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The State of Things
12:33 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Food Brings Older Adults Back To The Table

Amanda Holliday with her grandmother Celeste Sawyer.
Amanda Holliday

Many kids grow up spending time after school with other kids in their neighborhood playing pick-up soccer, videogames or capture the flag. 

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The State of Things
12:24 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

How The President's Executive Order Affects North Carolina Immigrants

Credit Pete Souza

President Obama announced an executive order last night that paves the way for millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States.

The order applies to an estimated four to five million people nationwide. Here in  North Carolina, it applies to more than 100,000 people.

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

State Of Things News Roundup

Newspapers
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The State of Things
11:48 am
Fri November 21, 2014

The Emily Musolino Band

Emily Musolino of the Emily Musolino Band at Motorco in Durham.
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When Durham native Emily Musolino left for the Berklee College of Music, the only thing she knew she wanted to do with her life was to make music. 

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The State of Things
12:06 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Expanding The Gender Spectrum

Laverne Cox giving a speech in 2013. Cox was the first transgender person to appear on the cover of TIME magazine earlier this year
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November 20 is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. It is meant to honor those who have died from violence against transgender people.

On top of the hostility, those who do not identify themselves within the historical definitions of gender struggle with daily issues from filling out the gender section on medical forms to using a public restroom without ridicule.

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The State of Things
12:04 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Is Solitary Confinement Torture? New Report From UNC School Of Law

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Long-term solitary confinement is a cruel, inhumane and degrading form of punishment, according to a new report from The University of North Carolina School of Law.

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The State of Things
11:28 am
Thu November 20, 2014

A Muse And A Maze: The Mysteries Of Fiction Writing

A Muse & A Maze by Peter Turchi
Credit Trinity University Press

  

Here's a riddle: What does the craft of writing fiction have to do with mystery, magic, and puzzles?

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The State of Things
11:58 am
Wed November 19, 2014

The Global Food Crisis

Oxfam distribution in East Africa, 2011
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More than one billion people worldwide do not have enough to eat. Some experts estimate a need for more food in the next 40 years than in the last 10,000. National Geographic contributor Joel Bourne wrote a 2009 cover story, The End of Plenty, about the crisis. He has continued his reporting on the causes of the food shortage crisis and strategies used to address it. Host Frank Stasio talks with Bourne about his work.

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The State of Things
11:55 am
Wed November 19, 2014

A Chapel Hill Playwright's Social Commentary On World War I

A scene from World War I at the North Carolina Veterans Memorial
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At the peak of the Great Depression in the 1930s, legendary Chapel Hill playwright Paul Green collaborated with composer Kurt Weill to create a socially conscious musical about World War I.

In fact, Johnny Johnson was a blend of comedy, tragedy and satire. The musical pits a pacifist American against The War to End All Wars.

The title character is thrust into it after his girlfriend threatens to leave him for lack of patriotism, but Johnny finds his lighthearted and joking nature does not mesh with the horrors of war. 

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Wed November 19, 2014

The Great Gatsby - An American Rite Of Passage

So We Read On is Maureen Corrigan new book that takes a look into "the greatest" American novel.

Reading F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is a rite of passage these days. The novel is mandatory reading for many high schoolers across the country. 

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