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The State of Things
12:25 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Islamic Awareness Month

Haroon Moghul
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Host Frank Stasio is joined by one of the visiting speakers, Haroon Moghul, who is the executive director of The Maydan Institute, which works to counter stereotypes of Muslims in the media.

The Muslim Student Association at Duke University is presenting a series of lectures by experts on Islam with the goal of generating positive dialogue about Muslims in America. This year’s “Islamic Awareness Month” comes on the heels of Congressional hearings examining the spread of radicalism and extremism in Muslim communities across the U.S.

The State of Things
12:20 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Bring On The Brackets

Sidney Lowe
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Host Frank Stasio will talk about the NCAA tournament and the study on traffic fatalities with WUNC education reporter Dave Dewitt and Stacy Wood, a professor of marketing at N.C. State and lead author of the study.

The NCAA tournament is here along with the March madness that goes with it. Sixty-eight teams are competing for the championship. Two big North Carolina contenders – the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University – are in the mix, but North Carolina State University missed the tournament cutoff and coach Sidney Lowe resigned in the aftermath.

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Crime Lab Controversy

Derrick Allen
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Host Frank Stasio talks about the case and pending legislation that could change operations at the SBI with Mandy Locke and Joe Neff, staff writers at the News & Observer.

Last week, Durham Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson publicly criticized the State Bureau of Investigation’s handling of a 1998 murder case, saying the SBI withheld evidence that could have aided the defendant in trial. The case of Derrick Allen, who spent 12 years in jail for the sexual assault and murder of a 2-year-old girl, is the latest to bring attention to the SBI’s policies and procedures at its crime lab.

The State of Things
12:30 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

Food Deserts

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Joining host Frank Stasio to discuss the food desert phenomenon are Wendy Noel and Joshua Stack.

A food desert is a community where healthy food is hard to find. It’s not as much about hunger as it is about access. Many people living in food deserts can afford to shop, they just can’t find a place to shop. Food deserts exist in rural as well as urban settings. It’s hard to say how many food deserts there are in North Carolina because the definition is derived from statistics on income levels, availability of transportation as well as scarcity of grocery stores. Joining host Frank Stasio to discuss the food desert phenomenon are Wendy Noel, the manager of TROSA Grocery in Durham, and Joshua Stack, director of communications for MANNA Foodbank, a Western North Carolina nonprofit that collects, stores and distributes food.

The State of Things
12:27 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

Minimalist Music

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Host Frank Stasio talks with Reich about that composition and his pioneering body of musical works.

Composer Steve Reich combines recorded voices, instruments and repetitive patterns into the unique style of music called minimalism. He has used that music to explore themes like the Holocaust, cloning, and the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. The Kronos Quartet will premiere Reich's new piece "WTC 9/11" at Duke Performances on Saturday, but first host Frank Stasio talks with Reich about that composition and his pioneering body of musical works.

The State of Things
12:23 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

Morgan Writer-in-Residence

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Hempel joins host Frank Stasio to talk about reading, writing, and teaching.

Amy Hempel is among America's most beloved short story writers. She's also a famous writing teacher – at Harvard University, Bennington College and the Sewanee Writer's Conference, to name a few placeAmy Hempel is among America's most beloved short story writers. She's also a famous writing teacher – at Harvard University, Bennington College and the Sewanee Writer's Conference, to name a few places where students have benefited from her tutelage.

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The State of Things
9:00 am
Mon March 14, 2011

Meet Joe's Diner

At the corner of Angier Ave. and Driver St. in Durham sits Joe’s Diner. The special there is a 1 lb. all-beef hot dog, but what’s really special about the place is the relationship between its owner, Joe Bushfan, and the restaurant’s financier, Dan Hill. The unlikely partnership between Bushfan, a former celebrity bodyguard, and Hill, an insurance broker, started as a chat about business investments and has grown into an effort to revitalize East Durham’s neighborhoods.

The State of Things
9:00 am
Fri March 11, 2011

Nonsuicidal Self-Injury

Members of adolescent social cliques tend to dress alike, talk alike and share the same interests. But, a new study out of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests that more dangerous behaviors – specifically engaging in nonsuicidal self-injury – are also contagious among friends. UNC psychology professor Mitch Prinstein joins host Frank Stasio to talk about investigating seemingly infectious harmful behaviors among young peer groups.

The State of Things
11:01 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Journal Of A UFO Investigator

Journal of a UFO Investigator

Host Frank Stasio talks with Halperin, a professor of religion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, about how myth can be a mirror for realities we'd rather not face.

David Halperin’s new novel "Journal of a UFO Investigator" has extraterrestrial abduction, human-alien hybrids and spacecraft galore. The content reads like a straight science fiction tale at first, but beneath the fantastic story is another one about a boy facing loneliness and the imminent death of his mother.

The State of Things
10:48 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Investigating Islamist Extremism

Department of Homeland Security
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David Schanzer, the center’s director and an associate professor of the practice for public policy at Duke, joins host Frank Stasio to talk about his findings on Islamist extremism.

Congressional hearings to investigate the “radicalization of Muslims in America” begin today on Capitol Hill. The hearings, called by New York Rep. Peter King, who is the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, are being criticized as racist for singling out the Muslim community in an exploration of homegrown terrorism.

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