The State of Things

The State of Things
11:28 am
Fri December 12, 2014

The Rise and Fall of "The Killer"

The cover for Rick Bragg's new biography of Jerry Lee Lewis, "Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story."
Credit HarperCollins

    

When many people think about the legends of rock and roll music, they think about The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, and so on.

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The State of Things
11:28 am
Fri December 12, 2014

A Musical Craftsman

Chris Staples' newest album American Soft was released earlier this year on Barsuk Records (cover art).
Credit http://www.chrisstaplesmusic.com/

  

Singer-songwriter Chris Staples has spent much of his career as a backup musician for other artists. 

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Movies on the Radio: Filmed in North Carolina

The original poster for Dirty Dancing, one of the many successful movies filmed in North Carolina.
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From The Last of the Mohicans to Dirty Dancing and Days of Thunder, movies made in North Carolina have gone on to great box office success. 

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

The Militarization Of North Carolina's Police

Saint Paul, Minnesota police officers during the 2008 Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center.
Credit Wikimedia

Police departments across the state of North Carolina are arming themselves with the same weapons and gear as the U.S. military. 

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The State of Things
11:57 am
Wed December 10, 2014

An Infuriating American

A new book of essays by Hal Crowther examines H.L. Mencken, one of the most influential and controversial writers of the early 20th century.
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H.L. Mencken was a columnist, author and journalist regarded as one of the most influential American writers from the early 20th century.

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The State of Things
11:57 am
Wed December 10, 2014

A New Take on Shakespeare’s Life And Marriage

Scholar Lena Orlin has a new take on the life and marriage of William Shakespeare.
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This year marks the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare, and worldwide celebrations earlier this year indicated that his life and work continue to transcend racial, ethnic and geographic boundaries. 

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The State of Things
11:40 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Bridging The Divide Between Police And The Public

Credit Alejandro Mejía Greene/JubiloHaku / Flickr

The decisions not to indict white police officers who killed unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and New York have led to calls for reform.

Demonstrations across the country suggest a deep divide between some law enforcement agencies and the people they are charged with protecting.

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The State of Things
11:37 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Preserving Forbidden Music

Musicologist Michael Haas helped uncover compositions by Jewish musicians who had been persecuted by the Nazis.

As a young classical music producer in the 1980s, Michael Haas was digging through East German archives researching the works of Kurt Weill.

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The State of Things
12:06 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Joseph Sledge Closer To Freedom

Joseph Sledge, photographed at Pamlico Correctional Institution in Bayboro, N.C. Thursday, February 28, 2013.
Credit ETHAN HYMAN — ehyman@newsobserver.com

In 1976, Joseph Sledge escaped from an Elizabethtown prison and within 24 hours, mother and daughter Josephine and Ailene Davis were murdered. 

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Connecting Durham's Homeless to Health Care

Jen Robinson in studio for her Meet.


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