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The State of Things
12:47 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

Found Footage Festival

Nick Prueher was bored working at McDonald's the day he discovered one of his life-long passions. He found a hilarious training video for McDonald's janitors, watched it and was hooked. He would spend years collecting all the weird videos he could find, until in 2004, he and his friend Joe Pickett decided to have a festival. The Found Footage Festival has been going strong ever since. It's coming to the Rialto Theatre in Raleigh June 8 at 8 p.m.

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

Restorative Justice Conference

Therese Bartholomew, director of documentary film ''The Final Gift''

Host Frank Stasio talks about restorative justice with Therese Bartholomew Howard Zehr, and Amy Elliott,

Restorative justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes healing rather than punishing. The idea is to repair the harm for everyone involved: the victims, the offenders, and the community. The Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh plays host to the third annual National Conference on Restorative Justice June 8-10 at the Sheraton Hotel in Raleigh. Host Frank Stasio talks about restorative justice with Therese Bartholomew, producer and director of “The Final Gift,” a film about her brother’s murder and her attempt to reconcile with his killer; Howard Zehr, professor of restorative justice at Eastern Mennonite University, and Amy Elliott, co-founder of the Restorative Justice Project in Durham.

The State of Things
11:37 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Meet Dr. Jeffrey Brantley

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Host Frank Stasio talks with Dr. Brantley about his life and work.

The key to greater peace and health is as simple as "mindfulness" - the act of paying attention on purpose. However, practicing mindfulness isn't as simple or as easy as it sounds. Dr. Jeffrey Brantley helps patients find their way to mindful living and a stronger connection between their minds and their bodies.

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The State of Things
12:06 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

Beaver Queen Pageant

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Host Frank Stasio talks to last year's Beaver Queen Virginia Bridges; and Marty Jarrell, co-founder of the pageant.

The Beaver Queen Pageant is a mix of costumes, excess and shady dealings. It boasts participants with names like Scarlett O'Beavah and Cherry Cherry Bang Bang DaBeava. Saturday is the 7th Annual Beaver Queen Pageant, and it's all for a good cause: raising money for the Durham-based Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association.

The State of Things
11:54 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Exposure: A Novel By Therese Fowler

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Host Frank Stasio talks to Wake Forest novelist Therese Fowler about "Exposure" and dealing with the aftermath of her son's ''sexting'' experience.

Therese Fowler’s new novel “Exposure” (Ballantine Books/2011) is a Romeo-and-Juliet story with a modern twist. Eighteen-year-old Anthony is involved in a secret relationship with 17-year-old Amelia. When Amelia’s father finds naked photos of Anthony on his daughter’s computer, the boy faces potentially devastating legal consequences. The plot is one that mirrors real life. Fowler's son was arrested for sending nude photos to his girlfriend when he was 19.

The State of Things
11:41 am
Fri June 3, 2011

The Radials

The Radials
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Host Frank Stasio will talk to The Radials about their new EP "Five More Miles."

Archeologist Shawn Patch loves his job. But sometimes, he needs an outlet for the music he hears in his head. He put together an acoustic duo a few years ago, and then started adding musicians. That duo has now grown to a full-fledged Americana band called The Radials. They’ll be at the Broad Street Cafe in Durham tomorrow. Doors open at 5 p.m.

The State of Things
12:39 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Portraits of Revolutions

Kane Smego and Will McInerney
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Host Frank Stasio talks with two members of the Sacrificial Poets

The Sacrificial Poets are a local slam poetry team known for powerful spoken word performances that address important social issues like race and politics. The team believes that art creates change by making statements and asking questions. Later this month, The Sacrificial Poets will travel to Tunisia and Egypt to gather stories from people who witnessed North Africa’s political revolutions firsthand and bring those oral histories home to North Carolina.

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The State of Things
12:28 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Human Rights At Abbey Court

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Frank Stasio and his guests talk about their successful fight for human rights at Abbey Court.

A few years ago, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Sociology Professor Judith Blau and her teaching assistant Rafael Gallegos were at Abbey Court Apartments complex in Carrboro, NC. They were passing out flyers on behalf of the Latino cultural organization El Centro when they were nearly run off by the police. The irony of the situation – that the Abbey Court neighborhood has a high density of immigrants who need support and services and that Abbey Court had the highest crime rate in Carrboro and a hostile relationship with the police department – was not lost on Blau.

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

A Lost Jazz Legend Remembered

Film poster ''Talmage Farlow'' by Lorenzo DeStefano
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Host Frank Stasio talks with filmmaker Lorenzo DeStefano about the film he made of Farlow's life, and with Farlow's widow Michele Hyk Farlow in advance of what would have been the musician's 90th birthday.

In his heyday in the 1940s and '50s, jazz guitarist Greensboro native Tal Farlow wowed the Down Beat crowd, playing with Charles Mingus, Red Norvo and the like. His large hands and his intrinsic sense of harmony distinguished him from his contemporaries. Farlow walked away from the jazz scene in the late 1950s, but he never let go of his love for the music.

The State of Things
12:17 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

Water with Gas

Image from the film ''Gasland''

Rob Jackson joins host Frank Stasio to talk about the fracking boom and the potential health hazards.

Drilling for natural gas contained inside of a sedimentary rock called shale has taken off in recent years in some states. But a team of environmental scientists at Duke University recently released a report to illustrate how that process can contaminate groundwater supplies with methane. Their research is calling more public attention to the shale gas drilling process, known as hydraulic fracturing or "fracking."

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