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State of Things
11:51 am
Wed November 28, 2012

American Dervish

Ayad Akhtar
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Ayad Akhtar’s book "American Dervish" (Back Bay Books/2012) has launched a flurry of praise as an intelligent, self-assured debut novel. The main character is a Pakistani-American boy growing up in Milwaukee. Akhtar has also stirred controversy for creating idiosyncratic, even unflattering portrayals of Muslim-Americans. Host Frank Stasio is joined in the studio by Ayad Akhtar to talk about writing and identity.

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State of Things
11:41 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Bending Sticks

stickwork.net
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Sticks are more than just sticks to artist Patrick Dougherty. In his hands, they become castles, nests, cocoons and tree houses. Dougherty's work is featured worldwide.

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State of Things
10:29 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Secession and Revolution

Secession movements are cropping up across the United States following the re-election of President Barack Obama. But what do they even mean? Are they a fluke or an indication that changes are coming? And what relation does secession have with revolution?

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State of Things
12:33 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Meet Peter Ubel

Peter Ubel
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Medical decisions are fraught with emotion and often have drastic impacts, yet we leave much of the choice in the hands of the doctors. They have been to medical school, after all. But Dr. Peter Ubel thinks the medical establishment has got it all wrong. Patients need way more participation in their medical decisions, and doctors should not dictate treatments. He explores this issue as well as others in his new book, “Critical Decisions: How You and Your Doctor Can Make the Right Decisions Together” (HarperOne/2012).

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State of Things
9:15 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Carolina Meat Conference

North Carolina has a significant number of local, niche and pasture based meat producers and consumers, but it lacks enough processors to make the farm to market meat supply chain run as smoothly as possible. On December 3rd and 4th, people involved in all aspects of the meat business in North Carolina will gather in Bermuda Run to work on streamlining the process during the Carolina Meat Conference.

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State of Things
9:09 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Lizard Lick

lizardlicktowing.com

Lizard Lick, North Carolina is the southern setting of one of truTV’s hit shows.  It’s called Lizard Lick Towing, and it features the outlandish humor of star Ron Shirley, not to mention plenty of bizarre antics on the part of car owners whose vehicles have been towed. Shirley is in town for this weekend’s LickAPalooza, but first he joins host Frank Stasio in the studio.

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State of Things
8:57 am
Fri November 16, 2012

The Mighty Clouds of Joy

emigospel.com

They’ve played with the likes of Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye, and their music has been a gospel mainstay for more than 50 years.

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State of Things
10:54 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Insourcing Healthcare

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With Obamacare in effect, about 32 million citizens will become eligible for healthcare. As it stands now, our healthcare facilities are markedly understaffed.

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State of Things
10:45 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Eaarth

billmckibben.com

shrinking polar ice caps, rising temperatures, vanishing forests, acidic oceans and superstorms. Welcome to the new planet earth. A renowned environmental writer came up with this new spelling of Earth - Eaarth - because the planet we live on no longer resembles the planet we used to live on. The new planet has a new name.

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State of Things
10:21 am
Thu November 15, 2012

The Queen of Katwe

simonandschuster.com

Sportswriters dream of the ultimate underdog story. Chapel Hill based Tim Crothers found it in Katwe, a giant slum in Kampala, Uganda. Phiona Mutesi is currently Uganda’s leading female chess player, but a few years ago, when Tim met her, she was a child in the slums with promise.

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