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The State of Things
1:24 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

Tom Maxwell

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Host Frank Stasio talks about life and music with Tom Maxwell and his band.

Tom Maxwell is best known for his time spent with the Chapel Hill ‘90s group the Squirrel Nut Zippers, but a lot has happened since then. His then 3-year-old son Esten was diagnosed with Leukemia and has completed treatment.  Maxwell is writing a memoir about that experience and about his time with the Squirrel Nut Zippers. He's started a Kickstarter project to help pay for that project.  And now he’s releasing his second solo record, “Kingdom Come.” The CD release party is at Motorco in Durham tonight at 8 p.m.

The State of Things
12:26 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Summer Hunger

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Host Frank Stasio talks about efforts to keep low-income children fed while school is out

Summer: For many it's a season that brings to mind images of carefree days full of fun and freedom. But for more than one-and-a-half million school children in North Carolina who receive free or reduced lunch and breakfast at school, summer can mean something very different - a lack of adequate nourishment. Host Frank Stasio talks about efforts to keep low-income children fed while school is out with Caprice Brown, the Outreach Evaluations and Programs Managers for the Durham branch of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina; and Beth Johnson a social worker for the Wake County Public School System.

The State of Things
12:12 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

The Power of History

Eric Muller
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Erik Muller wanted to examine the power of place and whether it can transform the ethical decisions you make in your every day job. He recently traveled with a group of students to Auschwitz and other historic sites in Germany in pursuit of the answer.

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Thu June 9, 2011

American Dance Festival

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Every summer, over 300 professional dancers, choreographers and dance students flock to Durham. They come for the American Dance Festival. It’s a summer school and a series of world-class performances open to the public. This summer's theme is "Something New, Something Treasured" and features the work of established choreographers like Bill T. Jones and Paul Taylor, as well as emerging talents like Rosie Herrera. The festival starts June 9 and runs through July 23.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

"It Happened on the Way to War"

Rye Barcott
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Host Frank Stasio talks to Rye Barcott about his work in Kibera and his new memoir.

When most college students were probably enjoying summer vacation, Rye Barcott was hanging out in a Kenyan slum. In the summer of 2000, while still a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Rye went to Kibera. The slum is small, about the size of Central Park in New York City. But within it more than a million people live in squalid, desperate conditions.

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The State of Things
11:50 am
Wed June 8, 2011

The Role Of Women Activists

Nonviolent political action had a long and successful history in the 20th Century. When people look back on the great activist leaders, names like Martin Luther King Jr. or Gandhi may come to mind, but the women who were essential to the civil rights, peace and other movements are often overlooked.

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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.

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