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For Jonathan Weiler and Anne Menkens, their divorce started their love story.
Anne Menkens

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And while the holiday inspires some to roll their eyes at cheesy Hallmark cards and endless consumerism, others embrace the nudge to celebrate their loved ones. Two UNC-Chapel Hill staff recently decided to document their own nontraditional love story in a new book. Jonathan Weiler and Anne Menkens met in the early 90s when they were both graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill.

'Loves in need of love today' in Stefanie Jackon's 'Orpheus Soul Brothers' series
Stefanie Jackson

Artist Stefanie Jackson thinks of her drawings as works of fiction; they express emotions and evoke memories, but they focus on telling stories instead of documenting factual events. Much of Jackson's work stems from important historical moments in African-American history that directly touched her own life, like the economic decline of Detroit, Michigan, or the devastation of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. A new exhibit of Jackson's paintings is on view at UNC-Chapel Hill's Sonja...

Sarah Razak / Flickr Creative Commons

Water contamination in Flint, Mich ., is perhaps the most prominent minority health crisis in America right now. It is affecting a majority African-American city, and raising questions about whether state leaders disproportionately distributed resources. This type of intersection between public health and social justice is the theme of this year's Minority Health Conference at UNC-Chapel Hill. Host Frank Stasio talks with Crystallee Crain , member of the Alameda County Juvenile Justice &...

Image of 'Noah's Wife' galleys
Lindsay Starck

The story of Noah’s ark has a life that extends far beyond the pages of the Bible. Images of animals walking two by two are ubiquitous in pop culture; the baby gift industry is filled with Noah’s ark-themed toys and decorative items. But one North Carolina author was perplexed by the fact that many of these popular images seemed to indicate that Noah’s story is cheerful and optimistic. She had always thought of it as a narrative about the destruction of the world. Moreover, she wondered why...

An image of police responding to electrical accident at UNC-CH
Adam Hochberg / WUNC

Thursday, January 21: A UNC-Chapel Hill employee was hospitalized after an electrical accident that temporarily cut power for much of campus. Dey Hall and Wilson Library still have no power and are closed.

Retelling The Story Of The Wilmington Ten

Jan 15, 2016
The Wilmington Ten held a press conference at Central Prison in Raleigh to denounce Governor Jim Hunt’s decision not to pardon them.
Steve Murray / News and Observer

Despite court-mandated integration in 1968 , the relationship between black and white students grew more hostile in New Hanover County, North Carolina . In early 1971, a group of black students boycotted and demanded changes in the school system. They faced harassment and eventually violence from white supremacist groups. Law enforcement intervened after the interactions escalated into a fire and a death. The district attorney fabricated a story and framed 10 protesters, known as the...

Ricky Hurtado is the executive director of the Scholars' Latino Initiative at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he helps Latino high school students earn a college degree.
John Houston

Growing up in rural North Carolina, Ricky Hurtado knew little about the state's education system. As a first-generation Latino-American, he saw limited resources around him to achieve a college degree. He worked two jobs in high school to save money for college. With support of his family and teachers, he eventually earned a full ride to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill through the Morehead-Cain scholarship. Throughout college, Ricky developed a passion for public policy and...

Bob Matthews on the left with Silhouettes of Service interviewer Jeff Goldberg
Gregory DeCandia

Frequently in television shows and blockbuster movies, actors portray the experiences of military service men and women. But rarely do audiences experience these visceral stories on a theatrical stage. The festival "Veterans and Their Families", sponsored by the Department of Communications at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will showcase three plays by local playwrights inspired by stories from the homefront and the front lines. The productions are in development, and each...

Headshot Photo of Terri Phoenix, the director of the LGBTQ Center at UNC-Chapel Hill.
lgbtq.unc.edu

This is a rebroadcast of a program that aired last year . Terri Phoenix (T) grew up always feeling like an outsider. As a young child in a poor, fragmented family, Terri moved around more than 10 times before starting high school and was always the "new kid." But then Terri's isolation got worse when T came out in a small, conservative town in south Georgia with no visible LGBTQ community. Terri ran away from home but survived by connecting with at least one person who accepted T. Terri is...

There are more than 70,000 missing black men in North Carolina.
Nicolas Alejandro / Flickr Creative Commons

Note: This is a rebroadcast from earlier this year. Young African-American men are dying and being incarcerated at higher rates than African-American women and white men and women. One and a half million black men are missin g from everyday life , according to a New York Times report . More than 70,000 black men are missing in North Carolina. Their disappearance from society is the product of many structural and policy issues. Host Frank Stasio talks with Mark Anthony Neal , professor of...

Jay Price / WUNC

Updated at 9:40 a.m. A lockdown has been lifted at UNC-Chapel Hill and at Chapel Hill/Carrboro schools after unconfirmed reports of an armed person at the Carolina ROTC building. Someone spotted a man carrying a long case that could contain a rifle or shotgun.

A group of student protesters interrupted a UNC town hall meeting about race and inclusion to present their demands.
Reema Khrais

A town hall about race and inclusion on UNC’s campus Thursday drew loud protests and candid reflections from students. The discussion comes on the heels of several campus protests across the country related to racial issues.

Clarence Page
Keppler Speakers

Protests erupted on college campuses around the country this month as students called for racial and social reforms. At the University of Missouri-Columbia last week, the system president and university chancellor resigned after mounting tensions over race relations on campus. Students at many other campuses are demanding resignations and conducting sit-ins, hunger strikes and walk outs as they wait for universities to respond to their concerns. These heated confrontations raise questions...

Coronavirus
CDC/Dr. Fred Murphy / Wikipedia

Scientists at UNC Chapel Hill have discovered a new virus that's a distant relative of SARS. They published their findings in the journal Nature Medicine this week.

Stories From The Arab Spring

Nov 10, 2015
Reynolds on a tank in the Panshjir Valley, Afghanistan
Andy Reynolds

UNC political science professor Andy Reynolds is one of the world’s leading experts in governmental and electoral design. During his graduate school years in post-Apartheid South Africa, Reynolds advised writers of the constitution. He continued to help other countries devise political structures over the last two decades. During the Arab Spring revolutions, Reynolds spent time in Egypt, Libya and Yemen working for the United Nations and the United States National Security Council. After...

Paul Smith

Peyton Reed fell in love with movies after watching the original “Planet of the Apes” as a child. He grew up in Raleigh and dedicated his teen years to film production. He studied film at UNC-Chapel Hill and soon moved to Los Angeles to jump start his career. But it took Reed years to work his way into the directing ranks. He finally made it on the scene in the 2000s with films like “Bring It On,” “The Break-Up,” and “Yes Man.” This summer, Reed directed the blockbuster hit “ Ant-Man ,” the...

Photo of foreign policy expert Trita parsi
Trita Parsi

Trita Parsi was born in pre-revolution Iran in the early 1970s. Although his family left the country when he was just four years old, his interest and connection to Iranian people, culture, and politics has remained strong throughout his life. Early in his career Parsi worked for the United Nations addressing human rights in Iran, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Iraq. After the 9/11 attacks, he founded the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), to organize and strengthen the voice of Iranian...

The pick-up trucks and cars adorned with Confederate and American flags flapping in the air were hard to miss as they rolled down Franklin Street. As the caravan came to a stop, one woman got out of her truck with a flag wrapped around her waist. Others sported rebel caps and Confederate t-shirts.

The Core design.
UNC-Chapel Hill

UNC-Chapel Hill and the Town of Chapel Hill will break ground on the new Carolina Square project today. The mixed-use project will replace the demolished University Square shops and offices on Franklin St. Carolina Square will have shops, apartments, office space, and a performing arts center.

Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt speaks to a group of mostly UNC Muslim students during a dinner intended to promote dialogue and encourage connections.
Catherine Lazorko

Aisha Anwar remembers when she attended a campus lecture last year as a UNC-Chapel Hill sophomore. She was one of the only Muslims in the crowd. The guest speaker gave a talk about Catholicism, and then touched on Islam. “And concluded with some really, you know, I would say intellectually irresponsible conclusions,” she says.

Aziz Sancar
Dave DeWitt

Aziz Sancar and Paul Modrich have both devoted their professional lives to DNA repair. That might seem like a small enough area of research that, if two of the most important scientists in the field live and work a few miles apart, they would be frequent collaborators.

Time on a clock
Flickr/Sean MacEntee

Time is an essential part of day-to-day life. Clocks and calendars let people know when to sleep, eat, and where they’re supposed to be each morning. But time is also something much more complicated; time is an abstract concept that sits at the center of conversations about physics, philosophy and culture. Host Frank Stasio with brothers Noah and Gabriel Harrell, founders of the Rural Academy Theater , a theater troupe that travels the state by horse and buggy and brings theater to rural...

A photo of Clyde Edgerton
Brent Clark

Author Clyde Edgerton has written 10 novels, a book of advice, and a memoir. Three have been made into movies, and several have made it to the stage. The North Carolina native has written about small-town bigotry, religious hypocrisy and greed but in a darkly comic vein with a focus on characters. Edgerton is also a musician and a professor of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington.
Tonight, he receives the 2015 Thomas Wolfe Prize and Lecture at UNC-Chapel Hill. The award recognizes a rich...

UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt (second from left) meets with service members May 20, after announcing two new university programs to serve current and former military personnel.
Melanie Busbee/UNC-Chapel Hill

UNC-Chapel Hill becomes the 11th public university in North Carolina to open a campus veterans center.

Former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank
U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr Creative Commons/ USDA

Representative Barney Frank served in Congress for more than three decades. His momentous career was marked by personal and political achievements; he was the first member of Congress to voluntarily come out as gay, he helped bring about the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and he co-authored the far-reaching Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. He recently published a memoir called “ Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage ” (Farrar, Straus...

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