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The State of Things
10:32 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Meet Daniel Vermeer

Dan Vermeer Executive Director of the Center for Energy Development and the Global Environment
Credit fuqua.duke.edu / Center for Energy Development and the Global Environment

Meet Daniel Vermeer, director of the Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business

    

When he graduated from college, Daniel Vermeer did not want a job. He wanted only to wander through Asia and continue learning about world religions. But his adventures led him to some unexpected destinations, including corporate America. He led water sustainability projects for Coca-Cola and advised Fortune 50 companies on their water policies. 

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The State of Things
12:16 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

State Legislators Propose Merit Pay For Teachers

Teachers protest
Credit Dave DeWitt

WUNC education reporter Reema Khrais discusses State Legislators proposed merit pay models for teachers

A task force created by the legislature last year met earlier this week to discuss incentives for good teaching. Some Republican leaders favor a merit pay system that would reward a limited number of teachers based on their individual performances. But many educators believe this would discourage collaboration within their schools. 

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Congolese Artists Find An Independent Platform For Their Voices

Fall G, Bin G and DJ Couleur at SKIFF 2013 is the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s first international film festival. SKIFF is organized by YoleAfrica and Alkebu Film Pro
Credit http://yoleafrica.org/ / Yole!Africa

Host Frank Stasio talks to professor and co-director of Yole!Africa Chérie Rivers Ndaliko

  

 When we see The Democratic Republic of Congo on the nightly news, we see scenes of bloody conflict . Rarely do we hear from the people of Congo themselves. The Congolese arts organization Yole!Africa has a new project, Art On The Frontline, to promote the work of Congolese filmmakers and musicians. 

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The State Of Things
11:48 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Mardi Gras Sounds With Children Of The Horn

Children of the Horn
Credit Children of the Horn

This coming Fat Tuesday, the streets of downtown Durham will be filled with the sounds and celebrations of Mardi Gras. The Durham Mardi Gras parades and parties will be accompanied by the sounds of local bands including Children of the Horn. But first, they perform live in studio. Host Frank Stasio talks with band members Wayne Leechford, Bryan McCune, Robo Jones, John Simonetti, Drew Lile and Todd Proctor.

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The State of Things
11:33 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Bomb-Sniffing African Rats? - SOT Is Live At Museum

This rat trainee swaps a tea egg containing a sample of TNT he has just found for a banana treat.
Credit flickr.com / APOPO

Watch live streaming video from naturalsciences at livestream.com

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The State Of Things
10:10 am
Thu February 27, 2014

The Triangle's Chances For Google Fiber

Google Fiber in Kansas City, MO
Credit UCFFool on Flickr

    

Google recently announced nine metro areas under consideration for its latest internet technology: Google Fiber.

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The State of Things
10:09 am
Thu February 27, 2014

NC History Exhibit Celebrates The Stories Of Lebanese Americans

Cedars in the Pines is a new exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History.
Credit www.ncdcr.gov / North Carolina Museum of History

 

A panel discussion about the influence of Lebanese immigrants on North Carolina

 Food, music and dancing are just a few of the contributions of Lebanese Americans to North Carolina’s culture. "Cedars in the Pines,” a new exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History, showcases the influence of Lebanese immigrants on the state.

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The State of Things
10:08 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Enormous African Rats Detect Landmines Across The Continent

APOPO HeroRAT tea egg training. Dammies trainee HeroRAT swaps a tea egg containing a sample of TNT he has just found for a banana treat
Credit flickr.com / APOPO

Dr. Danielle Lee, an animal behavior scientist, explains her research of the African Giant Pouched Rat

    

Most Americans think of rats as nuisances to be trapped and destroyed. But in Tanzania, giant pouched rats use their acute sense of smell to detect landmines and other explosives. Dr. Danielle Lee is an animal behavior scientist based at Oklahoma State University and she researches the African giant pouched rat. 

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The State of Things
11:23 am
Wed February 26, 2014

"Apostles of Reason" Finds Historical Explanations For Political Polarity

Apostles of Reason by Molly Worthen
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A conversation with professor and author Molly Worthern

    

Evangelical Christians are a diverse group with similar questions but vastly different answers. 

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The State of Things
11:17 am
Wed February 26, 2014

The Aftermath Of Medical Mistakes

A scene from Love Alone with Julia Gibson as Helen Warren and Jenny Wales as Dr. Becca Neal.
Credit Playmakers Repertory Company

A preview of Deborah Salem Smith's play 'Love Alone'

When Dr. Becca Neal loses a patient after a routine procedure, she grieves much like the patient's family. 

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