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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

The "Good War"

Many people think the American Civil War had to happen. It reunited a torn country and put an end to slavery. But was it a "good" war, and is there even such a thing? Host Frank Stasio talks about the morality of the Civil War with David Goldfield, the Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and author of “America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation” (Bloomsbury Press/2011); and Fitzhugh Brundage, the William Umstead Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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The State of Things
12:03 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Burnin' Love

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When Kim Anderson’s house caught on fire last year, he had no idea how his life was about to change. He suffered third degree burns over at least 50 percent of his body. The Jaycee Burn Center at the North Carolina Memorial Hospital saved Anderson’s life.

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The State of Things
11:43 am
Thu June 23, 2011

Wild Goose Festival

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Gareth Higgins began to consider the meaning of spirituality while growing up amidst violence in Northern Ireland. Now, Higgins believes faith is intimately connected with the mission of social justice and with artistic creativity. He’s found a way to combine the three with the Wild Goose Festival, an event that includes music, dance and discussion about social issues.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Thu June 23, 2011

Starving the South

During the Civil War, the Union Army had an increasing supply of something the Confederacy lacked: food. Canning operations in the North kept the Union’s bellies full while Southern soldiers faced starvation. In his new book, “Starving the South: How the North Won the Civil War” (St. Martin’s Press/2011), author and culinary historian Andrew F. Smith explores the role of food in the outcome of the war. Smith joins host Frank Stasio to talk about his research and the connection between the Civil War and the industrialization of America’s food supply.

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The State of Things
11:24 am
Thu June 23, 2011

Redistricting NC

The 2012 election season is gearing up to be extremely contentious. North Carolina is once again a battleground state and the gloves are already off in the fight for Tar Heel votes. Republican legislators are using a special political strategy that would allow the legislature to submit their redistricting plan to the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. instead of the Justice Department. Their tactic would also let the legislature take the State’s Attorney General, Democrat Roy Cooper, off the case.

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The State of Things
12:35 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Crush

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Our early encounters with romantic infatuation, love and heartbreak help define who we are as adult partners, lovers and friends. Andrea N. Richesin is a writer and editor who wanted to explore the resonant effects of first crushes and first loves. The result is the new anthology, “Crush: 26 Real-Life Tales of First Love” (Harlequin/2011).

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Whose Side is God On?

America was a highly religious nation during the Civil War era and spiritual believers on both sides of the conflict turned to their faith to understand the causes and consequences of the war. The concept of divine providence - the idea that God’s will was being played out on the battleground - was a common theme in the messages of preachers and political leaders of the day. For African-Americans in South, the freedom to worship came slowly and black ministers found themselves facing the exciting challenge of emancipation in different ways.

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Budget Cuts & The Public Sector

North Carolina's new budget cuts an estimated 2,203 state jobs, a number that doesn't include local jobs funded in whole or in part by state support. Analysts say that the jobs lost represent critical functions in local communities including community development planners, chaplains at minimum and medium prisons and specialists in well water maintenance. In addition, state agencies have estimated that 3,700 faculty positions in the University of North Carolina system and at community colleges will be lost.

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The State of Things
10:46 am
Tue June 21, 2011

The Legend of Henry Berry Lowry

A commonly used image of Lowry.
Credit www.ncmuseumofhistory.org

Host Frank Stasio talks about Lowry and his legacy with Malinda Maynor Lowery and Josephine Humphreys.

Henry Berry Lowry was a Lumbee Indian sometimes described as the “Robin Hood” of Robeson County, North Carolina. But Lowry’s story is much more nuanced than that. He’s a hero to some, a murderer to others. All told, Lowry and his gang of outlaws were responsible for some two dozen killings as the Civil War ended and during Reconstruction.

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The State of Things
11:34 am
Mon June 20, 2011

Meet The Civil War Battlefield

Bennett Place
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The Civil War was one of the bloodiest wars fought in American history. Although the North won, led bravely by President Abraham Lincoln, Union victory was never a foregone conclusion. Historian Joseph Glatthaar says Lincoln may have been a great political leader, but he didn’t know much about military strategy. The president’s missteps made the Civil War longer and almost caused the resignation of one of the Union’s great generals.

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