The State of Things
11:24 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Audio Under the Stars

Fish Out of Water poster
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A conversation with the organizers of 'Audio Under the Stars'


Live storytelling events have increased in popularity recently, but audio listening parties are still relatively rare. A monthly event called "Audio Under the Stars" seeks to change that in Durham.

Its organizers see audio stories as vehicles to other times and occasions for social engagement. The latest installment, "Fish Out Of Water: Stories of misfits, oddballs, mariners and real fish", is Friday at 8pm at SPECTRE Arts in Durham.

Below is a taste of the kind of stories "Audio Under the Stars" showcases. 

Elizabeth Fritz recalls Durham in the 1950s. Produced by Elizabeth Friend.

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The State of Things
11:57 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Risky Behavior

Risk! logo

Host Frank Stasio talks with “Risk!” founder Kevin Allison and local storyteller Andrew Aghapour.

Many people assume comedy requires wacky characters and crazy scenarios. But for comedian Kevin Allison, vulnerability is key. His podcast and live show, "Risk!", features personal stories the tellers never thought they would share. "Risk!" will be at DSI Comedy Theater in Chapel Hill on Friday at 8:30pm. 

Check out last week's podcast. The theme was stung. On The State of Things, we played a clip featuring LA-based comedian Jen Kirkman.

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Wed June 4, 2014

The Expansion of Video Games

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A conversation about video games

When many people hear the words “video game,” they think of a stereotypical geeky teenage boy. But that image does not represent the true industry. Women account for nearly half of the gaming population and more than a third of gamers are over the age of 36. Video games have expanded into an art form that produces complex narratives, cultural critiques and symphony soundtracks. 

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

The Future of Storytelling

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A panel discussion on the future of story telling

In the pre-digital era, storytellers were a specific category of individuals who regaled live audiences with their tales. Now, anyone with a smart phone or a YouTube account can be a storyteller who reaches audiences across the globe. What is the future of the art of storytelling?

The North Carolina Literary Festival asks that question of a panel of experts this Saturday at 12:30 pm in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University. 

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Arts & Culture
1:19 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

The Moth Radio Hour Comes To WUNC

Adam Savage tells his story on The Moth stage
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I'm pretty sure you've heard about The Moth. It's that project where people stand in front of a live audience, without notes, and tell stories.

The stories are often funny, touching, surprising. They are recorded and shared via podcast and a radio show, The Moth Radio Hour.

I say "pretty sure" because so many WUNC listeners contact us to say "Will you carry The Moth Radio Hour?" Well....I'm happy to say, yes! We will! Beginning Sunday!

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The State of Things
11:23 am
Mon December 2, 2013

A Story: The Shortest Distance Between Two Points

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Wesley Hogan's interest in storytelling stretches back to her childhood. 

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Art Exhibit Marks 25th Anniversary Of The Stone Center

Progressive Youth #1 by Tim Okamura
Tim Okamura

The UNC Stone Center is celebrating 25 years of promoting black scholarship in the Chapel Hill community. The Center’s first exhibit of the season features the portraiture work of Brooklyn-based artist Tim Okamura. "This Story Has Not Yet Been Told…" draws from Brooklyn life, hip-hop culture, and storytelling.

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

How Storytelling Influences The Way We Think And Act

Slaying The Gorgon The Rise of the Storytelling Industrial Complex
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Joe McHugh says we spend too much time focusing on what information people consume instead of how they consume it. Conservatives may focus on Fox News, and liberals may love MSNBC, but McHugh says that’s not as important as the fact that members of both ideologies are watching television. He says the mediums we use can be as influential as the content they provide.

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State of Things
11:34 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Storytelling Festival

Donald Davis, professional storyteller

In the age of digital technology, storytelling is alive and well. In fact, many professional storytellers travel, working the festival circuit. Donald Davis is on the road 42 weekends this year, entertaining audiences with tales about identity, spirituality and everyday life.

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State of Things
6:50 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Special: The Monti American Graduate

Brynn Surratt from Southmont, NC

The Monti - American Graduate Special is an hour of true stories from the front lines of North Carolina’s high school drop out crisis. It's hosted by Jeff Polish. He's the founder of The Monti, a local non-profit whose stated mission is to create community through the story-telling. For this collaboration with WUNC, Jeff sought out North Carolinians with personal stories to tell about the struggles that get in the way of a successful high school education.

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