The State of Things

State of Things
10:31 am
Thu October 11, 2012

The Automated Stock Exchange

Buying and selling stock used to be all about people. Increasingly, companies use computers to execute complicated and quick trades on the stock market and some experts worry that these so-called High Frequency Traders could have an unfair advantage in the market. In addition, concerns about how these computerized trades affect market stability are increasingly part of the economic discussion nation-wide.

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State of Things
10:20 am
Thu October 11, 2012

The Malign Hand of the Market

duke.edu

The free market is the backbone of the United States economy, but is it as friendly as the experts claim?

John Staddon doesn’t think so. His new book, “The Malign Hand of the Market: The Insidious Forces on Wall Street that are Destroying Financial Markets and What We Can Do About It” (McGraw-Hill/2012), examines how the free market has been subverted. Host Frank Stasio talks about the free market and how it can be fixed with John Staddon, James B. Duke professor of psychology and professor of biology and neurobiology emeritus at Duke University.

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State of Things
10:28 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Books to Die For

johnconnollybooks.com

In a floundering publishing industry, mystery novels are consistent best sellers. The CBS crime drama NCIS competes only with Sunday night football for top ratings on the Nielsen scale. Why do mysteries have such a grip on our imagination?

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State of Things
10:16 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Fire of Freedom

ncmuseumofhistory.org

Abraham Galloway was a fugitive slave hailing from Wilmington, North Carolina, who became a union spy, a radical abolitionist and a state senator. However, you'll rarely, if ever, see Galloway's name in a history textbook. For 10 years, author and historian David Cecelski researched and attempted to uncover the life of Abraham Galloway.

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State of Things
10:40 am
Tue October 9, 2012

At the Mouth of the River of Bees

smallbeerpress.com

For Kij Johnson, writing was always a hobby. It was a fairly successful one, she’s published novels and short stories, and won numerous awards.

But it wasn’t until she got a job this year at the University of Kansas teaching fiction writing that writing truly became her full-time profession. She has a new collection of short stories out called, “At the Mouth of the River of Bees” (Small Beer Press/2012). She joins host Frank Stasio in the studio to talk about the collection.

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State of Things
10:32 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Bill and Hillary

us.macmillan.com

How much influence does a first lady have on the president? According to historian William Chafe, in the case of Bill and Hillary Clinton the answer is: an incalculable amount. In his new book, "Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal"

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State of Things
10:47 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Meet Allan Gurganus

allangurganus.com

Before Allan Gurganus’s debut novel, "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All," (Vintage/1984) spent eight months on the New York Times bestseller list, he was a kid from Rocky Mount who wanted to be a painter.

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State of Things
11:25 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Heist

hawriverballroom.com

President Obama and Mitt Romney agree that the recession continues, the middle class is suffering and something should be done about the deficit.

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State of Things
11:21 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Colors of Confinement

law.unc.edu

Bill Manbo’s family was just one of many forcibly relocated into Japanese internment camps during World War II. He recorded his time there on a 35 millimeter camera and eventually passed the photos along to Eric Muller, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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State of Things
11:11 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Kate McGarry

katemcgarry.com

Kate McGarry is the latest in a long line of female jazz musicians, and she doesn’t want to forget her forebears.

Her latest album, “Girl Talk” pays homage to the women who came before her. Host Frank Stasio talks to her about her music and her new album, and Kate McGarry plays live in the studio with guitarist Keith Ganz.

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