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Injections for veterans may aid in addressing PTSD
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For many veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, treatment options are limited to medication and therapy. But head and neck injections, a new treatment option, is being hailed as a "miracle" method. A Triangle-based organization, RTI International, received a $2 million grant from the Department of Defense to operate trials of the technique at three Army hospitals. Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina is one of the facilities using the new treatment on...

The Monti
Jessie Gladdek

In the eight years since founding The Monti , a North Carolina-based storytelling organization, Jeff Polish has chosen a variety of topics for storytellers. Participants on The Monti stage have talked about their experiences around themes like "Fear," "The End of the Road," and "Humility." But one topic stayed off the list: God. When Polish eventually decided to broach the difficult subject of a higher power...

Courtesy of Kumarini Silva

T his year marks the 15 th anniversary of 9/11, an event that sparked dramatic shifts in global policy and international relations.

An image of UNC's Old Well
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The News & Observer may have uncovered a new figure in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill academic scandal. News & Observer investigative reporter Dan Kane, who has been digging into the story for more than five years, says new questions have emerged about whether an academic aide with UNC basketball may have been involved.
Host Frank Stasio talks with Kane about the latest. Jonathan Jones, director of the Sunshine Center of the North Carolina Open Government...

JC Raulston Arboretum Digital Archive

Horticulturist J.C. Raulston died in 1996, but his legacy lives on at the North Carolina State University arboretum that bears his name, the nine plants named in his honor, and all over the backyards and nurseries of North Carolina.

An image of the book 'Fields of Battle'
Courtesy of Flatiron Books

When most people hear “Rose Bowl,” they immediately think Pasadena, California. But in 1942, the Rose Bowl was relocated to Durham, North Carolina, in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It's the only Rose Bowl played outside of Pasadena, and the game almost did not happened. In his new book " Fields of Battle: Pearl Harbor, the Rose Bowl and the Boys Who Went to War " (Flatiron Books/2016), sports writer Brian Curtis tells the story of the game and the men who first met on the field as...

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory
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Incumbent Governor Pat McCrory conceded in his reelection bid after several weeks of disputing the results. The governor congratulated Governor-Elect Roy Cooper in a video message. McCrory said there are still questions about the election process, but he respects the democratic process that elected Cooper as the state’s new governor. McCrory also called for a legislative special session to address funding for Hurricane Matthew and wildfire victims. Critics fear lawmakers could use the session...

David Goldman / AP

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their supporters are celebrating after the Army Corps of Engineers announced it will block a pipeline from being built under a dammed off portion of the Missouri River. Host Frank Stasio speaks with NPR Reporter Nathan Rott who is in North Dakota. Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians member Gilliam Jackson, and Keith Richotte , Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa member and UNC law professor, give their perspectives on the news from Standing Rock.

An image of the book cover for 'Metaphors Be With You'
Courtesy of Harper Collins

Poet Robert Frost once said, "An idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor."

Dr. Mardy Grothe , author and retired psychologist, has channeled the words of Frost into a new anthology of metaphors called " Metaphors Be With You : An A-to-z Dictionary of History's Greatest Metaphorical Quotations" ( HarperCollins /2016). Grothe examines the figure of speech by curating thousands of metaphors spanning 250 topics.
Host Frank Stasio talks with...

Courtesy of Malinda Maynor Lowery

Malinda Maynor Lowery is a Lumbee Indian whose family goes back more than 10 generations in Robeson County. Lowery was born in Lumberton, N.C. but raised in Durham, where from an early age, she often fielded the question, “what are you?” Although she grew up in a family with a strong sense of Native identity, this question stayed with her much of her life, and eventually became the subject of much of her academic and documentary work. Lowery earned a masters in documentary film from Stanford...

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It’s our year end wrap up for Movies on the Radio and we want to know, what was your favorite movie of 2016? Amid all the summer blockbusters and family films, did anything stand out? We've already got a submission for "The Witch," what's your favorite? Send an email to sot@wunc.org or tweet #sotmovie . Hurry! The holidays have shortened the deadline on this one. We need your submissions by December 15th.

James MacPherson / AP Photo

Thousands of protesters have spent months at the site of the proposed $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline under a lake near Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. The protesters say it threatens the safety of the water and undermines a sacred native site.

An image of former UNC housekeepers Barbara Prear and Marsha Tinne
Charlie Shelton-Ormond / WUNC

On November 26, 1996, a group of housekeepers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill settled a lawsuit with the university that provided the workers with increased wages, improved career training and education programs and more transparent communication with university administrators. The settlement was the culmination of a movement led by the UNC Housekeeper's Association. The group's efforts follow a legacy of activism by workers at UNC-CH . Host Frank Stasio talks with Al...

Mandolin Orange
Scott McCormick / Sacks & Co.

Mandolin Orange 's new album, " Blindfaller ," moves between a haunting warning about politics, allusions to lingering effects of historical wars in the South, and a honky-tonk ode to life on the road.

wildfire photo
Stuart Palley for Reveal

Wildfires continue to sweep through the Southeastern United States. More than 28,000 fires have burned approximately 1.5 million acres of land in the region so far this year, according to The National Interagency Fire Center . Historically wildfires are a concern predominantly in Western states, but a new series of reports from “Reveal,” a project of The Center for Investigative Reporting, shows that wildfires are becoming bigger and more costly throughout the country. The spread of wildfires...

Image from The Andy Griffith Show
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Many know Mayberry as the idyllic town that was home to the fictional Andy Griffith show. A new film highlights the characters of the true Mayberry: Mount Airy, North Carolina. Filmmaker Bill Hayes, a Mount Airy native, captured the characters and places that make Mount Airy a representation of “Hometown USA.” Despite economic struggles caused by the decline of textile manufacturing, The Real Mayberry continues to thrive and retain its unique character. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Photo of comedian Josh Gondelman
Yvette Albinowski

Comedian Josh Gondelman has earned the nickname the “nicest man in comedy,” for his inherently decent and astute comedic style. But many in that world may also consider him to be one of the luckiest men in the business because comedy writing is part of both his day and night jobs. Gondelman is a writer for the Emmy-Award winning HBO show “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” co-authored the book “You Blew It,” and co-created the famous Twitter account “Seinfeld Today.”

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Image of a judge's gavel
Wikipedia

A three-judge panel of a federal court ordered the North Carolina legislature to redraw their district lines and hold a new election next year. The court found 28 of the state house and senate districts were unconstitutionally racially gerrymandered. The decision requires the redrawing of the lines and shortens all the terms of members elected earlier this month to one year. And the controversy over the governor’s race continues as incumbent Pat McCrory refuses to concede despite a nearly 10...

Image of Attica uprising
ASSOCIATED PRESS/ New York State Special Commission on Attica

Forty-five years ago, New York state police raided Attica Prison , a maximum-security institution in a small town in upstate New York. The standoff and takeover led to the deaths of 39 men in what has become known as the "Attica Prison Uprising." Scholar and historian Heather Ann Thompson considers the uprising to be both one of the most important civil rights events of the 20th century and a pivotal moment in criminal justice history. Yet many citizens know little about it. Thompson's new...

An image of the book cover for 'Game Changers'
Courtesy of UNC Press

Dean Smith is known as a legendary basketball coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His teams won 879 games and two NCAA national championships.
But one of Smith's most crowning achievements isn't instilled in a trophy. In 1967, Smith recruited basketball player Charlie Scott, the first African-American scholarship athlete at UNC-CH . It was a seminal act for Smith and furthered his push for civil rights in the South.
In the new book, "Game Changers: Dean...

The Black Man Running group jog in Wilmington.
Courtesy Black Man Running

Putting on running shoes and heading out for a jog is not a straightforward affair for black men. Runner Rendell Smith remembers a white woman who was so scared when she saw him jogging toward her, she dropped her groceries and bolted.

An image of comedian Paula Poundstone
Michael Schwartz

More than 30 years ago, comedian Paula Poundstone hopped on a Greyhound bus and traveled the country performing in small comedy clubs. Over the years, Poundstone rose up through the ranks of comedy and eventually earned her own HBO special.

In 1992, she became the first woman to host the White House Correspondents Dinner. Today, she is heard regularly as a panelist on the NPR program " Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! " Poundstone's commentary on politics and pop culture has been a...

Michelle Lanier

Note: This program is a rebroadcast. It originally aired May 2, 2016. Michelle Lanier’s roots in North Carolina are so deep that she describes “every branch of her family tree having at least a sapling that crosses into the state.” She has a great-grandparent who preached at the oldest black Episcopal church in the state, one who was salesmen on Durham’s Black Wall Street , and one who helped establish the state’s first black high school. From a young age, Michelle Lanier has been...

Image of NC Author Belle Boggs
Courtesy of Belle Boggs

Note: This is a rebroadcast. This program originally aired September 6, 2016. Infertility affects one in eight couples in the United States, according to Resolve: The National Infertility Association . That statistic amounts to millions of Americans, but despite the high numbers, many keep their struggle private. For many years writer Belle Boggs was one of those individuals. She and her husband experienced a wide range of emotional and financial obstacles in the five years they...

photo of Rissi Palmer
Rissi Palmer

Note: This is a Rebroadcast. This program originally aired July 15, 2016. Singer-songwriter Rissi Palmer exploded onto the country music scene in 2007 with a self-titled album. She sang alongside Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum, and her single " Country Girl " was the first song by an African-American woman artist to make the country Billboard charts in almost two decades. After some disagreements with her label, Palmer spent some time out of the spotlight working on other creative...

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