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State of Things
10:09 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Remote Control Bugs

A remote control moth
Credit www.insectcyborgs.com

Imagine grabbing a remote control and steering your very own moth around the room. It sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but it's close to becoming reality. An engineer at North Carolina State University found a way to implant electronics into insects and control them using electrical impulses.

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State of Things
10:01 am
Fri December 16, 2011

NC Literary Lights: Charles Chesnutt

The Wife of His Youth by Charles Chesnutt
Credit www.loa.org/chesnutt/

Decades before the influential writers and thinkers of the Harlem Renaissance began to challenge prevailing American understandings of race and society, Charles Chesnutt was building a foundation for their work. A teacher and writer who lived for much of his life in Fayetteville, Chesnutt imagined a world where race was irrelevant and injustice could be faced down with nonviolence. In recent years, an increasing number of academics and artists have turned their attentions to Chesnutt, whose work was in danger of being forgotten. As part of our occasional North Carolina Literary Lights series, host Frank Stasio talks about Chesnutt's legacy with Dante James, a filmmaker and instructor at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies and its African and African American Studies program; and Gene Gorman, a PhD candidate in English at Boston College.

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State of Things
9:56 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Greg Humphreys

musician Greg Humphreys' latest CD
Credit www.greghumphreys.bandcamp.com

“People You May Know” is the latest CD from musician Greg Humphreys. He recorded it last spring and released it online, just before packing up to spend the summer in Prague. While living in the Czech Republic, the Hobex frontman tested out his new tunes for an international audience, and gained new insight about his solo act. Humphreys is now back in North Carolina and working on a new album inspired by his travels overseas.

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State of Things
11:53 am
Thu December 15, 2011

A New Trial for Michael Peterson

Yesterday, Durham Judge Orlando Hudson granted convicted murderer Michael Peterson a new trial. In 2003, Peterson was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his wife. The judge granted the new trial due to questions raised about the credibility of State Bureau of Investigation agent Duane Deaver, who presented evidence against Peterson. Deaver, and others in the SBI crime lab, have been investigated for misconduct and faulty science.

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State of Things
11:48 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Confessions of An Elf

Book cover, ''Confessions of an Elf''

Ira David Wood III realized the fragility of life last year when he underwent heart valve replacement surgery. He was forced to turn over his iconic role as Ebenezer Scrooge in the Raleigh Theater in the Park production of "A Christmas Carol" to his son. In the aftermath of his surgery, Ira decided he wanted to publish a book, and time was a wasting. In November, "Confessions of an Elf" (Tate Publishing/2011) was released. It's a story told from the perspective of one of Santa's elves, but it's aimed at adults.

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State of Things
11:45 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Long Leaf Opera's Finale

Long Leaf Opera Company
Credit www.longleafopera.org

The Triangle’s Long Leaf Opera Company is one of the few opera organizations in the country to feature works composed originally in English. The company has been running continuously for 14 years and is the brainchild of Artistic Director Randolf Umberger and conductor Benjamin Keaton. Unberger died this fall leaving Keaton to run the season by himself. Keaton’s effort to honor his predecessor’s memory has been heroic, but he can’t keep doing it alone, so he has announced that this season will be the company’s last.

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State of Things
10:58 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Season 1, Ep 3: Jade City Pharaoh - Walking the Line

Supreme Intellect
Credit Supreme Intellect

In the latest installment of our radio drama, The Jade City Pharaoh, Jade City’s city workers rally together in a peaceful demonstration against employee pension cuts…but it’s not peaceful for long when The Beef Cooka’s evil henchmen hit the scene.

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State of Things
9:57 am
Wed December 14, 2011

American Graduate: The Dropout Problem

North Carolina has recorded some of the lowest student dropout rates ever in recent years. But what is causing the rate to drop, and do we even have a good handle on who is still dropping out and why?

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State of Things
9:51 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Documenting the Jim Crow South

By 1994, Bob Korstad and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University had compiled more than 1,300 oral histories of people who had lived in the Jim Crow South. The project was called "Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South." It's now being digitized so that anyone can access the oral histories.

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State of Things
10:28 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Astanza Project

In the music of Astanza Project, you will hear influences of Latin, jazz, rock, roots and more. The Greensboro-based band is known for blending cultures to develop their signature fusion sound. The four members join host Frank Stasio to perform live and talk about their forthcoming CD.

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