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The State Of Things
12:03 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Meet NC Budget Director Art Pope

Host Frank Stasio and NC Budget Director Art Pope
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NC Budget Director Art Pope

In 2012, Governor Pat McCrory selected Art Pope to serve as the state’s budget director.

Pope has a long history in North Carolina politics and government. The attorney and businessman served in the legislature before launching several charitable organizations and think tanks centered on libertarian principles.

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

News Roundtable On The Latest From Legislature

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State lawmakers continue to plod forward on a budget in the short session while pushing policy changes on fracking, Common Core standards and coal ash clean-up.

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

The Bucket Brothers' Young Talent

10-year-old Casey Valleroy, host Frank Stasio, and 14-year-old Logan Valleroy
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Logan and Casey Valleroy have years of experience playing nine different instruments.

The years of musical experience are impressive since they have a combined total of 24 years of life.

The duo known as The Bucket Brothers has released three albums, played live with members of big-name local bands like The Old Ceremony and the Squirrel Nut Zippers, and they haven’t even entered high school yet.

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The State Of Things
2:30 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Prisoner Exchange Creates Controversy

Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl
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A deal reached by the White House allowed for the release of American POW Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl this week.

In exchange, five Taliban prisoners were released from detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The decision has prompted reaction from members of the military and Congress.

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The State of Things
2:09 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Dreams Of Disaster and Redemption

Book cover for The 53rd Parallel
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A conversation with author Carl Nordgren

  

"The 53rd Parallel" (Light Messages Publishing/2013) is the first novel in a series about the historic, yet little known, contamination of the English River. It was the largest mercury poisoning event in North American history, bringing devastation to the many Ojibway people native to the area. 

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Wed June 4, 2014

The Expansion of Video Games

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A conversation about video games

When many people hear the words “video game,” they think of a stereotypical geeky teenage boy. But that image does not represent the true industry. Women account for nearly half of the gaming population and more than a third of gamers are over the age of 36. Video games have expanded into an art form that produces complex narratives, cultural critiques and symphony soundtracks. 

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Investigative Report Finds Holes In NC Medical Examiners System

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Medical examiners in North Carolina routinely skip critical steps in their investigations, according to a new report by The Charlotte Observer

Medical examiners rarely go to the scene of a death and in some cases, they do not actually examine the bodies. 

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

NC Journalists Remember Tiananmen Square 25 Years Later

Scott Savitt

Chinese troops and a wall of tanks started advancing on protesters in Tiananmen Square on June 3, 1989.

By the next day, hundreds were dead and countless more wounded. They were students, professors, and other civilians fighting for government reform. And some were soldiers, who had been given permission to open fire on the thousands who had occupied the square for more than a month. 

In the 25 years since the conflict, China has experienced rapid growth under a government that the Communist Party still controls.

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The State of Things
12:04 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Your Everyday Life In A Comic Strip

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Meghan Modafferi and Durham Comics Project

The Durham Comics Project

Superheroes are not the only characters to grace the pages of comic books. The Durham Comics Project invites ordinary people to tell their own stories in cartoon squares. Started by Amy Godfrey, a librarian at Durham County Library, the project seeks to illuminate the small and big moments that make a community. 

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Meet Don Pedi

Don Pedi
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North Carolina transplant Don Pedi grew up just outside of Boston across the Chelsea River from Logan Airport in the sixties.

Don’s journey to the Tar Heel state includes one life-changing night at a coffee house, a spontaneous cross-country tour and a passion for the dulcimer. 

Today, he is fixture in the traditional music scene in western North Carolina and the Appalachian Mountains. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Pedi about traditional mountain music and western North Carolina.

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