Nicole Campbell

Producer, "The State of Things"

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The State of Things
11:29 am
Mon February 4, 2013

How Former Museum Director's Struggle For Access to Education Led Her to the Triangle

Betsy Bennett
Credit naturalsciences.org

Meet Betsy Bennett

  Meet Betsy Bennett: Betsy Bennett recently retired from two decades as the director for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. It's was part of her longer history as an educator and politician in the South. Betsy got her start training teachers in Charlottesville, Virginia on how to integrate their classrooms. She also helped desegregate Charlotte schools before heading to the Natural Sciences Museum and growing it to one of the most successful in the country. Betsy joins our host Frank Stasio to talk about her life history in education.

The State of Things
10:52 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Artist Makes Indoor Tornado At CAM

State of Things
3:17 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Purring Exhibit Displays The Healing Power of Sound

 

Host Frank Stasio talk with artist Duncan Laurie.

In the age of constant digital stimulus, it can be hard to truly listen to all that's around you. Duncan Laurie will tell you that listening a little closer might bring you happiness or healing. Duncan has found ways to tap into the sonic energy of organic materials, like plants and rock.

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Science & Technology
11:03 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Can Glowing Mice Save Us From Cancer?

Would you believe us if we told you that glowing mice might be the next step in saving human beings from cancer? Well, Ned Sharpless and his research team are trying to see if that very thing is possible. They have been injecting mice with the enzyme that makes fireflies glow in an effort to improve cancer treatment and detection.

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Science & Technology
11:37 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Are Chimps Interested In Social Networking?

gombechimpanzees.org

Online networking sites have become one of the primary ways humans forge connections with each another. Ian Gilby tells us that Gombe chimps might be just as interested in social networking as we are. He's been studying the ways chimpanzees form coalitions with one another in order to thrive and reproduce.

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State of Things
10:30 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Hedwig Kohn Fled Nazi Germany To Teach Physics In NC

Hedwig Kohn
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Hedwig Kohn was one of only three women to receive German qualification to teach physics at a university, and that was her vehicle to flee Nazi Germany. Hedwig Kohn wound up teaching and doing research at Duke University and has made significant contributions to the field of flame spectroscopy and radiation. Brenda Winnewisser took special interest in Hedwig’s story and currently has a biography on her due to be published in Spring 2014. Host Frank Stasio talks with Brenda Winnewisser, an adjunct professor of physics at Ohio State University.

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State of Things
10:48 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Ironing Board Sam Performs Rhythm & Blues

Ironing Board Sam
Credit downtownclayton.blogspot.com

Ironing Board Sam has been playing rhythm and blues professionally since he was 16 years old in Rock Hill, SC. He's now 73, living in Chapel Hill and his passion for music-making is as strong as ever. Sam is part of Hillsborough's Music Maker Relief Foundation, and he's just released a new album, “Going Up.” He's performing this Sunday, January 13th at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh.

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State of Things
10:30 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Ancient and Living Maya

Today is supposedly the end of the world, depending on who you believe. Some say the ancient Maya people predicted December 21, 2012 would be the apocalypse. Others say it is just a new era. Still others say the whole thing is overblown.

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State of Things
9:16 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Life After Death Row

Life After Death Row

One hundred and thirty eight people have been exonerated of capital crimes and released from death row since 1973. These tragic stories don't always get told, but two professors wanted to make sure that the voices of some exonerees were heard. Saundra Westervelt and Kimberly Cook explore the post-incarceration struggle of 18 of them in their new book “Life After Death Row: Exonerees’ Search for Community and Identity” (Rutgers University Press/2012).

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State of Things
10:04 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Meet Darlene Nicgorski

Darlene Nicgorski
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Darlene Nicgorski was a nun serving in Los Amates, Guatemala in 1981 when her pastor was assassinated miles away. That early experience helped shape her decision to help Central American refugees seeking shelter in the United States. For her efforts, Nicgorski would eventually be convicted of conspiracy and face a 25-year prison sentence. She has since left the convent and settled in Chapel Hill. Host Frank Stasio talks to former nun and activist Darlene Nicgorski.

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