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The State of Things
9:57 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Former Prosecutor Remembers His Role In Bringing Down Manuel Noriega

`Sea of Greed` is a book by Judge Douglas McCullough reflects back on the Manuel Noriega arrests.
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Judge Douglas McCullough talks about his career and his book, 'Sea of Greed'

  Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega was a infamous figure on the international stage during the 1980s. Before he became a caricature of the "crazy" dictator, he was on the payroll of the CIA and helped the United States gain information on Cuba.

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Fri April 12, 2013

The Iron Lady Leaves Her Fingerprints On North Carolina Politics

Margaret Thatcher at Chequers. Photo taken September 1, 1993 in Ellesborough, England, GB.
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Experts examine pros and cons of privatization in light of McCory's plan to privatize Medicaid and the Commerce Department

Margaret Thatcher is as divisive in death as she was in life.  Even as many around the world mourn her loss this week, others celebrate it.  London police are bracing for protests and possible violence at her funeral.

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The State of Things
11:40 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Mount Moriah Release Sophomore Album

Mount Moriah
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Mt. Moriah rocks the studio with songs from their new cd

Mount Moriah is getting ready to continue their national tour for their critically-acclaimed album, "Miracle Temple." The band was signed by Merge Records and this is their first release under the new record label. "Miracle Temple" offers fans more of Heather McEntire's soulful vocals and lyrics but takes chances with a more intricate sound. Host Frank Stasio talks with founding members Heather McEntire and Jenks Miller about the band's incredible success.

The State of Things
12:03 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Celebrated Minster Comes Home

Rev. Dr. James Forbes talks about the anti-hunger organization Bread for the World

The Rev. Dr. James Forbes spent 18 years as the senior minister of the Riverside Church in New York City, one of the nation’s most prominent pulpits,  but his journey began in North Carolina. Dr. Forbes grew up in Raleigh, and in the 1960s, he pastored churches in Wilmington and Roxboro.

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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
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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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