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The State of Things
10:44 am
Thu February 17, 2011

Deaver, Jeffery Deaver

Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver

Frank Stasio talks to Deaver about his plans for the suave spy.

Writer Ian Fleming created a British secret agent named James Bond in 1952. The character became a cultural phenomenon that continues to kill bad guys and bed beautiful women in books and on-screen. Chapel Hill resident Jeffery Deaver is the latest writer to take up the saga of “007.” His first Bond book, "Carte Blanche", is due out in the United States this summer. Frank Stasio will talk to Deaver about his plans for the suave spy.

The State of Things
10:35 am
Thu February 17, 2011

Deadly Spin

Deadly Spin by Wendell Potter

Potter joins host Frank Stasio to talk about health reform and being a health insurance industry whistleblower.

Wendell Potter, former head of corporate communications for Humana and CIGNA, two major health insurers, has testified before Congress that the insurance business model fails most consumers. Potter is the author of a new book, “Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans”. He joins host Frank Stasio to talk about health reform and being a health insurance industry whistleblower.

The State of Things
10:22 am
Thu February 17, 2011

The Game Of Her Life

Phiona Mutesi

Tim Crothers joins host Frank Stasio to talk about how chess is changing Mutesi’s life.

Of the 600 million people who know how to play chess worldwide, Phiona Mutesi is one of the best. The 14-year-old Ugandan phenom recently competed in the Chess Olympiad, an international tournament that pits players against each other in strategic competition. A short time ago, Mutesi had never even heard of the game.

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The State of Things
11:34 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Egypt After The Uprising

Credit Chris Hondros - http://www.bagnewsnotes.com

As we wonder what will happen in the wake of the 30-year Mubarak regime, host Frank Stasio talks with experts, expatriates and observers about the possibilities.

Last week's toppling of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has drawn the attentions of the world to the unrest in the Middle East. As we wonder what will happen in the wake of the 30-year Mubarak regime, host Frank Stasio talks with experts, expatriates and observers about the possibilities.

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The State of Things
11:15 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Public Understanding Of Science

When it comes to science, the public doesn't know what to think. Andrew Binder, a researcher at North Carolina State University, conducted a study on public opinion surveys of science. He found that people may say that a field of science, like nanotechnology, is too risky, but when asked specifics, their attitudes are often more favorable than they first appeared.

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The State of Things
10:26 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Listening To The Pictures

Credit Jimmy Williams

Host Frank Stasio talks with Jimmy Williams about how photographing blues musicians helps him see the world in a different way, and with Chris Williams about how the posters he creates for rock bands and events help reach listeners via their eyes.

The works of printmaker Chris Williams and photographerJimmy Williams offer two disparate examples of how music permeates visual art. Both artists are featured in a new exhibit called "Listenings," sponsored by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission. Host Frank Stasio talks with Jimmy Williams about how photographing blues musicians helps him see the world in a different way, and with Chris Williams about how the posters he creates for rock bands and events help reach listeners via their eyes.

The State of Things
10:17 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Restrepo

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Photojournalist Tim Hetherington wants you to experience war, and he put himself in harm’s way to do it. Hetherington went to one of the most dangerous outposts in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley and filmed 15 soldiers as they engaged in combat over the course of a year. The footage became an award-winning documentary called "Restrepo."

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The State of Things
8:00 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Emo Philips

Credit www.nccomedyarts.com

For more than 30 years, stand-up comedian Emo Philips has been entertaining audiences with his hilarious one-liners, unique fashion sense and child-like persona. The funny man brings his signature brand of wicked humor – one that’s influenced Jim Carrey, Demetri Martin and Mitch Hedberg – to the 10th annual North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival this week and stops by the studio to yuk it up with host Frank Stasio.

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The State of Things
9:59 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Meet Nathan Garrett

Book cover, A Palette, Not a Portrait

Civil Rights activist Nathan Garrett grew up in Durham, North Carolina during the 1930s where he witnessed economic prosperity in the city’s African-American neighborhoods as racial segregation spawned Black entrepreneurship.

Nathan Garrett grew up in Durham, North Carolina during the 1930s where he witnessed economic prosperity in the city’s African-American neighborhoods as racial segregation spawned Black entrepreneurship. As an adult, Garrett, a descendant of slaves and slave owners, joined the Civil Rights Movement and helped integrate Durham’s institutions and businesses, in particular the movie theater.

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The State of Things
10:37 am
Fri February 11, 2011

Robert Griffin

Robert Griffin
Credit Robert Griffin

Pianist Robert Griffin joins host Frank Stasio to talk about his music and play a few songs live in the studio.

Pianist Robert Griffin makes social commentary and sets it to music. He’s taken on corporate irresponsibility, corrupt government, genetically engineered foods and 24-hour cable news networks in his jazzy compositions. Griffin’s latest CD is called “Ain’t My Kind of Strange.” He joins host Frank Stasio to talk about his music and play a few songs live in the studio.

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