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State of Things
10:59 am
Thu March 8, 2012

The Flight of Gemma Hardy

Like many young, lonely, bookish girls who had suffered personal heartbreak, Margot Livesey loved “Jane Eyre.” Charlotte Bronte’s classic story of a teenage governess who finds love by staying true to herself

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State of Things
11:26 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Dismissing Durham’s D.A

Durham District Attorney Tracey Cline spent the past month fighting off an attempt to remove her from office. The battle occurred because of disparaging remarks she made against a Durham Superior Court Judge named Orlando Hudson. Friday, a different judge ruled that because of Cline's behavior toward Hudson, she should no longer be DA. Cline has appealed the verdict.

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State of Things
11:14 am
Wed March 7, 2012

No Way Out

No Way Out

Kevin Maurer is a journalist intimately familiar with the U.S. Army Special Forces. He has made of habit of embedding with them, and he chronicles one of their biggest misadventures in his latest book, "No Way Out: A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan" (Berkley Hardcover/2012), co-written with journalist Mitch Weiss. It tells the story of a group of Green Berets sent into a treacherous area of Afghanistan to capture a terrorist leader. Instead, the troops walked into an ambush.

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State of Things
11:03 am
Wed March 7, 2012

I Love My Hair

Many of us know what it’s like to have a bad hair day, but the concept of “good hair” is something that has particular meaning for African-Americans. Good hair is used to express ideas about class, sexuality and education levels in the black community. This intrigued playwright Chaunesti Webb.

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State of Things
11:03 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Documenting the Women's Movement in the South

Contraception, access to health care and representation in Congress are issues that motivated feminist activists in the early 1960s and, if Rush Limbaugh's recent time in the headlines is any indication, those issues persist. Women have been effecting social and political change across the South for more than a century, but, if you read the history of the women's movement in America, you'd think all of the action happened in the Northeast.

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State of Things
11:33 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Meet Vimala Rajendran

Vimala Rajendran
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Vimala Rajendran is a crusader against domestic violence, a peace activist and a darn good cook. She opened Vimala’s Curryblossom Café in Chapel Hill, NC after years of creating donation-based meals out of her home. At Vimala’s restaurant, everybody eats, whether they can pay for their food or not.

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State of Things
10:46 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Rosenwald Schools Reunion

In the era of legalized segregation, an unlikely collaboration between two visionaries changed the state of public education for African-Americans in the rural South. Booker T. Washington, an educator and Black political leader, and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald coordinated the construction of more than 5,000 schoolhouses across the southeast. The buildings were erected to create spaces for Black students to receive a formalized education.

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State of Things
10:41 am
Fri March 2, 2012

The Joy of Eating

Colman Andrews is largely considered one of America's foremost food writers. He founded Savuer Magazine, the landmark publication that put food in its cultural and historical context. He's lately been particularly interested in the changing culinary landscape of North Carolina. He comes to town this weekend for a special dinner whose courses are made from his different cookbooks. But first he stops by the studio to speak with host Frank Stasio and "The State of Things" resident foodie Kelly Alexander.

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State of Things
9:53 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Ghosts of the Old North State

Ghosts of the Old North State
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Jeff Hart fell in love with ghost stories when he was in first grade, and he has never stopped thinking about them. There were the Brown Mountain Lights – strange lights at Brown Mountain in North Carolina that moved mysteriously up and down the mountain. And there was Lydia, the young girl whose ghost haunted the road where she died in a car accident. As an adult, Jeff became a musician, but he remembered his love for scary stories, and now he hearkens back to the tales of his youth with his new album, “Ghosts of the Old North State.”

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State of Things
11:49 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Remembering Howard Morgen

Howard Morgen

Howard Morgen was a guitarist, an arranger and a beloved teacher. Among his students were Paul Simon, Edie Brickell, Christine Lavin and Carly Simon. He wrote regular columns for several music magazines and taught at the Guitar Study Center of the New School in Manhattan and the Jazz Studies Program at C.W.Post Campus, Long Island University. He retired to Chapel Hill from New York in 2002 and earlier this month, after a long and valiant struggle with leukemia, Morgen died at the age of 79.

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