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State of Things
10:58 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Killer Mike

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Before he even released his debut solo CD, hip-hop artist Killer Mike scored a Grammy with OutKast for the song “The Whole World” in 2003.  Mike’s new project, “R.A.P. Music” is his sixth studio effort and one that showcases the wisdom that has come with aging in the music business.

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State of Things
10:53 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Some Army

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The annual Hopscotch Music Festival kicked off in Raleigh yesterday, and if you were hanging around the right spot, you might have caught the band Some Army rocking it out. The group formed in 2011, and it is releasing its first EP later this month. Host Frank Stasio talks to them about playing Hopscotch and their new album, and they play live in the studio.

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State of Things
12:08 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

The Final Day of the DNC

The Democratic National Convention is in Queen City. And the streets of uptown Charlotte are crowded with delegates, politicians, reporters, police, and protesters. Tonight President Obama will take the stage and formally accept his party’s nomination. Host Frank Stasio will be joined by WUNC reporter Dave DeWitt to talk about the buzz at the DNC.

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State of Things
12:06 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Payday Lending in North Carolina

North Carolina had a brief brush with payday lending. But it was banned by the State Attorney General Roy Cooper in 2006. However, banks are not bound by state law, and Regions Bank from Alabama is offering payday loans in North Carolina in a program they call "Ready Advance." Some are worried that Regions Bank will open the door for other banks to do the same. Host Frank Stasio will be joined in the studio by Ellen Harnick, the Senior Policy Counsel for the Center for Responsible Lending.

State of Things
12:00 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Charlotte City Workers Protest

The city of Charlotte has opened up its arms to the Democratic National Convention, allowing the DNC to take over the uptown. An estimated 35 thousand people are attending the convention, and Charlotte is extending itself to accommodate them all. But many of the city workers are feeling stretched thin. And they are making demands for better working conditions. Host Frank Stasio will be joined by Dante Strobino, Field Organizer for UE 150North Carolina Public Sector Workers Union, and Chris Miller, a reporter for WBT who has been covering this story.

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State of Things
11:27 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Meet the Delegates

The North Carolina delegation has a prime spot on the floor at the Democratic National Convention arena. Hosting the party's party is a big deal, and for delegates it's fun, and fascinating. We'll meet several North Carolina delegates today. Frank Stasio is joined by Andy Ball, Nick Carpenter, Margaret Katherine Alexander and Sam Spencer.

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State of Things
11:18 am
Wed September 5, 2012

The Youth Vote

Young people helped Barak Obama secure the presidency in 2008.  The question is: will they do it again? At Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, they hosted a cyber summit called U-FUTURE directly aimed at empowering young people to participate in the electoral process. Host Frank Stasio is joined by JCS President Ronald Carter, North Carolina State Senator Malcolm Graham and students Michael Jordan and Lauren Simmons.

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State of Things
9:28 am
Tue September 4, 2012

The DNC Comes to NC

Charlotte, NC is the host city for this year’s Democratic National Convention. That means thousands of supporters, protesters, reporters and delegates have poured into the Queen City in anticipation of President Barack Obama accepting his second party nomination.

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State of Things
9:22 am
Tue September 4, 2012

King of Queen City

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Legend has it that architect Harvey Gantt fell in love with Charlotte, NC the moment he laid eyes on the city he would come to lead.  Gantt, a Democrat, served two terms as Charlotte’s first African-American mayor before running for U.S. Senate against Republican Jesse Helms.

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State of Things
5:00 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Remembering Andrew

20 years ago on August 24th Hurricane Andrew turned South Florida upside down.  In this hour-long documentary, "Remembering Andrew" uses home videos, archival news footage, 911 calls, personal recollections and even a bureaucratic document from the British consul general in Miami to tell the story of Hurricane Andrew.

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