The State of Things

State of Things
10:52 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Mail-Order Houses

www.searshomes.org

Rosemary Thornton may have driven by your house a few times. She may have even slowed down, whipped out her camera and snapped a few pictures. But, she’s not casing the place. Thornton is documenting history. If she’s interested in your dwelling, it’s likely you live in a kit home, a mail-order house that could be purchased out of a catalog in the early 20th century.

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State of Things
10:40 am
Thu May 17, 2012

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf

http://msmagazine.com

Ntozake Shange’s 1977 choreopoem, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” rocked audiences when it was initially staged in California and later on Broadway. It has since been performed on stage countless times around the world and was recently adapted into a film directed by Tyler Perry.

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State of Things
10:51 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Debating Dual Language Immersion Programs

Given the popularity of dual language immersion programs in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School District, the school board is considering establishing a dual language elementary magnet school. But where? Chapel Hill-Carrboro has never had a magnet school, but rapid growth is occasioning a new elementary school in the district. Whenever a new school is built, the board examines its programs and its service and considers how to do a better job. But the magnet school proposal could involve moving hundreds of kids around and upsetting parents in the process.

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State of Things
10:32 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Hospital Profits

In a new News & Observer series, reporter Joe Neff uncovered tough, unethical tactics that hospitals use to make money. Neff writes that hospital CEOs get big paydays while poor patients are subject to ruthless harassment from bill collectors. Host Frank Stasio talks to Neff about how North Carolina hospitals are making big profits and driving up the costs of health care for everybody.

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State of Things
10:22 am
Tue May 15, 2012

A Land More Kind than Home

wileycash.com

Wiley Cash's debut novel, "A Land More Kind than Home" (William Morrow/2012), captures the cadence and character of a small, western North Carolina town. After a dangerous preacher causes the death of one townsperson, tragedy strikes

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State of Things
10:13 am
Tue May 15, 2012

If 6 Was 9

lulu.com

David Klein is obsessed with numbers. More specifically, he’s interested in songs with numbers in their titles. Klein has written a whole book about it, covering the numbers 1 through 33, and he plans to ultimately take this project all the way up to 100.

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State of Things
11:49 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Meet Tom Maxwell

www.tommaxwell.com

Singer-songwriter Tom Maxwell was an eyewitness to how the Chapel Hill, NC music scene changed in the 1990s after it was dubbed “the new Seattle” by music critics. Suddenly, local rock bands were being courted and exploited by major record labels and making music became less fun for Maxwell.

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State of Things
11:36 am
Fri May 11, 2012

The Poems of Wing Lei

windpub.com

Alex Grant is Scottish, not Chinese. But he's long been fascinated by Chinese poetry from the 9th century. For his new book he created a 9th century Chinese poet and he tells his life story through a series of poems.

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State of Things
11:32 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Jo Gore and The Alternative

jogore.com

It's no surprise that Jo Gore's got a thing for soul and jazz. She grew up singing in the choir at a Columbus County Baptist Church, and soul music was a regular sound in her house.

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State of Things
10:51 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Who Needs Feminism?

whoneedsfeminism.tumblr.com

A group of Duke University undergraduates decided to fulfill the requirements for a group project by asking their peers on campus, "Who needs feminism?" To their surprise, the world answered them. Their project’s Tumblr blog has received more than 80,000 visits from 144 countries and 11,000 people have "liked" their page on Facebook.

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