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State of Things
10:45 am
Tue April 17, 2012

From Slow Money to Impact Investing

http://slowmoneync.org/

Slow money is a movement that grew out of the 2008 financial collapse. The first principle of that movement is to “bring money back down to earth.” It calls for investing in local farms and food products. On today's program we are going to consider the Slow Money movement in North Carolina and ask this question: what if we applied the principles of Slow Money to things beyond food and farms? What happens when we create a system that values businesses that create healthy local economies and environments?

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State of Things
12:02 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Meet Njathi Kabui

www.organicsandsound.com

Chef Njathi Kabui spends a lot of time thinking about his native Kenya while he tends to his Apex, NC garden. Kabui spent much of his childhood working in the coffee fields of the country’s Central Province.

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State of Things
12:05 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Studio H

www.studio-h.org

Emily Pilloton’s course, Studio H, is unlike any other offered at Bertie County Early College High School. The students who are enrolled get a break from staring at computer screens to work with their hands, constructing projects that benefit the local community.

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State of Things
11:57 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Lizz Free or Die

Lizz Winstead is funny for a living. She travels the country doing stand-up comedy in clubs and at conferences, and she has an edge. In the spirit of Lenny Bruce and George Carlin, Winstead uses humor to pry into the hidden spaces of American culture.

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State of Things
11:47 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Brian Horton Trio

www.facebook.com

Brian Horton honed his saxophone skills as a student at North Carolina Central University’s world renowned Jazz Studies Program. The education and connections he made there have served him well in his music career.

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State of Things
10:47 am
Thu April 12, 2012

The Lifespan of a Fact

Credit: Margaret Stratton

A war is staged in the 123 pages of “The Lifespan of a Fact” (W.W. Norton/ 2012). On the one side, the author John D'Agata defends the merits of artistic license, a certain right for the creator to embellish facts.

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State of Things
11:23 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Switchpoint

www.switchpointideas.com

Many people across the world don't have access to basic health care, but more than 90 percent of the population gets a mobile phone signal. Josh Nesbit, CEO of Medic Mobile, took advantage of that fact.

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State of Things
11:20 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Carolina Wren Press

carolinawrenpress.org

In 1976 Judy Hogan was a poet, editor and young mother when she founded Carolina Wren Press in her Chapel Hill Apartment. At the time, she was dismayed at how difficult it was for women and poets of color to publish their work. So she took the extraordinary leap of starting a press.

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State of Things
11:11 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Barbara Ras

Poet Barbara Ras's work has been called, "morally serious, poetically authentic, and spiritually discerning" by no less of an authority than C.K. Williams. He chose her book as the winner of the prestigious Walt Whitman award for first books in

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State of Things
10:57 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Uprooted Innocence

http://afop.org/children-in-the-fields/

The United States has child labor laws to protect the safety of its children. However, these laws don't apply to the agriculture industry, where almost half a million children across the nation are employed.

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