stories Of Lebanese Americans

Cedars in the Pines is a new exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History.
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 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.

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