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The State of Things
11:46 am
Thu April 17, 2014

The Secret World of Dr. Seuss

The Hat behind The Cat in the Hat
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 For many, Dr. Seuss is an icon of clever rhymes and fantastical children's book characters. But few people know he also created elaborate paintings and sculptures. Or that he had a room filled from floor to ceiling with hats. Curator Bill Dreyer describes one use Seuss had for the hats:

If a party was lagging a little bit, he would go into the hat closet, bring out hats, put them on people's heads and ask them to spend the rest of the evening in the persona they might expect the person wearing that hat would have.

 The touring "Hats Off to Dr. Seuss" exhibit includes paintings, sculptures and hats from Seuss' personal collection. The collection is on display at The Art Shop in Greensboro through April 19th. Dreyer believes Dr. Seuss is just beginning to receive the recognition he deserves as a fine artist:

Here we are, 23 years after Ted Geisel passed away and he's now really being considered a significant 20th century American artist because people are viewing his art as separate from... his most important legacy, children's literature.

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

At The Movies: Which Is Better- The Book Or The Movie?

The Great Gatsby movie set
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  The Hunger Games. Harry Potter. The Great Gatsby. Blockbuster films or popular literature? Do you ever walk out of the movie theater and hear, "The book was so much better than the movie."? Or do you prefer the silver screen adaptation of your favorite novel? Turning a book into a movie poses all sorts of challenges.

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Tax Day Spurs Conversations Around The State

Tax Day 2014

Triangle Business Journal Reporter Jason deBruyn talks about changes to North Carolina taxes

  

While tax day can evoke feelings of anxiety and dread across the country, some North Carolina groups are using today’s deadline to start conversations about tax reform and filing issues in the state.

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Witness To An Execution: Part Two

Execution chamber
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Stephen Lich Tyler drove to Texas last week to witness the execution of his father’s killer, Ramiro Hernandez Llanas. Before he left, he spoke on The State of Things about his struggles with the decision to attend and his expectations of the execution. He returned to the studio today to talk with host Frank Stasio about the experience and how it shaped his perspective on the death penalty.

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Another Look At The Duke Lacrosse Case

The Price of Silence book cover
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Host Frank Stasio talks to investigative journalist and author, William Cohan about his new book

  

In March 2006, three white lacrosse players at Duke University were accused of raping an African-American exotic dancer. The case raised questions about race, gender and class in the justice system. Ultimately, the lacrosse players were found innocent. But Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong lost his law license for withholding evidence and other offenses.

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The State of Things
11:28 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Syrian Doctor In Cary Pushes For Free Syria

Dr. Mazen E. Hamad
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When Mazen Hamad talks with his brother over internet chat, he can see through the open window of his brother’s living room. On the screen, Mazen sees bombs raining down outside of his brother's apartment in his home country of Syria. Dr. Mazen Hamad narrowly escaped the Hama Massacre more than 30 years ago; today he supports the Syrian revolution from North Carolina.

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Ken Rudin
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With less than month to go before the May primaries, congressional candidates are making their final appeals to voters. But how big a role does money play in these last stages of a campaign? Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the state’s hottest House races and the role of finances.

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

A Trip Down The Food Shoot With Mary Roach

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

A conversation with author Mary Roach

Mary Roach is a writer known for asking taboo and wacky questions about the human body, and she continues this pursuit in her latest book, "Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal."(W.W. Norton & Company/2013)

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

A Decade Of Old Ceremony

The Old Ceremony
Credit Django Haskins

  

Chapel Hill band, The Old Ceremony, celebrates a milestone this weekend: their 10 year anniversary. The band will mark the occasion with a show at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw at 8pm Saturday.

First, they play live and host Frank Stasio talks with band members Django Haskins on vocals and guitar, Mark Simonsen on the organ, Gabriel Pelli on the violin, Dan Hall on the drums, and Shane Hartman on the bass.

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Unemployment In North Carolina

Depression-era unemployment line
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  The state's unemployment rate is on a downward trend, but the meaning of those numbers is the subject of debate. Some believe it is a sign of a comeback while others believe it is skewed statistic. Debate over unemployment extends to the federal level, as an unemployment bill with a North Carolina-specific provision struggles to reach a vote in the United States House. 

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