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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
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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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The State of Things
12:29 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Dan River Fish Tested After Coal Ash Spill

The Dan River bank with residual dark grey coal ash.
Credit Steven Alexander / USFWS

WUNC's Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii discusses new developments with Duke Energy's coal ash spill

  

This week, the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, DENR, is testing fish tissue in the Dan River for contamination from the Duke Energy coal ash spill earlier this month.  The Southern Environmental Law Center claims they warned Duke Energy and DENR of a potential spill last year. 

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The State of Things
11:31 am
Tue February 25, 2014

NC WARN And The John Locke Foundation Team Up For Electricity Competition

Power plant in Goldsboro, NC.
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Jim Warren, NC WARN's executive director, and Jon Sanders, the John Locke Foundation's director of regulatory studies talk about Duke Energy's monopoly on electricity
NC WARN, a progressive environmental non-profit, is teaming up with an unlikely partner: the John Locke Foundation. The two organizations share a desire to increase competition in the power industry and challenge Duke Energy's monopoly on electricity in the state.  
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The State of Things
11:13 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Do Taxi Drivers Experience Time Differently Than Business Travelers? Or Yoga Instructors?

In the Meantime Temporality and Cultural Politics
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Scholar Sarah Sharma explains the concept behind her new book, In the Meantime: Temporality and Cultural Politics

  

The idea that the world is getting faster is fairly common claim but what does that really mean?  How does our perception of time affect our bodies and our communities? Sarah Sharma, professor of media and cultural studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, examines how labor changes the way people experience time. 

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Undocumented UNC Student Body President Candidate Garners National Attention

Emilio Vicente
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Meet Emilio Vicente

    

Emilio Vicente says he ran for student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill because he wanted to give a voice to the voiceless at his school. But as gay, undocumented Latino student, Emilio gained national attention. He recently lost the race to fellow student Andrew Powell.

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The State of Things
11:50 am
Mon February 24, 2014

North Carolina Native Retires From New York City Ballet

Dancing Through It My Journey In The Ballet
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Jenifer Ringer, former New York City Ballet principal dancer, talks about life and her new book, 'Dancing Through It'

    

In 2010, Jenifer Ringer starred as the sugar plum fairy in the New York City Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker. And when a New York Times dance critic insinuated in a review of the performance that Jenifer was overweight, she responded.  Her recent book Dancing Through It: My Journey in The Ballet talks about how she overcame that criticism and her struggle with health and weight (Penguin/2014). 

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The State Of Things
12:47 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Political News Round Up with the Junkie

A wake county jury says United States Senate candidate Greg Brannon misled investors. How will it affect his race? And Governor McCrory’s shopping trip ends with an employee being fired. Host Frank Stasio talks with Political Junkie Ken Rudin about these issues and other political news around the state.

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