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The State of Things
11:05 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Teens Help Turn Abandoned North Carolina Prisons Into Farms

Growingchange.org youth participant Clifton Murray, program founder Noran Sanford, and youth participant Robert Hunt harvest food for needy families in their region.
Noran Sanford

Cody Oxendine grew up in a small town in North Carolina dominated by gangs. He joined a gang at a young age and his activities landed him in juvenile court for two counts of simple assault. Three years ago, he was on probation and doing everything in his power to avoid prison. Now, 18-year-old Cody is thrilled to spend a lot of his time at one particular prison.

Oxendine is part of a group of youth leading an effort to flip an abandoned prison in Wagram, North Carolina into a sustainable farm.

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The State of Things
11:00 am
Tue November 18, 2014

“Cello and Bass…Seriously?”

The Low and Lower duo puts a new twist on chamber music.
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Bassist Paul Sharpe and Cellist Brooks Whitehouse are a bestselling cello-bass duo who developed a new genre of music that puts string instruments in a new context. 

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The State of Things
11:40 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Javier Diaz de Leon Advises Mexicans In North Carolina As Washington Talks Immigration Reform

Javier Diaz de Leon
Credit Consulado General de Mexico en Raleigh

    

Nearly 30 percent of immigrants in the United States are from Mexico, but migration between the two countries is changing. A study from the Pew Research Center indicates this country is at the tail end of the largest wave of immigration in American history.

And in North Carolina, more families are permanently relocating here rather than traveling for temporary work.

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Ken Rudin
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The dust has settled from last week’s elections and both parties are looking to the future. State house members gear up for their internal contest to fill the Speaker seat vacated by Senator-elect Thom Tillis.

Democrats reevaluate their position and assess their leadership possibilities. Also, Governor Pat McCrory is joined by two former governors in a lawsuit against the legislature over the authority to develop and appoint commissions. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the latest.

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The State of Things
12:16 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Behind The Scenes of The 2014 North Carolina Comicon

The 5th Annual North Carolina Comicon is in Durham November 15-16.
Tommy Lee Edwards

Comicons, or conventions of comic fans, are best known for throngs of costume-clad attendees and access to the industry’s best comics creators. 

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

The Lone Bellow

The Lone Bellow dropped by WUNC to play The State of Things.
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The Lone Bellow is a band is born from tragedy with songs told with heart and simplicity. 

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Thu November 13, 2014

White House Diaries Reveal Complexities of Nixon/Graham Relationship

President Lyndon Johnson, President-elect Richard Nixon, Rev. Billy Graham and Vice President-elect Spiro Agnew during a prayer at swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol January 20, 1969.
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Newly released excerpts from H.R. Haldeman’s diary provide new insights into the relationship between Billy Graham and Richard Nixon. 

Audio journals from Nixon’s chief of staff reveal Graham’s firm grasp of political craftsmanship, and Nixon’s reliance on the televangelist for more than spiritual advice.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Carolina Public Press reporter Jon Elliston about the audio journals and what they revealed. 

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The State of Things
11:39 am
Thu November 13, 2014

NPR's 'Ask Me Another' Comes To Durham

Ophira Eisenberg
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The comedy of Ophira Eisenberg includes many elements of her former dating life like lamenting about online dating and unreasonable expectations from your partner.

The charming brand of stand-up allowed Eisenberg to make a seamless transition to radio as host of the NPR trivia program Ask Me Another.

The show features contestants guessing about everything from Shakespearean soliloquies to the names of French pastries.

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The State of Things
11:38 am
Thu November 13, 2014

The Mysteries And Secrets Of Antiquarian Books

A new novel by Charlie Lovett about the mystery behind Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

    

Writer Charlie Lovett has been attracted to the mystique of old books since he was a young kid. 

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Offshore Drilling In North Carolina

Oil drilling
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In 2015, oil industry representatives will begin exploration off the Carolina coastlines. Some of those representatives met with government officials last week in Raleigh. But the details around their closed-door meeting are scant. Supporters say the potential drilling could create jobs and revenue for the state but environmentalists maintain that drilling harms humans and wildlife. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC environmental reporter Dave Dewitt about the latest.

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