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The State of Things
11:50 am
Mon August 5, 2013

North Carolina Journalist Gives A Behind-The-Scenes Look At Local Media

I Never Promised Not To Tell by Grady Jefferys
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  Originally broadcast March 13, 2013

Frank Stasio talks with journalist and author Grady Jefferys.

The Pew Research Center released its annual State of the Media report for 2012, and television news viewership is down. Political coverage has declined, and on local TV news, 40 percent of the content is made up of traffic, sports and weather. Meanwhile, newspaper newsrooms in 2012 employed 40,000 people, the smallest number of full-time journalists since 1978.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Sledge Awaits Justice From Behind Bars

News & Observer reporter Mandy Locke discusses the wrongful conviction case of Joseph Sledge

In 1976, Joseph Sledge was accused of murdering a mother and daughter in Bladen County, NC. Because of the many limits of scientific evidence at the time, hairs found at the scene of the crime were identified as "Negroid." And because Joseph Sledge was a Black man, the hairs were linked to him. Over 34 years later, the use of DNA testing has been used to prove that those hairs were not Sledges'. 

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

North Carolina Journalist Gives A Behind-The-Scenes Look At Local Media

I Never Promised Not To Tell by Grady Jefferys
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Frank Stasio talks with journalist and author Grady Jefferys.

The Pew Research Center released its annual State of the Media report for 2012, and television news viewership is down. Political coverage has declined, and on local TV news, 40 percent of the content is made up of traffic, sports and weather. Meanwhile, newspaper newsrooms in 2012 employed 40,000 people, the smallest number of full-time journalists since 1978.

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The State of Things
11:32 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Why A Federal Judge Rejected WakeMed’s Settlement For A Second Time

  The federal investigation into WakeMed over Medicare fraud looked like it was going to end in a settlement. But a federal judge twice rejected the agreement between the hospital and prosecutors, leaving the case unresolved. News & Observer reporter Joe Neff joins host Frank Stasio in the studio to discuss the case.

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Unemployment Changes Coming

  The General Assembly is expected to consider legislation this week that will reform the federal unemployment insurance program. Republican leaders say the changes will help pay back a growing debt the state owes the federal government.

Advocates for workers say they are unnecessary and will push thousands of residents over a financial cliff. News and Observer reporter Mandy Locke joins Frank Stasio to discuss the changes and how it may affect tens of thousands of North Carolina residents.

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State of Things
10:03 am
Wed December 19, 2012

N&O Plus

Today, the News and Observer of Raleigh is putting in place an online paywall — a subscription fee for people who want to read more than 15 articles a month on the paper's website. Host Frank Stasio talks about the changes and the evolving economies of the newspaper business with N&O publisher Orage Quarles, III.

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State of Things
9:56 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Steve Ford

For nearly a quarter century, Steve Ford edited the editorial page at the News and Observer of Raleigh. During that time, he wrote about disgraced politicians, fights over student assignment and a wide array of other issues facing the state and Triangle. Ford retired earlier this month, and today he joins host Frank Stasio to look back at his career and the changing nature of editorial pages.

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Business & Economy
9:59 am
Thu October 18, 2012

North Carolina’s Negative Advertising

Negative political advertising has become a mainstay of national and local campaigns, but it wasn’t always this way. North Carolina had a unique role in shaping the evolution of attack advertising. News & Observer political reporter and columnist Rob Christensen talks about North Carolina’s rancorous political ad past with host Frank Stasio.

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