Africa

State of Things
12:30 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

A Fresh Tune For West Africa

Host Frank Stasio (left) with (from L to R) Kenny Phelps-McKeown, Atiba Rorie, and Will Darity, the members of Africa Unplugged.

  

Grounded in West African tradition and propelled by the funk and jazz of today, Africa Unplugged blends its own genre of music .

The Greensboro group explores new ways to formulate West African music on their new self-titled album.

The band performs as part of the “Find Your Cool” concert series at the CCB Plaza in Durham next Thursday.

Read more
Health
4:32 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Listen: This Doctor Tried To Save A Boy With The Ebola Virus

Dr. Fischer and a colleague. This clothing will protect them from Ebola.

The World Health Organization has reported the largest outbreak of Ebola ever: more than 330 deaths in western Africa, and the number is rising.  Dr. William Fischer is an infectious disease specialist at the UNC School of Medicine. He has just returned from Guinea, the epicenter of the outbreak.  Fischer admits he was scared at first. He wore protective clothing and a mask that made him look more like an astronaut than a physician. 

When asked about one of his most memorable experiences, he told this story:

Read more
The State of Things
12:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

A Bridge To The Future

Girl in the Road book cover
Credit crownpublishing.com

Author Monica Byrne

Author Monica Byrne was reading a poem that included the words "ocean" and "bridge," when something just clicked. She couldn't get the idea out of her head: a pedestrian bridge so long it spanned the Arabian Sea. The vision formed the basis of her debut novel, "The Girl in the Road" (Crown Publishing/2014), which is set decades in the future.

The novel combines months of research and travel with numerous autobiographical details. It considers the different ways people recover from trauma.

Learn more about Monica and her work here.

Read more
Environment
12:43 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

This Durham Mechanic Bought A Million Acres Of Rainforest To Save His Home Village

Godi Godar (right) with a man from the Lac Tumba region, DRC
Credit Godi Godar

Godi Godar lives and works in Durham, NC. He's a mechanic there. That's kind of amazing since Godar had never seen a car until he was in his 20s.

Godi grew up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). There was no running water or electricity in his town, Ikoko Bonginda. (Ikoko is in the Congolese rainforest, several hundred miles upriver from the DRC's capital, Kinshasa.)

Godi recalls seeing electricity across the lake, where the missionaries were.

"I remember saying, 'Wow, look at the lights there!' It was a trip."

Read more
Business & Economy
11:07 am
Thu April 24, 2014

The Solar Suitcase: Sharing Big Ideas At SwitchPoint

SwitchPoint 2013
Credit SwitchPoint

There's a fascinating conference happening Thursday and Friday at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw. It's called SwitchPoint. This is the conference for you if you're interested in things like using technology for good, social entrepreneurship and creativity/design.

The attendees are the kind of people who are doing the most interesting things in our society: printing 3-D organs, crowdsourcing crisis response via text, building medical devices out of broken toys.

Read more
The State of Things
12:01 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Congolese Artists Find An Independent Platform For Their Voices

Fall G, Bin G and DJ Couleur at SKIFF 2013 is the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s first international film festival. SKIFF is organized by YoleAfrica and Alkebu Film Pro
Credit http://yoleafrica.org/ / Yole!Africa

Host Frank Stasio talks to professor and co-director of Yole!Africa Chérie Rivers Ndaliko

  

 When we see The Democratic Republic of Congo on the nightly news, we see scenes of bloody conflict . Rarely do we hear from the people of Congo themselves. The Congolese arts organization Yole!Africa has a new project, Art On The Frontline, to promote the work of Congolese filmmakers and musicians. 

Read more
The State of Things
10:30 am
Tue February 18, 2014

[PHOTOS] Theater Of Belief: The Ritual Of Masking Across The Globe

Akata Dance Masqueraders in Ogoja, Nigeria
Phyllis Galembo Phyllis Galembo

Professor and photographer Phyllis Galembo and Temple of Light founder and chief priest Babalawo Ifaniyi Akintunde talk with Frank Stasio about the culture of masking.

When people don masks and costumes in the United States, it is often for Halloween or to root for their favorite sports team. But in Africa and the Caribbean, masking carries a much deeper meaning.
 

Read more
The State of Things
11:57 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Duke Conference Dances Across The African Diaspora

Dancing the African Diaspora: Theories of Black Performance
Credit African-American Studies at Duke University / http://aaas.duke.edu

    

For centuries, countless dances were born out of the disbursement of African people.  Dancing The African Diaspora, a new conference at Duke University, explores dances by people of African descent.

Read more
The State of Things
11:40 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Aid Worker Chronicles Journey Chasing Chaos

Credit Broadway Books

Jessica Alexander began her career as an aid worker with idealistic eyes.

But the day-to-day realities of helping rebuild disaster areas made her realize aid work is a profession with its own challenges and pitfalls. She traveled the world, helping people in Darfur, Sierra Leone and Haiti. She chronicles her journey in her memoir, “Chasing Chaos: My Decade In And Out of Humanitarian Aid” (Broadway Books/2013). Host Frank Stasio talks with Jessica Alexander about her new memoir.

She will be at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh tonight at 7:30.

Read more
Business & Economy
6:00 am
Sat August 31, 2013

African Farmers Cultivate Apple Trees From Historic NC Orchard

A man sells apples at a market in Uganda. Apples sell for about a dollar apiece.
courtesy of Kevin Hauser

Horne Creek Living Historical Farm, a 1900s-era working farm in Pinnacle, North Carolina, is prized for its heirloom apples. The farm runs the Southern Heritage Apple Orchard, which is stocked with 400 varieties propagated by cuttings from trees all over the south.  Now, apple trees cultivated with grafts from Southern Heritage trees are under the care of farmers in Uganda, Zambia and Rwanda, thanks to a project called Apples for Africa.

Read more

Pages