Durham (City of)

Bending Sticks

Nov 28, 2012
stickwork.net
stickwork.net

Sticks are more than just sticks to artist Patrick Dougherty. In his hands, they become castles, nests, cocoons and tree houses. Dougherty's work is featured worldwide.

 An organization in Durham that set out to help locals save on their energy bills is expanding its reach.    Clean Energy Durham is five years old.  The small non-profit developed a creative energy-saving model that trains organizations and neighborhood groups and encourages them to tell a neighbor.

Judy Kincaid:  "It builds community within neighborhoods, between neighborhoods and it saves people money."

Judy Kincaid is Executive Director of Clean Energy Durham.

Nathan Kotecki's first young adult novel is haunted by the moody alternative rock of the 1980s which haunted his own youth. Even though the Durham writer's book is set in the present, it's heavy on nostalgia. Kotecki says that for high school kids trying to find their identity as serious, creative types, looking backwards is the easiest way to reject the status quo. Courting the supernatural also helps. Nathan Kotecki joins host Frank Stasio to talk about his book, "The Suburban Strange" (Houghton Mifflin/2012).

Meet Gary Kueber

Oct 1, 2012

Gary Kueber went to medical school and became a doctor in Durham, but being an M.D. wasn’t enough for him. He also had a passion for architecture and turned it into his blog, Endangered Durham. He has chronicled the destruction and preservation of Durham’s historic landmarks for years.

The American Tobacco Factory shut down manufacturing in Durham in 1987. For years this space sat idle and deteriorating.

Meet Pam Gutlon

Aug 6, 2012

Pam Gutlon owns Outsider Art & Collectibles in Durham, but her work is beyond bringing artists and their paintings into her gallery.

The Duke Street Dogs have been a Durham institution in one form or another for decades.

Their unique blend of genres consistently draws crowds to the Blue Note Grill on Friday nights. The band joins host Frank Stasio to talk about their music and to play live in the studio.

What’s it like to take a tour of Durham, NC by dinosaur? In the short film “The Strong One,” filmmakers Josh Bielick, Nicholas Sailor and Tim Reavis imagine taking that ride and understanding how life changes through the eyes of a young boy. Bielick and Reavis are alumni of North Carolina State University where Sailer is a senior. They join host Frank Stasio to talk about Durham, and turning a spoken word poem into a five-minute film.

Beginning tomorrow, a Durham city ordinance will officially prohibit smoking on city and county grounds both inside and outside. County commissioners passed the ordinance in February. Eric Nickens is a spokesman for the Durham County Health Department.

The Durham Performing Arts Center finished the first half of 2012 in grand style.   New numbers put DPAC ticket sales higher than New York’s Radio City Music Hall and the Nokia Theatre in LA. 

Leoneda Inge:  One of the shows that likely put DPAC over the top was you guess it “Wicked.”

Wicked:  I hope you’re happy! I hope you’re happy now!

A new study from the Washington DC-based Brookings Institution finds highly skilled immigrant workers are in high demand in Durham.

Asma Khalid: The Brookings study compares requests for H1-B visas in metro areas across the nation.  Jill Wilson co-authored the report.  She says Durham's population may be small but its demand for IT workers from abroad certainly is not.

 Jill Wilson: So it's really high, in terms of its request for 1,000 workers it ranks third in that measure.

Pauli Murray
Leoneda Inge

The Durham community celebrated the life of Pauli Murray last evening. But this year the celebration marked the Episcopal Priest’s sainthood.

The City of Durham has struggled for decades to revitalize a section downtown near the Durham Freeway.  Today there is a groundbreaking to celebrate new plans for the area. 

Pie Pushers
Leoneda Inge

The Food Truck scene in Durham is credited with helping to grow the area’s image as a top food destination.  Durham officials are now trying to find a way to update its mobile vending code and keep the food truck business vibrant.

Leoneda Inge:  The City of Durham has been working on changes and updates to its 10-year-old mobile vending code for several months.  But when they announced those changes last week, the food truck community cried foul.  Grace Smith got a lot of those complaints.

The City of Durham is taking another look at its mobile vending rules.  And that means Food Trucks.

Leoneda Inge:  Becky Cascio and Mike Hackerd rolled out their Pie Pushers Food Truck about a year ago.  Cascio says it was a big step to make.

Becky Cascio:  My boyfriends a chef, he would love a restaurant but we’re not in a place in our personal lives, or financial or business knowing where we’re going to open a restaurant yet. So we saw this as a kind of stepping stone and Durham as a great spot to do it.

Xiu Xiu Always

Jul 5, 2012

The experimental pop band Xiu Xiu has been a fixture on the indie music scene for the past ten years. While they are not famous in the conventional sense, they have a strong cult following. Xiu Xiu has toured the world over and produced eight critically acclaimed albums, including their newest "Always.”

The Bulltown Strutters bring the street band traditions of New Orleans to their own home in Durham, NC. The 20-member group urges their audiences to join them in parade, dance, and merry-making.

Special: The Monti American Graduate

May 28, 2012

The Monti - American Graduate Special is an hour of true stories from the front lines of North Carolina’s high school drop out crisis. It's hosted by Jeff Polish. He's the founder of The Monti, a local non-profit whose stated mission is to create community through the story-telling. For this collaboration with WUNC, Jeff sought out North Carolinians with personal stories to tell about the struggles that get in the way of a successful high school education.

Magnolia Grill Closing

May 3, 2012
Karen and Ben Barker
magnoliagrill.net

One of the most well-respected restaurants in the Triangle is closing its doors. Magnolia Grill in Durham has been a culinary powerhouse for 25 years.

Leoneda Inge:  Most people got the word yesterday that the award-winning Magnolia Grill is closing its kitchen for good.  Nick Powell says his family has never had a bad dish at Magnolia Grill.

Nick Powell:  We’re pretty sad to see it go.  Emilee gasped when she read the news.

Emilee Powell:  It’s one of our favorite restaurants.

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival begins today. Lovers of non-fiction cinema travel from all over the world to Durham to view this juried competition.

Leoneda Inge:  This is Full Frame’s 15th year.  As many as 12-hundred documentaries pour in from every corner of the globe.  Just over 100 films will be shown during the festival.  That’s a lot of films, ranging from “The Invisible War,” about rape in the military, to a family’s quest to eat local in Alabama.

The scientific concept of nano-technology became popular in the 1990s.  A conference this week in Durham focuses on the commercial applications of nano-technology.

Leoneda Inge:  Today kicks off a two-day Nanotech Commercialization Conference at American Tobacco in Durham.   John Hardin heads the office of Science and Technology at the North Carolina Department of Commerce, a sponsor of the conference.   He says there will be many researchers at the conference but also many business developers.

A judge has permanently removed Durham's district attorney from her post.

Durham will soon be home to some of North Carolina's first housing for homeless veterans with disabilities. The 10-unit complex near Northgate Mall will have affordable rents and will connect tenants with support services.

Jess Brandes is projects coordinator for CASA, the nonprofit developing the site. She says Durham has a lot of services for veterans because of the VA medical center there.

Several African-American historic sites across Durham are being considered for historic designation. Preservation officials say criteria include sites where significant events took place, buildings with architectural significance, and homes of prominent African-American families. Bob Ashley is the executive director of Preservation Durham. He says there are quite a few contenders for designation.

Eric Becoats
DPSNC.net

The Durham Public Schools will delay a major overhaul of its magnet system. The announcement was made earlier today by Superintendent Eric Becoats.

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