The State of Things

M-F 12 Noon, M-Th 8p, Sat 6a

We bring the issues, personalities, and places of North Carolina to you. We're a live show, and we want to hear from listeners. Call 1.877.962.9862, email sot@wunc.org, or tweet @state_of_things. Follow us on Facebook or Tumblr.

Or, join our live audience for remote broadcasts from Greensboro's Triad Stage and Raleigh's Museum of Natural Sciences. And you can listen to Political Junkie Ken Rudin Fridays on the program.

Get a daily show update, and special news.

Composer ID: 
5187f7dce1c872f9d0bc2b95|5187f7d9e1c872f9d0bc2b8e

Pages

State of Things
9:57 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Triad News Update

WUNC Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii joins host Frank Stasio with an update on some headlines in the Triad, including news on Greensboro's new mayor and city council members and what a newly opened school of nanoscience could mean for education and employment opportunities in North Carolina.

Read more
State of Things
11:02 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Meet Gary Grant

Gary Grant
Credit http://www.bfaa-us.org

Gary Grant's family has owned land in eastern North Carolina since just after the Civil War when his great-grandfather, a former slave, bought a farm. That is one reason Grant has made his life's work defending the rights of African-American land owners in rural North Carolina. Grant is the executive director of the Concerned Citizens of Tillery and founding president of the National Black Farmers & Agriculturalists Association. Both groups have fought the federal Department of Agriculture to undo the wrongs of racial discrimination that have cost black farmers their land.

Read more
State of Things
10:43 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Open Durham

Open Durham is an interactive website that maps Durham's past and present.
Credit www.opendurham.org

Dr. Gary Kueber first came to Durham, NC as a student at Duke University. After graduating, then moving back many years later, he started looking into the history of physical Durham. His discoveries inspired the blog Endangered Durham that detailed which buildings in the city were at risk of demolition. Recently he launched Open Durham, an interactive website that maps Durham's past and present with an eye toward informing the future.

Read more
State of Things
10:36 am
Fri December 9, 2011

If This Old Neighborhood Could Talk

Historic Oakwood
Credit www.historicoakwood.org

Downtown Raleigh's historic Oakwood neighborhood puts on its annual candlelight tour this weekend. It's a chance for curious strangers to poke around in some of the city's grandest and oldest homes. What few people realize is that the tour began some 40 years ago as a last-ditch effort to keep a freeway from demolishing the historic area. Neighbors have recently begun collecting one another's oral histories, to help preserve the neighborhood's fascinating story.

Read more
State of Things
10:21 am
Fri December 9, 2011

John Brown’s Swingin’ Holiday

John Brown
Credit www.jbjazz.com

2011 was a stellar year for bass player John Brown. He had the opportunity to travel the state hosting educational workshops and performing community concerts for jazz lovers. His ensemble, the John Brown Jazz Orchestra, was featured in a documentary called “One Night in Kernersville,” a short film that won the Jury Award at this year’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Now Brown and his big band are jazzing up the holidays with a series of concerts that celebrate the music and spirit of the Christmas season. They join host Frank Stasio to share some musical merriment live in the studio.

Read more
State of Things
12:11 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Insects, Incest and Infestation

Inbreeeding is nothing new in the world of insects, but researchers at North Carolina State University have found that when it comes to mating, bedbugs seem to have a genetic advantage over other creepy crawlies. Incest eventually depletes most populations, but the number of bedbugs has somehow managed to increase, even in infestations where forensic tests show evidence of inbreeding.

Read more
State of Things
12:04 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Asheville Christmas Jam 2011

In 2003, Mayor Charles Worley of Asheville, NC proclaimed December 18th "Warren Haynes Day." Haynes is a revered singer, songwriter and guitarist. He plays with The Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule and is a Grammy-nominated solo artist, but it’s not just his virtuosity that got a day named for him. Haynes has used his skills and connections to improve life for his hometown’s most vulnerable citizens. He has hosted a Christmas Jam concert in Asheville for the past 23 years, sending the proceeds to the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Read more
State of Things
11:43 am
Thu December 8, 2011

New Magic for an Old Ballet

The Nutcracker

When Carolina Ballet Artistic Director Robert Weiss set out to reinvigorate the company's annual chestnut, “The Nutcracker,” his thoughts immediately turned to Las Vegas. That's where the best magicians are, after all. His quest led him to employ the services of magician Rick Thomas. Together they have added Vegas-style magic to the first act of the 1891 work of art. Host Frank Stasio talks with Weiss about retooling "The Nutcracker" for the new millennium.

Read more
State of Things
11:31 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Season 1, Ep 2: Jade City Pharaoh - Where There's Smoke

''Help us, Herald Jones!''
Credit Jade City Pharaoh

Jade City’s hero Herald MF Jones comes to the rescue when an apartment building catches on fire. But was the fire an accident…or the work of The Beef Cooka?

Read more
State of Things
11:45 am
Wed December 7, 2011

American Meat

American Meat
Credit www.americanmeatfilm.com

Documentary producers have sunk their teeth into the growing sustainable food revolution over and over in recent years. In the crowded field of food films, this year's "American Meat" stands out for its digestible portrayal of the many aspects of our nation's flawed food system. The film will screen at the Haw River Ballroom on Thursday, followed by a panel discussion. In advance of the screening, host Frank Stasio talks with filmmaker Graham Meriwether and a group of local farmers: Suzanne Nelson of Cozi Farms; Eliza MacLean of Cane Creek Farms and Jeff Barney, chef of the Saxapahaw General Store and The Eddy.

Read more

Pages