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

Ron Rash's Dark Stories From Appalachia

Ron Rash's latest collection of short stories is 'Nothing Gold Can Stay.'
Credit Harper Collins Publishers

  Author Ron Rash has been chronicling the Appalachian way of life for nearly two decades. His poetry and fiction have earned him wide acclaim and a position alongside other esteemed writers from western North Carolina. He joins host Isaac-Davy Aronson to discuss his latest book of short stories: “Nothing Gold Can Stay” (HarperCollins/2013).

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The State of Things
12:45 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Empathy's Failings And Surprises

What is this ability to step into someone else’s shoes? To imagine how they feel, to hurt for them or to be happy for them? 

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The State of Things
11:17 am
Mon February 18, 2013

A Philosopher Studies the Brains of Psychopaths

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong


Mental health is a focus of national dialogue in the wake of mass shootings around the country. What makes people kill, seemingly without remorse?

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The State of Things
10:49 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Vote Zach Galifianakis

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To prepare for his new role in “The Campaign” as a small-town conservative in a no-holds-barred congressional race, comedian Zach Galifianakis looked to the past.

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The State of Things
10:28 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Artist Turns Good Fortune Into Exhibit

From the exhibit: 'A Journey In Russia Thanks To WUNC' by Nerys Levy.
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Where would you go if someone called you and offered you a free trip to anywhere in the world?

For artist Nerys Levy, the choice was easy. “My deceased husband was Russian-Jewish,” says Levy. “I had grown up on the edge of Russian culture in our married life. So there was an emotional quality. I also knew this would be a wonderful artistic experience.” 

As a landscape artist, Levy saw the trip down the Volga River as a creative opportunity.  “The country has such a rich cultural history that has been submerged and is now re-emerging.”  

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The State of Things
10:19 am
Fri February 15, 2013

The Old Ceremony

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The Old Ceremony is well-known to music lovers in the Triangle.

The band has been playing together for eight years and now their new album “Fairytales and Other Forms of Suicide” will receive an international release. Host Frank Stasio will be joined by the Old Ceremony as they talk about the evolution of their music over the years.

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The State of Things
11:51 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Remembering Chapel Hill's 1970s And 80s Feminist Children's Book Press

Members of Lollipop Power Inc, with their publications.
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A discussion with founding members of Lollipop Power Inc.

  When you opened up a children’s book in the 1960s, chances are you saw girls in pink playing with dolls and boys in blue going on adventures. And most of the characters were probably white.

A group of women in Chapel Hill, many of them mothers and academics, decided they wanted to see more diverse and empowering images in children’s literature and took matters into their own hands. This collective became the printing press known as Lollipop Power Inc.

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Thu February 14, 2013

The Relationship Between Faith Communities and People With Disabilities

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In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act opened up a host of protections for people with disabilities. Amongst its gains, it banned workplace discrimination and forced government and commercial spaces to become more accessible.

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The State of Things
12:29 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

The Science Behind Paying Attention

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Why Attention Is Important

  Is a teacher lecturing in front of a classroom effective?  Is it possible that the way we teach our children is outdated?

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The State of Things
10:33 am
Tue February 12, 2013

What Role Should Religion Play In Public Life?

A panel of experts discuss religion and public life with Host Frank Stasio

Though some may argue religion has no place in politics, Nancy Petty, pastor of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, says that faith can have a powerful role to play.

“I think that religion in political life of our society can be a very healthy thing when it engages people in dialogue,” she said in an interview with Frank Stasio on The State of Things.

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