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12:17 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

UNC Scientists Help Identify Genetic Markers For Schizophrenia

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Scientists have been working for decades to understand the underlying causes of schizophrenia, one of the most common and most debilitating mental disorders. 

This week, more than 300 researchers from around the world, including those at UNC-Chapel Hill, published a study that identifies more than 100 genetic markers tied to a risk for schizophrenia. 

The research is a move towards finding new ways to fight a disorder that has no clear treatment.

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Dinner Party During Lunch Hour

Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano, hosts of The Dinner Party
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  Public radio gives you news, politics and entertainment. But what about advice that will make you the star of your next social gathering?

The podcast-turned-show Dinner Party Download gives listeners the arts and culture information, music lists and etiquette advice to ensure dinner party success. Host Frank Stasio talks with Dinner Party Download hosts Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam about the evolution of the show and they offer etiquette advice to listeners.

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Choosing To Stay 20 Feet From Stardom

Backup Singer Lisa Fischer on stage with The Rolling Stones
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A conversation with vocalist Lisa Fischer

    

Lisa Fischer is one of the most in-demand vocalists in the music industry, but she rarely takes center stage.

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Interpreting The Affordable Care Act

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Two different interpretations of the Affordable Care Act have raised questions about whether some states can give out subsidies to help people pay for health insurance. 

The D.C. Circuit Court ruled yesterday that subsidies are illegal in states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges. North Carolina is one of those states. 

Then, hours later, the 4th Circuit Court said they are legal.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Duke University law professor Neil Siegel about what the rulings mean for North Carolina.

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Wed July 23, 2014

A Portrait Photographer Defies Social Norms

Hugh Mangum Photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Hugh Mangum’s photographs exhibit at the Durham History Hub

  The late 19th century American South was marked by inequality; Jim Crow was the law of the land and racial segregation was both a social norm and a legal requirement.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Wed July 23, 2014

A Bed And Breakfast Murder Mystery

An Agatha Christie-inspired murder mystery set at a Southern B&B.

A conversation with author Ruth Moose

    

When Beth McKenzie's grandmother passed away, she left behind a hefty nursing home bill and a dilapidated mansion, and it was up to Beth to figure out what to do. But luckily, she had a plan. 

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The State of Things
12:22 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

The State Of Iraq

Soldiers stationed in Safwan, Iraq
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Islamic militants are slowly gaining more control of Iraq. 

The group known as the Islamic State is asserting its will in the northern part of the country. It has made Mosul its de facto capital, and has driven thousands of Christians out of the city.

But the battle is not just sectarian, it is political.

The U.S. has been unsuccessful in its push for the Shiite majority to be more inclusive toward Sunnis and Kurds, and some say a one-state solution cannot work.

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Tue July 22, 2014

What Animals Tell Us About Love And Relationships

Wild Connection by Jennifer Verdolin

Scholar, scientist, and author Jennifer Verdolin

  

After a bad end to a long-term relationship, animal behavior expert Jennifer Verdolin decided to look to the animal kingdom for new insight on dating. 

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The State of Things
11:33 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Meet Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

Meet Rev. Jamine Beach-Ferrara

    

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is an ordained minister and published author who uses her faith work and fiction writing to create new strategies for supporting LGBT communities in the South. 

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The State of Things
11:55 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Lawmakers Move Toward Compromises For Medicaid And Teacher Pay

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Despite sluggish negotiations over the past two weeks, state lawmakers are taking small steps toward a budget deal. 

The House and Senate are working on compromises for teacher raises and Medicaid spending. They are also considering ways to reform the Medicaid system, including treatment from managed care organizations. 

Meanwhile, lawmakers passed a bill to review and possibly replace Common Core standards.

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