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State of Things
11:07 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Johnson Nursery Is Small Business of the Year

Johnson Nursery
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During the height of the recession, The Johnson Nursery Corporation owed its bank more than $1.5 million. But a few shrewd decisions and a lot of hard work has pulled the company out of the red and put it solidly in the black — and earned the company the award of Small Business of the Year from Business NC magazine.

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State of Things
10:53 am
Wed January 9, 2013

History Detective

History Detectives
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Several months ago, the PBS show “History Detectives” contacted Cynthia Greenlee-Donnell, a graduate student in American History at Duke. They wanted her help solving a historical mystery near her mother’s hometown in South Carolina. The History Detectives wanted to trace the life of an enslaved girl named Willoughby. Host Frank Stasio talks with Duke graduate student Cynthia Greenlee-Donnell about her journey uncovering the story of Willoughby and her own family history.

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State of Things
10:39 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Theater Delta Uses Audience Participation

Ben Saypol
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Ben Saypol doesn’t think theater is just entertainment. It can also be a force for social change. In 2009, he started Theater Delta, an interactive theater group that uses audience participation as a tool for thought. Host Frank Stasio talks about Theater Delta with Ben Saypol, director of Theater Delta; and two of Theater Delta’s community partners: Ceciel Rooker of the Drossman Center for the Education and Practice of Biopsychosocial Care, and the UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders; and Heather Altman from Carol Woods Retirement Community.

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State of Things
10:23 am
Tue January 8, 2013

New Raleigh Blog Closes

Back in 2007, two guys in a bar came up with the idea for New Raleigh. It was a hyper local news blog that focused on the innovators and leaders turning Raleigh into an up-and-coming destination city. David Millsaps and Jedidiah Gant, the founders of New Raleigh recently announced they are closing up shop. Host Frank Stasio talks to them about their decision.

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State of Things
10:05 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Life of a Leaf

The Life of a Leaf by Steven Vogel
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When most people look at a leaf, they just see a green thing hanging down. When scientist Steven Vogel looks, he sees a scientific “everyman,” an organism whose functions can help explain science. He uses the leaf as his protagonist in a new book called “The Life of a Leaf” (University of Chicago Press/2012).

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State of Things
10:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Geek Mom

GeekMom blog
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Being a geek isn’t what it used to be. Now it’s a sign of cool. But how do things change when geeks become parents? Chapel Hill resident Natania Barron knows all about that. She’s a gamer, a speculative fiction writer and one of the co-editors of Wired.com’s GeekMom blog. She is also the co-writer of a new book called “Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families” (Potter Craft/2012). Host Frank Stasio talks to Natania Barron about the state of geekdom.

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State of Things
10:25 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Meet Laura Ritchie

Laura Ritchie
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Laura Ritchie’s great, great grandfather invented the soft drink Cheerwine, and it became a family business. But she never considered joining the company. Instead she wanted to become an artist. An experience in Florence, Italy showed her the value of the curators behind the great art exhibits. That led her to finish her art education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and open her own art gallery, The Carrack Modern Art in Durham. Host Frank Stasio talks to Laura Ritchie about her life and opening The Carrack Modern Art.

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State of Things
10:30 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Ancient and Living Maya

Today is supposedly the end of the world, depending on who you believe. Some say the ancient Maya people predicted December 21, 2012 would be the apocalypse. Others say it is just a new era. Still others say the whole thing is overblown.

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State of Things
10:30 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Organic Transit

Frank in the ELF

A company in downtown Durham is hoping to revolutionize the way people commute. The ELF is a vehicle created by Organic Transit and its founder Rob Cotter. It fills the niche between the car and the bike, and Cotter thinks it can be an eco-friendly alternative to traditional vehicles.

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State of Things
10:00 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Greg Humphreys' Farewell Show

http://greghumphreys.blogspot.com/
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Greg Humphreys has been a fixture on the Triangle's music scene for 20 years. He was part of influential bands of the 90s and 2000s — Dillon Fence and Hobex. And he most recently has performed as a solo artist on the forthcoming album "Bohemia." Greg is leaving North Carolina for New York City, but first he joins host Frank Stasio to look back on his career in the Triangle and perform live in the studio.

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