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Politics & Government
10:22 am
Thu October 25, 2012

The History of Voting

At the start of our nation, a very small margin of people was allowed the right to vote. Due to decades of struggle, that right is much more widespread today, however, some experts say it’s becoming harder to fulfill.

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State of Things
10:34 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Loneliness as a Way of Life

harvard.edu

Just about everyone feels lonely, and yet loneliness is still so often private and difficult to articulate. Tom Dumm is a professor of political science at Amherst College and author of the book “Loneliness as a Way of Life” (Harvard University Press/ 2008).

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State of Things
9:46 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Who Stole the American Dream?

hedricksmith.com

Is America still the land of opportunity? Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Hedrick Smith takes on that question in his new book,

“Who Stole the American Dream?” (Random House/2012). His answer is a flat, “no,” but the reasons are not so simple. From the introduction of the 401k to the deregulation of banks, Hedrick Smith joins host Frank Stasio to explain the loss of America’s prosperity

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State of Things
10:12 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Meet Luke Powery

chapel.duke.edu

Luke Powery’s father was a minister, but Powery wanted to go a different route.

He considered pursuing computer programming, but ruled it out after one of his first classes. Eventually, his father’s calling came for him, and he didn’t resist. This fall, Rev. Luke Powery became the first black dean of Duke Chapel. He joins host Frank Stasio to discuss his career and preaching suffering in the light of hope.

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State of Things
11:01 am
Fri October 19, 2012

North Carolina Politics

When Gov. Beverly Perdue announced earlier this year that she wasn’t running for a second term, she became North Carolina’s first one-term governor in nearly 40 years. Her unexpected bowing out and the recent redistricting have combined to create a turbulent election season on the state level.

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State of Things
10:52 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Home Movie Day

Making home movies today is as easy as popping out your phone, hitting record and throwing the finished product on Facebook. It wasn’t always so. In the days of film, home movies were more expensive to make and had serious limitations.

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State of Things
10:28 am
Fri October 19, 2012

The Five Point Rounders

reverbnation.com

Square dancing was popular from the late 19th century to the middle of the 20th, but it's seeing a revival in downtown Durham.

The Pinhook, a beloved bar in the local music scene, now regularly hosts Rowdy Square Dances. A band of old time musicians who call themselves the Five Point Rounders play these events, and they'll join host Frank Stasio in the studio for a do-si-do and live performance.

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State of Things
10:18 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Your Land/My Land

camraleigh.org

Rarely do art museums cover presidential elections, but if you visit the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, that’s exactly what you’ll get.

Jonathan Horowitz is a multimedia artist based in New York City. His latest piece, “Your Land/My Land” is on display in museums across the country. Horowitz describes the exhibit as an interactive space divided by the partisan line. Jonathan Horowitz joins host Frank Stasio to talk about Your Land/My Land.

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State of Things
10:08 am
Thu October 18, 2012

27 Views of Durham

enopublishers.org

There are many people in Durham with their own ideas about their city, but 27 share their particular insight in the new book “27 Views of Durham: The Bull City in Prose & Poetry

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State of Things
9:50 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Remembering William Friday

unc.edu

Bill Friday spent his entire adult life devoted to higher education in North Carolina, including serving as president of the University of North Carolina system for 30 years.

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