J-School collegue Dr. Tom Linden will be host of WUNC’s State of Things at the end of this week — Wednesday, Thursday and Friday June 21, 22 and 23. Tom says:

On Wednesday the topic will be the state of HIV/AIDS in North Carolina. Guests will include UNC infectious disease specialist Dr. Peter Leone; Justin Smith, project coordinator for STYLE (an HIV support group); and Evelyn Foust, director, STD /AIDS Prevention Program at the North Carolina Dept. of Public Health.

Thursday, we’ll talk with J. Peder Zane, book review editor for the News & Observer, about a survey he conducted with prominent North Carolina authors in which he asked them to name the most distinguished work of fiction in the past 25 years. His poll followed a similar one posed by the New York Times Book Review section. The contrasts in the two polls are striking.

Friday, we’ll focus on gardening with interviews with local experts. That segment will be followed by a discussion with John Biewen, audio programs director for the Center for Documentary Studies, and some of his students, about their ongoing work.

We’ll end with live music from Cities (Yep Roc Records), a local Chapel Hill band that just released its first album.