The State of Things

M-F 12 Noon, M-Th 8p, Sat 6a

We bring the issues, personalities, and places of North Carolina to you. We're a live show, and we want to hear from listeners. Call 1.877.962.9862, email sot@wunc.org, or tweet @state_of_things. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Or, join our live audience for remote broadcasts from Greensboro's Triad Stage and Raleigh's Museum of Natural Sciences. And you can listen to Political Junkie Ken Rudin Fridays on the program.

Get a daily show update, and special news.

Composer ID: 
5187f7dce1c872f9d0bc2b95|5187f7d9e1c872f9d0bc2b8e

Pages

The State of Things
11:28 am
Thu November 20, 2014

A Muse And A Maze: The Mysteries Of Fiction Writing

A Muse & A Maze by Peter Turchi
Credit Trinity University Press

  

Here's a riddle: What does the craft of writing fiction have to do with mystery, magic, and puzzles?

Read more
The State of Things
11:58 am
Wed November 19, 2014

The Global Food Crisis

Oxfam distribution in East Africa, 2011
Credit wikipedia

More than one billion people worldwide do not have enough to eat. Some experts estimate a need for more food in the next 40 years than in the last 10,000. National Geographic contributor Joel Bourne wrote a 2009 cover story, The End of Plenty, about the crisis. He has continued his reporting on the causes of the food shortage crisis and strategies used to address it. Host Frank Stasio talks with Bourne about his work.

Read more
The State of Things
11:55 am
Wed November 19, 2014

A Chapel Hill Playwright's Social Commentary On World War I

A scene from World War I at the North Carolina Veterans Memorial
Credit Universal Pops / Flickr Creative Commons

  

At the peak of the Great Depression in the 1930s, legendary Chapel Hill playwright Paul Green collaborated with composer Kurt Weill to create a socially conscious musical about World War I.

In fact, Johnny Johnson was a blend of comedy, tragedy and satire. The musical pits a pacifist American against The War to End All Wars.

The title character is thrust into it after his girlfriend threatens to leave him for lack of patriotism, but Johnny finds his lighthearted and joking nature does not mesh with the horrors of war. 

Read more
The State of Things
11:54 am
Wed November 19, 2014

The Great Gatsby - An American Rite Of Passage

So We Read On is Maureen Corrigan new book that takes a look into "the greatest" American novel.

Reading F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is a rite of passage these days. The novel is mandatory reading for many high schoolers across the country. 

Read more
The State of Things
11:10 am
Tue November 18, 2014

City Makes Move For Greensboro Civil Rights Museum

The International Civil Rights Center and Museum faces ongoing financial struggles, and the Greensboro mayor wants the city to take it over.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

  

The International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro was built to commemorate a transformative moment in civil rights history when four NC A&T freshmen staged a sit-in at the city's whites-only lunch counter. 

Read more
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.

Read more
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.
Credit Low and Lower

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. 

Read more
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.

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

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Ken Rudin
Credit kenrudinpolitics.com

  

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.

Read more
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. 

Read more

Pages