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WUNC’s flagship program, “The State of Things” covers many diverse issues and topics in North Carolina. Host Frank Stasio talks with authors, musicians, politicians, policymakers and everyday citizens about subjects that matter to North Carolinians. The program can now be heard in Western North Carolina, M - F from noon to 1, thanks to an ongoing partnership between WCQS and WUNC, headquartered in Chapel Hill.

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10:53 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Fracking In North Carolina

Fracking

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 2:16 pm

    

Earlier this year, a new law lifted the ban on fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, in North Carolina.  Legislators said fracking permits could be issued as early as this coming spring. The process, which extracts natural gas from deep within the earth, is a controversial one.

Opponents say allowing fracking here could cause air and water pollution and adversely affect vulnerable populations. Advocates say fracking could bring economic prosperity and jobs to the state.

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12:33 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

The State Of Things Issues Table: Looking Down The Ballot

Ballot

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 3:45 pm

  

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11:52 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Jad Abumrad Of 'RadioLab:' How Innovation Drives Storytelling

Radio Lab host Jad Abumrad

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 9:50 am

    

RadioLab bills itself as a show about curiosity.

The program explores ideas in science, philosophy and sociology through unique storytelling, and sound-based experiences.

Audio experiments are a big part of the show, such as adding more sections to a choir to demonstrate what a rainbow might look like to animals with more color receptors.

Radio Lab is on more than 450 NPR stations.

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11:49 am
Tue October 28, 2014

DHHS Evaluates The State Of Medicaid In North Carolina

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 3:24 pm

    

North Carolina’s Medicaid program covers 1.7 million people at a cost of $14 billion per year.

The program for low-income and disabled residents has had a turbulent past. Last year, computer glitches created a long backlog of applications and payments for providers. And Medicaid has been a question mark in the budget, causing cost overruns for several years.

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12:02 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Belly Up To The Bar And Meet NC Brewers

Growler from Front Street Brewery in Wilmington, NC.

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 11:20 am

Craft beers are filling the shelves and taps around North Carolina. 

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12:21 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 3:13 pm

The airwaves are flooded with ads for Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis, and their race is on track to be the most expensive Senate race in history. Does the money matter? And the state will host several political celebrities in the coming weeks to stump for Hagan and Tillis: Hillary Clinton, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the senate race and other political issues around the state.

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11:52 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Doing Time On The Outside

When a family member is sentenced to time in prison, they who family can feel like they are "doing time."

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 3:16 pm

Anyone familiar with the American criminal justice system has likely heard the expression, “When a person gets sentenced to prison, the whole family serves the time.” 

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11:45 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Build It Back Again: The Billy Jonas Band's Creative Reconstruction

From left to right, Sherman Hoover, Ashley Farmer, and Billy Jonas

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 3:17 pm

    

The Billy Jonas Band, an Asheville-based group, encourages listeners to play along.

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11:39 am
Thu October 23, 2014

The State of Things Issues Table: Education

The 2014 midterm elections are less than two weeks away, and we continue our issues-based series talking about the state of education in the state.

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 3:47 pm

    

As the midterm elections get closer, education is a prominent topic in North Carolina’s congressional races. 

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11:34 am
Thu October 23, 2014

The Narrative Of UNC-Chapel Hill's Academic Fraud

Kenneth Wainstein presents his findings about academic fraud at UNC-Chapel Hill

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 4:48 pm

    

From 1993 to 2011, more than 3,000 students at UNC-Chapel Hill took classes that did not require them to show up.

They were told only to submit a final paper, and they got artificially inflated grades. Nearly half were student-athletes who benefitted from the classes by remaining eligible to play.

Those findings were released Wednesday from former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein, who had been commissioned by the university to investigate academic fraud.

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