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The State of Things
12:24 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Kate And Keith Become "Genevieve & Ferdinand"

Genevieve and Ferdinand Live

Host Frank Stasio talks with jazz duo Kate McGarry and Keith Ganz

Jazz vocalist Kate McGarry and her guitarist husband Keith Ganz have been collaborating for a decade. Kate headlined their New York City-based jazz ensemble that recorded five albums, including Grammy-nominated "If Less Is More, Nothing Is Everything."

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Sports
6:12 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

25 Years Of Merge Records: What A Playlist

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Merge Records is celebrating their 25th anniversary this weekend.

Laura Ballance & Mac McCaughan of the band Superchunk founded the label. "When I see pictures about what we looked like and what the bands that we worked with looked like then it feels like a long time," says Mac. "But it did go by quickly. It's gone by fast."

Superchunk is still releasing new stuff. They debuted"I Hate Music" last year.

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Arts & Culture
12:04 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

'Too Much Pork For Just One Fork' And 3 More Great SCOTS Song Titles

Southern Culture on the Skids

Southern Culture on the Skids are Chapel Hill's legendary "bards of downward mobility." If you have no idea what we're talking about, you're in for a treat:

Here's some of our top four favorite song/album titles:

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The State Of Things
12:19 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

The Luck, And Sounds, Of The Irish

Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums
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This weekend, Raleigh’s streets will be flooded with St. Patrick’s Day revelers. And the sounds of the parade will be classic bagpipe and drum tunes played by the Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums.

The group crashed a wedding last year, much to the guests' delight.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Joshua Starmer's 'Song Of The Month' Is A Cool Collection

Joshua Starmer
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Joshua Starmer is a songwriter, a singer and a cellist. He can play just about anything, we suppose. At the end of 2012, he decided to spend 2013 writing and recording a song a month.

"It almost derailed every month. The very first month was make or break it. I was working on a song I thought was really good until January 28." Then Starmer, notes, he decided that song was about the worst he'd ever heard, and he scrambled to write something else.

The result is a remarkable collection.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Rising Star In Jazz Performs Thursday, Duke Performances

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A rising young star in jazz is headed to Durham Thursday night. Gregory Porter was a college football player when he was sidelined with an injury. So, he turned to music. He cut an album and was still an unknown singer when he was selected by Wynton Marsalis to do a residency with Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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Arts & Culture
10:41 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Jewish Poetry Set To Music

Composer Dan Asia
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Poet Paul Pines and Composer Dan Asia talk about Jewish Poetry set to music

Poet Yehuda Amichai is one of Israel’s most acclaimed artists. His poems explore different aspects of the Jewish faith. American poet Paul Pines also examines the many components of Judaism in his work. American musical composer Dan Asia set both their works to music which will be performed tonight at Elon University

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Congolese Artists Find An Independent Platform For Their Voices

Fall G, Bin G and DJ Couleur at SKIFF 2013 is the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s first international film festival. SKIFF is organized by YoleAfrica and Alkebu Film Pro
Credit http://yoleafrica.org/ / Yole!Africa

Host Frank Stasio talks to professor and co-director of Yole!Africa Chérie Rivers Ndaliko

  

 When we see The Democratic Republic of Congo on the nightly news, we see scenes of bloody conflict . Rarely do we hear from the people of Congo themselves. The Congolese arts organization Yole!Africa has a new project, Art On The Frontline, to promote the work of Congolese filmmakers and musicians. 

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The State Of Things
11:48 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Mardi Gras Sounds With Children Of The Horn

Children of the Horn
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This coming Fat Tuesday, the streets of downtown Durham will be filled with the sounds and celebrations of Mardi Gras. The Durham Mardi Gras parades and parties will be accompanied by the sounds of local bands including Children of the Horn. But first, they perform live in studio. Host Frank Stasio talks with band members Wayne Leechford, Bryan McCune, Robo Jones, John Simonetti, Drew Lile and Todd Proctor.

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The State of Things
12:23 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Louis Armstrong's Groundbreaking Decade In Chicago

Louis Armstrong Master of Modernism
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Professor and author Thomas Brothers talks about his latest book, Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism

    

Louis Armstrong is a integral figure in American popular music. And although many know him for his 1960s hits like "Hello Dolly" and "What a Wonderful World," his career in the 1920s and 30s really set a precedent for jazz vocals and instrumentals for future generations. 

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