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State of Things
10:30 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Remembering Andy Griffith

www.andygriffith.org

Andy Griffith died earlier this month at his home on Roanoke Island, NC at age 86. Griffith was a native son of North Carolina, who proudly brought a tender vision of Southern culture to the masses through television. His portrayal of a wise and honest country lawman on “The Andy Griffith Show” won many hearts.

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State of Things
9:18 am
Tue July 17, 2012

The Silk Plant Forest Story

One night in December 1995, Jill Marker was leaving her job as assistant manager of an artificial flower shop called the Silk Plant Forest in Winston-Salem, NC when she was savagely beaten and left for dead. A few months later, police charged a man named Kalvin Michael Smith with the crime and he was convicted by a jury the next year. Smith has always maintained his innocence and several follow-up investigations show that police may have mishandled the case.

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State of Things
9:12 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Job Creation & The Economy

Occasionally, there are headlines about a new company coming to the area and bringing a certain number of jobs with it. Politicians love to talk about job creation, but what does it really mean for a local economy when a handful of people have a shot at employment? How many new jobs would it take to have a truly positive impact on a down economy and does it matter if the jobs are low wage?

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State of Things
9:41 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Meet Baldemar Velasquez

www.supportfloc.org

Legend has it that Baldemar Velasquez led his first fight for migrant farmworkers’ rights at the age of 12. He started working in the fields at 4 years old and soon became a self-taught scholar of social justice.

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State of Things
10:57 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Energy Merger Missteps

The merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy was supposed to be a powerful marriage of relative equals, but from the moment they combined, the problems started. The board of the new company ousted one of its new leaders, sparking investigations and cries of betrayal. Host Frank Stasio talks to News & Observer reporter John Murawski about the controversy.

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State of Things
10:51 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Exploration of the Unusual

Arlan Andrews is a writer and engineer, but he has spent his life also pursuing unusual phenomena such as UFOs, paranormal activity and psychic experience. He is the founder of SIGMA, a group of science-fiction writers that speculate about the future for government officials. Andrews is in town to visit the Rhine Research Center and joins host Frank Stasio to talk about his work.

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State of Things
10:41 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Yolanda Rabun

http://yolandarabun.com/

There was never any doubt that Yolanda Rabun was cut out for the spotlight. She attended a performing arts high school in Atlanta, GA where she honed her singing and acting skills.  She continued to perform while attending law school where she soon learned that the courtroom is just another kind of theater.

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State of Things
10:23 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Saluting the Montford Point Marines

The U.S. Marine Corps remained segregated until 1948. The first group to break the color barrier was a group of African-American men who trained at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC. They became known as the Montford Point Marines. Earlier this summer, the Montford Point Marines were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington, DC. FM Hooper was among the men who were honored at the ceremony.

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State of Things
10:14 am
Thu July 12, 2012

American Ninja

www.skhquest.com

Stephen Hayes was a kid when he first read about ninjas in a James Bond novel. When Hayes got older, he devoted himself to martial arts and eventually decided to seek out the origins of the ninja in Japan. There, he learned the martial art of ninjitsu from ninja masters and brought what he learned back to the United States.

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State of Things
10:04 am
Thu July 12, 2012

The Life of Huey P. Newton

The origins of the Black Panther Party were as a group that wanted to provide self-defense and support to communities overlooked and abused by the authorities. American government and media portrayals dismissed the Panthers as thugs, but filmmaker Dante James wants to tell the true story of the revolutionary members of the radical organization.

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