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The State of Things
12:09 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

StoryCorps: An Hour Behind The Scenes

StoryCorps Facilitators Chaela Herridge-Meyer and Adriana Gallardo outside the mobile airstream trailer that travels the country recording stories.
StoryCorps

Listen to the full State of Things program about StoryCorps.

StoryCorps, a national oral history project, has collected more than 50,000 interviews across the country. 

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Sylvan Esso
8:46 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Get Up, Get Down: Sylvan Esso Brings Infectious Grooves Back To Carrboro

Durham-based duo Sylvan Esso is playing a sold-out show at Cat's Cradle tonight.
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Sylvan Esso's eponymous album is full of catchy tracks, ripe for getting stuck in your head. "Coffee" is hypnotic, with a droning vibe that's infectious and profoundly danceable.

The Durham-based duo filmed much of the music video for "Coffee" in Carrboro months back.

Singer Amelia Randall Meath designed the video to explore different kinds of dance parties. She  is a fervent fan of contra dancing, which kicks off the video and inspired the lyrics. Meath taught band mate Nicholas Sanborn to dance for the occasion.

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Environment
12:43 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

This Durham Mechanic Bought A Million Acres Of Rainforest To Save His Home Village

Godi Godar (right) with a man from the Lac Tumba region, DRC
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Godi Godar lives and works in Durham, NC. He's a mechanic there. That's kind of amazing since Godar had never seen a car until he was in his 20s.

Godi grew up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). There was no running water or electricity in his town, Ikoko Bonginda. (Ikoko is in the Congolese rainforest, several hundred miles upriver from the DRC's capital, Kinshasa.)

Godi recalls seeing electricity across the lake, where the missionaries were.

"I remember saying, 'Wow, look at the lights there!' It was a trip."

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The State Of Things
11:31 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Bull City Sculpture Show: 'Twist Of Fate'

Mike Roig preps his piece, Twist of Fate for the Bull City Sculpture Show
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Sculptures are often the trademark of a place:  Chicago has Cloud Gate, Indianapolis has LOVE and Durham has the Bronze Bull. Sculpture can truly embody a city.

This week the Bull City Sculpture Show comes to Durham, displaying 12 national works across the city.

The show is presented by Liberty Arts, a non-profit foundry and 3-D sculpture studio in Durham.

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StoryCorps In Durham
9:41 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Captain Luke Mayer, Music Maker Relief Foundation, Is StoryCorps' First Durham Interview

Musician Captain Luke (right) is 88-years-old. He talked with Music Maker Relief Foundation's Tim Duffy
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The StoryCorps Mobile Booth opens today. The first very first interview was between the musician Captain Luke Mayer, and Tim Duffy of the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

Captain Luke has a wonderful deep rich baritone. He came to music early in life. Music Maker has documented the story of his life and music:

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Arts & Culture
7:38 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Merge Turns 25 in Durham

Merge Records is hosting a series of events at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and Duke Gardens to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
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It's a big year for Merge Records. The Durham-based label is celebrating its 25th birthday with a series of events, which has included concerts, limited release recordings and a 25K run.

Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance founded the label in Chapel Hill to promote their band, Superchunk. A quarter-century later, dozens of other celebrated artists have jumped on board, including the Grammy-winning Arcade Fire.

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Business & Economy
9:01 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Durham Mayor: New Ideas To Shrink Poverty, One Neighborhood At A Time

Durham Mayor Bill Bell has launched a campaign to decrease poverty in the city.
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Durham Mayor Bill Bell has set in motion his campaign to reduce poverty. 

Bell said Durham has a lot of resources: good universities, a creative class, and a growing number of jobs. He believes that by using UNC Center for Urban and Regional Studies data about distressed neighborhoods, surveying residents, and planning area specific solutions, this push could make a difference.

“Poverty is an issue that I think we should be able to deal with in this community in a much more collaborative way than we're doing now,” said Bell.

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Arts & Culture
11:47 am
Fri February 28, 2014

The Masks, The Beads, The Horns: It's Mardi Gras in Durham

The band Boneslinger will play at the Mardis Gras event.
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Mardi Gras kicks off this weekend in both New Orleans .. and Durham, NC. Durham's celebration has been growing over the last couple of years. There will be a big parade on Fat Tuesday (March 4) starting at the bronze bull on CCB Plaza at 6 p.m., followed by eight bands performing on five stages.

The weekend begins though, with a celebration called "Hey Pocky Way- A Mardis Gras Primer."

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

One-Man Play Narrates Stories Of Gay Black Men Of The South

Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men Of The South
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A conversation with professor and author E. Patrick Johnson

Television shows like Glee, Will and Grace, and Modern Family portray gay identity as white, northern, and secular. But that was far from E. Patrick Johnson's reality growing up in Hickory, North Carolina. Johnson decided to travel across the South to unearth stories of African American gay men and document his findings in the book Sweet Tea: Gay Black Men of the South (UNC Press/2008).

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NPR Story
5:48 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Marine Corps Vet Finally Opens His Own Business

Intrepid Life Coffee & Spirits, a combination coffee shop and bar, opens tomorrow. (Facebook)

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 8:12 am

Here & Now’s Robin Young first met Matt Victoriano at the 2012 Democratic Convention in Charlotte. He was struggling with PTSD and also struggling to open his own business. We’ve been following him ever since (hear Robin’s October interview with him here).

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