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State of Things
8:00 am
Wed November 23, 2011

American Graduate: Keeping Kids in School

An estimated 16,000 kids dropped out of school in North Carolina last year. That’s a slight improvement from the year before, but it’s clear that much more needs to be done to make school a welcoming and academically challenging place for many of the state’s students. Join host Frank Stasio and UNC-TV’s Heather Burgiss for a special conversation about how to keep kids in the classroom.

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State of Things
12:16 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

The Farm-to-Goodie Basket Food Chain

Turning a secret recipe for barbecue sauce or homemade pickles into a packaged product is a lot harder than it looks. But it's getting easier. That's thanks to the hard work of some food-loving entrepreneurs, and a growing sector in the middle of the local food chain. Host Frank Stasio talks with Nick Hawthorne-Johnson, co-owner of The Cookery in Durham, and with Jennifer Curtis, director of NC Choices and co-founder of Farmhand Foods. Both Hawthorne-Johnson and Curtis help fill the gap between the farmer and the food buyer.

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State of Things
12:04 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

The Gathering

The Gathering String Band
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Laurelyn Dossett’s musical talent has led her to collaborate on shows for Triad Stage in Greensboro and with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra. Dossett’s newest project is a song cycle called "The Gathering" about a journey home on a winter night. The composition will premiere as part of A Carolina Christmas at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh this weekend. Dossett and performer Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops stop by to sing and talk about the holiday concert with host Frank Stasio.

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State of Things
10:22 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Meet Jake Phelps

As a young man, Jake Phelps asked a lot of questions about things that, to an innocent mind, just didn’t make sense – like why his Black neighbors in Winston-Salem, NC were treated differently from the white people in his community. His curiosity led him to become an activist in the Civil Rights Movement, leading social battles against legalized segregation. Phelps later managed the construction of Duke University’s Bryan Center. He joins host Frank Stasio to talk about his involvement in the fight for racial equality and his career in Durham, NC.

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State of Things
11:36 am
Fri November 18, 2011

White Tiger

Rondy McKee

Rondy McKee began her professional life in advertising in downtown Detroit, MI. She decided to learn self defense after a few close calls with criminals. That training led her to become the first Westerner to ever join the Korean Tigers, a professional martial arts team. Today, she is also the owner of White Tiger martial arts school in Cary, NC. Host Frank Stasio talks to McKee about the sport of taekwondo.

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State of Things
11:31 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Kafkaesque

Book cover, ''Kafkaesque''

Writer Franz Kafka died relatively unknown in 1924, but today his name has been immortalized in the term “Kafkaesque.” It's a word used to describe the surreal realities of the modern world, so it’s no surprise that Kafka is more popular now than he ever was in his lifetime. Writers John Kessel and James Patrick Kelly have put together a new anthology of stories called "Kafkaesque" (Tachyon/2011). It includes stories written by Kafka, inspired by Kafka and reminiscent of his style. Host Frank Stasio talks to Kessel, a professor in the English Department at North Carolina State University about the creative writing collection and why today’s readers can relate to Kafka’s works.

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State of Things
11:26 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Archbishops of Blount Street

Archbishops of Blount Street
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The last couple of years have been one big dance party for Archbishops of Blount Street. The 10-member, Triangle-based band specializes in ska music, a Jamaican-born blend of upbeat calypso, jazz and R&B that predates reggae. They join host Frank Stasio in the studio to play live and discuss the origins of ska and how it has inspired musicians around the world for generations.

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State of Things
9:29 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Radio Monti

Radio Monti
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The Monti StorySLAM is a competitive storytelling event that’s grown in popularity in the Triangle and Triad regions of the state. Willing contestants are randomly selected from the audience to tell short stories that relate to a certain theme. Tonight, StorySLAM will take place at Triad Stage UpStage Cabaret in Greensboro, NC. But first, its founder Jeff Polish, and host Frank Stasio give the WUNC listening audience a taste of the event on-air along with three “celebrity judges” from Greensboro: Preston Lane, artistic director of Triad Stage; Donna Baldwin-Bradby, a theatre director and professor at North Carolina A&T University; and Katie Southard, owner of The Green Bean café and co-founder of Downtown Alliance GSO.

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State of Things
9:19 am
Thu November 17, 2011

A Tribute to Thomas Berry

Thomas Berry
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Catholic priest and philosopher Thomas Berry believed that humanity and nature must coexist if human beings were going to continue to survive on this planet. He grew up and died in Greensboro, NC. In between, Berry wrote books, taught and spread the gospel of ecospirituality. Host Frank Stasio talks about Thomas Berry and his legacy with Berry’s niece Ann Somers, a lecturer in Biology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and Valerie Vickers, a teacher of science education at UNC-Greensboro and the winner of the Greensboro Public Library’s 2011 Thomas Berry Award.

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State of Things
11:03 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Still Black, Still Proud

Maceo Parker
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Saxophonist Maceo Parker left Kinston, NC when he was offered a shot at the big time with James Brown’s band. Parker toured with Brown for years before joining Parliament Funkadelic and eventually going out on his own. His band has been called, “the toughest little funk orchestra on earth.” Maceo Parker brings it all home to North Carolina tonight when he plays Memorial Hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at 7 pm. He joins host Frank Stasio to talk about his days touring with the “hardest working man in show business” and the musical tribute they are paying to James Brown on campus.

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