The State of Things
12:08 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

'The Blue Divide:' Duke and North Carolina Meet Again

Duke fan Johnny Moore and Tar Heel fan Art Chanksy teamed up to chronicle the biggest rivalry in college hoops.

The men's basketball teams from UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University battle each other tonight for the 239th time.

The storied rivalry is notorious for dividing friends, family and coworkers over which shade of blue is best.

But in a rare collaboration, Tar Heel sportswriter Art Chansky and Blue Devil sports marketer Johnny Moore chronicled the history of the rivalry in the book, The Blue Divide (Triumph Books/2014). 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Chansky and Moore about the Tobacco Road rivalry that many call the greatest in sports.  

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

The Fate Of The Independent Bookstore

The American Booksellers Association says that independent bookstores are not dying, and in fact they have been on the rise for five years in a row.
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The digital age sparked a public discourse about the fate of the independent bookstore. 

Commercial giants like Barnes & Noble and Amazon loom large, but the American Booksellers Association (ABA) says the tides may be turning. They report that more than 400 new independent bookstores have popped up around the country since 2009. 

The ABA hosts its 10th winter institute in Asheville this week, featuring publishers, authors and booksellers from around the country. 

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

The Invention Of The Modern Dictionary

This fall marks the 150th anniversary of a landmark in the history of American dictionary making: the creation of the 1864 edition of Webster's Dictionary. 

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The State of Things
12:03 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Local Bookstore Goes Against The Grain

Scuppernong Books is Greensboro's independent bookstore. They are part of a revitalization in downtown and hope to be place where conversations happen.

The obituary for the independent bookstore has been written many times, but the digital revolution has created a niche and a desire to hold something real in your hands when you read. 

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The Two-Way
10:04 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Book News: New Toni Morrison Novel Slated For An April Release

Toni Morrison has been busy this fall, first announcing her plans to keep her archives at Princeton and then sparring amiably with Stephen Colbert. With a book coming out in spring 2015, she appears intent on keeping up the pace.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

In some six months, a new novel by Toni Morrison will begin nestling its way into bookshelves. The Nobel laureate (and Pulitzer Prize winner, and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and, well, you get the idea) will publish her 11th novel, God Help the Child, in April 2015.

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9:49 am
Wed December 3, 2014

NPR's 'Book Concierge' - A Guide To 2014's Great Reads

What would you like to read? This multimedia list is an easy way to find great books for the holidays. (Add your suggestions in the comment section!)
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Visit the #bookconcierge, NPR's guide to 2014's great reads.
5:00 am
Fri November 14, 2014

LISTEN: How A Refrigerator Gets Into A Manhole, And Other Raleigh Sewage Secrets

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Scott Huler explores city infrastructure for his new book, On the Grid. Listen to the stories of what's been found in Raleigh's sewers:

Here's an excerpt from the book:

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The State of Things
11:38 am
Thu November 13, 2014

The Mysteries And Secrets Of Antiquarian Books

A new novel by Charlie Lovett about the mystery behind Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.


Writer Charlie Lovett has been attracted to the mystique of old books since he was a young kid. 

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The Two-Way
10:42 am
Mon September 1, 2014

For Anniversary, A New Chapter Of 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory'

The first edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the original hero Golden Egg from the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on display at Profiles In History in Calabasas, northwest of downtown Los Angeles, on July 19, 2012.
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The fan who suddenly got everything he wanted, the writer Roald Dahl never said in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, lived happily ever after. Fans of the beloved children's classic may not get everything they want, but they are getting a previously unpublished chapter from the book that turns 50 this month.

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Unearthing the ‘Uncle’ of Yiddish Literature

Jacob Dinezon, Yiddish Writer

More than 100 years ago, writer Jacob Dinezon was one of the most well-known Yiddish authors. But after his death in 1919, Dinezon was almost forgotten. 

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