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State of Things
9:49 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Remembering Those We Lost

Join host Frank Stasio for a look back over the past year to remember the lives of eight North Carolinians who died in 2011. Each person made a difference in the political and cultural life of the state. The commemoration includes the stories of writers, musicians, sports figures and more.

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State of Things
12:08 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Update from Cairo

thecairohouse.com
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When host Frank Stasio last spoke with Chapel Hill-based novelist Samia Serageldin, she was just back from her native Egypt. She talked about the hope and enthusiasm sweeping through Egypt as the demonstrations in Tahrir Square brought down Hosni Mubarak's government. Serageldin has since returned to Cairo and she joins the program again today to look back on the Arab Spring and look forward to the final round of Egyptian elections.

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State of Things
12:00 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

The Rise of ACC Basketball

ACC Basketball: The Story of the Rivalries, Traditions and Scandals of the First Two Decades of the Atlantic Coast Conference
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It may come as a surprise to modern fans of the Atlantic Coast Conference, but the organization that gave rise to Michael Jordan and Mike Krzyzewski started life with a football agenda. Historian J. Samuel Walker chronicles the formative two decades of the conference in his new book "ACC Basketball: The Story of the Rivalries, Traditions and Scandals of the First Two Decades of the Atlantic Coast Conference" (UNC Press/2011).

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State of Things
10:18 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Meet Barry Saunders

Barry Saunders
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Barry Saunders has written polarizing columns at the News & Observer since he started there in 1993. He is considered both the most loved and hated columnist the newspaper has, but his journey to newspapers wasn't a straight one. He originally wanted to be a basketball player, and then a preacher before he settled on becoming a writer. A missed encounter with sports legend Dean Smith and early exposure to journalist Chuck Stone shaped the path Saunders followed throughout his life.

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

Remote Control Bugs

A remote control moth
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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
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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
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“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
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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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