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State of Things
10:32 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Hospital Profits

In a new News & Observer series, reporter Joe Neff uncovered tough, unethical tactics that hospitals use to make money. Neff writes that hospital CEOs get big paydays while poor patients are subject to ruthless harassment from bill collectors. Host Frank Stasio talks to Neff about how North Carolina hospitals are making big profits and driving up the costs of health care for everybody.

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State of Things
10:22 am
Tue May 15, 2012

A Land More Kind than Home

wileycash.com

Wiley Cash's debut novel, "A Land More Kind than Home" (William Morrow/2012), captures the cadence and character of a small, western North Carolina town. After a dangerous preacher causes the death of one townsperson, tragedy strikes

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State of Things
10:13 am
Tue May 15, 2012

If 6 Was 9

lulu.com

David Klein is obsessed with numbers. More specifically, he’s interested in songs with numbers in their titles. Klein has written a whole book about it, covering the numbers 1 through 33, and he plans to ultimately take this project all the way up to 100.

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State of Things
11:49 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Meet Tom Maxwell

www.tommaxwell.com

Singer-songwriter Tom Maxwell was an eyewitness to how the Chapel Hill, NC music scene changed in the 1990s after it was dubbed “the new Seattle” by music critics. Suddenly, local rock bands were being courted and exploited by major record labels and making music became less fun for Maxwell.

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State of Things
11:49 am
Fri May 11, 2012

This is How

goodreads.com

Augusten Burroughs, best-selling author of "Running with Scissors," has bared his soul to the world on everything from his dysfunctional adolescence to his struggles with alcoholism. Now, he's ready to take some of those experiences and use them to help others.

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State of Things
11:36 am
Fri May 11, 2012

The Poems of Wing Lei

windpub.com

Alex Grant is Scottish, not Chinese. But he's long been fascinated by Chinese poetry from the 9th century. For his new book he created a 9th century Chinese poet and he tells his life story through a series of poems.

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State of Things
11:32 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Jo Gore and The Alternative

jogore.com

It's no surprise that Jo Gore's got a thing for soul and jazz. She grew up singing in the choir at a Columbus County Baptist Church, and soul music was a regular sound in her house.

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State of Things
10:51 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Who Needs Feminism?

whoneedsfeminism.tumblr.com

A group of Duke University undergraduates decided to fulfill the requirements for a group project by asking their peers on campus, "Who needs feminism?" To their surprise, the world answered them. Their project’s Tumblr blog has received more than 80,000 visits from 144 countries and 11,000 people have "liked" their page on Facebook.

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State of Things
11:03 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art

www.nasher.duke.edu

Take a moment and consider how utterly amazing the mobile is. They hang over babies’ cribs, in classrooms, children’s museums, toy stores and candy shops. The whimsical moving sculptures that transform with the power of wind were invented by Alexander Calder in the 1930s.

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State of Things
10:55 am
Wed May 9, 2012

U-Boats off the Carolina Coast

Popular representations of World War II often portray the drama that took place overseas. But a battle between German U-Boats and American and British ships happened off the North Carolina coast as well. The Germans sunk nearly 400 ships, including the H.M.S. Bedfordshire.

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