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The State of Things
10:33 am
Wed March 2, 2011

The Making Of A Beast

Monsters of the Gévaudan: The Making of a Beast

Legend has it that a man-eating beast terrorized the former province of Gévaudan in south-central France in the 18th century. It attacked hundreds and attracted the attention of King Louis XV, who vowed to protect the French people and have the monster killed. Jay Smith, a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says the beast was just a wolf, but that we can learn a lot about history by studying how this myth was formed.

The State of Things
10:58 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Untold Stories

Missing Monroe, NC teenager Phylicia Barnes

Even as technology and changing business models reshape the mass media landscape, questionable journalistic practices remain entrenched. The racial and socio-economic profile of a victim greatly influences how and where the media plays stories about them. We take a look at four recent and continuing news stories: the Rocky Mount, N.C. serial killer murders, a non-violent prison protest in Georgia, a Monroe, N.C. teen who went missing in Baltimore, and the attack and sexual assault on CBS reporter Lara Logan in Tahrir Square in Egypt.

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The State of Things
10:28 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Durham, I Do!

Credit www.marrydurham.com

A big event is in the works for those who want to show their pride and support for the city of Durham, North Carolina. On March 19th, residents and non-residents can take part in a group ceremony to “marry” the Bull City. Donations collected for the event will sponsor five local charities.

The State of Things
11:05 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Meet W. Hodding Carter III

Credit http://publicpolicy.unc.edu

W. Hodding Carter III was the face of President Jimmy Carter's administration during the 444 days that American hostages were held by Islamic militants in Iran. Hodding Carter, the son of a Mississippi newspaperman who fought against the injustices of Jim Crow, never planned a career in politics. He inherited a love for journalism and eventually became editor of his father's paper, the Delta Democrat-Times in Greenville, Mississippi. Gradually, Hodding Carter stopped just observing and writing about the movement for equality, and joined it instead. This led him down a road that would take him out of journalism and into politics.

The State of Things
9:32 am
Fri February 25, 2011

Hope On The Economic Horizon

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There's reason to be optimistic about the economy in the Triad region of North Carolina. While traditional manufacturing jobs in textiles and furniture have mostly dried up, better paying jobs in biotech, shipping and many other fields are emerging. Justin Catanoso, executive editor of the Triad Business Journal, talks with host Frank Stasio at Greensboro’s Triad Stage about the state of the economy.

The State of Things
9:28 am
Fri February 25, 2011

A Solzhenitsyn On Stage

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World-renowned pianist and conductor Ignat Solzhenitsyn is no stranger to fame. His father was the legendary Soviet author and dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Ignat Solzhetnitsyn serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, and he has led and performed with symphonies in cities across the United States and Europe. He is in North Carolina to perform with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.

The State of Things
8:00 am
Fri February 25, 2011

Songs Of Water

Credit www.songsofwater.com

Greensboro-based instrumental ensemble Songs of Water blends sounds and rhythms from around the world with a Tar Heel touch. The band’s tunes are influenced by the dominant percussion heard in West African, Indian and Middle Eastern music and their songs are driven by melodic use of a hammered dulcimer.

The State of Things
11:22 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Kind of Blue

Kind of Blue, a play by Kuamel Stewart

A new play that explores male identity draws inspiration from jazz music. Playwright Kuamel Stewart’s “Kind of Blue” asks theater goers to consider different perceptions of masculinity with a narrative set in 1940s New York City. Stewart, a senior communications major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the first African-American undergraduate to have a full-length production performed on a UNC mainstage. “Kind of Blue” debuts this week at the Historic PlayMakers Theatre.

The State of Things
10:20 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Defining Mental Health

DSM IV

Controversy is brewing in the psychiatric world over proposed revisions to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the DSM. Experts are working on revising the DSM for an upcoming fifth edition. Detractors of the process say it's too secretive and beneficial to pharmaceutical companies. They also worry that changes to the DSM would lead to some healthy people being classified as mentally ill. Supporters of the proposed revisions say that the DSM classifications are out of date and changes are necessary to treat mental illness earlier and more effectively.

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Wed February 23, 2011

All Things Must Pass

Credit www.ifnotforyou.org

A group of local musicians will get together on Saturday night at the Cat's Cradle to celebrate the 40th anniversary of George Harrison's landmark solo album. The event is the brainchild of Toby Roan, a Triangle man who found solace and inspiration in listening to "All Things Must Pass" while his mother was battling cancer.

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