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State of Things
11:57 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Meet Laura Mersini-Houghton

www.physics.unc.edu

The origins of the universe are being uncovered in Chapel Hill, NC thanks to Laura Mersini-Houghton, a cosmologist and theoretical physicist at the University of North Carolina. Her work delves even deeper into how our world came to be than the Big Bang theory.

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State of Things
11:35 am
Fri September 21, 2012

A Wilderness of Error

www.wildernessoferror.com

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris has turned his lens on flaws in America’s justice system before. His 1988 documentary “The Thin Blue Line” was pivotal in getting a wrongly convicted Texas man out of prison. Now, Morris is the author of a new book called “A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald”

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State of Things
11:29 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Carolina Chocolate Drops

www.carolinachocolatedrops.com

The Carolina Chocolate Drops famously reclaimed traditional mountain music for African-Americans. Their efforts were celebrated from Nashville to Hollywood and by the folks who give out the Grammy Awards. That legacy took on some poignancy this past year when their mentor, master fiddler Joe Thompson, passed away.

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State of Things
3:48 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

ALCOA on the Yadkin River

The aluminum company ALCOA wanted to renew their license to run dams along the Yadkin River, but they are faced with resistance from Governor Bev Perdue and some county commissioners. Critics say ALCOA is harnessing power irresponsibly and, in turn, poisoning the river. ALCOA is fighting for their property and profits. Host Frank Stasio is joined by WUNC reporter and Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii with the details of this story.

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State of Things
3:24 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Trouble in Mind

www.triadstage.org

The play “Trouble in Mind" is currently in performances at the Triad Stage.  It features a rare protagonist – an older African-American woman who boldly picks apart the theatrical roles that are offered to her. Preston Lane is the artistic director of Triad Stage and the director of the production.

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State of Things
10:01 am
Thu September 20, 2012

O. Henry Turns 150

www.usps.com

The famous writer O. Henry was born William Sidney Porter in 1862 in Greensboro, NC.  He went on to write hundreds of short stories. Last week, he would have turned 150 years old, and the US Postal Service released a commemorative stamp to celebrate this anniversary. Host Frank Stasio is joined by Linda Evans, the community historian for the Greensboro Historical Museum and Stephen Hale, a local performer who has been portraying O. Henry in plays at the museum for the past nine years.

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State of Things
11:51 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Girl Talk

Girls Talk
http://camraleigh.org/exhibitions/2012girltalk/

A new exhibit called “Girl Talk” at CAM, the contemporary art museum in Raleigh, explores the way women use language and communicate through the work of nine female artists. Women, specifically girls, are perhaps the most innovative users of speech and they are heavily influential on overall language trends.

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State of Things
12:13 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

The Indy...Sold!

www.indyweek.com

The Independent Weekly has been covering news, art, and culture in the Triangle for 29 years now. Steve Schewel, the owner of the Indy, recently sold it to Richard Meeker and Mark Zusman. They also run Willamette Week in Portland, Oregon and the Santa Fe Reporter in New Mexico. What will happen to the Indy now that it is under new management? Will the paper hold onto its local identity? Host Frank Stasio is joined by the Indy editor Lisa Sorg to talk about changes to the paper.

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State of Things
12:03 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Telegraph Avenue

Book cover,

Michael Chabon famously constructs whole worlds in his novels.  From the superhero invented by Cavalier and Clay to the Yiddish State of Alaska. His new novel, “Telegraph Avenue” (Harper Collins/2012) is no exception. It conjures a Bay Area struggling with chain stores and its countercultural past. It also comes with a playlist. Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Chabon joins host Frank Stasio to talk about art, culture and the consolation of music.

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State of Things
10:30 am
Tue September 18, 2012

The Brothers Size

http://www.manbitesdogtheater.org/

"The Brothers Size" is a play by Tarell Alvin McCraney dealing with the relationships between three African-American men. The older brother has lived on the straight and narrow, running an auto repair shop. The younger brother is a dreamer who has just come out of prison.

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