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The State of Things
11:53 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Heartbleed Bug: What It Means For Internet Security

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NPR news applications developer Jeremy Bowers tells us about Heartbleed and its effects on users

    

You may not know what OpenSSL does, but odds are you rely on it when you enter your credit card number to make a purchase online. The software provides internet security for companies large and small across the web. A recently discovered bug in the software called Heartbleed could mean massive security breaches by hackers and exposure of private information. 

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The State Of Things
11:20 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Witness To A Texas Execution: Part One

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On Wednesday night, the State of Texas executed Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas, a man convicted of the 1997 killing of professor Glen Lich.

Hernandez-Llanas was an immigrant hired to work on the Lich property when he lured Lich outside the home and beat him to death. He then returned to the house and attacked Lich's wife.

Lich was not Hernandez-Llanas's first murder victim. Hernandez-Llanas had escaped from Mexican prison where he was serving a 25-year sentence for murder.

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The State of Things
11:20 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Poet Li-Young Lee Draws Influence From Chinese Classics

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A conversation with poet Li-Young Lee

  

When Li-Young Lee's parents received a classical education in China, they memorized dozens of poems. As a child, he heard his parents playfully recite poem after poem to one another. Today Li-Young Lee draws much of his poetic influence from that same classical Chinese poetry. 

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Fourth Circuit Court Challenge Could Affect Same-Sex Marriage In North Carolina

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WUNC’s Capital Bureau chief Jessica Jones, and Duke law professor Neil Siegel talk about recent developments on legal challenges to same-sex marriage laws

  

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals is preparing to hear the appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that struck down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban in February. The decision could have implications for North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage. 

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The State of Things
11:53 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Primary Heats Up For North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District

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A conversation with republican congressional candidate Frank Roche

  

  In the Republican primary for the 2nd congressional district, incumbent Renee Ellmers faces a challenge from conservative radio talk show host Frank Roche. 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. 

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The State of Things
11:46 am
Tue April 8, 2014

My White Friends

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Photographer Myra Greene describes her new exhibit 'My White Friends'

Photographer Myra Greene spent years taking self portraits exploring her own black identity. But after sharing these photographs with a friend, she realized that not everyone thinks about race as much as she does. 

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Meet Michele Tracy Berger

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Meet Michele Tracy Berger

  

When Michele Tracy Berger was a young girl, her mother gave her a gift: a walk-in closet. Looking back, she thinks of this space as her first portal to creativity. Creativity served as a survival tool for her during a difficult childhood involving abuse and poverty. Today, she's a creativity coach and professor of women's studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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The State of Things
3:47 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Ideas For Your Weekend Plans From The State Of Things

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Looking for weekend plans? This week on The State of Things, we chatted about many upcoming events. Here are a few:

Tuesday the show aired from The Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh and talked with science comedian Brian Malow who is part of the North Carolina Science Festival. The event hosts family-friendly events across the state through next weekend.

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Voting Rights In North Carolina

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Associated Press reporter Gary Robertson talks about voting rights in North Carolina

  

As the May primary draws near, issues over voter rights persist. The controversial voter law passed last year requires photo identification and reduces the number of days for early voting in the May 6th primaries. A lawsuit challenging the measure may soon force legislators to release their correspondence related to drafting the legislation. Meanwhile, the State Board of Elections released a report identifying hundreds of cases of possible voter fraud. 

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Singing, Dancing Assassins

L to R: Maren Searle as Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme and Julie Fishell as Sara Jane Moore
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Host Frank Stasio talks with director Mike Donahue and actress Julie Fishell

What would have happened if John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald had met? Stephen Sonheim's musical, "Assassins" imagines a time when nine presidential killers or would-be killers can walk into a bar together. The show raises questions about what the pursuit of happiness means in America. Performed by PlayMakers Repertory Company, "Assassins" runs through April 20 at the Paul Green Theater in Chapel Hill. 

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