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The State Of Things
4:09 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Tupelo Honey Cafe Cookbook Showcases Appalachian Cuisine

Tupelo Honey Cafe cookbook
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Southern food is a popular cuisine in many foodie circles. But an Asheville restaurant seeks to highlight a subgenre of Southern food: Appalachian cuisine. Chef Brian Sonokus of Tupelo Honey Café and co-author Elizabeth Sims demonstrate the versatility of Appalachian cuisine in their new book, Tupelo Honey Café: New Southern Flavors From The Blue Ridge Mountains. Host Frank Stasio talks with Sonokus and Sims about the expansion of Tupelo Honey Café and their new book. 

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The State Of Things
12:57 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

From Activism To Legislation: Terry Van Duyn

NC Senator Terry Van Duyn
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Terry Van Duyn is North Carolina’s newest state senator. The Buncombe Democrat was elected to fill the seat held by longtime legislator Martin Nesbitt who died last month after a brief battle with stomach cancer. When she heads to Raleigh next month, Van Duyn will be the only sitting senator to have been arrested in the Moral Monday protests. Host Frank Stasio talks with Van Duyn about the challenges of transitioning from protestor to legislator.

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The State Of Things
12:46 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Scientists And Artists Explore The Sounds Of Outer Space

Ed White on the first United States Spacewalk
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Scientists say in space you cannot hear a sound. But for decades, filmmakers have tried to create the sounds of space. And perhaps they’re onto something. Asheville's Moogfest is hosting a panel "Sounds of Space," that explores both artists and scientists' perspectives on what we can hear in space if we learn to listen. Charles Lindsay, a multimedia artist and the artist in residence at SETI (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, and Eric McDougall, founder and principal of Black Ink San Francisco, are part of the panel. 

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The State of Things
12:20 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Study Shows Women Entrepreneurs Leadership Limited

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Wed April 23, 2014

A New Take On The Diary Of Anne Frank

Josh Martin as Peter van Daan and Samantha Rahn as Anne Frank
Burning Coal Theatre

While Anne Frank’s story is familiar to many, the production currently on stage at Raleigh’s Burning Coal Theatre is a bit different. 

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The State of Things
10:30 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Musician Jon Langford: Blending Punk With Country

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Jon Langford

Welsh musician Jon Langford is best known for his time with the British punk band, The Mekons. But Langford’s work is also deeply influenced by American country singers like Johnny Cash. Langford's new album, "Here Be Monsters", blends those interests. He'll be performing at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh on April 25th at 8 p.m. Host Frank Stasio talks with Jon Lanford and we get a taste of the new album. 

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The State Of Things
4:05 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Deconstructing The State's Unemployment Figures

Unemployment lines
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the latest figures on the state’s unemployed. But do these numbers paint an accurate picture of the jobs economy in North Carolina?

Host Frank Stasio talks to Triangle Business Journal Reporter Jason deBruyn about the latest statistics and the ways to count the unemployed. His recent coverage includes:

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The State of Things
11:55 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Meet The Candidates: North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District

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As the primary election draws near, Host Frank Stasio leads a series of conversations with candidates running to unseat Republican incumbent Renee Ellmers in North Carolina's 2nd District. Ellmers declined to come on the program.

Conservative radio talk show host Frank Roche is challenging Ellmers in the Republican primary. Roche opposes Ellmers' views on immigration, which include a legal path to citizenship. He also hopes to buckle down on federal debt by repealing the Affordable Care Act and limiting other entitlement programs. 

Republican congressional candidate Frank Roche

And on the other side of the aisle, candidates Clay AikenKeith Crisco and Toni Morris compete in the Democratic primary.

Aiken is best known for his appearance on American Idol and subsequent singing career, but he is also an advocate for special needs children. Frustrated with political gridlock, Aiken pledges to use his status as an independent outsider to encourage legislators to reach across party lines.

Democratic congressional candidate Clay Aiken

Democrat Keith Crisco is a retired businessman who spent most of his career as the president and chairman of Asheboro Elastics Corporation. He also served as North Carolina's commerce secretary for four years under Governor Bev Perdue. He hopes to focus attention on addressing issues of unemployment and the state of the North Carolina economy.

 

 

 

 

Democratic Congressional candidate Keith Crisco

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The State of Things
11:50 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Orchestral Music For Social Change

Marcus Gee (left) and Heyda Ortiz with Frank Stasio
Credit Carol Jackson

  

 For ten hours each week, 300 children in the Triangle create a cacophony of sound using flutes, violins, cellos and drums. The  organization Kidznotes uses classical music as a tool to combat poverty by strengthening kids' community and self-esteem.

Kidznotes hosts a Renaissance-themed gala on Thursday, April 24th, inspired in part by a local children's author. 

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The State of Things
11:35 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Meet Terri Phoenix

Terri Phoenix is the director of the LGBTQ Center at UNC-Chapel Hill.
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Meet Terri Phoenix

Terri Phoenix (T) grew up always feeling like an outsider. As a young child in a poor, fragmented family, Terri moved around more than ten times before starting high school and was always the "new kid."

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