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Duke University

University of Pennsylvania Provost Vincent Price will take over as Duke University’s new president on July 1, 2017. Duke’s Board of Trustees made the selection Friday morning. Price told the Duke community on Friday afternoon that the institution is ready to face a watershed moment for research universities.

Photo of Mamie Neugent
David Spear

​In the late 1980s and early 90s, North Carolina photographer David Spear spent several years documenting the lives of his neighbors, the Neugents. The family owned a tobacco farm in Rockingham County, and his photos depicted their attempts to keep their tobacco farm alive at a time when many others were dying. He described the Neugents as "fabulous people" who "raise hell, and they don't try to hide it." Spear published his collection of photographs in the book " The Neugents: Close to Home ...

Durham CAN, Durham, Jerome Washington, Fayette Place
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

A couple hundred people gathered in a historic African American Durham neighborhood Wednesday to bring attention to one of the last, undeveloped plots of land near downtown.

East Durham, Durham, Police, Poverty, EDCI
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

Editor's note: This story is part of an occasional series on what area community leaders and residents are doing to balance "peace and pride" in their neighborhoods.

Every Friday in the basement of the Maureen Joy Charter School on South Driver Street in Durham, families get a bag of food packed with oatmeal, fruit bars, noodles, tuna, fruit boxes and more.

Film Still: A girl awaits her train on a Tokyo subway platform. Tokyo is home to the world’s busiest metro system, with approximately 8.7 million daily riders.
Patrick Shen and Brandon Vedder

For some, silence is defined as the absence of sound. But a new documentary film, " In Pursuit of Silence ," explores the many facets of silence. From religious meditation to the natural world, silence is an integral part of existence. And the noise of modern life may be damaging in physical, mental and emotional ways. Host Frank Stasio talks with filmmakers Patrick Shen and Brandon Vedder about the film. "In Pursuit of Silence screens" Friday, July 15 at Full Frame Theater in Durham and...

photo of Violet Bell
Lizzy Ross

After spending four years making music in Nashville, singer-songwriter Lizzy Ross began to feel homesick. Ross grew up in North Carolina, went to UNC-Chapel Hill and started her career in the Triangle music scene. While Nashville was filled with passionate and impressive musicians, she missed being part of a community that she felt really embraced diverse creative expressions.

Durham, Durham Rescue Mission, Golden Belt Historic District
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

Despite opposition, it’s looking more like the Golden Belt Local Historic District will include a controversial block of property owned by the Durham Rescue Mission . Durham’s Planning Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission support protecting the last of the old mill houses near the historic Golden Belt manufacturing factories. But the historic district would hinder growth of the Durham Rescue Mission, which serves hundreds of homeless people, according to the group's Founder and...

A Story Circle at SpiritHouse, Inc., in Durham, North Carolina.
John Biewen / Center for Documentary Studies

Can stories help to bring a community together? How about radio stories, conceived and made by citizen storytellers? Listen to a preview of Storymakers: Durham , a project of the national Localore: FindingAmerica initiative. WUNC is one of 15 stations across the country chosen to be a part of the innovative public media project called Localore: Finding America. The project is being put together by the Association of Independents in Radio and is funded in large part by the Corporation for...

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Stuart Albright

Why do some students succeed while others do not? This question has stumped teachers, school administrators, and education policy professionals who try to stop students from falling through the cracks. 14-year veteran high school teacher Stuart Albright takes a stab at answering this question in his new book, “ A World Beyond Home: The Education Of A Poet, An Athlete, And A New Generation of Students ” (McKinnon Press/2016). Albright traces the stories of two former students who, despite...

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Quinn Dalton

In the mid-20th century, bowling became a favorite pastime of many working-class Americans. But in 1970s​ and '80s, bowling began to decline in popularity. In her latest novel, “ Midnight Bowling ” (Carolina Wren Press/2016), Greensboro author Quinn Dalton uses the backdrop of this time of cultural transition to tell the story of a young standout bowler who is faced with the challenges of transitioning into adulthood. Guest host Phoebe Judge talks with Dalton about her latest work and the...

Deputy Chief Cerelyn Davis with the Atlanta Police Department and Major Michael Smathers of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police
Deputy Chief Cerelyn J. Davis, Atlanta Police Department/Maj. Michael J. Smathers, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

After a months-long search, the city of Durham is getting closer to choosing its next police chief. The city manager has announced two finalists: Deputy Chief Cerelyn Davis with the Atlanta Police Department and Major Michael Smathers of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Image of Jim Goodmon, CEO of Capitol Broadcasting Company
Capitol Broadcasting Company

Jim Goodmon was immersed in the world of broadcasting as a young kid, watching his grandfather build Capitol Broadcasting Company from the ground up. He spent his teen years driving around eastern North Carolina giving away free TV antennas to encourage people to start tuning into WRAL . He took over as president and then CEO of the company in the mid-1970s, and tackled a number of entrepreneurial ventures like acquiring the Durham Bulls and developing the American Tobacco Historic District...

An image of 'The Road Taken' by Henry Petroski
Bloomsbury Press

Approximately 65,000 bridges in the U.S. are considered "structurally deficient," according to the latest report from the American Society of Civil Engineers. With roads in constant need of repair and bridges collapsing, America's infrastructure is at a crossroads, says author Henry Petroski.

In his new book, The Road Taken: The History and Future of America's Infrastructure (Bloomsbury/2016), Petroski outlines the history of American infrastructure and ways to improve it's...

An image of the producers of WUNC's Localore: Finding America
David Brower / WUNC

WUNC is one of 15 stations across the country chosen to be a part of an innovative public media project called Localore: Finding America . The project is being put together by the Association of Independents in Radio and is funded in large part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
As a part of the project, WUNC is partnering with John Biewen, a producer with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University , and will explore the things that bring us together and divide us as a community, like race, class and faith.

Reema Khrais

In Durham’s Central Park School for Children, classrooms look and feel different than they did just a few years ago. Frankly, the charter school is not as upper-middle class or white as it used to be. “There’s a greater diversity of viewpoints, there’s a greater diversity of perspectives,” Director John Heffernan explains. In 2013, the school tried something no other charter school in the state has done before. In collaboration with state education leaders and the financial lender Self-Help,...

Image of Host Frank Stasio, Avett Brothers' Cellist Joe Kwon, and SOT Producer Anita Rao
Charlie SHelton / WUNC

The year is coming to an end, and “The State of Things” staff is taking a moment to reflect on some of the year’s most memorable conversations. Producer Anita Rao’s favorite segments include a conversation commemorating Yusor Abu-Salha , one of the three Muslim students shot and killed in Chapel Hill in February. Rao also chose a piece that explores body image, fat shaming, and the social history of women’s bodies . She also picked a segment that shares the stories of three Latina women who...

Sara Foster is the owner of Foster's Market and has written a cookbook of the favorites from the gourmet restaurant.
Christopher Baker / Story Farm

Sara Foster was in many ways destined to open Foster’s Market, a gourmet restaurant and store in Durham, N.C. As a young kid she spent a lot of her time at her grandfather’s small country store in Tennessee, watching old men playing checkers and scouring the buckets of penny candy. She later went to culinary school in New York, juggled multiple gigs at restaurants and catering companies, and serendipitously landed a gig as a chef in Martha Stewart’s growing business. She eventually decided to...

Students used a ratings chart to help select their candidates.
Carolyn Kreuger / Kids Voting Durham

Durham voters will elect their mayor and city councilors Tuesday, but thousands of Durham kids and teenagers will be holding their own election. Last week at Hillside High School in Durham, civics teacher Nicholas Gruber-Grace set aside a few minutes of third period for his students to review the candidates in Durham’s municipal election. "You’re looking at the people who are the leaders in your town," Gruber-Grace said as his students reviewed their candidate guides . "These are the...

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Charlie Shelton / WUNC

The Association of Independents in Radio ( AIR ) announced Monday that North Carolina Public Radio has been selected as one of 15 stations across the country to be a part of a new storytelling initiative "Localore: Finding America." The national program brings together gifted producers and forward-thinking stations in the industry to invent new media models for storytelling and enrich the founding vision of a public broadcasting service for “all of the people.” WUNC's collaborative project ...

sex trafficking, human trafficking
Ira Gelb / Flickr Creative Commons

A group of attorneys is urging the Durham city council to create a task force to fight child sex trafficking.

Durham-Orange Women Attorneys —or DOWA — says county and community agencies need to coordinate their efforts to address child sex trafficking.

Downtown Raleigh
Mark Turner / Wikipedia

Residential builders are scrambling to keep up with demand for downtown housing in cities across North Carolina. New apartment building projects are on track to double the number of housing units in the core of downtown Raleigh within a few years. Bill King of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance says much of the demand comes from millennials and downsizing empty-nesters who want to be close to the action. King says there have been few options in the Triangle, which developed as a "suburban region"....

Pauli Murray, the imp
Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Scholar and activist Pauli Murray grew up in Durham and was fundamentally shaped by its history and culture, and she left a lasting legacy on the city in return. Duke University’s Pauli Murray Project has been working to document this legacy and recently reached an important milestone: the project begins the restoration of Pauli Murray’s historic house in southwest Durham this summer. Today they are also unveiling a new exhibit on view at The Scrap Exchange that features an intersectional...

An image of the band Goodnight, Texas
Sideways Media

Patrick Dyer Wolf is from Chapel Hill. Avi Vinocur is from San Francisco. The musicians' hometowns are separated by almost 3,000 miles, but right in the middle is Goodnight, Texas . It is a small town of 28 people and the namesake of the duo's musical partnership.

An image of mandolin player Jeff Austin
Dorothy St. Claire Photography

The Back Porch Music on the Lawn series rolls on Thursday, June 30 with a mandolin player igniting a bluegrass group, along with a slick banjo and violin duo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0CychybCz8 Headlining the show will be the Jeff Austin Band delivering exuberant and wily bluegrass. Banjo player Hank Smith and multi-instrumentalist Lindsey Tims will open with a blend of breakdown tunes and contemporary acoustic songs. The free concert is open to the public and kicks off at 6 p.m. on...

An image of a person typing on a computer
Public Domain

In an effort to bridge the digital divide, the Obama administration has selected Durham, as well as 26 other cities and a tribal nation, to help connect more public housing residents to high-speed internet.

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