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The State of Things
11:08 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Hidden Voices: School to Prison Pipeline

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Zero-tolerance policies and increased police presence in schools are charting a path for students from classrooms to prisons. Minority and low-income students are especially vulnerable.The Hidden Voices project interviewed youth, teachers, lawyers and police officers about the school to prison pipeline. Then they turned those conversations into art in a project called “None of The Above.” The onstage production takes place tonight and tomorrow night at 8 p.m.

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The State of Things
12:23 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

North Carolina Charter School Expansion

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  Next year, 26 new charter schools will open their doors to students in North Carolina. An additional 170 groups filed initial applications to open charter schools in 2015. The growth comes on the heels of legislature eliminating the 100 charter school cap and voting to form a new advisory board to consider charter school applications. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC education reporter Dave Dewitt about the changes in the charter school movement and the ways the state regulates these independent institutions.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Mon August 12, 2013

The Mysterious Relationship Between Brain And Body

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Scientist Staci Bilbo helps decipher the mind body relationship

Scientists generally understand that healthy bodies and healthy minds are related, but the interaction between the two isn’t as clear.

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The State of Things
10:49 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Gay Parents Struggle To Adopt

Julie, Sara and their family
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Host Frank Stasio talks to Julie Edmunds, an adoptive parent, and Chris Brook, legal director of the North Carolina ACLU about the obstacles for second parent adoption

When Julie Edmunds and Sara Terry became the first North Carolina family to get a second parent adoption back in 2004, they had no idea it might all be taken away from them. A second parent adoption is when someone adopts the child of a partner who he or she is not married to. In North Carolina, a state where same sex couples can’t be married, it’s an important tool.

Edmunds and Terry had their second-parent adoption back in 2004, back when it was still possible to do so.

“I still remember to this day the judge standing there and saying… ‘I deal so much with people who are trying to avoid taking responsibility for their children that it’s just wonderful to see somebody wanting to take responsibility…’” Edmunds said.  

But a court ruling in 2010 said that unmarried couples had no right to second parent adoptions in the state, possibly throwing the legal rights of people like Edmunds and Terry into question.

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The State of Things
11:03 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Greensboro's Downtown Curfew For Youth Is Underway

Greensboro established a summer curfew for its youth.
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The Triad has a few changes in store for their region’s youth this summer, including a new summer curfew.

The Greensboro City Council voted on the curfew in a special meeting, and it went into effect on July 3. The new restriction stipulates that teenagers are not to be in downtown without an adult between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. 

Jeff Tiberii is WUNC’s Greensboro Bureau Chief and joins State of Things Host Frank Stasio live at the Triad Stage to discuss the curfew and other new developments in the Triad.

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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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The State of Things
10:40 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Goolsby Defends Potential Racial Justice Act Repeal

Senator Thom Goolsby, Republican, is the primary sponsor of a bill repealing the Racial Justice Act
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An in-depth look at the Racial Justice Act

This week the North Carolina Senate voted along party lines to repeal the Racial Justice Act. Also in the legislation are measures designed to restart executions, which have been unofficially on hold in the state since 2006.

Critics contend that eliminating the Racial Justice Act will prevent those unfairly sentenced to death because of racial bias from getting justice. More than 150 people in the state are awaiting execution.

Republican Senator Thom Goolsby of New Hanover County sponsored the legislation repealing the Racial Justice Act, and he said on The State of Things that the Act isn’t necessary.

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The State of Things
10:13 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Band Keeps Soul Alive Through Musical Expression

The Third Expression
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Host Frank Stasio talks with The Third Expression and they perform live

  The Third Expression is an interesting hodgepodge of genres -- jazz, roots music and country -- and they only hit the Durham scene about two years ago.

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The State of Things
1:44 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

The State of Things in Greensboro 4/4/2013

Frank Stasio & WUNC Greensboro reporter Jeff Tiberii at a Triad Stage State of Things broadcast.

About once a month The State of Things packs up our Mobile 1 and heads to Greensboro for a broadcast from The Triad Stage.  Here's what's coming up on the next show this Thursday, April 4:

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Musician Sings For Social Justice

Tokyo Rosenthal
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Tokyo Rosenthal plays live on The State of Things

Tokyo Rosenthal is an Americana musician. And while Americana might be a traditional sort of music, Tokyo Rosenthal isn’t your traditional artist.

His sound combines rock, country and blues, and his songs revolve around issues of social justice. Host Frank Stasio talks to him about his newest album, and Tokyo Rosenthal plays live in the studio.

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