Western North Carolina

The State of Things
12:14 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Something Rich And Strange

Ron Rash's new book Something Rich and Strange is composed of 34 of his best short stories written over the past 20 years.
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Many know North Carolina author Ron Rash for his novel Serena which was  turned into a film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

The Militarization Of North Carolina's Police

Saint Paul, Minnesota police officers during the 2008 Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center.
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Police departments across the state of North Carolina are arming themselves with the same weapons and gear as the U.S. military. 

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Mission To Save African-American “School of Hope” In Western North Carolina

The Children from Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School
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In 1912, famed educator Booker T. Washington approached philanthropist and Sears Roebuck Company CEO Julius Rosenwald with a plan to build schools for African-American children in the South. 

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The State of Things
12:12 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

The Future Of National Forests In Western North Carolina

The Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina is one of the state's four national forests. Both the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests are currently undergoing an extensive re-planning process.
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The Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests in western North Carolina play an integral role in the state’s environment and economy. 

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The State of Things
12:27 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

What Does Poetry Mean to North Carolina?

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North Carolina is home to many nationally regarded poets. In the mountains, the Piedmont and on the coast, poetry has a presence. But, in large part that presence lives within the world of academia.

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The State of Things
12:26 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Asheville’s Just Economics Impact on Workers

Just Economics is trying to get a living wage for working class in Western North Carolina.
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  The Asheville nonprofit Just Economics has been pushing for local businesses to pay a living wage. 

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Politics & Government
4:16 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

House Lawmakers Approve Measure That Would Weaken Environmental Regulations

In 2005, the General Assembly named the Southern Appalachian Brook Trout the official Freshwater Trout for the State of North Carolina.
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State lawmakers in both chambers have approved a measure that would weaken environmental rules protecting rivers and streams in North Carolina.

Among other things, Senate Bill 883 would reduce the ratio of land that has to be mitigated when developers and others damage the banks of those waterways. That kind of damage is a major contributor to poor water quality.

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The State of Things
11:15 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina

Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina Guidebook


The Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina are the center of a rich history of music and dance, from musicians like Doc Watson and Earl Scruggs, to traditions like ballad singing and square dancing. 

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Meet Don Pedi

Don Pedi
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North Carolina transplant Don Pedi grew up just outside of Boston across the Chelsea River from Logan Airport in the sixties.

Don’s journey to the Tar Heel state includes one life-changing night at a coffee house, a spontaneous cross-country tour and a passion for the dulcimer. 

Today, he is fixture in the traditional music scene in western North Carolina and the Appalachian Mountains. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Pedi about traditional mountain music and western North Carolina.

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The State of Things
12:28 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Fracking In Western North Carolina?

Worker oversees the process of mixing water with fracking fluids to be injected into the ground in Bakken, North Dakota.
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  Experts have been looking at the piedmont and coastal plain as a potential fracking zone. 

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