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WUNC's The State of Things brings the issues, personalities, and places of North Carolina to you. The State of Things Podcast presents new stories every weekday with topics from our show. To subscribe: Get a daily show update and special news. Subscribe to our podcast on Google Play or iTunes . Or, use the links at the right. Visit the main SOT page .

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Political Junkie Ken Rudin: GOP Senators Unveil Health Care Plan And More


Published: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:29:30 +0000
Summary: Senate Republicans released their plan to roll back the Affordable Care Act this week. The measure was drafted in secret and comes after the U.S. House of Representatives passed its own version of a health bill last month. The bill is expected to come to ..


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The ‘Grand Master’ Of Mystery Writes Swan Song Novel


Published: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:25:41 +0000
Summary: In 1981, Margaret Maron published a mystery novel about NYPD homicide detective Sigrid Harald and her investigation of a poisoning. More than 35 years and 31 titles later, Maron felt she had one more story to tell before retiring from novel writing...


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Dark Histories Loom In Loamlands’ ‘Sweet High Rise’


Published: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:25:07 +0000
Summary: Kym Register and Will Hackney are Loamlands , a folk-rock band whose often dark lyrics focus on local stories like urban development in Durham and overlooked queer history. The title track off their newest album, “Sweet High Rise,” is a direct reflect..


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The Shifting Soundscape Of War


Published: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:47:17 +0000
Summary: We often think of the battlefield as a place of chaos, where the explosive sounds of gunfire ring out over commands. But the technology of warfare is changing and so is the sound...


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Tracking Southern Subcultures


Published: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:45:02 +0000
Summary: When it comes to bohemian art scenes and creative subcultures, the South has often been overshadowed – or sometimes even dismissed – in favor of metropolitan areas like New York or San Francisco. But a new book seeks to highlight the creative thinkers..


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‘The Whole Way Home’ Follows A Woman’s Rise In Country Music


Published: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:50:02 +0000
Summary: Over the years, country music has seen iconic women like Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn become legends in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Nevertheless, country music remains a boy’s club for many artists. In her new novel “ The Whole Way H..


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Movies on the Radio: Superhero Films That Soared, Or Splattered


Published: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:47:52 +0000
Summary: Superheroes have captured the American imagination since the 1930s. Characters including Superman, Batman and Spiderman represented men of strength and moral fiber who inspired as they fought the forces of evil. It was an easy jump to the silver screen, w..


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​Senate and House Leaders Settle On A Budget For North Carolina


Published: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:50:39 +0000
Summary: Yesterday evening, the North Carolina Senate and House leaders reached an agreement over how to spend and raise state funds. The compromise deal lays out a 3.3 percent increase in teacher pay for the coming year, and raises pay for most other state employ..


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‘Be Free Or Die’ Tells The Story Of Robert Smalls’ Escape From Slavery


Published: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:28:38 +0000
Summary: In May 1862, Robert Smalls became a Union hero overnight when he stole a Confederate steamer from the Charleston harbor. Smalls had been enslaved his whole life and decided to free himself and his family by stealing the Planter and piloting it to the Unio..


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‘Soul Food Junkies’ Weighs Culinary Tradition With Healthy Habits


Published: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:27:19 +0000
Summary: Soul food has been a culinary tradition for centuries. While it remains an important source of community for many African-Americans, the way certain soul foods are prepared can increase chances of cancer and other health issues . In his documentary “ So..


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Trump’s Friend Tom Barrack Expanded An Exploitive Home Rental Empire To North Carolina


Published: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:31:40 +0000
Summary: Thomas Barrack is a real estate mogul and President Donald Trump’s good friend. He built a housing empire by swooping in and purchasing foreclosed homes during the recession...


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Vegan Desserts Put Entrepreneur On The Rocky Road To Success: Meet Becky Holmes


Published: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:13:41 +0000
Summary: Becky Holmes grew up eating the bread and processed foods her family could get from food pantries. They struggled with obesity, mental illness and other ailments that made Becky realize what you eat matters. She vowed to break the cycle of poverty and be ..


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How Do Liberals And Conservatives Use Fact-Checking?


Published: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:18:14 +0000
Summary: Most fact-checkers aim to stay out of politics. But the way in which partisan news sites use fact-checking is a different story. A study from the Duke Reporter’s Lab says there is a partisan divide over how fact-checking is referenced in liberal and con..


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Raleigh Little Theatre Brings 'Avenue Q' To The Triangle


Published: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:01:47 +0000
Summary: “Everyone’s a little bit racist,” according to the characters in the musical “Avenue Q.” The humorous show stars humans and puppets who are grappling with the realities of being imperfect adults in an imperfect world. It involves drinking, harsh..


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Kate Rhudy Offers Songs With Serenity On Debut Album


Published: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:42:20 +0000
Summary: Raleigh-based singer-songwriter Kate Rhudy picked up a violin when she was just a kid. She spent her childhood at fiddler’s conventions and regularly played folk music at home with her family. Now she has channeled her reflections on relationships, roma..


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There Goes The Sun


Published: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:02:47 +0000
Summary: This August communities across the United States will witness a total solar eclipse for the first time almost 100 years. This event is both a visual spectacle for sky watchers and a significant scientific event...


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Genetic Testing Raises New Questions About Race


Published: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:01:56 +0000
Summary: With the rise of a competitive market for personal gene testing, the tool is becoming more available and affordable to the public. People can now swab their cheek, send the sample off to a lab, and wait patiently for a private company with a massive gene ..


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David Gessner’s Search For ‘Ultimate Glory’ With A Frisbee


Published: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:31:04 +0000
Summary: Today millions of people play Ultimate Frisbee. But in the 1980s, when David Gessner first picked up a frisbee, the sport was still relatively unknown...


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Toxins Found In Cape Fear Water Supply


Published: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:19:27 +0000
Summary: A chemical compound found in the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) water supply is garnering the attention of local officials. The contaminant GenX is manufactured by the Chemours Company at its Fayetteville Works plant. GenX is a replacement for..


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John Grisham’s Latest Thriller Takes Readers To Franklin Street


Published: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:17:12 +0000
Summary: John Grisham is a masterful and prolific storyteller best known for his courtroom dramas. But in his latest book, “ Camino Island ” (Doubleday/2017), Grisham breaks from the courtroom and brings readers into the underworld of rare and stolen books...


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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Creates Characters Who've Gone Off-Track


Published: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:12:18 +0000
Summary: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo started thinking a lot more about the trajectory of his life once he turned 50. In his new book, his characters are going through a similar process...


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​NC Legislative Roundup: Supreme Court Redistricting Decision, Concealed Carry Bill & State Budget


Published: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:30:34 +0000
Summary: The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed with a lower court ruling stating that 28 legislative districts in North Carolina are gerrymandered along racial lines. A three-judge panel is now contemplating the next steps, including when and how the state can rectify..


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Torture: The Politics And The Human Consequences


Published: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:25:44 +0000
Summary: Mohamedou Ould Slahi is an innocent man who spent 14 years detained and tortured in Guantanamo Bay...


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‘No Bull’ Details Durham Bulls Rise To Baseball Stardom


Published: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:09:10 +0000
Summary: The Durham Bulls are one of the most well-known teams in minor league baseball, in part because of the hit movie “Bull Durham.” But the team was a success on the field and in the stands before the film...


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A Bookworm Turned HIV Specialist, Meet Dr. Lisa Hightow-Weidman


Published: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:55:00 +0000
Summary: Lisa Hightow-Weidman grew up with her nose always in a book. She majored in English in college and had aspirations of becoming a writer...


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Military Service Can’t Shield Veterans From Deportation


Published: Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:46:10 +0000
Summary: Any military veteran who commits a crime must do the time. But veterans who are not U.S. citizens face a special sentence: deportation. Even after serving their sentence, they may be kicked out of the country they served. Some find their way to a makeshif..


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Mother, Poet Reflects On Her Last Days in 'The Bright Hour'


Published: Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:32:43 +0000
Summary: Nina Riggs was not surprised when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. She knew the disease ran in her family, and she’d spent years watching her mother battle cancer. Once Riggs’ cancer turned metastatic and incurable, she decided to reflect..


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Genre-Bending Musician Shana Tucker Returns to NC


Published: Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:24:21 +0000
Summary: For cellist and singer-songwriter Shana Tucker , the last two years have been a whirlwind. She has been busy promoting her first album "Shine" which received widespread recognition for its original songwriting and distinctive sounds. Tucker recently left ..


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Housing In High Point


Published: Thu, 08 Jun 2017 20:00:14 +0000
Summary: Triad City Beat Senior Editor Jordan Green spent a year investigating housing ownership in lower income neighborhoods of High Point, North Carolina . Host Frank Stasio speaks with Green about the racial lines of poverty in lower income neighborhoods, and ..


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‘Never Out Of Season’ Highlights Menace Of Monocultures


Published: Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:35:00 +0000
Summary: The banana is always in season and always available at the grocery store. A new book explores how the prevalence of the popular fruit is a model for the dangers of a food system that is increasingly dependent on fewer food staples. “Never Out Of Season..


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Fraud In The Evolution Of American Capitalism


Published: Thu, 08 Jun 2017 15:45:00 +0000
Summary: Since the beginning of a capitalist economy in the United States, business endeavors have been fraught with examples of fraud and deceit. In his new book, “ Fraud: An American History From Barnum to Madoff ” (Princeton University Press/2017), Edward B..


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The Power And Pain Of Popularity


Published: Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:12:52 +0000
Summary: Popularity is often a concern for teenagers, but research shows it also influences life outside the high school cafeteria. Children as young as four years old can identify their most popular peer, and one’s popularity growing up can even predict his or ..


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Veterans Exposed To Contaminated Water At Camp Lejeune To Receive Disability Benefits


Published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:17:22 +0000
Summary: Veterans stationed at Camp Lejeune who were exposed to contaminated drinking water now have a chance to receive additional compensation. The Obama administration will provide more than $2 billion in disability benefits to veterans assigned to Lejeune when..


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From Myth To Man – New Play Creates Intimate Portrait Of Martin Luther King Jr.


Published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:15:26 +0000
Summary: Martin Luther King Jr . is an inimitable cultural icon known for his vast contributions to the advancement of civil rights in the United States. A new play features an intimate portrait of the civil rights figure by putting his inner concerns and vulnerab..


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Haunting Line Inspired New Historical Fiction Novel


Published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:00:51 +0000
Summary: "I’ve been to hangings before, but never my own” is a line that came to author Nancy Peacock one day while she was on an early-morning walk...


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Leading Shaw University: Meet Tashni Dubroy


Published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:55:00 +0000
Summary: As a teenager in Jamaica, Tashni Dubroy struggled to understand chemistry. But after a breakthrough moment in her high school chemistry class, she fell in love with the science. She moved to the United States to attend community college, and then to Ralei..


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Rock 'N' Roll And A Sex-Positive Cabaret


Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:15:28 +0000
Summary: The Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and the LGBTQ Center of Durham join forces for the second year in a row for a fundraiser cabaret show. This year’s show is set in a dystopian near-future where a fictional character named Zee must fight for sex-po..


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A Theater Preview Highlights African-American Arts On Stage in 2017


Published: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:19:16 +0000
Summary: How did one word both lift a white playwright to American fame and condemn a black actor to failure?..


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‘The Second Mrs. Hockaday’ Tells The Story Of Sacrifice, Bravery And Love During The Civil War


Published: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:14:57 +0000
Summary: In the summer of 2014, writer Susan Rivers was busy researching historical documents in her local library when she came across something interesting. It was an inquest from 1865 about a young woman who was accused of giving birth to a child and murdering ..


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Military Teams Up With Conservation Groups To Protect Wildlife


Published: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:28:00 +0000
Summary: Note: this program is a rebroadcast from August 17, 2016. For years, the Pentagon has partnered with conservation groups to protect hundreds of endangered and threatened species on military bases across the country. The partnership started at Fort Bragg i..


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Battling Opioid Epidemic In North Carolina


Published: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:25:00 +0000
Summary: Note: this program is a rebroadcast from December 15, 2016. President Obama signed legislation this week allocating $1 billion dollars to address the nation's worsening opioid crisis. Overdose deaths are on the rise, and current policies are inadequate in..


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New Memoir Explores Transgender Man’s Battle For Sobriety


Published: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:50:46 +0000
Summary: Samuel Peterson has battled addiction all of his life. When he was young, it was sugar. In his twenties, he turned to methadone and cocaine. As an adult, he moved to prescription painkillers and later heroin. He eventually found sobriety, and in his 50s, ..


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Meet Bree Newsome, The Woman Who Removed South Carolina’s Confederate Flag


Published: Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:10:42 +0000
Summary: Activist Bree Newsome gained national attention in the summer of 2015 when she was arrested for scaling the flagpole at the statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina, and removing the Confederate flag. The act of civil disobedience took place in the wake of ..


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New Year In North Carolina Politics: Lawsuits, Medicaid Expansion And Power Struggles


Published: Fri, 06 Jan 2017 17:11:57 +0000
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The State of Eugenics In North Carolina


Published: Fri, 06 Jan 2017 17:10:08 +0000
Summary: For more than 70 years, programs around the United States forcibly sterilized tens of thousands of American citizens...


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Bluegrass Artist Sierra Hull Discovers Less Is More


Published: Fri, 06 Jan 2017 16:40:00 +0000
Summary: Bluegrass singer and songwriter Sierra Hull has been playing music professionally since she was just a kid. Now, at 25, Sierra has released a new album that is a departure from her previous work. "Weighted Mind" features a more stripped down version of Si..


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Back On The Hill: Senators Assess Russian Cyberthreats


Published: Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:12:02 +0000
Summary: Members of the Senate Armed Services committee met this morning to address cybersecurity and threats to the United States. President-elect Donald Trump denies any interference by Russians in his election. And new members of Congress took their oaths. What..


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Is North Carolina A Fully-Functioning Democracy?


Published: Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:06:52 +0000
Summary: A new report from the Electoral Integrity Project , based at Harvard University and the University of Sydney, indicates that North Carolina can no longer be considered a functioning democracy...


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Periodic Tables Event Brings The Lab To Light


Published: Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:04:27 +0000
Summary: Entomologist by training, Holly Menninger has spent much of her life bridging the gap between the science happening in labs across the country, and the general public. As a high school student she was responsible for explaining the Ice Age to visitors at ..


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Movies on the Radio: Best of 2016


Published: Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:01:17 +0000
Summary: Whether it was action blockbusters like “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” or sci-fi thrillers like “Arrival,” Hollywood offered a dynamic mix for audiences in 2016. For this month’s Movies on the Radio, listeners picked their favorite films from th..


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