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State of Things
11:48 am
Thu August 11, 2011

The Night Train

Book cover, ''The Night Train''

Clyde Edgerton's new novel, "The Night Train," focuses on the transcendent power of American music as witnessed in the small, fictional North Carolina town of Starke. In the summer of 1963, protagonists Dwayne, who is white, and Larry Lime, who is African-American, strike up a friendship despite the social mores of the time. Dwayne wants to be James Brown. Larry Lime worships at the altar of Thelonius Monk.

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State of Things
1:13 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

Your Digital Afterlife

Your Digital Afterlife

Your digital life has a life of its own. Whether you’re on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter or linked in to any social network server, it’s likely that your online existence will outlive you. Authors John Romano and Evan Carroll started thinking about what happens to people’s online presence once they die. They found that much of the information – from emails and blog postings to financial records and photographs – is at risk of being lost forever in cyberspace. Their book, “Your Digital Afterlife” (New Riders Press/2010), tells readers how to preserve and protect their online legacies.

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State of Things
12:55 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

A Forgotten Artist Remembered

painting by James Augustus McLean
Credit galleryc.net

James Augustus McLean was a powerful force in North Carolina's art world for most of the 20th century. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and turned down an offer to teach at the prestigious school to return to his home state. His fledgling art school in Raleigh fell victim to the Great Depression, but McLean continued to create and inspire other artists throughout North Carolina until his death in 1989. McLean is the subject of a new exhibit at Gallery C, which has recently moved from its longtime home in Raleigh's Ridgewood Shopping Center to an historic building downtown.

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State of Things
12:46 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

16th Annual NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Feature films, documentaries and short films that examine and celebrate gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender culture are coming to the Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham for the 16th year of the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

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State of Things
12:02 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

HIV & Sex

Dr. Myron Cohen presented a paper at this summer's Global AIDS Conference in Rome that caused a sensation. Cohen, a Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology and Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, displayed a new treatment that would allow people with HIV to have normal sex lives without worrying about infecting their partners.

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State of Things
11:54 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Last Motel

Last Motel

If you tune into WUNC on Sunday nights at 6 p.m., you'll hear Eric Hodge's familiar voice talking to you about his favorite subject: music. After seven years of anchoring the news during “Morning Edition,” on North Carolina Public Radio, Hodge is adding a nighttime groove to his repertoire. His show, “Last Motel,” features music about and inspired by the American South.

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State of Things
11:15 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Biking the Underground Railroad

Biking the underground railroad

When Suepinda Keith and her husband Kevin Hicks moved to Chapel Hill, they were struck by how few young people they saw on bicycles. Avid riders themselves, they began a youth cycling program called Spoke ‘n Revolutions. When the group started riding last year, they had no idea how far it would take them – 1,800 miles, to be exact. That’s how far they biked this summer with a group of nine students from Chapel Hill High School. They were following the long path of the Underground Railroad all the way from Mobile, Alabama to Niagara Falls, biking roughly 60 miles a day for 33 days—something none of them had done before.

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State of Things
12:13 pm
Mon August 8, 2011

Meet Mark Anthony Neal

Mark Anthony Neal
Credit http://newblackman.blogspot.com/

Mark Anthony Neal grew up in a home where the record player spun mostly gospel and soul. His father’s music selections created the soundtrack of his youth and eventually guided Neal to become a pioneer in the field of pop culture studies. Today he’s a professor in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke University and the author of five books, including his latest, “New Black Man: Rethinking Black Masculinity” (Routledge/2005). Neal is also the host of “Left of Black,” a Web series that examines social issues within the context of African-American culture.

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State of Things
5:20 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

A Eulogy for The Brewery

www.brewerync.com
Credit www.brewerync.com

Demolition came for a Raleigh landmark this week when The Brewery was flattened to make way for classrooms and retail space on Hillsborough Street. During its 28 years in business, The Brewery gave a boost to the careers of bands like Raleigh-born Whiskeytown and, in more recent years, offered a launch pad for pop groups like Paramore and Panic! at the Disco. Up-and-coming local musicians found a home there, too.

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State of Things
1:28 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

The Swannanoa Gathering

Swannanoa Gathering
Credit www.swangathering.com

In 1991, the campus of Warren Wilson College outside Asheville, North Carolina hosted the first Swannanoa Gathering. From dulcimer workshops to Celtic music traditions, the multi-week, summer intensive featured instruction on just about all aspects of folk art. The first Gathering drew just under a hundred people. Now more than 1,000 flock to Warren Wilson College annually to participate in the program. Jim Magill, director of The Swannanoa Gathering, joins host Frank Stasio to talk about how the small folk culture series grew into a state tradition that draws iconic artists like Janis Ian, Tom Paxton and Patty Larkin to the mountains of North Carolina.

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