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The State of Things
9:29 am
Tue February 5, 2013

The Carolina Chocolate Drops

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Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops performs live from the Triad Stage in Greensboro, Feb 2013

The Carolina Chocolate Drops have come a long way from their days of busking on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. They’ve already won one Grammy, and now they’re up for another.

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The State of Things
11:29 am
Mon February 4, 2013

How Former Museum Director's Struggle For Access to Education Led Her to the Triangle

Betsy Bennett
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Meet Betsy Bennett

  Meet Betsy Bennett: Betsy Bennett recently retired from two decades as the director for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. It's was part of her longer history as an educator and politician in the South. Betsy got her start training teachers in Charlottesville, Virginia on how to integrate their classrooms. She also helped desegregate Charlotte schools before heading to the Natural Sciences Museum and growing it to one of the most successful in the country. Betsy joins our host Frank Stasio to talk about her life history in education.

The State of Things
11:37 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Former Guantanamo Prosecutor Speaks Out Against Torture

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  Retired Colonel Morris Davis was the chief prosecutor for military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay from 2005 to 2007. He resigned in objection to evidence gained by torture and political interference.

He is now an assistant professor of law at Howard University and an outspoken critic of torture. He joins host Frank Stasio for a discussion of his experiences.

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The State of Things
11:35 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Monologist Explores American Utopias

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  Monologist Mike Daisey is interested in the ideal societies we try to create for ourselves within the United States. Places like Burning Man, Disney World and Zuccotti Park. These places are the subject of his latest performance, “American Utopias.”

Duke Performances has brought him to town, and he is performing through Sunday. First, he joins host Frank Stasio in the studio.

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The State of Things
11:15 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Biomedical Engineer Turns to a Life of Music

  Not so long ago, Anna Rose Beck didn't think she could sing. She came to Durham to study biomedical engineering at Duke University, but eventually music pulled at her, and she decided to make it her life.

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The State of Things
9:52 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-Winner Discusses Definitive Volume On Civil Rights

The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement
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A conversation with author Taylor Branch

  Taylor Branch's trilogy on Martin Luther King, Jr. -- "The King Years" -- is widely considered the seminal work on one of the 20th century's most important figures. But at 2,300 combined pages, the three volumes can be a bit daunting for even the most interested reader.

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The State of Things
10:59 am
Wed January 30, 2013

What To Expect From The General Assembly

Big changes are coming during this year's legislative session. Republican leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory are expected to push legislation that would significantly alter policies in education, energy, governmental regulations and health care, among others. Host Frank Stasio previews the session with WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones.

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State of Things
3:17 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Purring Exhibit Displays The Healing Power of Sound

 
Host Frank Stasio talk with artist Duncan Laurie.

In the age of constant digital stimulus, it can be hard to truly listen to all that's around you. Duncan Laurie will tell you that listening a little closer might bring you happiness or healing. Duncan has found ways to tap into the sonic energy of organic materials, like plants and rock.

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