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The State of Things
12:28 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

The Final Days Of The Short Session

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  After an extra month of negotiations, state lawmakers have agreed on a budget for the next fiscal year. 

The $21 billion proposal makes compromises between House and Senate leaders on teacher pay and Medicaid spending. But other issues outside of the budget remain. Lawmakers still have to consider a Medicaid reform bill, local sales taxes changes and environmental protection regulations.

Guest host Phoebe Judge talks with WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones about the General Assembly’s short session.

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The State of Things
12:26 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

The Cases For And Against Cuts To Jobless Benefits

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North Carolina lawmakers voted last year to end long-term unemployment benefits.

The move meant the state stopped accepting money from the federal government for workers who had been out of a job for 20 weeks or more. Legislators said they made the change in order to start paying down more than $2 billion in jobless benefits the state already owed to the federal government.

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The State of Things
10:27 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Life After Hormones And Blood Sugar Go Beserk

A memoir about growing up gay in the South and being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

A conversation with author Tim Anderson

  

Tim Anderson grew up in north Raleigh as a gay, sugar-obsessed teenager.

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The State of Things
1:06 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Remembering Watergate With John Dean, Rufus Edmisten and Gene Boyce

Watergate Committee hearings, 1973: Fred Thompson, Howard Baker, and Sam Ervin
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Four decades ago, Richard Nixon became the first United States president to resign. For many historians, the Watergate scandal marked the beginning of the end of Nixon’s tenure. And his departure from the White House marked the beginning of a loss of public trust in government.

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The State of Things
11:53 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Movies On The Radio: Films That Traumatized In Childhood

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Note: This is a rebroadcast of a show from Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

For many, The Wizard of Oz is a happy tale of Dorothy and her little dog Toto skipping along the yellow brick road.

But for some, the Wicked Witch and the flying monkeys were the visions of nightmares.

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Meet Perry Deane Young

Perry Deane Young
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Note: This is a rebroadcast of a show from Monday, February 3, 2014.

Journalist and writer Perry Deane Young has covered some of the biggest stories in recent decades. From the civil rights movement to the Vietnam War and from the Moral Majority to Moral Mondays, Young witnessed and documented key moments in American history. Host Frank Stasio talks with the North Carolina native about his life, his experiences and his writing.

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The State of Things
12:12 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

    

The race for North Carolina’s Senate seat takes new twists and turns. Incumbent Kay Hagan seeks to balance the interests of the state Democratic Party members while challenger Thom Tillis tries to broker a budget deal in the North Carolina legislature. Host Frank Stasio  talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the intricacies of the Senate race, plus the latest in North Carolina politics.

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The State of Things
11:50 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Child Poverty Rate Rising In North Carolina

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When children are living in poverty, it can have long-term consequences for their health, education and their own economic status. 

But in many cases, their families don’t have access to social services, or know where to get help. 

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Fri July 25, 2014

NC Songwriters Play In The Round

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After years of national success, Katharine Whalen of the Squirrel Nut Zippers and Justin Robinson, formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, are taking a step back and looking for new ways to explore the folk music both have loved for years. 

The two North Carolina musicians are sharing the spotlight as solo artists in Songwriters in the Round at the Carrboro Arts Center next Thursday at 8 p.m.

They will be joined by two more local musicians on stage as they trade songs back and forth and play off of one another. 

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

UNC Scientists Help Identify Genetic Markers For Schizophrenia

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Scientists have been working for decades to understand the underlying causes of schizophrenia, one of the most common and most debilitating mental disorders. 

This week, more than 300 researchers from around the world, including those at UNC-Chapel Hill, published a study that identifies more than 100 genetic markers tied to a risk for schizophrenia. 

The research is a move towards finding new ways to fight a disorder that has no clear treatment.

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