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The State of Things
11:51 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Minister Reflects On Decades As Elder In Methodist Church

Photo of Will Willimon, professor of the practice of Christian ministry at Duke University.
Credit http://www.spdlc.org/faith-life-continues-with-william-willimon-february-4

Christian ministry professor Will Willimon talks about his life and his first novel, 'Incorporation'

Will Willimon has served at Duke University in a variety of roles for decades, but he always left to continue his calling as a Methodist minister.

He knew from an early age that he had a special connection to God.

"I think I always had an extraordinary sense of the divine," he said.

Though, he said that his fundamentalist upbringing in rural South Carolina scared him off from faith for a while.  

"I sort of decided that Christianity was for people who weren't very good at thinking things through," he said.

When he went off to Wofford College, he was exposed to a religous studies professor who helped him see a different view of Christianity.  

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Mad Men Mondays: A Look At Episode 10 With Duke's Hartman Center

A 1968 ad for Carnation instant breakfast, from Duke's Hartman Center archives.
Hartman Center, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

The riots and politics of the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago continually weave in and out of Episode 10, through media and discussions. The partners begin discussing changing the agency's name.  Don, Roger and Harry travel to Los Angeles for client presentations, including Carnation. Harry drives Don and Roger to a party in the Hollywood Hills.  Starlets and stoned hippies roam poolside. Don is invited to share a hit from a hookah. His hallucination ends with him seeing himself face down in the swimming pool. He comes to on the deck, wet and coughing, with a soaked and out-of-breath Roger telling everyone he's fine.

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The State of Things
12:12 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

How Easily Can Obama Close Guantanamo?

A Drone (MQ-9 Reaper)
Credit U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson / http://commons.wikimedia.org

Last week, President Obama laid out his strategy for a new phase in the war on terror.  He repeated his belief that Guantanamo Bay should be closed and cited the political reasons for his failure to do so until now. 

Obama also outlined a new policy that scales back the use of drones to kill suspected national security threats.  What are the laws and policies that President Obama faces? 

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Arts & Culture
2:25 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Mad Men Tuesday: Episode 9 With Duke's Hartman Center

A Winston Menthol ad from 1968.
Hartman Center, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

This is a weekly column written by the Hartman Center, part of Duke University's Rubenstein Library that studies advertising history. Each Monday they dig through their archive to find ads for items referenced in the latest Mad Men episode. Here is this week's column (originally posted on their blog) written by Jacqueline Reid Wachholz and the Hartman Center.

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The State of Things
11:03 am
Tue May 28, 2013

A Writer, A Musician And A Photographer Walk Into The Casbah...

Photo featured in "Lost and Found" -- from NC Museum of Natural Sciences collection-Piranga olivacea
Leah Sobsey Leah Sobsey

Professor Diablo's True Revue

What happens when a writer, a musician and a photographer get together for a one-time performance at the Casbah in Durham? You'll have to show up to Professor Diablo's True Revue tonight at 8 p.m. to find out.

It's the brainchild of Durham writer Eric Martin. He got together with a friend at Duke's Center for Documentary Studies, and they realized that they didn't see many cross-disciplinary performances in the area. They started bringing together area artists for these unique performance.

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Science & Technology
6:58 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Virtual Reality At Duke Opens New Worlds

Illustration of figure using the DIVE
www.dukedive.org www.dukedive.org

Alex Granados takes listeners on a tour of the Duke Immersive Virtual Environment.

Editor's Note: The Duke Immersive Virtual Environment is incorrectly named in the audio.

Researchers at Duke University are using a virtual reality center to test experiments that aren’t feasible in the real world.

It’s called the Duke Immersive Virtual Environment, or the DIVE, for short. In reality, it’s a cube. Six sides. You get inside. Images are projected on each wall. With the help of special goggles, the images become an immersive 3-D world. A special wand allows you to interact with the world.

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Arts & Culture
12:42 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Mad Men Mondays: Episode 8 Analyzed By Duke's Hartman Center

Episode 8 mentioned soup. This 1958 ad for Campbell's Soup is something the Mad Men characters might have seen.
Hartman Center, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

This is a weekly column written by the Hartman Center, part of Duke University's Rubenstein Library that studies advertising history. Each Monday they dig through their archive to find ads for items referenced in the latest Mad Men episode. Here is this week's column (originally posted on their blog) written by Lynn Eaton and the Hartman Center.

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Arts & Culture
2:50 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Mad Men Mondays: Duke's Hartman Center Explores Episode 7

"Give him the children's aspirin more doctors recommend"
Repository: Hartman Center, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

This is a weekly column written by the Hartman Center, part of Duke University's Rubenstein Library that studies advertising history. Each Monday they dig through their archive to find ads for items referenced in the latest Mad Men episode. Here is this week's column (originally posted on their blog) written by Jacqueline Wachholz and the Hartman Center.

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Education
4:19 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Tens Of Thousands Descend On Area For Graduations

Duke University is one of the many schools holding commencement ceremonies this weekend.
Credit Duke University

If you live anywhere near a college campus and don’t have a compelling reason to attend the half-dozen or so graduations going on in the Triangle and Triad, this might be a good weekend to get out of town. Tens of thousands of family and friends are set to descend on Durham, Raleigh, and Greensboro for commencement events throughout the weekend.

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Education
2:00 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Want To Hang Out With Lemurs? Duke Lemur Center Invites Visitors

The Coquerel's Sifaka lemur is the flagship species of the Duke Lemur Center. The center owns all captive animals of this species.
Laura Candler

A Walking with Lemurs tour at the Duke Lemur Center might just seem like an ordinary walk through the woods at first. But at the rustle of a food bucket, tiny, energetic animals begin to descend from the treetops, and you know you’re not walking in any normal forest. Lemurs zip past you at will, some of them with tiny infants clinging to their backs, and there are no barriers between you and the furry primates.

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