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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.
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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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State of Things
10:41 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Remembering Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston
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The sudden death of singer Whitney Houston stunned family, friends and fans the world over. The Grammy Award-winning siren had one of the most celebrated voices in music history and became a pop culture icon for both her incomparable talent as an entertainer and her personal troubles.

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State of Things
11:15 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Meet Jason Bivins

Jason Bivins grew up during the punk movement of the 1980s, rejecting the mainstream and staring in confusion at Reagan's America. He went off to college and decided he wanted to become a professional musician, but when that failed, he returned to academia and started looking at how religion affects the way we think and talk about politics.

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State of Things
8:00 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Sister Helen Prejean

Sister Helen Prejean is a dedicated opponent of the death penalty. Her experience serving as a spiritual advisor to men on death row was captured in the 1995 film "Dead Man Walking," starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn and based on Prejean’s bestselling book of the same name. Through the years, Prejean has stood by six death row inmates as the government executed them for their crimes. Host Frank Stasio talks with Sister Helen Prejean about her experience fighting against the death penalty and ministering to condemned prisoners.

State of Things
8:00 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Peter Lamb & the Wolves

Saxophonist Peter Lamb had little choice but to like jazz. He grew up in a household where jazz records substituted for TV as entertainment. Over the years, he’s played and recorded with musicians like Ben Folds and with bands like The Fleshtones and now Lamb is the bandleader on his own project for the first time. He brings his swinging, jazz influenced sound to the studio to play live for host Frank Stasio and talk about assembling his quintet called Peter Lamb and the Wolves.

State of Things
8:00 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Season 1, Ep 7: Jade City Pharaoh - Ibrahim & the Real Americans

''Why go where people don't want you?''

The construction of an Islamic cultural center in one of Jade City’s least tolerant neighborhoods fuels hostility against the city’s Muslim community. Can superhero Herald MF Jones prevent anger from escalating into violence?

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