Map of the distribution of electoral college votes in the 2012 Presidential Election.
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For the past several months, all eyes have been on North Carolina. The state has received an abundance of national coverage since the start of Moral Mondays as a response to this legislative session.

Three backup singers stand behind the mic.

When you find yourself singing along to your favorite rock'n'roll songs, you're probably not singing along with a front man like David Bowie or Bruce Springsteen. You're probably singing along with their backup singers.

Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm screens at the Chelsea Theater.
Kino Lorber

Levon Helm is best known for being the drummer in the music group, “The Band,” but he had a long career after they broke up. He even fought his way back into musical shape after quitting for a time due to throat cancer. He finally succumbed in 2012, but not before filmmaker Jacob Hatley had a chance to film a documentary, “Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm.”

Its Triangle premiere is at the Chelsea Theater in Chapel Hill on June 28.

Action Figures In Wrestling Match: A Still From Barbecue Man Unleashed /

Paul Swartzel has always been a fan of professional wrestling. It all goes back to North Carolina’s own Nature Boy Ric Flair and his delightful entrance music: “Thus Spake Zarathustra.”

Leaders of a cooperative featured in Shift Change raise their fists in solidarity / Shift Change

In America, corporations are king. It’s hard to even think about capitalism without the corporate system that keeps it flowing here in the United States. A movie called "Shift Change" wants to transform the way you think about the economy. It highlights worker-owned businesses in North America and Spain that flip the paradigm of corporate control on its head.

A bastard film is a film that does not fit into any particular category. Bastard films are offensive, disturbing or just plain nonsensical.

Nicole Triche

Rivalries are fierce at the World Taxidermy Championships. Judges, armed with flashlights and magnifying glasses, examine anatomy and artistry. And taxidermists, who fancy themselves artists, vie for the legitimacy of their craft.

Nicole Triche’s new documentary, “Taxidermists,” premiers at the annual Full Frame Documentary  Film Festival. Triche is also an assistant professor at Elon University in the school of communications.

Neal Hutcheson

  For nearly 300 years the Core Sound community has earned a livelihood from the commercial fishing industry. It’s a livelihood that is now seriously threatened. “Core Sounders” is a new documentary that tells the story of a community in transition.

Host Frank Stasio is joined by Walt Wolfram, executive producer and professor of English at North Carolina State University; and Neal Hutcheson, the Emmy-Award winning director, to talk about their new film, “Core Sounders.”

Olympia Stone is a documentary filmmaker in North Carolina, but she extended her reach to New York to capture the story of James Grashow. He is an artist known for his use of odd implements like chicken wire and paper mache.

Photo of the six Americans who were rescued from Tehran and President Jimmy Carter
The White House

Mark Lijek was working in the American embassy in Iran when it was taken over Nov. 4, 1979. Americans were taken hostage, but he and five others were able to escape the compound and make their way to an apartment. The CIA ultimately helped them leave Tehran with the help of a cover story and false identities that passed the group off as a Hollywood crew making a sci-fi film called Argo. Mark later wrote a memoir called The Houseguests.