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The State of Things
1:20 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

What's Inside The Brains Of Songbirds

Duke scientists look into the brains of songbirds.
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What's Inside the Brains of Songbirds

Scientists are learning fascinating things by studying songbirds. 

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Salt marshes
8:38 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Duke Study: Salt Marshes Depend On Crabs, Snails And Fungus For Preservation

Salt marsh ecosystems depend on healthy biodiversity.
Credit Rob Bixby / RobBixbyPhotography, Flickr Creative Commons

A new study from Duke University shows the importance of maintaining key species to support biodiversity. 

Researchers manipulated the populations of crabs, snails and fungus in a salt marsh in Georgia.  Brian Silliman is an associate professor of marine conservation biology at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment.  He says each species provides an important function in preserving the marsh. 

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Science & Technology
3:00 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

How Strobe Lights Are Helping The Carolina Hurricanes Increase Performance

Carolina Hurricanes trainer Peter Friesen (left) watches as NHL goalie Justin Peters performs a drill with a tennis ball while wearing 'stroboscopic training' eyewear.
Credit Peter Friesen @NHLCanes / Carolina Hurricanes

It's pretty amazing to think that strobe lights in a club, the ones that make you kind of dizzy, could actually help our brains process images.

Duke researchers knew that they were on to something. They had done at least one other study on "stroboscopic visual conditions." So, they teamed up with some men whose livelihoods depend on visual acuity, hockey players, to test their theories out.

They designed special glasses with kind of an internal strobe light. The glasses intermittently let vision in, and then cut it off.

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The State of Things
11:15 am
Mon December 16, 2013

A Journey From Klan Country To South Africa

James Joseph
Credit duke.edu

James Joseph grew up in the heart of Klan country in Louisiana.

He vowed to one day earn the respect of the racist leaders. Years later, he became the first ambassador to South Africa to present his credentials to Nelson Mandela. Host Frank Stasio talks to James Joseph, professor emeritus of the practice of public policy at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

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Politics & Government
10:44 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Duke Prof: Nelson Mandela Asked Me To Take a Picture With Him

Nelson Mandela (left) with Mary and James Joseph
Credit Joseph family archives

Nelson Mandela was a global icon who had an incredible humility. And one of the interesting things I remember about my experience is that when I presented my credentials to Mandela, as the U.S. Ambassador, he invited my wife and I to have tea with him afterwards. And we were sitting there, both of us thinking, ‘How do we approach asking Mr. Mandela to take a picture with us?’

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The State of Things
11:38 am
Mon December 9, 2013

South Sudanese Duke Student Writes Of Home

South Sudanese Writer and Duke Student, Nyuol Tong
Credit selfsudan.org / Self Sudan

When Nyuol Tong was six years old, his family was caught in the crossfire of the Sudanese Civil War. After living in Sudanese refugee camps, and Egypt, Tong made his way to the United States. 

When Nyuol reflects on his life in Sudan and Egypt, he talks about the constant shifting he had to do in order to survive. 

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Sports
5:00 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Duke's Football Team Goes To Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game

Duke's coach, David Cutcliffe, talks to reporters about Saturday's game.
Credit Jessica Jones

Every college football season, there’s usually one team that turns out to be a surprise. This year, it’s Duke.

The Blue Devils have won ten games-- the most in school history. It’s a big turnaround for a team long overshadowed by basketball and a laughingstock of the Atlantic Coast Conference. But now, Duke is headed to the ACC championship game.

The team earned its invitation to the ACC over the weekend, after it beat UNC.  At a sports bar near campus, lifelong Duke fans Larry Goss and Bobbi Harris hugged each other with tears in their eyes.

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The State of Things
11:23 am
Mon December 2, 2013

A Story: The Shortest Distance Between Two Points

Credit Christopher Sims, via CDSPorch.com

Wesley Hogan's interest in storytelling stretches back to her childhood. 

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The State of Things
11:44 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Why Commercials Work Better When You Don’t Pay Attention

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Think you’re avoiding the advertisements when you fast forward through using your DVR?

Think again. New research from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business shows that sometimes commercials are even more effective when you’re not paying attention. Host Frank Stasio talks to Gavan Fitzsimons, a professor in Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.

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Arts & Culture
6:31 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Durham School Of The Arts Joins Fisk Jubilee Singers

Nigia Hunt rehearses with other soloists at Durham School of the Arts, preparing to sing with The Fisk Jubilee Singers.
Credit Leoneda Inge

The Fisk Jubilee Singers are known world-wide for their flawless voices and performance of Negro Spirituals.  Paul Kwami is the choir’s musical director and is on a five city, high school southern tour to personally help young voices hone and preserve the songs that have inspired people of all cultures.

Kwami’s first stop: The Durham School of the Arts.

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