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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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State of Things
10:49 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Love Free or Die

www.lovefreeordiemovie.com

Macky Alston's new documentary film, "Love Free or Die," follows Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church. Though the movie is about Robinson’s struggle to be accepted within the church, it’s inspired by the filmmakers’ experience as a gay man who was brought up in a religious family in North Carolina.

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State of Things
11:00 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Cracking Down on Workers' Comp

Businesses in North Carolina with three or more employees are required by law to purchase workers’ compensation insurance if they can’t cover the cost of employees’ injuries outright. But, News & Observer reporter Mandy Locke discovered this law is seldom enforced and that thousands of employees are put at risk everyday on the job. 

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State of Things
10:45 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Accidental Birds of the Carolinas

marjoriehudson.com

Writer Marjorie Hudson is drawn to people who are lost, mostly because their journeys toward home fascinate her. She was lost herself once, living and working too hard in Washington D.C. When she came to visit a friend in the Triangle, she had a very visceral feeling of being found.

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State of Things
10:30 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Techno-Classical

Alex Kotch is a student of classical composition in graduate school at Duke University, but he also has a love of techno beats. Kotch combined his music education with his passion for electronica in a dance-party dissertation at the Duke Coffeehouse in April.

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State of Things
11:07 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Meet Joe Liles

joeliles.chunkyboy.com

On the Appalachian Trail, there’s a phenomenon that hikers call “trail magic.” It refers to acts of kindness and generosity that take place between strangers on the trail.

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