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The State of Things
11:25 am
Wed May 4, 2011

Raleigh Ensemble Players

Credit www.realtheatre.org

Host Frank Stasio talks about the company’s success with REP Managing Director Gary Williams; actor and REP Board President Betsy Henderson; and actor Page Purgar.

Raleigh Ensemble Players has been presenting provocative theater in the capital city since 1982. Earlier this year, the company moved into a renovated theater space on Fayetteville Street, defying a recession that has plagued many arts organizations. REP’s first full-length production in the new facility will be "Distracted," a play about the challenges of dealing with Attention Deficit Disorder.

The State of Things
1:11 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

The America Play

''The America Play''

Director Donna Baldwin-Bradby and actors Darrell Hunt and Cassandra Williams join host Frank Stasio to talk about the play and the challenge of laying history to rest.

Before playwright Suzan-Lori Parks penned the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Top Dog/Underdog,” she wrote “The America Play.” The abstract narrative centers around a character called The Foundling Father, a grave digger who impersonates Abraham Lincoln in a novelty performance that allows people to act out the role of the President’s assassin. “The America Play” is currently in production at Greensboro’s Triad Stage UpStage Cabaret.

The State of Things
12:44 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

Mirror Image

''Mirror Image: Women Portraying Women'' at the NC Museum of Art

Host Frank Stasio talks to NC Museum of Art Curator Jennifer Dasal and artists Elin o'Hara Slavik and Susan Harbage Page.

The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh presents "Mirror Image: Women Portraying Women," the second exhibition in its North Carolina gallery. The thematic group show features work depicting women done by women artists who live in the state, but have national and international reputations.

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The State of Things
11:15 am
Mon May 2, 2011

Meet Rex Miller

Rex Miller

Rex Miller joins host Frank Stasio to talk about that project and other stories tennis has introduced him to.

Professional tennis players like to say that to master the game, you must first log no less than 10,000 hours on the court. Rex Miller crossed that threshold before the age of 10. Both of Miller’s parents were tennis players and they often brought him to the court as a child, first to observe, then to learn the game.

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The State of Things
12:47 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

The Space Rangers

The Space Rangers

The band joins host Frank Stasio to play live in the studio and talk about touring the U.S.

The third annual InstroSummit - an all instrumental music festival - returns to North Carolina this weekend. Bands from all along the East Coast will descend on Chapel Hill with three days of lyric-free performances. The line-up includes The Space Rangers, a 4-piece surf rock band from Ulm, Germany.

The State of Things
12:26 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

Who Wrote The Bible?

Bart Ehrman - ''Forged''

Host Frank Stasio talks with Bart Ehrman, head of the Department of Religious Studies at UNC Chapel Hill.

Most Biblical scholars recognize that many books of the Bible were not written by the authors commonly attributed to them. But academics often excuse this because they believe writing in the name of another was a commonly accepted practice in the ancient world. In his latest book, "Forged" (HarperOne Publishers/2011), Bart D. Ehrman argues that forgery was not sanctioned in the ancient world.

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The State of Things
11:53 am
Fri April 29, 2011

MerleFest 2011

MerleFest 2011

Host Frank Stasio talkS with musician John Cowan.

Each year MerleFest brings some of the best names in traditional music to North Carolina. It began in 1988 as a way to honor the memory of Doc Watson’s son, Eddy Merle Watson, and it raises money for Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro near where the Watson family lives.

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Thu April 28, 2011

Community Chorus Project

Lauren Hodge, Terry Rhodes and Pat Parker join host Frank Stasio to talk about the magic of group performance.

Lauren Hodge is an unapologetic fan of the television show “Glee.” She cheers whenever those plucky kids decide to put on a show and she thinks the show's success is based on the sense of community and belonging that kids feel when they work together to stage a performance. Hodge’s enthusiasm for young people working in concert also drives her newest effort called the Community Chorus Project. She and her collaborators, Terry Rhodes and Pat Parker join host Frank Stasio to talk about the magic of group performance.

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Thu April 28, 2011

Art's New Place

Raleigh Contemporary Art Museum

Host Frank Stasio talks about the CAM's past and its hopes for the future.

Raleigh will get a little bit hipper this weekend when the Contemporary Art Museum - CAM Raleigh - opens in the downtown warehouse district. The organization behind the museum has been around for a couple of decades, but their new building marks a new era.

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The State of Things
11:58 am
Thu April 28, 2011

Hurricane Prediction

Hurricane Ivan

Scientists are predicting up to 16 major storms this hurricane season. But what happens once a hurricane does develop is much more difficult for scientists to predict. Gary M. Lackmann, a professor in the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University has found a way to calculate the severity of a hurricane using a sophisticated forecast system that gives more details about the eye of the storm.

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