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State of Things
4:09 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Season 1, Ep 9: Jade City Pharaoh - Winner Take Nothing (Part II)

Herald remembers Uncle Roscoe's training

Superhero Herald MF Jones finally comes face-to-face with his manipulative arch nemesis The Beef Cooka, who has a life-changing proposal for Jade City’s savior in exchange for the safe return of Kid Delight. Can Jones keep the upper hand and rescue Kid before The Beef Cooka cooks up any more trouble?

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State of Things
11:05 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Conscientious Quitter

Matthew Hoh spent years fighting in Iraq as a Marine, then he joined the State Department and was assigned to Afghanistan. What he saw there convinced him that the only thing he could do in good conscience was quit. He became the first U.S. official to resign in protest over the Afghanistan war, and he wrote a scathing letter to the State Department detailing America's failure in the country.

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State of Things
10:54 am
Thu February 23, 2012

The Milford Project

Richie is an ordinary thirteen-year-old boy. He has to do homework. He has a crush on his lab partner. He’s trying to figure out how to fit in. Spies and Nazis are fighting over his science fair project, hoping to turn it into a nuclear bomb. Okay, so he’s not exactly ordinary. “The Milford Project” is a musical production that tells Richie’s crazy story. The play is being directed by Scott Ripley at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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State of Things
11:10 am
Wed February 22, 2012

The Human-Animal Bond

Book cover, ''The Bond'' by Wayne Pacelle

Humans have an inconsistent relationship with animals. Some of them we invite into our homes and treat as family. Others we send to slaughter and happily eat. Still others we are content to let roam wild, unimpeded by human hands. What accounts for our contradictory behavior towards the animal world? Host Frank Stasio explores the human-animal bond with Brian Hare, assistant professor at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences; Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and the author of the book "The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them" (William Morrow/2011); and Hal Herzog, Western Carolina University psychology professor and author of the book “Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals" (Harper Perennial/2011). Listener Call-in.

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State of Things
12:05 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Remembering Joe Thompson

Fiddler Joe Thompson was the last of a generation of old-time string musicians who popularized black folk music that grew out of African traditions. Thompson grew up in Mebane, NC where he began playing the fiddle at the age of 8. In his long career, he earned a number of accolades, including a National Heritage Fellowship, and he mentored young African-American musicians who were interested in the style of music he was raised on. Thompson passed away on Monday at the age of 93.

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State of Things
11:57 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Gridlock

Is political gridlock in Washington worse than ever? Duke University professors David Schanzer and Don Taylor, of the Sanford School of Public Policy, think so. They are teaching a class in the hopes of raising awareness among young people about the troubles facing our country. If compromise doesn't make a comeback, could the United States face total collapse?

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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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