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State of Things
11:38 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Education Roundup

The Wake County school board has a new chairman and another new student assignment plan; Chapel Hill is embroiled in its own fight over reassignment; and the legislature and the State school board are tussling over virtual charter schools. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC Education Reporter Dave DeWitt about these and other education topics.

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State of Things
11:27 am
Fri December 14, 2012

You Are What You Dream

Peter Rothbart - You Are What You Dream

In Davy Rothbart's writing, his brother Peter Rothbart often pops up as a straight-man or a sidekick. But on tour together, they are every bit equals, criss-crossing through the country one city at a time.

Peter Rothbart joins host Frank Stasio to tell stories and perform songs from his new album, "You Are What You Dream."

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State of Things
10:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

My Heart is an Idiot

Davy Rothbart's new book, "My Heart is an Idiot" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux/2012), chronicles a decade of his own life and adventures. Rothbart writes as though every stranger could be a new friend, every girl he meets may be his next love and the open road stretches on for miles.

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State of Things
11:06 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Edvard Munch

The Scream
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Edvard Munch’s most famous painting is “The Scream.” It depicts a skeletal figure holding his hands against his face in horror. This image has been reproduced and parodied the world over. But Edvard Munch's life and other works are largely unknown to the general public.

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State of Things
11:00 am
Thu December 13, 2012

DSM-V

DSM-V

The bible of the psychiatric community is undergoing a major revision. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illness or DSM has just approved its fifth revision. The DSM-V includes big changes to certain categories, including depression, dementia and autism. Some say the changes go too far.

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State of Things
11:02 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Brewing Beer Battle

After prohibition, harsh regulations restricted the distribution and sale of alcohol in the United States. The so-called three-tier system left a niche open for craft brewers, who are exempt from the regulations that apply to big companies. Now, a near-monopoly by big time beer businesses threatens the regulatory framework that has enabled craft brewers to thrive.

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State of Things
10:57 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Operatic Holiday Hits

Steven Kimbrough
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Everywhere you go right now, you’re probably hearing holiday tunes. But the internationally regarded baritone Steven Kimbrough is bringing a new sound to Christmas: opera. His new album, “Christmas Lullabies From Around the World” has the celebrated singer doing operatic renditions of some little known Christmas songs.

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State of Things
11:15 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Rachel Myrick Earns Rhodes Scholarship

Rachel Myrick is the latest UNC-Chapel Hill winner of the prestigious Rhodes scholarship. The student body vice president and Morehead scholar has worked in a domestic violence shelter in Belize, designed and taught her own course at Carolina, and organized a TED conference on campus.

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State of Things
11:05 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Elegance and Extravagance

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Posters in America are the province of movie theaters and rock concerts, but in post-war Japan they became something more. Graphic designers poured their artistic talents into them, and in the process, made a visual map of Japan’s economic and cultural transformation in the latter part of the 20th Century.

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State of Things
10:32 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Christmas with Nnenna Freelon

Nnenna Freelon
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Grammy award winning singer Nnenna Freelon is called the “international voice of jazz.” And along with bassist and composer John Brown, she is changing the sound of Christmas. The two have put out a collaboration called, “Christmas.” They’ll be performing at the Carolina Theatre on December 21st. Host Frank Stasio talks to them about their collaboration.

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