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State of Things
12:06 pm
Fri August 19, 2011

Protecting Intellectual Property

When Congress reconvenes after Labor Day, it will have the opportunity to consider a major expansion of online antipiracy law. The Protect-IP Act, which passed unanimously out of a Senate committee in May, would allow the government to seek a court order against a Web site allegedly violating copyright – and that site could then be entirely removed from the Internet. Industry groups including the Motion Picture Association of America and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce support the bill, but consumer rights groups and free speech advocates oppose it as a threat to a free and open Internet.

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State of Things
11:55 am
Fri August 19, 2011

Dog Sees God

God Sees God
Credit realtheatre.org

Charlie Brown and the Peanuts crew have delighted fans for more than half a century. But what happens when those innocent kids become teenagers? In the play “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” Linus is a pothead, Snoopy is dead, Lucy is imprisoned and Pigpen is a germaphobe. Good grief! Raleigh Ensemble Players will be performing “Dogs Sees God,” which follows the Peanuts gang in high school as they deal with the drama and turbulence of the teen years.

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State of Things
11:43 am
Fri August 19, 2011

Holy Ghost Tent Revival

Holy Ghost Tent Revival
Credit holyghosttentrevival.com

After going it alone for years, the members of Holy Ghost Tent Revival are considering changing their unsigned status and seeking representation from a record label. They’ve been having a blast on the road, but balancing a hectic tour schedule with the responsibility of promoting their music and financing the needs of the seven-member band is overwhelming.

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State of Things
11:49 am
Thu August 18, 2011

What's So Great About Being Middle Class?

In the wake of the global economic crisis, it seems Americans agree on at least one thing: the middle class is under siege. But who is the middle class? And what is it that's plaguing them?

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State of Things
1:06 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

Bending the Health Care Cost Curve

A new study of primary care in North Carolina suggests that the state's robust network of community health centers is significantly reducing health care costs. Host Frank Stasio finds out what's so special about North Carolina's CHCs with the study's lead author Peter Shin, associate professor of health policy and director of the Geiger Gibson program at The George Washington University, and Brian Toomey, CEO of Piedmont Health Services and Board Chair of the North Carolina Community Health Center Association.

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State of Things
12:53 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

Tackling Postpartum Depression

The perinatal psychiatry unit that opened this week at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the first of its kind in the nation. It's an inpatient treatment center specifically for women suffering from postpartum depression, and doctors and patients say it's desperately needed. Host Frank Stasio talks with Dr.

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State of Things
12:25 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

The Family Fang

Book cover, ''The Family Fang''

Camille and Caleb Fang love to put people in uncomfortable situations. They're performance artists who think nothing of making a scene by stealing candy at a mall or heckling a pair of young street performers. But the Fang’s greatest works are their damaged children who they traumatize in the name of art. For example, they dress their son as a girl and enter him in a beauty pageant. In The Family Fang" (Ecco/2011), first time novelist Kevin Wilson explores the dependent and often twisted relationship between parents and children.

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State of Things
12:03 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

NC Literary Lights: The Literary Legacy of Doris Betts

Doris Betts
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Novelist and short story author Doris Betts' enduring characters have won her favorable comparisons to Flannery O'Connor and William Faulkner throughout her long career. Among those characters is Violet, the scarred heroine of "The Ugliest Pilgrim" and “Violet,” the musical that short story inspired. Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy at the Progress Energy Center in Raleigh presents "Violet" this weekend. As part of our continuing series, North Carolina Literary Lights, host Frank Stasio talks about the play with director Eric Woodall and about Betts' literary legacy with Marianne Gingher, professor of English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Joe Flora, professor emeritus of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Lynn Veach Sadler, a Betts scholar and former vice president of Methodist University in Fayetteville.

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State of Things
11:46 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Hindu Chaplain at Duke

Usha Rajagopalan
Credit www.today.duke.edu

Duke University has named its first Hindu chaplain. Usha Rajagopalan's peripatetic young life in India exposed her to diverse forms of Hinduism, and for the past decade she's been educating Triangle residents about her faith through workshops, discussions – and puppets. 

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State of Things
9:00 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Meet Kelley Katzenmeyer

Kelley Katzenmeyer
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Filmmaker Kelley Katzenmeyer, a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, deferred her admission to Columbia University to study abroad in Seoul, South Korea last year. She took her camera and immediately went to work documenting the rigorous Korean education system. Katzenmeyer planned to make a film about the pressures placed on Korean students to succeed, but she discovered that the pressure of attaining cosmetic beauty rivals academics. The forthcoming film is Katzenmeyer’s first documentary project.

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