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State of Things
8:00 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Meet Wayne Holden

www.rti.org

Even though Wayne Holden wasn’t a natural athlete, being 6 feet, 6 inches meant that he had to play basketball in high school.  That sent him to college, which led him into psychology and working with disturbed kids. It was a career he loved, but since 2005, Holden has worked at RTI International, a global research organization.  Now he serves as RTI's CEO.  So, how did he go from the clinic to the boardroom? Holden joins host Frank Stasio to discuss his fascinating journey.

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State of Things
12:13 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

The Escapist Expo

"The Escapist" is an online magazine devoted to gaming. And by gaming, they mean more World of Warcraft, less Monopoly. Over the years, “The Escapist” has won six Webby awards, and this weekend, they will launch the first ever Escapist Expo at the Durham Convention Center. It’ll be a three day festival for fans to come together and play.

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State of Things
12:09 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

The Second Life of Abigail Walker

Frances O’Roark Dowell writes books for young adults. But she forgoes wizards and vampires in favor of very real themes. Her new book, “The Second Life of Abigail Walker” (Simon and Schuster/ 2012), address childhood obesity and bullying. She joins host Frank Stasio to speak about writing for younger audiences.

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State of Things
11:24 am
Fri September 14, 2012

The Herstory of Josephine Gore

Jo Gore made a name for herself around the Triangle by singing jazz and soul music. But she grew up singing traditional gospel songs in her grandparents’ church. Now she has a new album, “The Herstory of Josephine Gore: Return of the Articulate Kinsman, Volume One.” The band Jo Gore and the Alternative will join host Frank Stasio to revisit old gospel songs and to play some more contemporary music.

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State of Things
12:02 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Is Time on Our Side?

Julia Scatliff O'Grady attended several time management seminars before she started to teach them.  Neither the experience of being a student or a teacher satisfied her interest in how we use time. So she studied several people with unique relationships to time and wrote the new book, "Good Busy: Productivity, Procrastination and the Endless Pursuit of Balance"

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State of Things
12:39 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Nina Simone…What More Can I Say?

Nina Simone
http://www.ninasimone.com/

Nina Simone was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in Tryon, NC in 1933. She was musically gifted from a young age and her experience singing gospel in the church influenced her jazz performance style that would later make Simone an international superstar. Simone also lent her voice to the Civil Rights Movement with powerful, socially conscious songs like “Young, Gifted and Black” and “Mississippi Goddamn.” While she found success as a performer and activist, Simone also suffered from mental illness, which tore apart her personal relationships.

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State of Things
4:12 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Meet Baldemar Velasquez

Baldemar Velasquez
www.supportfloc.org

Legend has it that Baldemar Velasquez led his first fight for migrant farmworkers’ rights at the age of 12. He started working in the fields at 4 years old and soon became a self-taught scholar of social justice. Today, Velasquez is the founder and President of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), a labor union that has battled against unfair wages and mistreatment of migrant workers since 1967. FLOC has a headquarters in North Carolina where Velasquez regularly rallies for better conditions for local laborers.

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State of Things
11:34 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Remembering Andy Griffith

www.andygriffith.org

Andy Griffith died in July at his home on Roanoke Island, NC at age 86. Griffith was a native son of North Carolina, who proudly brought a tender vision of Southern culture to the masses through television. His portrayal of a wise and honest country lawman on “The Andy Griffith Show” won many hearts.

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State of Things
11:05 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Amy Goodman

www.democracynow.org

Amy Goodman has dedicated her life to progressive journalism.  She founded the radio program “Democracy Now!” in 1996, and has continued to cover important stories ever since, including those that the mainstream media sometimes misses. She is in Durham, NC this Saturday promoting her new book, "The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope” (Haymarket Books/2012).

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State of Things
10:58 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Killer Mike

www.adultswim.com/music

Before he even released his debut solo CD, hip-hop artist Killer Mike scored a Grammy with OutKast for the song “The Whole World” in 2003.  Mike’s new project, “R.A.P. Music” is his sixth studio effort and one that showcases the wisdom that has come with aging in the music business.

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