Arts & Culture
7:14 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Snapshots Capture Life in Depression-Era North Carolina

Roadside meeting with Durham County farmer. North Carolina. He gives road directions by drawing the dirt with a stick. July 1939
Credit Dorothea Lange / Library of Congress Call Number LC-USF34-020259

During the Great Depression, the federal government sent photographers around the country to meet Americans and document their lives. Those photographers took some 170,000 photographs throughout the latter half of the 1930s and into the 194os. The images they captured are among the most iconic of the era.

There's a new way to browse the images by state and even by county. The site is called Photogrammer and it was created by a team at Yale University.

Read more
12:39 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

North Carolina Teachers Learn About Undocumented Immigrants Through Remarkable Story

Tamaulipas, Mexico, 1996 – Marisol daydreams at dusk while anticipating the arrival of more garbage trucks at the municipal dump.
Credit Janet Jarman

Immigration has taken center stage this week with President Obama's announcement of protection for some  children and families who entered the country illegally. In North Carolina, some area teachers have recently been trained to better understand the experience of such undocumented immigrants. The training is based on an extraordinary set of photos, taken over two decades, on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border.

WUNC's Carol Jackson tells the story:

Read more
1:00 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Duke Performances: Setting Rare Civil War Photos To Music

Ruins in Charleston, S.C., from the album Photographic Views of Sherman’s Campaign
Credit George N. Barnard / David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Duke University recently acquired two stunning sets of photographs of the Civil War. Now, Duke Performances has commissioned a leading guitarist to set the images to music. The result is an intimate perspective on the cost of war.

Read more
The State of Things
12:14 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Still Life with Bread Crumbs

The seventh novel by New York Times Bestselling Author Anna Quindlen.
Credit Random House


As a reporter, columnist, mother, coveted commencement speaker, and novelist, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times Bestselling author Anna Quindlen has never been afraid of redefining herself.

Read more
The State of Things
12:17 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

NC Photographer Uses Pinup Photos As A Way For Women To Appreciate Their Bodies

Pinup Art by Iman Woods
Iman Woods

Pinup photography gained popularity in the 1940s when glamorous photos of women were made into posters for soldiers to take to war. Painted versions of pinup girl images even appeared on the noses of military aircrafts. But the mass-produced pinups lost popularity throughout the last half-century.

Now, one North Carolina photographer, Iman Woods, is reviving the pinup technique.

Woods struggled with body image and weight issues throughout her life and discovered that photography transformed her perception of herself.

Read more
Arts & Culture
10:08 am
Tue September 9, 2014

9 Ridiculously Cute Underwater Puppies (You're Welcome)

Popsicle: puggle mix, 9 weeks.
Seth Casteel Courtesy of Little, Brown and Co.

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 7:24 pm

A few years ago, award-winning animal photographer Seth Casteel became an overnight sensation when his photos of dogs underwater went viral. What followed was a book deal that resulted in the New York Times best-seller Underwater Dogs.

Casteel's new book, out Sept. 16, is possibly the only thing cuter than Underwater Dogs: Underwater Puppies.

Read more
Lost & Found
1:29 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Vintage Photos Of Duke Basketball Player; Mystery Solved

This photo was found tucked in a book at the Chapel Hill Public Library.

Earlier this summer, we heard about a vintage photo that was found tucked away in one of the books at the Chapel Hill Public Library. No one knew how long the picture had been there, but the photo caught our imagination. Who was this Duke Blue Devil?

Well, the mystery appears to be solved.  The son of a Duke alum Donald Brandon wrote to say, "It looks like Bill Werber."

Read more
1:20 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

[VIDEO] Behind-The-Scenes, One Summer With Durham Bulls

Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Credit Frank Hunter

Last year more than a dozen creative types - writers, photographers and filmmakers descended on the Durham Bulls Athletic Park for an unprecedented in-depth look at minor league baseball. Someone was at the stadium for every inning -- of every game -- all summer long. All of the work of Bull City Summer has been reviewed and now the very best is on display at several area locations.

WUNC's Carol Jackson has the story:

Read more
Arts & Culture
12:38 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

[PHOTOS] Explore These Abandoned Homes Of North Carolina

This picture is featured prominently on Michelle Bowers' Facebook page, Abandoned Homes of North Carolina
Michelle Bowers

Home is where the heart is and for many abandoned homes and barns around Franklin County, the echoes of these past lives is what prompted Michelle Bowers to start a photo collection which documents the abandoned homes of North Carolina.

“I’ve always hated history in school but this seems like a way to get back into history,” Bowers said.

Read more
The State of Things
11:49 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Photographer Documents Post Office Closings Across Rural South

Post Office on Harkers Island
Rachel Boillot

Although some regard the United States Postal Service as a beloved American icon, technological developments and budget concerns have taken a toll on the institution. Recent funding issues, competition and the rise of email have transformed the postal service into an endangered species. Thousands of post offices have closed their doors in the last three years. 

Read more