Meghan Modafferi

Producer, The State of Things

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The State of Things
10:58 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Meet Diya Abdo

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

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Duke Energy Coal Ash Spill

Volunteers with the Dan River Basin Association, graduate students from Duke University and staff with the environmental group Appalachian Voices collect water samples on the Dan River after a massive coal ash spill.
Credit 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.

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The State of Things
11:20 am
Wed February 5, 2014

The Rabbi Of Worms

The Rabbi of Worms by M.K. Hammond
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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."

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The State of Things
12:48 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

This Dark Road to Mercy

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

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Athlete Literacy At UNC-Chapel Hill

The Old Well at UNC-Chapel Hill.
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The athletic program at Carolina came under scrutiny when academic advisor and tutor Mary Willingham made her research on athlete literacy public.

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The State of Things
11:44 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Élève Music Combines Guitar, Strings and Synthetics

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

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

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The State of Things
12:45 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

The Politics of Disgust

David Pizarro
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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 State of Things
12:32 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Raleigh Film Festival Showcases Local Female Filmmakers

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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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