History

The State of Things
11:23 am
Wed February 26, 2014

"Apostles of Reason" Finds Historical Explanations For Political Polarity

Apostles of Reason by Molly Worthen
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A conversation with professor and author Molly Worthern

    

Evangelical Christians are a diverse group with similar questions but vastly different answers. 

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The State of Things
11:20 am
Wed February 5, 2014

The Rabbi Of Worms

The Rabbi of Worms by M.K. Hammond
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The 11th century isn’t noted in history for its peaceful interfaith relations. And yet, at that time, Christians and Jews alike came from all over Europe to seek the wisdom of the Rabbi of Worms, a French scholar whose commentaries on the scriptures are still used today. Host Frank Stasio talks to writer Marie Hammond about her historical fiction, "The Rabbi of Worms."

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The State of Things
11:23 am
Mon December 2, 2013

A Story: The Shortest Distance Between Two Points

Credit Christopher Sims, via CDSPorch.com

Wesley Hogan's interest in storytelling stretches back to her childhood. 

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

The Clothesline Muse

The Clothesline Muse is a new multi-discipline theater project.
Credit The Clothesline Muse

Vocalist Nnenna Freelon and visual artist Maya Freelon Asante describe their new multimedia performance, The Clothesline Muse

  

In the past, the clothesline was a place where a community’s women met to hang laundry. 

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U.S.
10:49 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Forget The 50 States; The U.S. Is Really 11 Nations, Author Says

Colin Woodard's map of the "11 nations."
Colin Woodard

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 11:56 am

For hundreds of years, this nation has been known as the United States of America. But according to author and journalist Colin Woodard, the country is neither united, nor made up of 50 states. Woodward has studied American voting patterns, demographics and public opinion polls going back to the days of the first settlers, and says that his research shows America is really made up of 11 different nations.

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Movie Series Looks At History Of America's Music

America's Music is a film and performance series at the North Regional Branch of Wake County Libraries.
Credit http://www.wakegov.com/libraries/events/Pages/americasmusic.aspx

Music and Art Professor Jonathan Kramer discusses his collaborative film project, 'America’s Music'

America’s Music is a film and performance series that traces the soundtrack of a nation. The program features documentary screenings and discussions about the history of 20th century American popular music from blues to Broadway and bluegrass to rock 'n' roll. 

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Politics & Government
2:00 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Name That Governor - New Poster Going To Schools

The succession of North Carolina Governors poster.
Credit NC Bankers Association

Curious to know what all the North Carolina governors looked like? Now you can see all 68 (well, most of them) in one place, thanks to the North Carolina Bankers Association. They’ve reissued their poster of the state’s gubernatorial lineage, which hadn’t been updated in more than 50 years.  

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Researcher Documents The Use Of Music In War

Cover of the book 'Sounds of War: Music in the United States during World War II'.
Credit Philip E Pascuzzo/National Archives / Oxford University Press

    

World War II was fought not only with guns and bombs but also with strings, brass, and percussion.

The American government used classical music as part of the war effort to demonstrate the cultural dominance of the Allies. The military also used songs to rally American troops.

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Military
5:00 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Outer Banks To Honor Runaway Slaves

An underground railroad historical marker, like this one from Ohio, will be dedicated at the site.
Credit HystericalMark via Flickr, Creative Commons

A little known part of Civil War history will be honored today on the Outer Banks.  A marker will honor a group of slaves who fled to the area in August, 1861 on their way north to freedom.  About 100 slaves helped Union troops load ships and build fortifications after the capture of forts Hatteras and Clark in return for food and shelter. 

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Arts & Culture
4:57 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Country's Oldest Known Inland European Settlement Unearthed In Western NC

The remains of Fort San Juan.
Credit Robin Beck

A group of archeologists has discovered the remains of the oldest known European settlement in the inland U.S.: a 16th century Spanish fort in western North Carolina. 

Fort San Juan was the largest of six forts built between 1566 and 1568 by explorer Juan Pardo. It’s located five miles north of Morganton at a site that was believed to be an Indian settlement. 

Robin Beck is an assistant professor of archeology at the University of Michigan and was part of the discovery team.  He says the site has something in common with North Carolina's more famous early settlement.

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