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State of Things
10:59 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Inside the Mind of Stephen Hawking

Kitty Ferguson's book, ''An Unfettered Mind''

Stephen Hawking is a giant in the scientific world, despite the fact that Lou Gehrig's disease has severely disabled him, causing him to lose the use of his arms, legs and voice. Hawking is a cosmologist known for his simplified explanations of complicated scientific topics. Author Kitty Ferguson has a new biography out about him called, "Stephen Hawking: An Unfettered Mind" (Palgrave Macmillan/2012). Host Frank Stasio talks to her about her new book.

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State of Things
10:29 am
Tue January 31, 2012

The Postmortal

Drew Margary's novel, ''The Postmortal''

In Drew Magary's debut novel, "The Postmortal" (Penguin/2011), humanity has found a way to cheat death. Barring unfortunate fatal accidents, people can now live forever, but unforeseen consequences can be worse than death.

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State of Things
9:34 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Meet Nia Wilson

Nia Wilson

Nia Wilson can’t remember a time she wasn’t surrounded by children - from her 7 siblings to the neighborhood kids that took advantage of her parents' open door policy in Norwalk, CT to her time spent as a child caregiver and in training as a pediatric nurse. When she relocated from the North to Durham, NC, Wilson brought her two children and her niece, who she had full custody of. Shortly after, she became involved in Spirit House, a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote social change through art and media. Spirit House’s youth program engages students from Durham Public Schools and educates them about society’s social injustices. But Wilson, who now serves as the organization’s executive director, says she’s the one who learns the most at Spirit House. She joins host Frank Stasio to talk about what the kids at Spirit House have taught her and about some of the creative projects they’re working on, including a new stage production about America’s prison system called “Collective Sun: Reshape the Mo(u)rning”.

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State of Things
10:07 am
Fri January 27, 2012

The End of the World

An ancient Maya prophecy supposedly pegs the end of the world for December 21, 2012. That apocalyptic prediction is just one of many that have filtered through society over the years. What makes people believe in the end of days? And how has this belief influenced life throughout history?

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State of Things
9:46 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Jon Shain Trio

Jon Shain
Credit www.jonshain.com

Musician Jon Shain has been hard at work since the release of his last CD, “Times Right Now.” Last summer, his band released a live album with songs recorded at the historic Durham Kress building, and he’s working on a forthcoming studio project of new material.

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State of Things
2:01 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Public Education in Pitt County Schools

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is hearing arguments today from attorneys on two sides of a case involving schools and segregation. This case involves Pitt County, North Carolina, a district that was formed when the Greenville and Pitt County Schools merged in 1985. Both districts were under court order from the 1970s to desegregate – an order that still exists today. Last year, the district enacted a new student assignment policy.

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State of Things
1:46 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Design in Nature

Adrian Bejan is a professor of mechanical engineering at Duke University who is particularly interested in how to make things more efficient. Not long ago, he discovered what he calls the constructal law in nature. This law basically says that for a flow system to persist in time, it must evolve to provide greater and better flow. For instance, a river basin changes over time to ensure that the water from one body flows more efficiently into the water of another body. It sounds simple, but it’s actually quite revolutionary.

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State of Things
11:35 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Bev Perdue’s Big Announcement

The Washington Post and the News & Observer are announcing this morning that Bev Perdue will not seek another term as governor of North Carolina. This comes on the heels of news that five-term U.S. Rep. Brad Miller is also stepping aside from his political duties.

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State of Things
10:58 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Season 1, Ep 5: Jade City Pharaoh - To Serve the People

''You have to protect yourself, Jones!''

Heavy rains in Jade City ground superhero Herald M.F. Jones. During the downpour, he meets a new friend named Asphalt and meets up with an old friend from the Jade City Police Department expresses concern for his safety.

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State of Things
10:45 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Remembering Jo Rae Wright

Jo Rae Wright
Credit www.cellbio.duke.edu

Jo Rae Wright was a cell biologist, professor, dean, beloved friend and mentor at Duke University for more than 17 years. When she died earlier this month after battling breast cancer, the university lowered its flags in her honor. Peter Lange, Provost of Duke and Sally Kornbluth, Vice Dean for Basic Science and a Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at Duke’s School of Medicine, were friends of Wright. They join host Frank Stasio to remember their colleague and detail her legacy to Duke.

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