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The State Of Things
10:23 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Panel Discusses Potential Perils Of NC Fracking

Fracking operation in Texas
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A panel of experts join Frank Stasio for this week's North Carolina news update.

Fracking is an inevitability in North Carolina since the legislature lifted a fracking moratorium, but questions remain as to the risk and what will be done with the waste.

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The State Of Things
10:08 am
Fri March 8, 2013

How Gary Brunotte Is Bringing Jazz To Durham

Gary Brunotte
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A conversation with and live performance by Gary Brunotte Jazz Trio.

Organist Gary Brunotte has been playing music since he picked up an accordion at age 9. He went on to study and teach at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and has been writing, arranging, performing and recording ever since. 

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The State Of Things
11:36 am
Thu March 7, 2013

A Look Back At The 1968 Poor People’s Campaign And How We Create Black And Brown Unity Today

Power to the Poor: Black-Brown Coalition and the Fight for Economic Justice, 1960-1974
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A conversation about the Poor Peoples Campaign, then and now.

The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968 often overshadows what may be his most radical crusade. The Poor People’s Campaign in the spring of 1968 was organized by a coalition of predominately Black and Brown organizers working across the color line.

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The State of Things
11:11 am
Wed March 6, 2013

How Charter Schools Are Changing Public Education

A panel of experts discuss how charter schools are changing public education

Seventy new charter schools have applied to become part of North Carolina’s growing population of alternative public schools. For the longest time, the number of charter schools in the state was capped at 100, but lawmakers changed that back in 2011.

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The State of Things
11:05 am
Wed March 6, 2013

The Life And Times Of Sir Walter Ralegh

Bronze statue of Sir Walter Ralegh outside the Raleigh Convention Center.
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Professor Christopher Armitage parse fact from fiction on the life and times of Sir Walter Ralegh

  Sir Walter Ralegh has never set foot in North Carolina. He’s certainly never seen the city that was named for him. But there he is. Airports and cemeteries bear his name; statues of his likeness are all around town. Why does Ralegh have such a hold on the popular imagination?

Host Frank Stasio will try to parse fact from fiction with his guest Christopher Armitage, a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Armitage is working on a book, “Literary and Visual Ralegh: Writings of and Visual Reproductions of Sir Walter Ralegh” (Manchester University Press).

The State of Things
3:11 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

What Is A Library In Today’s High Tech Age?

James B. Hunt Library
NCSU.edu

A conversation about libraries in today’s high tech age

The James B. Hunt Library at North Carolina State University is a revolution in information storage.


At the Hunt, robots fetch the books. Two million volumes are folded into one ninth of the space they would have taken up in a conventional library because room for humans to walk through the aisles is unnecessary.

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The State of Things
10:34 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Former Nun Reflects On The Sanctuary Movement

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Frank Stasio talks with Darlene Nicgorski

Darlene Nicgorski was a nun when she was convicted of conspiracy and faced a 25-year prison term in the 1980s for her work helping Central American refugees. She didn’t end up having to serve that term, but her work in the so-called Sanctuary Movement made her the poster child of immigrant activism in the 1980s.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

How Will The Sequester Impact North Carolina?

A panel of experts join host Frank Stasio to discuss the news of this week

 No grand bargain has been reached between the White House and Congress on a budget, leaving some North Carolinians wondering how hard the sequester will  hit the state.

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Neoclassical Metal Turns Symphony Upside Down

Darker Shades of Symphony
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Darker Shades of Symphony perform live

Front man Michael Seebold describes his band, Darker Shades of Symphony, as neoclassical metal. If you’ve never heard of that genre, you’re probably not alone.

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The State of Things
10:29 am
Thu February 28, 2013

North Carolina Lawmakers Reject Medicaid Expansion

News & Observer reporter John Frank discusses N. C. lawmakers rejection of Medicaid Expansion

North Carolina’s Republican Lawmakers are sticking by conservative principles early in Gov. Pat McCrory’s first term. Last week, he signed legislation cutting unemployment benefits. The move was an attempt to pay back debt owed the federal government earlier.

And this week, legislators voted for and sent along a piece of legislation that would reject a federal option to expand Medicaid.

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