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The State of Things
10:46 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Son’s Death Spurs Mother To Fight Violence

Khaaliq Johnson
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Host Frank Stasio talks to Dorothy Johnson-Speight about her organization Mothers In Charge

When Dorothy Johnson-Speight’s son Khaaliq was killed in 2001, she thought her life was over. He wasn’t the first child she lost – her 3-year-old daughter had died almost 15 years to the day before
Khaaliq’s murder -- but he was the first child lost to violence, and his death shook her.

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The State of Things
7:08 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Wake County Residents Protest Scrapping Dix Deal

WUNC reporters Jessica Jones and Dave DeWitt join host Frank Stasio for a legislative update

Dozens of Wake County residents filled a legislative committee room yesterday to weigh in on several controversial bills affecting the county.

One of the measures would scrap the lease between the state and the city of Raleigh to create a destination park on the site of the old Dorothea Dix hospital.

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The State Of Things
11:25 am
Mon March 25, 2013

First North Carolina Congresswoman Gives Voice To Working Class Struggles

Former congresswoman Eva Clayton chats with other speakers during the North Carolina Campuses Against Hunger conference at Elon.
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A conversation with congresswoman Eva Clayton about her life and work

When Eva Clayton was sworn into the U.S. Congress in 1992, she became the first Congresswoman from the state of North Carolina. But before that election, Clayton had a long history of community organizing and politicking. During her extensive career, she has always maintained a devotion to the rights and struggles of working class people.

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Musician Sings For Social Justice

Tokyo Rosenthal
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Tokyo Rosenthal plays live on The State of Things

Tokyo Rosenthal is an Americana musician. And while Americana might be a traditional sort of music, Tokyo Rosenthal isn’t your traditional artist.

His sound combines rock, country and blues, and his songs revolve around issues of social justice. Host Frank Stasio talks to him about his newest album, and Tokyo Rosenthal plays live in the studio.

The State of Things
5:31 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

One Step Closer To Scrapping Dix Park Deal

Grounds of the Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh
Credit Dave DeWitt

Frank Stasio talks with a panel of experts about Dorothea Dix and other events in the days news

A Senate committee has passed a measure  that would void a deal signed three months ago to turn Raleigh's Dix hospital site into a destination park.

The Senate Appropriations Committee would void a 99-year lease signed amid great fanfare by the mayor of Raleigh and former Governor Bev Perdue. Under the deal, the city would pay $500,000 a year plus yearly adjustments to lease the land.

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The State of Things
9:51 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Singer-Songwriter Finds Stories In Greensboro

Bruce Piephoff performing.
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Bruce Piephoff and Scott Sawyer play live at the Upstage Cabaret at the Triad Stage.

Bruce Piephoff began writing songs in Greensboro in the 1960s, and 22 albums later he's making music here today. He's found music one of the best vehicles to tell a story, and he'll tell you that Greensboro is full of stories. He and electric guitarist Scott Sawyer talk to host Frank Stasio and play live at the Upstage Cabaret at the Triad Stage.

The State of Things
9:47 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Author Discusses Masculinity, Romance And Cosmology

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Host Frank Stasio talk with author Craig Nova at the Greensboro Triad Stage

Author Craig Nova's life as a reader has left him wanting to fill in the gaps in contemporary fiction. Nova notes that he's witnessed a decline in loving male characters. In his latest novel, "The Constant Heart" (Counterpoint/2012), he attempts to fill in this gap. “The Constant Heart” was recently celebrated as part of the New Yorker's "Best Books of 2012" list. Craig Nova is an author and a professor in the humanities at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He joins Host Frank Stasio live at the Triad Stage to discuss the themes behind "The Constant Heart."

Business & Economy
7:37 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Downtown Greensboro Welcomes First Grocery Market In 40 Years

A shopper examines produces at Deep Roots.
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A grocery store opened in Downtown Greensboro this week. The city last had a market downtown in the 1970s.

Residents in Greensboro haven’t been able to shop downtown for fresh produce, seafood and prepared meals in decades. The city had two A&P Grocery stores in the early 1970s, but since they left no other markets have filled the void. That changed this week when Deep Roots Market relocated to North Eugene St.

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Exploring The History Of The Steel Guitar

Ad: The Royal Hawaiian Quintet Performing on the U.S. Mainland
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Experts from the Steel Guitar Concert and Symposium talk about the history of the steel guitar and play live

  

The sound of American Country music owes much of it's success to an unlikely source: the 19th century Hawaiian music scene. Hawaiian music at that time was dominated by the steel guitar. During the instrument's century-long international migration, it influenced the direction of many genres.

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The State of Things
11:55 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Artist Travels From Kenya to America For Her Vision

"Family Tree" By Wangechi Mutu
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A conversation with multimedia artist Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu's life-size collages attempt to bring the Black female body to the forefront of her work. It is inspired by the complex power she's seen in women, particularly from her native Kenya. Not only are they enormous, but the figures are also mystical and powerful.

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