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State of Things
10:13 am
Mon February 20, 2012

NC Literary Lights: Meet Michael McFee

Michael McFee
Credit englishcomplit.unc.edu/people/mcfeem

Michael McFee has been teaching poetry at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill for decades and by his own admission that makes him one lucky guy. Growing up outside of Asheville, McFee never expected to be a poet, let alone a tenured professor of English at his alma mater. But his 10th volume of verse attests to his longevity and importance.

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State of Things
11:09 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Writers for Readers

Author Lee Smith

The 5th Annual Writers for Readers events take place in Chapel Hill, NC this weekend. The events are designed to raise awareness about literacy and raise funds for the Orange County Literacy Council. Local literary legend Lee Smith and writers Marisa de los Santos, Kevin Wilson and Robert Goolrick are featured at the upcoming festivities.

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State of Things
11:01 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Justin Robinson & the Mary Annettes

Mary Annettes
Credit Photo credit: D.L. Anderson

Following the Carolina Chocolate Drops big win at the 2010 Grammy Awards, founding member Justin Robinson left the band to take on new challenges. He enrolled in a graduate program, started a frozen dessert business and focused on making music with The Mary Annettes, a band he began working with while still with the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Their new CD, “Bones for Tinder,” has just been released and it’s an eclectic blend of country, soul, folk and R&B.

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State of Things
10:41 am
Thu February 16, 2012

The Upside of Irrationality

Dan Ariely explores the limits of logic and what we have to learn from human irrationality.
Credit http://today.duke.edu/2010/06/ariely.html

We all do irrational things. Perhaps the strangest thing of all is convincing ourselves that we don’t. What if we embraced the irrationality of human decisions? Would we find that there are advantages to making illogical decisions? Duke University Professor Dan Ariely thinks so. In his book, “The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home” (Harper/ 2010), he shows how logic isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Guest host Isaac-Davy Aronson talks about the limits of logic with Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke.

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State of Things
10:33 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Monkeys and Mind Control

Credit http://today.duke.edu/2011/10/monkeymoveandfeel

The prospect of quadriplegics walking again once seemed like wishful thinking. The thought of a monkey’s brain controlling a robot was relegated to the realm of science fiction. But real science is always expanding the scope of the possible. Host Isaac-Davy Aronson talks to Miguel Nicolelis, professor of neuroscience at Duke University and founder of Duke’s Center for Neuroengineering, about how his research with monkeys may help millions of people to walk again.

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State of Things
10:18 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Season 1, Ep 8: Jade City Pharaoh - Winner Take Nothing (Part I)

Superheroes don't get the night off...

Superhero Herald M.F. Jones attempts to take a night off from crime fighting to make time with the beautiful Belinda Goodall and attend an art exhibit and as his alter ego, Malik Fraser. But Jade City villain The Beef Cooka has other ideas and before long Jones is donning his green cape to save an innocent citizen.

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State of Things
10:51 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Consent to Search

Fayetteville, NC is a cauldron of controversy after the city council imposed a moratorium on consent searches. Simply stated, consent searches happen when police officers ask permission to search someone or their property. Racial profiling concerns sparked the council's move, but opponents of the moratorium stay it will stymie police effectiveness.

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State of Things
10:12 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Running the Rift

Book cover ''Running the Rift''

Naomi Benaron's new novel tells the tragic tale of Jean Patrick, a young Tutsi citizen of Rwanda in the years leading up to the genocide of the 1990s. Though he is part of an oppressed group in the country, Patrick's ability to run gives him an escape from the ordinary life of underprivilege common to his fellow Tutsis.

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State of Things
11:11 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Competing with Charter Schools

North Carolina had a cap on the number of charter schools allowed in the state until last year when state lawmakers lifted the ban. Now, local education leaders are concerned that more charter schools will mean fewer resources for traditional public schools.

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State of Things
11:00 am
Tue February 14, 2012

A Mystery of a People

Who are the Melungeons? DNA testing, numerous books, websites and a documentary film have cropped up recently to explore the cultural heritage of this loosely connected group of people.
Credit www.melungeonvoices.com

Questions of racial identity and cultural heritage have long surrounded a group of Appalachians called the Melungeons. In recent years, curiosities have been piqued about this loosely connected group of people, spawning DNA testing, numerous books, Web sites and a documentary film. Guest host Isaac-Davy Aronson talks with K. Paul Johnson, corresponding secretary for the Melungeon Heritage Association; and Julie Williams Dixon, a Raleigh-based writer and director of the film "Melungeon Voices."

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