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State of Things
10:14 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Clayton Patchwork

Public art brings people together and creates community conversations. When town leaders in Clayton, North Carolina set out to launch their public arts program, they enlisted the help of an outsider named Jody Servon. Servon was hired to consult on how to make a sustainable public arts program and she took her role a step further by making a documentary about Clayton’s efforts to create a vibrant public art scene.

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State of Things
10:04 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Understanding Failure

hup.harvard.edu

Duke University professor Henry Petroski is fascinated by disasters. He believes tragedies can also serve as valuable learning experiences. In his new book, "To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure" (Belknap Press/2012),

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State of Things
10:33 am
Wed May 2, 2012

The Asheville Evidence Room

When guns, drugs and cash went missing from the Asheville Police Department's evidence room last year, the city council wanted to get to the bottom of it. They allocated money for an audit, which was completed about three months ago. It still hasn't been released. Freelance reporter Jon Elliston has been following this story for the Carolina Public Press. Host Frank Stasio talks to him about the case.

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State of Things
10:09 am
Wed May 2, 2012

An Energy Efficient Eyesore

www.cfadnc.org

The American Institute of Architects Center for Architecture and Design in downtown Raleigh is like nothing the capital has ever seen. It eschews traditional building styles in favor of a more environmentally friendly construction that has left some in awe and others confused.

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State of Things
11:35 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Shareholder Spring

trilliuminvest.com

Two years ago, the Supreme Court allowed unlimited corporate political spending, paving the way for companies like Bank of America to contribute millions of dollars in political donations.

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State of Things
9:43 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Meet Lauren Winner

www.laurenwinner.net

In 2002, theologian and writer Lauren Winner was feeling blessed to have found what felt like faith’s perfect fit in Christianity. She converted from Judaism and wrote about her spiritual transition in the best-selling memoir “Girl Meets God.”

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State of Things
11:08 am
Fri April 27, 2012

The Upside of Irrationality

http://today.duke.edu/2010/06/ariely.html

We all do irrational things. Perhaps the strangest thing of all is convincing ourselves that we don’t. What if we embraced the irrationality of human decisions? Would we find that there are advantages to making illogical decisions?

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State of Things
11:00 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Gigi Dover & the Big Love

www.gigidover.com

Singer-songwriter Gigi Dover has been a staple of the music scene in North Carolina since the late 1980s when she performed with Americana band The Rank Outsiders.

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State of Things
10:43 am
Thu April 26, 2012

The Novel World

Steve Jobs famously said, “People don’t read anymore.” Ironically, after his death, his biography went on to become the bestselling book on Amazon last year. Nancy Armstrong researches how books –

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State of Things
10:30 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Il Trovatore

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It's one of the most popular operas of all time and notoriously difficult to perform, but the North Carolina Opera is bringing it to the Triangle this weekend. Il Trovatore, Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece, pits two enemies against each other in a dramatic love tale that ends with a twist.

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