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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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The State of Things
10:22 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Conscientious Objector Documents Pacifist Role In World War Two

Ned Arnett's "A Different Kind of War Story"
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An interview with World War Two conscientious objector and author Ned Arnett

Ned Arnett was a conscientious objector during World War Two, a position that was rare and not commonly documented.

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The State of Things
10:11 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Film Captures Transitory Nature Of Art And Life

James Grashow's "Corrugated Fountain
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A conversation with documentary filmmaker Olympia Stone

Olympia Stone is a documentary filmmaker in North Carolina, but she extended her reach to New York to capture the story of James Grashow. He is an artist known for his use of odd implements like chicken wire and paper mache.

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The State of Things
11:17 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Exploring Gaps In America's Food System From The Farm To The Table

Black farmers protest at Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington, D.C. on September 22, 1997. Protesters alleged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) denied black farmers equal access to farm loans and assistance based on their race. North Carolina farmer Timothy Pigford and 400 other black farmers filed the Pigford v. Glickman (Pigford I) class-action lawsuit against USDA in 1997. The USDA settled Pigford I in 1999.
Credit USDA photo by Anson Eaglin / flickr

A panel of experts discuss food justice

Starvation is often considered a problem distant from the American experience. But for many United States citizens, hunger is a way of life. And many of them live right here in North Carolinians.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 636,000 households in the state have been labeled “food insecure” within the past year. This means that over 17 percent of our families lack consistent access to nutritious food. Families hit hardest by food insecurity are Black, Latino and homes led by single mothers.

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The State of Things
12:48 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

The Klan's Rise To Prominence In 1960s North Carolina

Klansville, U.S.A. The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights-Era Ku Klux Klan by David Cunningham
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The Klan in 1960's NC

North Carolina is widely considered one of the more progressive southern states. Acts of violence during the Civil Rights Era were rare, and the state was one of the few south of the Mason-Dixon line that went for President Barack Obama in 2008.

But during the Civil Rights Era, North Carolina had more members of the Ku Klux Klan than all other southern states combined.

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The State of Things
11:11 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Artists Explore Love As A Political Force

Tracey Emin, More Love, 2010, © Tracey Emin, Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong
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Artits Exploer Love as a Political Force

The exhibition "More Love: Art, Politics, and Sharing since the 1990s" looks at love as a political force. Thirty-three pieces by 25 artists look at our need for deeper human connection in a world that has been changed by politics, technology and consumerism.  Host Frank Stasio is joined by curator Claire Schneider; and Amanda Hughes, director of external affairs at the Ackland Art Museum, to discuss the works of art.

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