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

The Naked Truth On Nude Art

apotheosis of the forgotten (2012), Keira Grant
Dan Smith

The human body is one of the oldest art forms. But its exposure still raises controversy in modern society. A new exhibit by Durham-based photographer Dan Smith looks at issues around nude art from a range of perspectives: dancers, models, photographer and academics. The project, Bare: Conversations on Human Art Photographs and oral histories on the Nude is on exhibit at the Carrack Art Museum in Durham through August 23. Host Frank Stasio talks with Smith about the project.

The State of Things
12:21 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Unearthing the ‘Uncle’ of Yiddish Literature

Jacob Dinezon, Yiddish Writer
Credit http://www.jacobdinezon.com/

More than 100 years ago, writer Jacob Dinezon was one of the most well-known Yiddish authors. But after his death in 1919, Dinezon was almost forgotten. 

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Kannapolis: Collapse Of A Mill And Rise of Biotech

Research Center Kannapolis, NC
Credit Wikipedia

  When the textile mill closed in Kannapolis, NC in 2003, more than 4,000 workers lost their jobs. The effects on the small community outside of Charlotte were devastating.

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The State of Things
10:07 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Fast Growing Poverty in North Carolina

Poverty is growing rapidly in the South, and four NC cities are at the top of the list.

Experts discuss growing poverty in the South

    

A new report from the Brookings Institution ranks four North Carolina cities among the top 15 in the country where poverty is soaring fastest: Raleigh, Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Greensboro-High Point. 

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The State of Things
10:02 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Poetry As Storytelling And Healing

Triad poets talk about the art and craft of poetry.
Credit Flickr/Lorenzo Tomada

Host Frank Stasio talks to three Triad poets

  

Triad poets are gaining local and national recognition for their creative approaches to poetry and poetry-inspired community work. 

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The State of Things
10:01 am
Tue August 19, 2014

'Pocket Change' Brings Revolutionary Love Music Back To The Stage

Greensboro-based musician Laila Nur

Musician Laila Nur plays live at the Triad Stage in downtown Greensboro

    

Musician Laila Nur developed her “revolutionary love” music style when she moved alone to Greensboro at 19. 

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The State of Things
11:12 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Meet the 'Encyclopedia to the Legislature' Gerry Cohen

Gerry Cohen, former Special Counsel to the North Carolina General Assembly in his office (2014).

Meet Gerry Cohen

  

Gerry Cohen is probably the most important North Carolina politician you don't know.

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The State of Things
3:01 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

  Governor Pat McCrory signed off on false information on his ethics disclosures. He says it was an error by his counsel and not a violation of the ethics law. But questions remain about the misinformation regarding his shares in Duke Energy. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the situation plus the latest in other political news.

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Fri August 15, 2014

The Power of Stories In Events Like Ferguson

A book exploring the intersection of stories and politics.

Professor and author Frederick W. Mayer talks about his new book 'Narrative Politics'

  

Stories shape how we think about ourselves and the world around us, and insights from science, history, and biology confirm that humans are storytelling animals. 

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Durham's Soul Music Revived

Vernelle Mack, pictured third from the right, posing with the U.S. Welfare Band.
Credit bullcitysoul.org / Durham County Library

  

Soul was a mainstay in the Durham music scene during the 1960s and 70s.

Durhamites were dancing to songs like "Bull City Party" in 1977. It’s one of many songs that show Durham’s soul music had strong ties to the city, and built lasting connections within the African-American community. 

Today, a group of artists and collectors is on a mission to archive and preserve Durham’s soul. The Soul Souvenirs exhibit is on display now at the Durham History Hub

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