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The State of Things
11:59 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Panel Discusses Sustainability In Haiti

President Bill Clinton meets Dr. Megan Coffee in Haiti
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Experts are in Durham today and tomorrow, attending a conference on Haiti. Their goal is to assess and improve aid efforts to the country following the devastating earthquake there three years ago.

It's a collaboration between Duke University and North Carolina Central University called, “Humanitarianism in Haiti: Visions and Practice."

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Photographer Explores Artifice Of Nature In New Exhibit

Abandoned Pier Building North of Surf City
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Photographer Peter Goin thinks nature isn’t all its cracked up to be, and he’s not sure just how natural it really is. He has an exhibit up at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design at North Carolina State University called “Humanature. It’s a collection of photographs documenting the ways in which humans shape and create nature, and it explores ideas about the nature of reality and artifice. Host Frank Stasio talks to Peter Goin, a professor of art in photography and videography at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

SBI Investigates Oldest Incorporated African American Town

Freedom Hill in Princeville, NC
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SBI investigates Princeville, NC

Princeville, North Carolina is the first town created by African Americans in the United States. It was almost wiped out by Hurricane Floyd but survived. Now, it’s facing another threat.

Audits revealed that top-town officials may have been inappropriately using town dollars, and the state has taken over control of Princeville. Host Frank Stasio talks about the situation with Gurnal Scott, assistant news director at WUNC; and Rudolph Knight, a history columnist for The Daily Southerner in Tarboro.

The State of Things
12:07 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

50th Anniversary Of The North Carolina Speaker Ban

UNC Student Body President Paul Dickson introduces speaker Frank Wilkinson at the McCorkle Place wall
Credit Jock Lauterer, unc.edu

The North Carolina Speaker Ban

Free speech is considered a hallmark of universities across the nation, but in the 1960s, that wasn't always true. At least not for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1963, the North Carolina legislature passed a speaker ban, prohibiting communists from speaking on campus.

Students on campus bristled at the notion that they could not listen to anybody they chose.

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The State of Things
11:34 am
Wed April 10, 2013

"Obeast" Shines A Light On Perceptions Of Obesity

Obeasts, a creation of Rachel Herrick
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Rachel Herrick's Obeast Project

Turn on any news program and you’ll eventually hear about the dangers of obesity. It’s commonly accepted that being heavy is bad, and being skinny is good. Rachel Herrick is challenging that idea with her Obeast project.

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Project Follows A Year In The Life Of The Durham Bulls

"Bull City Summer," by Sam Stephenson
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A Year in the Life of the Durham Bulls

Yesterday was the first home game for the 2013 baseball season at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and fans gathered to watch the heroic Bulls defeat the Gwinnett Braves.

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The State of Things
11:55 am
Tue April 9, 2013

NC Author Revisits An Unsolved Murder Mystery in Chapel Hill

"Until Proven: A Mystery in 2 Parts" by Nora Gaskin
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Until Proven - A Chapel Hill Murder Mystery

  On Christmas Eve of 1963, a young woman named Lucille Rinaldi was murdered in her apartment in downtown Chapel Hill.  Later the same day, her husband Frank Rinaldi was arrested and charged with murder.

Over the next two years, the trial consumed the attention of the town.  Nora Gaskin was 12 years old when Lucille Rinaldi was killed. The case left an indelible impression on her. She is the author of "Until Proven: A Mystery in Two Parts" (Lystra/ 2013). She joins host Frank Stasio to discuss the novel she has written based on the murder.

The State of Things
11:49 am
Tue April 9, 2013

International Comedy Duo Take North Carolina

Igudesman & Joo join host Frank Stasio in the studio to listen to some of their performances and talk about mixing classical music with pop songs, props, and slapstick.

Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo met at music school at age 12, and they've been on a mission ever since to make classical music a little less serious. The two accomplished musicians are bringing their classical music comedy show to Greensboro and Greenville this weekend. Igudesman & Joo join host Frank Stasio in the studio to listen to some of their performances and talk about mixing classical music with pop songs, props, and slapstick.

The State of Things
11:18 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Minister Helps Women Nourish Their Spirituality In And Out Of The Church

Jeanette Stokes to the left
Credit Photo Given To The State of Things By Jeanette Stokes

Minister Jeanette Stokes discusses how she helps women nourish their spirituality

While growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jeanette Stokes never imagined she would become a minister. After all, as a young girl, she had never even seen a woman lead a congregation. But she eventually followed her faith, fulfilled her ambition, and helped other women to better nurture their own spirituality.

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The State of Things
10:40 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Goolsby Defends Potential Racial Justice Act Repeal

Senator Thom Goolsby, Republican, is the primary sponsor of a bill repealing the Racial Justice Act
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An in-depth look at the Racial Justice Act

This week the North Carolina Senate voted along party lines to repeal the Racial Justice Act. Also in the legislation are measures designed to restart executions, which have been unofficially on hold in the state since 2006.

Critics contend that eliminating the Racial Justice Act will prevent those unfairly sentenced to death because of racial bias from getting justice. More than 150 people in the state are awaiting execution.

Republican Senator Thom Goolsby of New Hanover County sponsored the legislation repealing the Racial Justice Act, and he said on The State of Things that the Act isn’t necessary.

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