Published: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:29:30 +0000Summary: 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 ..
Published: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:25:41 +0000Summary: 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...
Published: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:25:07 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:28:12 +0000Summary: 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 ..
Published: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:02:47 +0000Summary: 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...
Published: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:47:17 +0000Summary: 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...
Published: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:45:02 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:59:59 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:50:02 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:28:47 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:47:52 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:50:39 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:28:38 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:27:19 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:31:40 +0000Summary: 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...
Published: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:13:41 +0000Summary: 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 ..
Published: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:22:44 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:54:36 +0000Summary: 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 ..
Published: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:18:14 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:01:47 +0000Summary: “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..
Published: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:42:20 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:25:52 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:12:08 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:02:47 +0000Summary: 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...
Published: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:01:56 +0000Summary: 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 ..
Published: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:31:04 +0000Summary: 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...
Published: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:19:27 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:17:12 +0000Summary: 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...
Published: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:12:18 +0000Summary: 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...
Published: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:30:34 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:09:10 +0000Summary: 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...
Published: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:27:35 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:30:53 +0000Summary: 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...
Published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:17:22 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:15:26 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:55:00 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:53:26 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:24:14 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:15:28 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:24:15 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:02:33 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:16:10 +0000Summary: 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...
Published: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:31:07 +0000Summary: 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..