The State of Things: Covering the issues, topics and cultural fabric of the state of North Carolina

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The State of Things host Frank Statio
The State of Things host Frank Statio
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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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12:02 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

The Turkey Man

Mike Davis is a turkey hunter turned turkey enthusiast who owns more than 700 turkey-themed items.
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Across the country on Thursday, Americans will consume the quintessential Thanksgiving food: turkey. 

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11:57 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Telling Stories Of Family Traditions

Family eating meal

    

During the holiday season, perhaps more than any other part of the year, families embrace or reject traditions.

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11:52 am
Wed November 26, 2014

The Woman Behind Thanksgiving

Sarah Hale was the editor of Godey's Lady Book and helped create Thanksgiving as we know it today.

    

Many people sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner may hearken back to some version of a story about Pilgrims and Native Americans feasting together. 

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12:05 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Unrest In Ferguson Revives Issues Of Race In Justice System

Protesters in Ferguson during demonstrations in August

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 2:19 pm

A grand jury in St. Louis has decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed black man.

In Ferguson, the decision sparked outrage, with several instances of arson and looting overnight. Police have arrested at least 61 people.

In other parts of the country, the decision was met with mixed response and reflection about how race plays into the criminal justice system.

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12:02 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Alec Baldwin's Return To Public Radio

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 2:21 pm

  

After a turbulent year in which Alec Baldwin's radio program was suspended due to lack of funding, the podcast Here's the Thing is back on the air.

As a public figure himself, Baldwin uses his conversations with other celebrities like David Letterman and Jerry Seinfeld to reveal the intricacies of their work, and how it has changed in recent decades.

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12:02 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

NC Author Gains Fans With Supernatural Plots

By Jason Mott

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 2:23 pm

  

Author Jason Mott hails from Bolton, North Carolina- a town with a population of 700. The characters in Mott’s novels come from smalltown America as well. Mott’s narratives gained wide popularity for their supernatural situations like the return of lost relatives or children with healing abilities. Host Frank Stasio talks with New York Times bestselling author Jason Mott about his novel The Wonder of All Things (Mira/2014), his debut novel's adaptation into an ABC television series and his sudden rise to fame.

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12:52 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Food Brings Older Adults Back To The Table

Amanda Holliday with her grandmother Celeste Sawyer.
Amanda Holliday

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 2:10 pm

Many kids grow up spending time after school with other kids in their neighborhood playing pick-up soccer, videogames or capture the flag. 

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12:25 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

State Of Things News Roundup

Newspapers

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 3:53 pm

  

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12:24 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

How The President's Executive Order Affects North Carolina Immigrants

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 4:55 pm

President Obama announced an executive order last night that paves the way for millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States.

The order applies to an estimated four to five million people nationwide. Here in  North Carolina, it applies to more than 100,000 people.

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11:48 am
Fri November 21, 2014

The Emily Musolino Band

Emily Musolino of the Emily Musolino Band at Motorco in Durham.

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 4:59 pm

  

When Durham native Emily Musolino left for the Berklee College of Music, the only thing she knew she wanted to do with her life was to make music. 

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