The State of Things from North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC The State of Things is a live program hosted by Frank Stasio devoted to bringing the issues, personalities, and places of North Carolina to our listeners. We present the Tar Heel experience through sound, story, discussion, commentary and listener participation through calls.
The State of Things from North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC

The State of Things from North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC

From North Carolina Public Radio

The State of Things is a live program hosted by Frank Stasio devoted to bringing the issues, personalities, and places of North Carolina to our listeners. We present the Tar Heel experience through sound, story, discussion, commentary and listener participation through calls.

Most Recent Episodes

Ballot Stuck In The Mail? Here Are Your Options For Voting In North Carolina

While North Carolinians requested nearly 1.4 million absentee ballots , fewer than half of those have been returned and accepted. Government and watchdog experts continue to express public confidence that mail-in votes are safe and will be counted if filled out properly.

Ballot Stuck In The Mail? Here Are Your Options For Voting In North Carolina

Durham County Sheriff Clarence Birkhead On His Jail's Pandemic Response

COVID-19 is spreading more quickly throughout North Carolina's population: public health metrics in the last week have some experts worried the state is heading in the wrong direction. Research shows the virus spreads more quickly indoors and when people have prolonged close contact with one another — something that's almost unavoidable in places like jails and prisons.

Live Theater In A Pandemic: A One-Woman Show For An Audience Of Four

Burning Coal Theatre Company 's only in-person performance this fall opened last week to a rapt audience of...four. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the live production of "A Hundred Words for Snow" is being performed before drastically-reduced audience sizes, creating an intimate atmosphere.

Meet Phonte Coleman, North Carolina's Multi-Hyphenate Native Son

Raleigh-born, Greensboro-raised musician Phonte Coleman has traveled all over the world, but there's no other place he can imagine living than North Carolina. A founding member of the rap group Little Brother , as well as a member of the genre-bending music group The Foreign Exchange , Coleman appreciates the quiet, lowkey community he's built in the state and the focus on his craft that it affords him.

North Carolina Re-Enters The 'Red Zone' For COVID-19 Case Counts

North Carolina hit its highest one-day case count of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 2,684 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, and shared that hospitalizations are also creeping back up.

UNC Greensboro Builds A Visual History Of Unsung Heroes

Many people know the role that Rosa Parks or Martin Luther King Jr. played in the fight for civil rights. But what about Willena Cannon, a student at North Carolina A&T University who was arrested after protesting to integrate Greensboro's businesses? Or Reverend Steve Allen, who founded one of the first African American law firms in Greensboro in 1979?

Worshipping The Divine Feminine

The Pachamama, La Virgen, Parvati, Ala, Hera, the Cailleach, and the White Buffalo Calf Woman. Devotion to a masculine god was not always as widespread as in contemporary faith traditions, nor were feminine deities always relegated to gender roles we consider traditional today.

Lessons from Overseas Military Voters

Voting by mail is nothing new for military service members. Deployed worldwide at any of the nearly 800 foreign bases, military personnel are offered some exceptions during the elections. Some vote by fax from a battleship, and many sent their ballots weeks ago, after receiving them earlier than most voters, at least 45 days before the election.

Black Farmers Draw On Age-Old Ingenuity To Navigate COVID-19

For over a century, Black farmers have faced challenges in securing federal and local funding to aid their farms in times of need and during crises. COVID-19 has been no different. From lack of access to information about coronavirus relief provisions for farmers to difficulty finding spaces to safely vend during the crisis, the pandemic has made obstacles even more stark. Some farmers and organizers are finding creative ways to address Black farmers' needs, including creating and selling

Queen, Clampitt Race In WNC Marks Fifth Face-Off In A Decade

One of the most competitive local races in the state is in District 119, which includes Jackson, Swain and Haywood Counties. Democratic Rep. Joe Sam Queen and his Republican challenger Mike Clampitt have vied for the same seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives since 2012. This is their fifth race against one another and its outcome will take Western North Carolina's political temperature this election season.

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