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The State of Things
12:18 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

'Big Fish' Author Pens Fifth Novel

Daniel Wallace's new book, The Kings and Queens of Roam.
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Daniel Wallace is best known for his debut novel “Big Fish,” which became a Hollywood movie.  which became a Hollywood movie and is soon debuting as a musical. But he's written four more novels since then. His latest is called "The Kings and Queens of Roam," and it follows two sisters as they grow up in an imaginary former textile town.

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The State of Things
10:59 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Novel Inspired By Baptist Missionary’s Diary

Elaine Neil Orr
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Host Frank Stasio talks to author Elaine Neil Orr about her first novel 'Different Sun.'

Elaine Neil Orr was born and raised in Nigeria, the daughter of Baptist Missionaries. When she began writing her memoir about 10 years ago, her mother gave her a keepsake – the 1853 diary of the first Baptist Missionary in Nigeria. This artifact spoke to Orr, and it was the inspiration for her first novel, “A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa” (Berkley Trade/2013).

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The State of Things
10:54 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Jill McCorkle's First Novel In 17 Years Examines Love And Mortality

Jill McCorkle
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Jill McCorkle talks about her latest novel 'Life After Life'

Jill McCorkle's first novel in 17 years, “Life After Life” (Algonquin/ 2013), is set in a retirement community. There, the dying grapple with life and death in humorous, dark turns. One character moved to the area to be close to the grave of her former lover. Another fakes dementia to avoid having to deal with his adult son. Jill McCorkle joins host Frank Stasio to talk about her newest work.

The State of Things
12:29 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

The Science Behind Paying Attention

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Why Attention Is Important

  Is a teacher lecturing in front of a classroom effective?  Is it possible that the way we teach our children is outdated?

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State of Things
11:51 am
Wed November 28, 2012

American Dervish

Ayad Akhtar
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Ayad Akhtar’s book "American Dervish" (Back Bay Books/2012) has launched a flurry of praise as an intelligent, self-assured debut novel. The main character is a Pakistani-American boy growing up in Milwaukee. Akhtar has also stirred controversy for creating idiosyncratic, even unflattering portrayals of Muslim-Americans. Host Frank Stasio is joined in the studio by Ayad Akhtar to talk about writing and identity.

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State of Things
10:45 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Eaarth

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shrinking polar ice caps, rising temperatures, vanishing forests, acidic oceans and superstorms. Welcome to the new planet earth. A renowned environmental writer came up with this new spelling of Earth - Eaarth - because the planet we live on no longer resembles the planet we used to live on. The new planet has a new name.

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

27 Views of Durham

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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
11:22 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Chasing Sleep

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Some people brag about how little sleep they need to function, but sleep disorders and the problems they cause are getting a lot more attention these days.  Are we actually suffering from an epidemic of sleep deprivation or do we just know more about this mysterious process of absent consciousness?

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State of Things
10:51 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Exploration of the Unusual

Arlan Andrews is a writer and engineer, but he has spent his life also pursuing unusual phenomena such as UFOs, paranormal activity and psychic experience. He is the founder of SIGMA, a group of science-fiction writers that speculate about the future for government officials. Andrews is in town to visit the Rhine Research Center and joins host Frank Stasio to talk about his work.

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State of Things
11:15 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down

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Writer Rosecrans Baldwin landed a job at a Parisian ad agency, and so for 18 months he and his wife lived in the City of Lights. What they confronted was a globalized and modernized city, which differed radically from the Paris of Hemingway and Fitzgerald.

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