The State of Things
4:13 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

From 'Ahmed's Diary' To 'Musings Of An Iraqi Patriot'

A sketch from Ahmed Fadaam, featuring Dick Gordon in the upper left and bottom
Credit Ahmed Fadaam

Iraqi artist Ahmed Fadaam spent years reporting about the Iraq War for WUNC's The Story with Dick Gordon.

His segment, "Ahmed's Diary," gave listeners the story of the war from the streets of Baghdad while his artwork reflected the instability of a country under fire.

But death threats from within Iraq forced Fadaam to flee the country. His story is now the subject of a documentary, Musings of an Iraqi Patriot.

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Arts & Culture
12:36 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

The Forgotten Farmworkers

Former bracero worker Modesto Jurita holds a flyer commemorating the 68th anniversary of the 1942 arrival of workers in California.
Charlie Thompson

From 1942-1964 about five million Mexican guest workers were brought to the United States as part of a federal program to help with the post-war labor shortage.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Black, Lesbian And Muslim In The South

A Documentary about Black, Lesbian Muslim Women in the South

Atlanta is considered the Black Gay Mecca of the United States.

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Arts & Culture
11:28 am
Fri July 25, 2014

LISTEN: Grammy Winner Lisa Fischer Sings "Breath of Heaven" Live

Lisa Fischer on stage with The Rolling Stones
Credit flickr/ aka Francois aka Mister Pink

Lisa Fischer has made a career singing backup vocals for artists from Mick Jagger and Luther Vandross to Dolly Parton and the Nine Inch Nails. She sang this solo rendition of "Breath of Heaven" live on The State of Things:

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Choosing To Stay 20 Feet From Stardom

Backup Singer Lisa Fischer on stage with The Rolling Stones
Credit flickr/ aka Francois aka Mister Pink


Lisa Fischer is one of the most in-demand vocalists in the music industry, but she rarely takes center stage.

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Donating A Family

Rick Dillwood filming the Downey-Piper family
Credit Rick Dillwood

When filmmaker Rick Dillwood agreed to donate sperm to his neighbors, he hardly knew them. Mel and Carey Downey-Piper had been seeking a known donor but not a good friend. However, after many months of celebration and hardship, the three became very close. Dillwood recorded their journey in a documentary called "Between Friends & Family".


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5:00 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Contested: National Radio Show Features Three Sports Stories From Durham, NC

A member of the Pop Warner football league, the Durham Eagles (NC)
Credit Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University

How much money does your family spend on sports? Do you spend hundreds each your on a traveling team for a middle schooler? Perhaps your child plays in more than one of these competitive leagues. How about a private conditioning coach? How much is too much?

There's an intriguing new project about the topic. It's called Contested, and it features families in Durham, NC.

>>Browse the multimedia site.

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The State of Things
12:35 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Hip Hop Music In The Classroom

Patrick Douthit, better known as hip-hop producer 9th Wonder.

Hip Hop Studies is a growing field in academia led by the work of scholars like Patrick Douthit, the hip-hop producer and artist better known as 9th Wonder

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Wed March 19, 2014

"Honor Diaries" Explores Violence In The Name of Honor

Honor Diaries: A documentary about honor-based violence.

Women around the world experience honor-based violence ranging from forced child marriage to female genital mutilation. The documentary "Honor Diaries" features the stories of nine women and their fight against this violence in their own communities.

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Thu March 13, 2014

13th Annual North Carolina Black Film Festival

North Carolina Black Film Festival Flyer


Wilmington-based non profit Black Arts Alliance presents a four-day festival featuring the work of black filmmakers from around the country.

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