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State of Things
9:06 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Honoring Willie French Lowery

paradiseofbachelors.com

Songwriter Willie French Lowery is best remembered for penning Indian heritage anthems like “Proud to be a Lumbee” and writing the original music for “Strike at the Wind,” an annual outdoor drama that honors a Lumbee cultural hero.  Lowery was also a successful rock musician, educator, activist and Robeson County community leader before he passed away in May at the age of 67.

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State of Things
10:13 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Renewing Our Schools Part I

http://renewingourschools.com

Hal Kwalwasser was an anti-trust lawyer before becoming counsel to the Los Angeles Unified School District. He applied his legal skills to America's educational policy to break down the problems and find the solutions recorded in his new book, “Renewal: Remaking America's Schools for the 21st Century” (R & L Education/2012).

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State of Things
10:01 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Xiu Xiu Always

http://xiuxiu.org/

The experimental pop band Xiu Xiu has been a fixture on the indie music scene for the past ten years. While they are not famous in the conventional sense, they have a strong cult following. Xiu Xiu has toured the world over and produced eight critically acclaimed albums, including their newest "Always.”

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State of Things
2:17 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

The Poetry of Kabbalah

www.ibiseditions.com/PeterCole/

Poet Peter Cole is known for his translations of Hebrew literature and medieval Hebrew poetry, but in his latest translation, "Poetry of Kabbalah: Mystical Verse from the Jewish Tradition" (Yale University Press/2012),  he explores the spiritual side of Jewish faith.

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State of Things
10:39 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Chapel Hill during the Civil Rights Movement

What did Chapel Hill look like during the Civil Rights Movement? Photographer Jim Wallace captured images for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s student newspaper, the Daily Tar Heel. But Wallace didn’t see fire hoses or police dogs turned on protesters.

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State of Things
10:39 am
Fri June 29, 2012

NC at the World Saxophone Congress

www.wayneleechford.com

Wayne Leechford is a classical baritone saxophonist. Most people haven't heard of classical saxophone, and it is difficult to find classical music specifically written for that instrument. Therefore, Wayne personally commissioned composers to write music for his new album, “Works of Art.”

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State of Things
10:26 am
Fri June 29, 2012

The Legacy of Reynolds Price

http://books.simonandschuster.com

What becomes of the artifacts a literary lion leaves behind? When writer Reynolds Price died last year, his brother and niece sorted his property which included real estate holdings, an art collection and extensive correspondences with Eudora Welty, William Styron, W. H. Auden and Toni Morrison among other luminaries. Bill and Memsy Price join host Frank Stasio to discuss Reynolds Price's estate and his posthumously published unfinished memoir, "Midstream" (Scribner/2012)

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State of Things
10:22 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Jeanne Jolly

www.jeannejolly.com

Fresh off of an international tour with Grammy-nominated duo The Foreign Exchange, vocalist Jeanne Jolly is hard at work on her full-length solo debut. The Raleigh native draws inspiration for her songs from the country music classics she grew up listening to, her hometown roots and the grief she’s experienced over losing her mother to cancer.

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State of Things
10:05 am
Wed June 27, 2012

The Theater of Politics

How much do politics and theater have in common? The stage has long been a place for social critique of political ideologies. And when a politician says something unexpected these days, we call it “going off-script,” reflecting the highly-produced quality of politics.

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State of Things
11:33 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Solve Locally

www.indyweek.com

The Independent Weekly recently launched a new series of crossword puzzles called Solve Locally. These are puzzles using local themes and constructed by people who live in the Triangle.

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