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

A conversation with vocalist Lisa Fischer


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

"Between Friends & Family".

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.

An expert panel discusses hip hop music in academia

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.

Guest host Phoebe Judge talks with Zainab Khan, Paula Kweskin, and Jaha Dukureh about the documentary 'Honor Diaries'

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

A panel previews the upcoming 13th annual North Carolina Black Film Festival


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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The State of Things
11:38 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Film 'Not Yet Begun To Fight', Vets And Fly-Fishing, In Durham Thursday Night

Veterans learning to fly fish.
Credit Justin Lubke

Retired Marine Colonel Eric Hastings used to dream about fly-fishing when he was in Vietnam. In 1969, he returned home to Montana and went quickly to the water. "I came back from combat and found I needed relief. And the more I was out there fly-fishing, the more I knew I needed more of it.  You know, this ... this river healed me," he says.

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The State of Things
12:40 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Documentary Shows Struggle For Racial Equality In Brazil

RAÇA, a documentary film
Credit / Raca

Brazil is often touted as a racial democracy or a multicultural paradise. More than half of the country's population is of African descent, and there are more than 130 words to describe skin tone. But according to Afro-Brazilian filmmaker Joel Zito Araújo, there is much work to be done in the struggle for racial equality. The scholar-in-residence at UNC's Sonja Haynes Stone Center highlights the challenges in his new film, RAÇA. Host Frank Stasio talks with Araújo and the Center’s director, Joseph Jordan.

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The State of Things
12:32 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Raleigh Film Festival Showcases Local Female Filmmakers

Credit Creative Commons

The Meredith College Documentary Film Festival offers movies made by women that address a wide range of topics.

 Filmmaker Joan King Widdifield's "Rainy Season" explores the lingering damage of the Vietnam War. Kristin Bedford's film, "Field Notes, Durham Noir" is an aesthetic interpretation of the tobacco town. Host Frank Stasio talks with Widdifield and Bedford about their work. Both films will be featured at the Festival on Sunday, January 26th.


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