Nicole Campbell

Producer, "The State of Things"


The State of Things
11:53 am
Thu September 5, 2013

All Black Cast Brings New Voice To Theatre Classic "Our Town"

Little Green Pig's production of Our Town
Credit / Little Green Pig

Artistic Director Jay O'Berski and actors Aurelia Belfield and Alphonse Nicholson preview thier upcoming performance of 'Our Town'


Durham's Little Green Pig theatre company is performing the classic story of small town life, "Our Town.” But this show differs from traditional performances of the production because it features an all-black cast.

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Arts & Culture
12:16 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Culinary Historian Pays Homage To African-American Food History

Culinary Historian and Judaics Scholar, Michael Twitty
Credit / Afroculinaria

Food historian Michael Twitty expounds on African-American food history, culture and his upcoming Harvest Festival

This summer, celebrity chef Paula Deen’s use of the N-word stirred controversy. Food historian Michael Twitty wrote an open letter to Deen criticizing her appropriation and misinterpretation of African-American culinary tradition. Twitty will cook and speak about his work at Historic Stagville Plantation's Harvest Festival in Durham this Saturday, September 7th.  

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The State of Things
12:16 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

The Evolving Labor Movement in North Carolina

Fast Food Strikes, NYC, July 2013
Credit / flickr

Frank Stasio speaks with guests about the fast food protests and the history of the labor movement in the state.

Across the country today, thousands of fast food workers are walking off their jobs to demand a living wage and the right to unionize. WalMart employees have also walked off the job as part of an effort to force the company to change their policies. WalMart workers will again strike nationwide next week.

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The State of Things
11:50 am
Thu August 29, 2013

How Does Performing Race Impact Success

Acting White? Rethinking Race in Post-Racial America
Credit / Oxford University Press

Frank Stasio talks wtih Mitu Gulati and Devon Carbado about their latest book, 'Acting White?: Rethinking Race in 'Post-Racial' America.'

During President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, some public discourse focused on the “blackness” of the President. Some on the right critiqued him for being “too black,” but some on the left claimed he was “acting white.”

“President Barack Obama, has these public moments, where he has to deal with the facts of race. He’s in this complicated situation where he has to appeal to members of multiple racial groups and have them all support him,” states Mitu Gulati, professor at Duke Law. “And then these instances occur as with Trayvon Martin, and he has both of these groups watching him so very carefully to see how Black is he or how Black isn’t he.”

Host Frank Stasio talks with Gulati and his co-author and fellow law professor Devon Carbado of UCLA School of Law. Their book, “Acting White? Rethinking Race in 'Post-Racial' America,” (Oxford University Press; 2013) addresses the question: “What does it mean to ‘act white’?”

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Emergency Specialist Reflects On Life's Work During Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Madhu Beriwal (on right cutting the ribbon) when headquarters were moved from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.
Credit / innovative emergency management

Host Frank Stasio talks with Beriwal about her life and research in emergency management


In 1985, Madhu Beriwal was conducting hurricane research for the state of Louisiana. She charted possible directions and outcomes that different storm conditions would bring to New Orleans. Looking at the atlas in 2005, Beriwal said it almost perfectly predicted the severity of Hurricane Katrina. 

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

The March On Washington, 50 Years Later

Program for the 30th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Submitted by Mandy Carter Bayard Rustin Commemorative Alliance


Five decades ago, more than 200,000 people from all over the country gathered on the National Mall to call for racial and economic equality. Next week, participants will once again gather in Washington to mark the anniversary of the March on Washington, a pivotal moment in American history.

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Exploring The Life, Legacy And Unfinished Work Of Julius L. Chambers

Julius Chambers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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In 1948, William Chambers, a black maintenance worker in Montgomery County, NC was denied payment for a job by a white customer. William Chambers spent many afternoons searching for an attorney to represent him, but all the white lawyers he asked refused. William told this story to his son, Julius Chambers, who then vowed to become a lawyer and fight for justice.

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Documentarians Track The Trail Of Trash

Debris left in the wake of the destructive EF5 tornado that hit Moore, OK in 2013.
Margaret Morales and Phil Corrigan

In the 1950s, the Keep America Beautiful campaign encouraged Americans to stop littering and simply throw away their trash.

But where exactly is that "away"? Once we toss something into a garbage or recycling bin, it leaves our lives, but where does it go?

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The State of Things
12:27 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

How Does The "School-To-Prison Pipeline" Work In North Carolina?

Y.E. Smith Elementary School visit the Nasher Museum
Credit / Photos by Duke Photography

A panel of experts join Frank Stasio to discuss the School-To-Prison Pipeline In North Carolina

During the last several years, you may have heard the phrase "School-to-Prison Pipeline" pop up in conversation. It will often be used in discussions regarding the "Zero Tolerance Policy" and armed resource officers in schools. What the school-to-prison pipeline refers to is a number of policies and practices in place that push children from schools into the criminal justice system.

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The State of Things
12:22 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Film Travels The Country Exploring Sustainable Community

The poster for the film 'Within Reach' which screens Monday, July 29th at the Motorco Music Hall in Durham, NC.

Film director Derek Alan Rowe and executive director of Sustain-A-Bull Amy Campbell decipher the meaning of "sustainable community" and talk about their recent endeavors

The words "sustainable" and "community" have quickly become buzz words in our society. But filmmaker Derek Alan Rowe wanted to know what it really meant to live sustainably.

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