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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  Is it possible that the way we teach our children is outdated?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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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

A Rabbi's Faith Is Shaped By Grief

Rabbi Daniel Greyber
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Meet Rabbi Daniel Greyber

Rabbi Daniel Greyber has dedicated his life to God, but it is not an unquestioning devotion. Rather, his belief has been shaped by losses that led him to question and consider his faith.

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The State of Things
11:15 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Duke Frat Party Ignites Criticism And Racial Tension On Campus

Flyers by Ashley Tsai, Tong Xiang and Ting-Ting Zhou

  The Kappa Sigma fraternity at Duke University has received a huge backlash for throwing an Asian-themed party. Photos surfaced on Facebook of partiers dressed as geishas and sumo wrestlers. The same images were used by student activists to create flyers protesting the event.

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The State of Things
11:09 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Funny Man Ditches Persona And Finds Comedy In Authenticity

Kevin Allison
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A conversation with comedian Kevin Allison

  Kevin Allison is perhaps best known for his work on the 1990s-era sketch comedy show “The State”. After it wrapped, he found himself adrift, until he discovered that by being himself on stage, he could get big laughs.

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The State of Things
11:02 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Musician Recognizes Disconnect Between Rich And Poor

Jon Shain's new release "Ordinary Cats"
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A live music segment with Jon Shain

Jon Shain grew up in a run-down mill town outside of Boston, but got a sense for the finer things in life at Duke University. He also became aware that the well off don’t always recognize the plight of the poor.

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The State of Things
11:32 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Why A Federal Judge Rejected WakeMed’s Settlement For A Second Time

  The federal investigation into WakeMed over Medicare fraud looked like it was going to end in a settlement. But a federal judge twice rejected the agreement between the hospital and prosecutors, leaving the case unresolved. News & Observer reporter Joe Neff joins host Frank Stasio in the studio to discuss the case.

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The State of Things
11:28 am
Thu February 7, 2013

How Climate Change Could Threaten The Food Supply

Climate change often sparks concerns over rising sea levels and melting ice caps. But its impact on agriculture could be just as devastating. A new report from the US Department of Agriculture highlights the potential problems and how farmers will have to adapt.

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The State of Things
11:23 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Artist's Exhibit Explores The History Of Slavery Through Her Ancestry

'Bloodlines' art by Toni Scott
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  As a young person, Toni Scott was inspired by stories passed down of her great-grandmother Fannie. Her exploration of her maternal line led her to grapple with the violence of slavery and African-American oppression.

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