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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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The State of Things
10:33 am
Thu March 10, 2011

The North Carolina Gazetteer

The North Carolina Gazetteer
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Hill joins host Frank Stasio to talk about collecting the treasured stories of the Tar Heel State to put together the second edition of 'The North Carolina Gazetteer.'

Historian William S. Powell first assembled “The North Carolina Gazetteer” in 1968. The book has since served as an essential reference for readers with an interest in the state and the fascinating stories that are attached to places like Frying Pan, Hanging Dog, and Naked Mountain. Powell’s book has recently received an update with help from Michael Hill, research supervisor at the North Carolina Office of Archives and History.

The State of Things
10:27 am
Wed March 9, 2011

The State Of Collective Bargaining

Public Demonstration in Wisconsin
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Host Frank Stasio talks with MaryBe McMillan, Steve Allen, and Robert Korstad, Kevin D. Gorter.

As unionized public workers continue to face off with Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker over budget cuts and collective bargaining rights, Americans' interest in the role of unions and collective bargaining in our political and economic systems has spiked. What do this battle and other labor-government standoffs in the Midwest mean for unions in general? What repercussions could the movement have in North Carolina, a Right to Work State?

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Designing 'The Egg'

'The Egg'
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Roy Gussow's “Ellipsoid Construction,” better known as "The Egg," has been an icon on the campus of North Carolina State University since the sculptor unveiled the chromium steel work of art behind Brooks Hall more than 50 years ago. Gussow was one of the many talented artists who flocked to the NCSU's School of Design in the 1950s, giving shape to a bold, new way of thinking at a university that had been known primarily for its agriculture and engineering programs.

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The State of Things
11:21 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Host Frank Stasio Talks With Marvin Malecha

Scott Huler
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Writer Scott Huler's nonfiction books, investigative journalism, commentary and humor have made him a fixture on the local literary scene. Now he adds the title Piedmont Laureate to his already impressive resume. Huler joins host Frank Stasio to talk about his program as Piedmont Laureate -- story telling events and conversations among writers -- and his upcoming book projects about the South and Southerners

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The State of Things
10:42 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Jews For Justice For Palestinians

Reuven Moskovitz's experience as a Jew during the Holocaust in Nazi Germany made him sensitive to injustice everywhere. That's why he joined Captain Glyn Secker and other Jewish activists on a boat that tried to run the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip and bring aid to the Palestinians there.

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The State of Things
9:35 am
Mon March 7, 2011

Meet Jeff Whetstone

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Late last month Jeff Whetstone premiered his newest artwork. It's a video depicting a turkey hunt. But it's not a documentary. The hunter uses the female turkey's call to lure a male turkey. Then, the hunter translates the call into English. None of what the female turkey says to the male turkey is suitable for public radio. But to hear a confident American man – muscle-bound, tough, armed and dressed for hunting – talk dirty in the voice of a female turkey is to have your sense of gender, species, nature and wildness ultimately confounded.

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The State of Things
11:21 am
Fri March 4, 2011

Changing The Rules On Public Education

Host Frank Stasio talks about what is at stake for the state's public schools with WUNC Education Reporter Dave DeWitt.

North Carolina lawmakers are considering two bills that could radically alter the state’s public schools. Senate Bill 8 would remove the state’s 100-school limit on charter schools. House Bill 41 would offer tax credits to parents who send their children to private schools. Host Frank Stasio talks about what is at stake for the state's public schools with WUNC Education Reporter Dave DeWitt; Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Education Freedom in North Carolina; Helen Ladd, Edgar T. Thompson Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy; and N.C. Rep. Paul Stam (R), one of the sponsors of House Bill 41.

The State of Things
11:18 am
Fri March 4, 2011

Delta Rae

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Host Frank Stasio talks to members of the band about their songwriting and history and gets treated to a live performance in the studio.

Durham-based band Delta Rae utilizes simple instrumentation and soulful harmonies to create a sound that the members call “gospel pop.” In their short existence, they have crafted an eclectic catalog of songs that showcase influences ranging from Fleetwood Mac to Coldplay. With a successful self-titled EP of Southern-tinged pop songs, and sold-out shows on both coasts behind them, they start out this year with their “Graet Mondays” series, releasing free new music on their website every week.

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