Culture

The State of Things
12:13 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Photographing Father Divine

Kristin Bedford

Kirstin Bedford talks about her new photography exhibit, 'The Presence of Father Divine'

Photographer Kristin Bedford spent five weeks living with the followers of Father Divine and learning about their religion. She photographed their lives. Her exhibit, The Presence of Father Divine, has been postponed.

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U.S.
10:49 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Forget The 50 States; The U.S. Is Really 11 Nations, Author Says

Colin Woodard's map of the "11 nations."
Colin Woodard

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 11:56 am

For hundreds of years, this nation has been known as the United States of America. But according to author and journalist Colin Woodard, the country is neither united, nor made up of 50 states. Woodward has studied American voting patterns, demographics and public opinion polls going back to the days of the first settlers, and says that his research shows America is really made up of 11 different nations.

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Photography Exhibit Explores American Consumer Culture

Retail Store
Brian Ulrich

  In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, then-President George W. Bush gave a speech encouraging Americans to boost "participation and confidence in the American economy."

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The State of Things
11:13 am
Tue September 17, 2013

What Young Readers Want

John Claude Bemis is the 2013 Piedmont Laureate for Children's Literature
Credit http://www.piedmontlaureate.com/2013piedmontlaureate/biography.html

Autors John Claude Bemis and Frances O'Roark Dowell talk about writing for young readers

    

John Claude Bemis is the first ever Piedmont Laureate for Children’s Literature.  In the post-Harry Potter age, more critics consider children’s books valuable works of literature with a reach that extends beyond young audiences. 

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The State of Things
11:51 am
Tue July 30, 2013

What Makes Us Smile?

Marianne LaFrance, a psychologist at Yale, makes a comparison between a genuine smile (left) and a fake smile (right).
Credit Marianne LaFrance

Frank Stasio discusses smiles with a panel of guests.

Sure, it's more or less a given that we smile when we're happy and we smile when our picture is taken.  But do we also smile automatically throughout the day when we make eye contact with strangers?  How often do we smile in conversation? 

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Film Documents The Core Sound Community’s Struggles

LJ Hardy of South River, aboard his boat at the mouth of the Neuse River
Credit Neal Hutcheson

Linguist Walt Wolframand and director Neal Hutcheson talk about their new film, “Core Sounders.”

  For nearly 300 years the Core Sound community has earned a livelihood from the commercial fishing industry. It’s a livelihood that is now seriously threatened. “Core Sounders” is a new documentary that tells the story of a community in transition.

Host Frank Stasio is joined by Walt Wolfram, executive producer and professor of English at North Carolina State University; and Neal Hutcheson, the Emmy-Award winning director, to talk about their new film, “Core Sounders.”

Arts & Culture
5:15 am
Mon July 23, 2012

A Plan to Preserve Gullah Geechee Culture

The Gullah Gechee Historical Corridor Commission has released a plan to preserve the endangered culture of slave descendants who worked on rice plantations along the coast.

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