Nicole Campbell

Producer, "The State of Things"

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The State of Things
12:23 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Louis Armstrong's Groundbreaking Decade In Chicago

Louis Armstrong Master of Modernism
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Professor and author Thomas Brothers talks about his latest book, Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism

    

Louis Armstrong is a integral figure in American popular music. And although many know him for his 1960s hits like "Hello Dolly" and "What a Wonderful World," his career in the 1920s and 30s really set a precedent for jazz vocals and instrumentals for future generations. 

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Jack The Radio Sharpens Southern Rock Sound In Raleigh

Jack the Radio
Credit Jack the Radio / Jack the Radio

An in-studio performance from the band Jack the Radio

  

Jack the Radio started as two North Carolina State University students creating music in their dorm room. And nearly a decade later, they are four players bigger and they have embraced their southern rock sound. 

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The State of Things
12:24 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Author Explores The Depths Of Mother-Son Relationships Through Fiction

The Deepest Secret
Credit carlabuckley.com / Random House

 

Buckley explores this relationship and the lengths a mother will go to in order to protect her son in her newest novel, The Deepest Secret (Random House; 2014). Host Frank Stasio talks with Buckley about the mother-son relationship and her writing.

The State of Things
12:11 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Gun Violence In Rocky Mount

Pastor James Gailliard
Credit wordtab.net / Word Tabernacle Church

Pastor James Gailliard of Word Tabernacle Church talks about recent gun violence in Rocky Mount

    

Hundreds of community members gathered at the Word Tabernacle Church in Rocky Mount to discuss solutions for community violence after four teenagers were shot behind the church last month. Many at the meeting said an increase in gun availability on the streets of Rocky Mount contributes to the problem.  

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The State of Things
10:30 am
Tue February 18, 2014

[PHOTOS] Theater Of Belief: The Ritual Of Masking Across The Globe

Akata Dance Masqueraders in Ogoja, Nigeria
Phyllis Galembo Phyllis Galembo

Professor and photographer Phyllis Galembo and Temple of Light founder and chief priest Babalawo Ifaniyi Akintunde talk with Frank Stasio about the culture of masking.

When people don masks and costumes in the United States, it is often for Halloween or to root for their favorite sports team. But in Africa and the Caribbean, masking carries a much deeper meaning.
 

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

One-Man Play Narrates Stories Of Gay Black Men Of The South

Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men Of The South
Credit sweettea-theplay.com / Sweet Tea The Play

A conversation with professor and author E. Patrick Johnson

Television shows like Glee, Will and Grace, and Modern Family portray gay identity as white, northern, and secular. But that was far from E. Patrick Johnson's reality growing up in Hickory, North Carolina. Johnson decided to travel across the South to unearth stories of African American gay men and document his findings in the book Sweet Tea: Gay Black Men of the South (UNC Press/2008).

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Artists Explore The Sounds And Imagery Of Ice

An image from Ice Music, photographed by UNC Professor Brooks de Wetter-Smith within a Swiss glacier
Credit Brooks de Wetter Smith / Ice Music

 After numerous trips to Antarctica, Brooks de Wetter-Smith developed a fascination with ice. He says this overlooked necessity gives us water and supports our rivers. But it is not just utilitarian. The element is visually-magnificent, and creates unique sounds as it transforms from ice to water. 

Brooks described to Host Frank Stasio what it was like exploring Antarctica, a massive icy landscape, and how that made him think twice about the ice back home. 

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

George Zimmerman And Celebrity Boxing: A Bread And Circus Affair?

George Zimmerman
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An expert panel discuss the upcoming pay-per-view celeberty boxing match

  

George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin but was acquitted, is signed up to fight in a pay-per-view celebrity boxing match. The most likely opponent for the March 1st match-up is rapper DMX. The proposed fight has elicited an array of responses, from proponents asking DMX to avenge Martin’s death to people pleading with DMX not to participate. In many ways the fight resembles the activities of ancient Rome, where gladiators would fight for their lives in a public arena and the spectacle distracted the masses from other concerns.

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Indie-Pop Band Morning Brigade Previews Sophomore Album

Left to right: Christian Adams - cello / Nathan Spain - drums / Peter Vance - guitar and vocals / Gabriel Reynolds - piano and vocals / Mary Koenig - vocals and auxiliary percussion / Eli Howells - violin
Credit Morning Brigade / http://morningbrigademusic.com

Host Frank Stasio talks to indie-pop band Morning Brigade and they perform live

    

Above Our Heads, the first album by Chapel Hill band Morning Brigade, took an in-depth look at love and relationships. Their second album offers an even more vulnerable examination of these themes. Songwriter and vocalist Peter Vance finds inspiration and catharsis in writing about his personal history and medical struggles.

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Thu February 6, 2014

'Hug A Muslim': Comedians Come to Chapel Hill To Take On Islamophobia

The Muslims Are Coming! A film by Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah

Film director and comedian Negin Farsad talks about fighting Islamophobia in America

Since 9/11, some news accounts portray Muslim-Americans only as terrorist threats. These stories create stereotypes in the minds of the American public. A new film, The Muslims Are Coming, co-directed by Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah, follows a group of Muslim-American comedians on a tour across America. 

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