The State of Things
10:47 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Raleigh Authors Give 27 Views Of The Capital City

27 Views of Raleigh


27 Views of the Capital City

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The State of Things
11:13 am
Tue September 17, 2013

What Young Readers Want

John Claude Bemis is the 2013 Piedmont Laureate for Children's Literature

Autors John Claude Bemis and Frances O'Roark Dowell talk about writing for young readers


John Claude Bemis is the first ever Piedmont Laureate for Children’s Literature.  In the post-Harry Potter age, more critics consider children’s books valuable works of literature with a reach that extends beyond young audiences. 

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Roundtable Examines Issues Of the Week

Branford Marsalis, Arlie Petters, and Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abenyi join the State of Things for the roundtable conversation.
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Distinguished guest join our weekly roundtable

On this week’s roundtable, a jazz great, a leading string theory mathematician and an accomplished writer share their diverse perspectives on the latest headlines. They’ll discuss a range of issues from the latest Middle East update to the challenges facing minorities in higher education. 

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Sci-Fi Publisher Leaves Catholic Faith For Fantastic Worlds

Sci Fi publisher Jim Minz speaks on the State of Things.
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Jim Minz, senior editor at Baen Publishing, discusses his life and the evolution of book publishing

Today's State of Things show is a rebroadcast of an interview with Jim Minz.  The program originally aired on April 1, 2013.

Jim Minz’s childhood in small-town West Bend, Wisconsin prepared him for two things: game shows and science fiction.

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The State of Things
10:39 am
Tue September 3, 2013

David Drake Launches ‘Monsters Of The Earth

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Author David Drake talks about his new novel, 'Monsters of the Earth'

David Drake  has garnered a reputation in the world of science fiction readers as a leader in the military sci-fi genre. But he won’t be penned in by labels. His latest novel, “Monsters of the Earth” (Tor/2013), is the third in his Books of the Elements fantasy series.

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The State of Things
11:06 am
Tue August 27, 2013

The Duke Professor Who Secretly Wrote Romance Novels

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Duke Professor Katherine Dubois talks with Frank Stasio about writing romance novels.

In Katharine Ashe's latest book, "I Married the Duke," the heroine Arabella takes passage on a ship through the English Channel and meets a rough and tumble sailor who is not what he seems. 

Secret identities and characters in disguise are some of Katharine Ashe's favorite tropes.  Perhaps because the writer herself is not what she seems.

Ashe has received acclaim and popular success as a romance novelist.  But she leads a second life as Katharine Brophy Dubois, a visiting assistant professor in the History Department and Religion Department at Duke University.

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

From Maid To Novelist, A Writer’s Journey

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Nancy Peacock’s path to becoming a successful writer wasn’t normal but it was fun. She got interested in writing in the 4th grade when a teacher introduced her to the arts.

"I loved books," she said. "I loved storytelling, but I didn't know that was something that adults actually did."

She skipped college, choosing instead to marry her high school sweetheart.

“Certainly by not going to college, I had to work. I was sort of thrown into the work-a-day world,” she said.   

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The State of Things
11:51 am
Tue July 30, 2013

What Makes Us Smile?

Marianne LaFrance, a psychologist at Yale, makes a comparison between a genuine smile (left) and a fake smile (right).
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Frank Stasio discusses smiles with a panel of guests.

Sure, it's more or less a given that we smile when we're happy and we smile when our picture is taken.  But do we also smile automatically throughout the day when we make eye contact with strangers?  How often do we smile in conversation? 

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The State of Things
10:51 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Abandoning The Black Hero

The film adaptation of Frank Yerby's 1946 best-selling novel, The Foxes of Harrow.

A panel of writers and scholars discuss the white life novel.

African-American literary authors like James Baldwin or Zora Neale Hurston are famous for their depictions of black life. But these novelists have also written books with white protagonists. Why is this unexpected? Is there a mandate that black authors write only about black characters?

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The State of Things
10:48 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Musical Insider Draws On Experience For Fiction

Bring Me Back is a new book by Karen Booth.

Frank Stasio talks with Karen Booth about her book Bring Me Back.

Karen Booth spent years as an insider in the music industry before leaving behind the glitz. Her love for Duran Duran and other ‘80s groups spurred her to pursue her musical career. She draws upon her love and experience for her new novel “Bring Me Back” (Turquoise Morning Press/2013). Host Frank Stasio talks to her in the studio.