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State of Things
9:39 am
Fri May 18, 2012

The Return of the Furniture Industry

For the past 25 years, North Carolina’s once-vibrant furniture industry has been dwindling. Factories have moved abroad and thousands of jobs have been lost. But now, things might be turning around. As countries like China develop a higher standard of living, it's no longer cheaper for companies to move there. Some businesses are finding it cheaper to operate in the U.S. where, conveniently, there already are empty factories and a trained workforce.

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State of Things
9:27 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands

www.crystalbrightandthesilverhands.com

On the album "Muse and Bones," Crystal Bright's voice is clear and theatrical. She plays accordion, saw, keyboards, adungu, concertina, and bombo.

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State of Things
11:00 am
Thu May 17, 2012

The Woodwright's Shop

www.pbs.org

Roy Underhill has been host of “The Woodwright's Shop” on PBS since 1979, making his show the network’s longest running “how-to” program. Underhill’s show is designed to reconnect us with our woodworking roots and he offers strategies on how to make everything from book stands to full-size furniture.

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State of Things
10:52 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Mail-Order Houses

www.searshomes.org

Rosemary Thornton may have driven by your house a few times. She may have even slowed down, whipped out her camera and snapped a few pictures. But, she’s not casing the place. Thornton is documenting history. If she’s interested in your dwelling, it’s likely you live in a kit home, a mail-order house that could be purchased out of a catalog in the early 20th century.

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State of Things
10:40 am
Thu May 17, 2012

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf

http://msmagazine.com

Ntozake Shange’s 1977 choreopoem, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” rocked audiences when it was initially staged in California and later on Broadway. It has since been performed on stage countless times around the world and was recently adapted into a film directed by Tyler Perry.

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State of Things
10:51 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Debating Dual Language Immersion Programs

Given the popularity of dual language immersion programs in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School District, the school board is considering establishing a dual language elementary magnet school. But where? Chapel Hill-Carrboro has never had a magnet school, but rapid growth is occasioning a new elementary school in the district. Whenever a new school is built, the board examines its programs and its service and considers how to do a better job. But the magnet school proposal could involve moving hundreds of kids around and upsetting parents in the process.

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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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