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State of Things
10:45 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Channing & Quinn

channingandquinn.com

The indie folk duo Channing and Quinn got its start in an incubator for budding musicians: the theater.  The two met in Blowing Rock and began writing music as their partnership started to click. They are now based in Nashville and have recently released their debut album called "Underneath This Big Striped Tent." T

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State of Things
10:14 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Clayton Patchwork

Public art brings people together and creates community conversations. When town leaders in Clayton, North Carolina set out to launch their public arts program, they enlisted the help of an outsider named Jody Servon. Servon was hired to consult on how to make a sustainable public arts program and she took her role a step further by making a documentary about Clayton’s efforts to create a vibrant public art scene.

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State of Things
10:04 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Understanding Failure

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Duke University professor Henry Petroski is fascinated by disasters. He believes tragedies can also serve as valuable learning experiences. In his new book, "To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure" (Belknap Press/2012),

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State of Things
10:33 am
Wed May 2, 2012

The Asheville Evidence Room

When guns, drugs and cash went missing from the Asheville Police Department's evidence room last year, the city council wanted to get to the bottom of it. They allocated money for an audit, which was completed about three months ago. It still hasn't been released. Freelance reporter Jon Elliston has been following this story for the Carolina Public Press. Host Frank Stasio talks to him about the case.

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State of Things
10:22 am
Wed May 2, 2012

E-book Price Fixing

The Department of Justice has brought suit against Apple and five major book publishers, claiming they colluded to fix the prices of e-books. The result of this suit could determine how much customers end up paying for their digital literature. Host Frank Stasio talks about the future of e-books with Jim Minz, senior editor and director of subsidiary rights at Baen Publishing in Wake Forest, and Barak Richman, law professor at Duke Law School.

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State of Things
10:09 am
Wed May 2, 2012

An Energy Efficient Eyesore

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The American Institute of Architects Center for Architecture and Design in downtown Raleigh is like nothing the capital has ever seen. It eschews traditional building styles in favor of a more environmentally friendly construction that has left some in awe and others confused.

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State of Things
11:35 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Shareholder Spring

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Two years ago, the Supreme Court allowed unlimited corporate political spending, paving the way for companies like Bank of America to contribute millions of dollars in political donations.

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State of Things
11:27 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Jude the Obscure

When "Jude the Obscure" was published in 1895, the criticism Thomas Hardy received was so harsh that he vowed never to write another book. And he didn’t. Time has ushered this novel into the English canon, and now the Burning Coal Theatre is resurrecting it for the stage as a two-part musical. Host Frank Stasio talks to the play’s director, Jerome Davis, and playwright Ian Finley to discuss the relevance of Hardy’s work more than a century after it was published. Actors Stephen Letrent and Alice Rothman-Hicks, playing Jude and Sue respectively, join to perform scenes from the play.

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State of Things
11:18 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Aviaries

Yvonne Murphy loves a good paradox. Her poetry focuses on the embodiments of irony that are all around us. For instance: the aviary is meant to cage birds without appearing to cage birds.

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State of Things
9:43 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Meet Lauren Winner

www.laurenwinner.net

In 2002, theologian and writer Lauren Winner was feeling blessed to have found what felt like faith’s perfect fit in Christianity. She converted from Judaism and wrote about her spiritual transition in the best-selling memoir “Girl Meets God.”

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