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State of Things
10:57 am
Tue June 26, 2012

The Help America Vote Act

In 2002, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act to avoid the Florida controversy during the 2000 election. North Carolina had some $4 million in federal funds coming to it from the HAVA, but the state needed to provide an extra $600,000 in its own voting budget to release those funds. Last week, the House and Senate chose to hold back the $600,000.

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State of Things
9:49 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Meet Eric Wilson

www.wfu.edu/~wilsoneg

Eric Wilson is interested in visionaries like William Blake, the human obsession with calamity and romance literature. It’s a radical departure for the young man who grew up aspiring to become a pro quarterback during his childhood in Taylorsville, North Carolina.

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State of Things
9:12 am
Fri June 22, 2012

The Late Blooming Activist

Liz Seymour was in her 50s when she found herself divorced, living in a group house with her foster son and dumpster diving for food. She had left her comfortable, middle class existence willingly in order to find what she calls her "right-sized life." She became an anarchist and activist. Today she is the executive director of the Interactive Resource Center, Greensboro's only day center for people managing homelessness. Liz Seymour joins host Frank Stasio to discuss her journey from orderliness into happy chaos.

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State of Things
9:04 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Big Bang Boom!

Chuck Folds, Steve Willard and Eddie Walker had been playing in rock bands all over the Triad when they formed Big Bang Boom, a band that makes family music. The decision was organic; they were dads and wanted to make some music their kids and their wives could love.

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State of Things
10:06 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Rising Tides

North Carolina lawmakers are considering a bill that would use historical record rather than scientific methodology to predict rising sea levels. It’s in response to a report released by the North Carolina Coastal Resource Commission, predicting that the sea level will rise 39 inches by 2100.

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State of Things
10:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

The Moth

http://www.alletson.com/bio.php

Al Letson never meant to get into radio. But after the playwright and poet won the Public Radio Talent Quest, he launched onto the public radio airwaves with the show “State of the Re:Union.”

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State of Things
9:52 am
Thu June 21, 2012

The Hermit of Fort Fisher

What does it take to send a 62-year-old man away from everything he knows to become a hermit on the coast of North Carolina? That’s the subject of a new play at the Paramount Theater in Burlington.

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State of Things
10:12 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Deceptive Advertising

A recent study at North Carolina State University highlights how deceptive advertising affects the brains of consumers. This could have implications for aging and injured brains and how they are able to vet advertising for falsehoods. Host Frank Stasio talks about the study with Stacy Wood, Langdon Distinguished Professor of Marketing at N.C. State University’s Poole College of Management.

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State of Things
9:57 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Zones of Contention

http://weatherspoon.uncg.edu

The border between the United States and Mexico is a hotspot of political controversy. Concern over illegal immigration led to the construction of a wall separating many border communities and further dividing the U.S. from its neighbor to the South. A new exhibit at the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro examines the border.

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State of Things
9:47 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Evolution of a Wine Auctioneer

Neuropsychologist Mark Solomon didn’t know what he was missing until one day in 1999 when a 1955 bottle of port opened his eyes to the complexity of wine. He soon embarked on a journey that would end with him leaving his career behind to become a wine auctioneer. Host Frank Stasio talks to Mark Solomon, fine wine director at Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales in Hillsborough, about his journey from neuropsychology to wine aficionado.

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