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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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WUNCPolitics Podcast: A Budget Breakdown with Colin Campbell


Published: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:28:12 +0000
Summary: This week on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a conversation about the state budget, journalism and accusations of being a jihadist. Following spending proposals from the Governor, House, and Senate over the past few months, lawmakers passed a budget compromise ..


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Lawmakers Poised To Raise Principal Pay And Peg Salaries To Test Scores


Published: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:02:47 +0000
Summary: North Carolina's school prinicpals have the nation's lowest average salary. The pending state budget would raise salaries and base them partially on student performance...


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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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A Fond WUNC Farewell To 'The Best of Car Talk'; 'On The Media' Comes To Saturday


Published: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:59:59 +0000
Summary: There are some changes coming to the North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC Saturday program lineup in July. NPR is ending its production of The Best of Car Talk ; now it's time to say goodbye to the edited reruns of Click and Clack. The last broadcast of The..


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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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Fleet Foxes Returns With New Album 'Crack-Up'


Published: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:28:47 +0000
Summary: It's been six years since the last release from Fleet Foxes. The Seattle-based band's first two records met with critical and commercial success, selling more than 2-million copies and winding up on many a critic's best of list. The music found a home wit..


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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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WUNCPolitics Podcast: A Conversation With WUNC's Jason deBruyn


Published: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:24:23 +0000
Summary: This week on the WUNCPolitics Podcast, a conversation about redistricting and gerrymandering...


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This Week in NC Politics: Redistricting, 'Brunch Bill,' And Slow Drivers


Published: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:22:44 +0000
Summary: This week in state politics, a discussion about redistricting, liquor sales on Sunday mornings, and driving too slow in the left lane. Mitch Kokai of the John Locke Foundation, and Rob Schofield , of NC Policy Watch, join WUNC's Jeff Tiberii to discuss th..


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Young NC Lawmakers Hope New 'Millennial' Caucus Bridges Partisan Divide


Published: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:54:36 +0000
Summary: It's being called a political crisis: Partisanship is the worst it's been in decades . Now, a few North Carolina legislators think they might have a solution: Building a political coalition based on their shared youth. Charlotte Democratic Representative ..


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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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Criminal: Becoming Chief Brown


Published: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:25:52 +0000
Summary: We don't often get to hear the police speak candidly, but this week's Criminal episode offers the personal perspective of former Dallas Police Chief David Brown. He was chief during the 2016 shooting of Dallas police officers days after protests of the po..


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Chatham County Line: Moving Pictures Of My Mind - WUNC's Songs We Love Podcast


Published: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000
Summary: Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music . On this episode Eric Hodge talks with John Teer and Dave Wilson of Chatham County Line about their son..


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'Gunk' From Hog Farms, But Neighbors Left With Little Recourse


Published: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:12:08 +0000
Summary: Hog country in eastern North Carolina can be beautiful and serene. Pastoral scenes with uncluttered horizons, neat farmhouses, corn fields swaying in the breeze, and livestock quietly grazing – the perfect place to sit on the back porch and sip some swe..


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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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DPAC And Durham - The Rebirth Of A Southern City


Published: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:27:35 +0000
Summary: The Durham Performing Arts Center – better known as DPAC – is gearing up to present its 10th Broadway season. The top-notch productions and sell-out plays and concerts have surprised and delighted critics and get a lot of credit for the rebirth of thi..


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Could There Be More Charter School Diploma Scandals?


Published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:30:53 +0000
Summary: It began with a tip from two Kestrel Heights Charter School staff members. They pulled aside Kestrel’s executive director Mark Tracy on his visit to the Durham K-12 charter and told him they were worried two seniors did not have the credits to graduate...


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WUNCPolitics Podcast: NPR's Asma Khalid Looks Back On Campaign Season


Published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:25:10 +0000
Summary: On this episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast, Host Jeff Tiberii speaks with NPR Political Reporter Asma Khalid...


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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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WUNC Politics Podcast: A Nation Engaged


Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:53:26 +0000
Summary: As Donald Trump prepares to take his oath of office, he’ll preside over a divided nation. A recent Gallup poll found three-fourths of Americans believe the country is split over the most important values – the highest percentage ever. WUNC and NPR hos..


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Friday Political Roundtable: Trump’s Hello, Obama’s Goodbye


Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:24:14 +0000
Summary: President Barack Obama called for civil engagement and asked Americans to talk to each other “in real life,” rather than on the internet, in his farewell address this week. Meanwhile at President-Elect Donald Trump’s first news conference in his new..


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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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The Civilist: From The Mail Bag


Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:24:15 +0000
Summary: In this all-advice episode, Steven Petrow answers a handful of questions from his mailbag. He’ll tell you whether you have to tip the owner of a service business, how to make amends for an RSVP wedding failure, and why it’s okay for a gay southern bac..


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Peace And Pride: Nigerian Chef Comes To Durham, Uses Food To Talk About Issues Of Race


Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:02:33 +0000
Summary: Editor's note: This story is part of an occasional series on what area community leaders and residents are doing to balance "peace and pride" in their neighborhoods. The restaurant at the Durham Hotel is known for its eclectic, changing menu. But on a rec..


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Triangle Residents Share Fears And Hopes As President-Elect Trump Prepares To Take Office


Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:16:10 +0000
Summary: As Donald Trump prepares to take his oath of office, he’ll preside over a divided nation. A recent Gallup poll found three-fourths of Americans believe the country is split over the most important values – the highest percentage ever...


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Officials Declare Foster Care ‘Crisis’ in North Carolina


Published: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:31:07 +0000
Summary: Over the past five years, the rate of North Carolinian children in foster care has increased by 25 percent. Foster care organizations say they are struggling to find enough homes in which to place the kids. News & Observer Reporter Madison Iszler speaks w..


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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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