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The State of Things
11:51 am
Mon November 3, 2014

From Navy Fighter Pilot to Drone Advocate, Meet Missy Cummings

Missy Cummings was one of the U.S. Navy's first female fighter pilots. She now directs the Humans and Autonomy Lab at Duke University.
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Although the word drone may at first evoke an image of a stealth killing machine, the work of Mary 'Missy' Cummings proves drones are much more than that initial thought. 

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Ken Rudin
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The election is just a few days away, and candidates are making their final pushes to encourage voters to head to the polls.

Nearly a million North Carolinians have already cast their ballots in the state through early voting which ends tomorrow.

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Fri October 31, 2014

A Father Transformed

A new memoir about a father's journey to understand and parent his daughter, Sarah, who has Down syndrome.

When Paul Austin and his wife Sally were anticipating their first child, they both felt excited and ready to be parents.

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Music And Mirth at The Murphey School

The Murphey School Radio Show is a semiannual fundraising event raising money this year for StudentU and EmPOWERment, Inc.
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The Murphey School Radio Show takes place at the formerly abandoned but now renovated 1920s-era Murphey School in Orange County. The School serves as a community performance space and an incubator for small nonprofits. The semiannual show features skits, jingles, and musical acts to bring the community together to benefit local non-profits Student U and EmPOWERment, Inc. 

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The State of Things
10:53 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Fracking In North Carolina

Fracking
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Earlier this year, a new law lifted the ban on fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, in North Carolina.  Legislators said fracking permits could be issued as early as this coming spring. The process, which extracts natural gas from deep within the earth, is a controversial one.

Opponents say allowing fracking here could cause air and water pollution and adversely affect vulnerable populations. Advocates say fracking could bring economic prosperity and jobs to the state.

Host Frank Stasio talks with a panel of experts about fracking:

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The State of Things
12:18 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

The State Of Things Issues Table: Looking Down The Ballot

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Still Life with Bread Crumbs

The seventh novel by New York Times Bestselling Author Anna Quindlen.
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As a reporter, columnist, mother, coveted commencement speaker, and novelist, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times Bestselling author Anna Quindlen has never been afraid of redefining herself.

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Tue October 28, 2014

DHHS Evaluates The State Of Medicaid In North Carolina

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North Carolina’s Medicaid program covers 1.7 million people at a cost of $14 billion per year.

The program for low-income and disabled residents has had a turbulent past. Last year, computer glitches created a long backlog of applications and payments for providers. And Medicaid has been a question mark in the budget, causing cost overruns for several years.

But health officials say the system is improving enough that the state could reconsider expanding Medicaid to half a million people who do not have health insurance.

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Jad Abumrad Of 'RadioLab:' How Innovation Drives Storytelling

Radio Lab host Jad Abumrad
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RadioLab bills itself as a show about curiosity.

The program explores ideas in science, philosophy and sociology through unique storytelling, and sound-based experiences.

Audio experiments are a big part of the show, such as adding more sections to a choir to demonstrate what a rainbow might look like to animals with more color receptors.

Radio Lab is on more than 450 NPR stations.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Belly Up To The Bar And Meet NC Brewers

Growler from Front Street Brewery in Wilmington, NC.
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Craft beers are filling the shelves and taps around North Carolina. 

From the mountains to the coast, new breweries are opening. The national Brewer’s Association put the economic impact  of craft beer in the state at more than $791 million dollars in 2012. There are 110 breweries across the state and the industry supports 10,000 jobs.

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