The State Of Things
10:20 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Political Junkie Ken Rudin Talks North Carolina Politics

Ken Rudin
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United States Senator Kay Hagan faces a tough battle to keep her seat in 2014. Some polls indicate Hagan’s lead over several Republican challengers is diminishing. GOP Strategist Karl Rove travelled to the state this week to raise money for one of those challengers: North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis.

Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the Senate race and other North Carolina politics.

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

UNC System President Tom Ross Talks Higher Education

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The UNC System, made up of 17 educational institutions, has seen a reduction in funding over the last several years. Some universities are eliminating positions to try to make up the difference. And tuition hikes place a greater burden on students.  UNC System President Tom Ross  addressed the budget problems in North Carolina in a conversation with host Frank Stasio on WUNC's The State of Things.

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The State of Things
9:25 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Raleigh Throws Its Doors Wide Open

The city of Raleigh hosts the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival this weekend.
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A panel discussion about Raleigh's growth and development


Thousands of bluegrass fans will pour into downtown Raleigh this week for the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival. 

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The State of Things
11:03 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Can The Republican Party Maintain Control?

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Host Frank Stasio talks about the state of the North Carolina GOP with his guests.

The North Carolina General Assembly goes back into session Tuesday. Lawmakers will consider Governor Pat McCrory’s vetoes of two bills. One requires drug testing for certain welfare recipients. The other grants immigration exemptions for some seasonal workers.

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The State of Things
11:04 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Senator Ellie Kinnaird Says Farewell

Former N.C. Sen. Ellie Kinnaird
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For 17 years, North Carolina Senator Ellie Kinnaird represented the constituents in Orange and Chatham Counties with passion.

Frank Stasio talks to N.C. Senator Ellie Kinnaird about her nine terms in office

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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
11:53 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Jim Holshouser & North Carolina's Changing Politics

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Congressman Howard Coble shares his memories of Jim Holshouser and the weekly news round table discuss how NC politics are changing

Former North Carolina Governor Jim Holshouser was laid to rest today. He died this week at age 78 in a state very different from the one he governed 4 decades ago.

His Republican Party has changed a lot too.  Congressman Howard Coble served in Holshouser's cabinet.  "I think he was concerned in enlarging our tent," Coble told host Frank Stasio on The State of Things. "We have some folks in our party who would like to build a barrier around the tent and permit only those who agree identically with every issue, and that's not practical."

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The State of Things
11:08 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Is The South Dying?

Cover of Tracy Thompson's New Book, 'The New Mind of the South.'
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Author Tracy Thompson and Professor Hodding Carter III explore what it means to be Southern today

As the economics, politics, and demographics of the South change, what happens to the culture and identity of the region?

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The State of Things
11:32 am
Tue May 28, 2013

The Fight Over Abortion In North Carolina

Abortion activists at a rally in Miami.
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A panel of experts discuss the fight over abortion legislation in North Carolina from The State of Things.

Host Frank Stasio speaks to a panel of experts to discuss the fight over abortion legislation in North Carolina. Jessica Jones is WUNC’s Capitol Bureau Chief; Suzanne Buckley is the Executive Director of NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) Pro-Choice North Carolina; Tami Fitzgerald is the executive director of North Carolina Values Coalition; and Erika Levi is an OB/GYN and abortion provider in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The State of Things
12:35 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Lawmakers Push Slew Of Controversial Bills

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Local artist join Host Frank Stasio and WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones to discuss this week's news from Capitol Hill

Lawmakers were on a tear in the North Carolina General Assembly this past week, pushing forward a slew of controversial bills.

The Senate tentatively passed a bill requiring seventh-graders to be taught that abortion can lead to premature delivery in future pregnancies. The controversy there came about because the medical conclusion is based on disputed science.

"I feel emotional about this one," said singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett during a State of Things news roundtable. "I have three daughters...I find it so offensive when science is used in that way."

Legislation requiring parental consent for teenagers who want STD treatment or birth control is making its way through the House. Some think that it could be counterproductive if passed.

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