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State of Things
12:20 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Reimagining Kenya's Future through Literature

Billy Kahora
Credit www.kwani.org

In 2007, Kenya experienced a violent backlash in response to politics surrounding the country’s presidential election. This year, Kenyans will go to the polls again, this time with a new constitution in place – a document many hope will eliminate some of the problems that led to bloodshed five years ago. Billy Kahora is a Kenyan writer and the managing editor of Kwani, a literary magazine that works to share the experience of East Africans and consider Kenya’s social and political future through writing.

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State of Things
11:43 am
Fri January 20, 2012

The Hot at Nights

Nice Talk by The Hot at Nights
Credit The Hot at Nights

Musician Chris Boerner traded his saxophone in to focus on playing the guitar at a young age. Back then, Boerner thought rock ‘n’ roll was his true calling, but after studying classical guitar at Duke University, he turned his attention to jazz. He founded a hip-hop jazz collective in 2004 and the next year, released “Incoming,” his first album as a bandleader. Boerner’s new ensemble is a jazz trio called The Hot at Nights. They recently released a new album called “Nice Talk” and an EP called “Shibuya Session.” The latter is a collaboration with Nicolay Rook, one half of the hip-hop/R&B duo The Foreign Exchange.

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State of Things
10:20 am
Thu January 19, 2012

The Future in Film and Literature

Book Cover of ''Metaplanetary'' by Tony Daniel

Futuristic films and literature of the 20th century imagined everything from space aliens to homicidal computers affecting - and sometimes eradicating - the human race. Although the reality of scientific and technological advancements is perhaps stranger than fiction, we can learn a lot about modern society by looking at how writers of the past viewed the future. Host Frank Stasio talks about conceptions of the future in literature and film, and our current understanding of science and space exploration with Devin Orgeron, associate professor in North Carolina State University’s film studies department; Tony Daniel, a science fiction writer and editor at Baen Books; Andre P. Mazzoleni, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University; Warren Jasper, professor in the college of textiles at North Carolina State University; and Brent Carter, a student in the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University.

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State of Things
11:23 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Occupy the Courts

The U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case turned corporations into people in the eyes of the law. A group called Move to Amend is trying to change all that. They are hosting an Occupy the Courts protest at local federal courthouses across the country to raise awareness of their proposed amendment in opposition of the Citizens United decision.

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State of Things
11:20 am
Wed January 18, 2012

State History and Mystery

Musician Tommy Edwards combines the rich folklore of North Carolina with bluegrass song traditions on his new album, "North Carolina: History, Mystery, Lore and More." His melodic narratives include the stories of a ghostly light traveling along train tracks in Brunswick County where a gruesome accident occurred, the barren spot of ground in Chatham County where the Devil allegedly paced, and Edwards sings the praises of barbecue.

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State of Things
10:49 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Les Enfants Terribles

The North Carolina Opera is celebrating composer Philip Glass' 75th birthday with a presentation of his opera, “Les Enfants Terribles.” The opera has the trademark hypnotic sound of Glass' music and features a tragic storyline involving a brother and sister whose obsession with each other ends in a deadly fashion.

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State of Things
11:51 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Durham's Newest Museum

museumofdurhamhistory.org
Credit museumofdurhamhistory.org

Why is Durham, NC called the City of Medicine? What’s the first publicly supported liberal arts college for African-Americans in the nation? What was the original name of Duke University? What did explorer John Lawson call Durham when he chronicled the region in 1701? The answers to these and other questions about the Bull City will all be answered by the proposed Museum of Durham History, which is one step closer to existence with the recent hire of co-directors. One of them, Katie Spencer, joins host Frank Stasio, along with Tom Krakauer, the past chairman of the museum’s board and the current CEO, to talk about the city's big plans to archive and exhibit its history.

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State of Things
11:43 am
Tue January 17, 2012

The Long Shadow of Argentina's Dirty War

Between 1976 and 1983 close to 30,000 Argentineans were kidnapped, tortured and murdered by their own government. The military dictatorship rounded up everyone with any possible connection to the left wing. Their plight came to international attention through the weekly demonstrations of a group of women known as “the mothers of the disappeared”. Charlie Tuggle is a professor of broadcast journalism at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been traveling to Argentina to teach every summer for many years, and in 2009 his two daughters, Brynne and Bethany, joined him there.

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State of Things
11:30 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Stitched

Feathers in the Wind quilt by Caryl Bryer Fallert
Credit Caryl Bryer Fallert

Quilting isn't exactly known for controversy, but in Jena Moreno's new documentary, "Stitched," she shows the fiery spark buried at the heart of the art. She follows three controversial quilters as they traverse the battlefield of the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, hoping to win Best in Show.

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State of Things
3:00 am
Sun January 15, 2012

Say It Loud

Lorraine Hansberry

Say It Loud traces the last 50 years of black history through stirring, historically important speeches by African Americans from across the political spectrum. The documentary illuminates tidal changes in African American political power and questions of black identity through the speeches of deeply influential black Americans. With recordings unearthed from libraries and sound archives, and made widely available here for the first time, Say It Loud includes landmark speeches by Malcolm X, Lorraine Hansberry, Angela Davis, Martin Luther King Jr., Henry Louis Gates, and many others.

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