Susan Davis

Producer, The State of Things

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The State of Things
11:44 am
Wed June 15, 2011

State's Rights and the Reconstruction Amendments

Michael Gerhardt
Credit law.unc.edu

The 14th Amendment may be the most hotly debated 2,000 words in American history. It was adopted on July 9, 1868 and is considered the most important of the “Reconstruction Amendments.” Those amendments - the 13th, 14th and 15th - reconfigure the relationship between the states and the federal government. Among other things, they put the federal government in the position of monitoring the way states protect civil rights.

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Thu June 9, 2011

American Dance Festival

Credit americandancefestival.org

Every summer, over 300 professional dancers, choreographers and dance students flock to Durham. They come for the American Dance Festival. It’s a summer school and a series of world-class performances open to the public. This summer's theme is "Something New, Something Treasured" and features the work of established choreographers like Bill T. Jones and Paul Taylor, as well as emerging talents like Rosie Herrera. The festival starts June 9 and runs through July 23.

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The State of Things
12:28 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Human Rights At Abbey Court

Credit www.humanrightscities.org

A few years ago, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Sociology Professor Judith Blau and her teaching assistant Rafael Gallegos were at Abbey Court Apartments complex in Carrboro, NC. They were passing out flyers on behalf of the Latino cultural organization El Centro when they were nearly run off by the police. The irony of the situation – that the Abbey Court neighborhood has a high density of immigrants who need support and services and that Abbey Court had the highest crime rate in Carrboro and a hostile relationship with the police department – was not lost on Blau.

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Tue May 24, 2011

Blake's Infinite Writing

Stan Peskett and his artwork featuring William Blake's vision

Nearly every school child on both sides of the pond can recite the opening lines of “The Tiger” by William Blake. The poem is part of the collection “Songs of Experience” and is among William Blake’s best known works. There’s a companion collection called “Songs of Innocence,” and together they explore the duality of good and evil existent in everyone.

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The State of Things
2:20 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

Meet Tom & Heather LaGarde

The LaGarde family

Tom LaGarde was literally skating through his life after basketball stardom when he met his wife Heather. Tom played for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the mid 1970s, won an Olympic gold medal in 1976 and finished the decade in the NBA. He was running a program for at-risk kids in New York City that involved playing basketball while Rollerblading. Heather was in the crowd at one of these roller basketball games, their eyes met across the crowded court and they've been together ever since.

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The State of Things
1:13 pm
Fri May 20, 2011

Fan Modine

CD cover, ''Gratitude for the Shipper''

Gordon Zacharias has been writing songs and playing under the name Fan Modine for more than 15 years. He was happily at work on a new album in New York City when 9/11 changed everything. No longer feeling at home in the Big Apple, Zacharias decamped to Chapel Hill, NC, where the music scene embraced him.

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The State of Things
1:00 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Lost in the Trees

Credit www.lostinthetrees.com

Ari Picker's novelistic childhood and difficult life story has been at the heart of his music since he started writing songs. He describes his band, Lost in the Trees, as making orchestral folk music, combining the passion and pathos of symphonic music with the intimacy and searching of classic folk music. The band's album "All Alone in an Empty House" has had more than one incarnation including the newest, released last summer.

The State of Things
11:15 am
Thu May 12, 2011

A Weaverly Path

Credit www.aweaverlypath.com

Silvia Heyden has had a thriving career as a weaver, creating tapestries on commission in her native Switzerland before moving with her family to Durham, NC in 1966. She continues to weave, forging a new abstract tapestry form that is inspired, in large part, by the Eno River. Kenny Dalsheimer's new film, "A Weaverly Path," documents Heyden's long and colorful journey with the yarn, the loom and the river.

The State of Things
12:02 pm
Fri May 6, 2011

Birds & Arrows

Bill Hudson
Credit www.birdsandarrows.com

The Chapel Hill-based band Birds & Arrows has a new album that reflects the joy and sorrow of the band's past year. The honeymoon sweetness of their earlier work has been replaced with a maturity and depth appropriate for musicians whose lives and work are gaining seriousness and acclaim.

The State of Things
12:44 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

Mirror Image

''Mirror Image: Women Portraying Women'' at the NC Museum of Art

The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh presents "Mirror Image: Women Portraying Women," the second exhibition in its North Carolina gallery. The thematic group show features work depicting women done by women artists who live in the state, but have national and international reputations.

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