Archive for September, 2004

Political Rountable/Fall Foliage/tempest/essay

Thursday, September 30th, 2004

Political Roundtable: Frank Stasio hosts a roundtable conversation on the political news of the day. Guests include Mike Munger, chair of the political science department at Duke University; Ed Cone, opinion columnist at the Greensboro News and Record and author of the weblog; and Kerra Bolton, reporter with the Asheville Citizen-Times. Listener Call-In. (32:00)

Fall Foliage in NC: Host Frank Stasio asks Gary Walker, professor of biology at Appalachian State University, his predictions for this year’s fall colors. (5:00)

The Tempest: Host Frank Stasio speaks with composer and librettist Lee Hoiby. Hoiby’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” is being performed by The Long Leaf Opera, and opens at The Carolina Theater in Durham on Thursday, Sept. 30. (7:00)

Essay: When President George Bush and Senator John Kerry face the TV cameras tonight there will surely be plenty of talk about God, morality and doing the right thing. Writer Michael Chitwood wonders if the candidates truly know of what they speak. (3:00)

Political Roundtable
Fall Foliage
The Tempest and Essay

Libertarians/Campus Faith

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004

The number of registered Libertarians in North Carolina is growing, but Libertarian candidates are consistently left out of debates and rarely garner more than a few percentage points in the general election. Host Frank Stasio speaks with Barbara Howe, Libertarian candidate for North Carolina Governor, Tom Bailey, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, and Mike Munger, chair of the political science department at Duke University about the Libertarian platform and the challenges facing the party in North Carolina.

College students are more interested in religious and spiritual issues today than at any time since the early 1960’s. Host Frank Stasio speaks with Craig Kocher, acting Dean of the Duke University Chapel, about the rise of religion on college campuses. Listener Call-In.

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Rabbi Harold Kushner/U.S. Senate Debate

Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

U.S. Senate Debate: U.S. Senate candidates Erskine Bowles and Richard Burr debated for the first time Monday night. Who won? Who lost? And will it make a difference in November? Host Frank Stasio does some post-game analysis with Tim Vercellotti, political science professor at Elon University and director of the Elon University Poll. (12:00)

Rabbi Harold Kushner: What does one of the most popular verses in the bible have to teach us about living our day-to-day lives? Host Frank Stasio looks at the power of scripture with author Rabbi Harold Kushner. Rabbi Kushner’s new book is “The Lord is My Shepherd: Healing Wisdom of the Twenty-Third Psalm” (Knopf/2003). (40:00)

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Henry Petroski/Etc.

Monday, September 27th, 2004

Petroski: Henry Petroski, Duke University professor of engineering and history, joins host Frank Stasio to discuss his new book, “Pushing the Limits, New Adventures in Engineering” (Knopf/2004). Petroski’s previous book subjects have included (among others) a history of the pencil, an examination of the design of every day objects and a memoir of being a paperboy. In his most recent book Petroski focuses on the monumental feats of design and engineering including some of the more spectacular failures like the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001. He’ll also explain why Raleigh’s own Dorton arena is such a marvel architects travel from across the globe to see it. (40:00) (SD)

Musicians In Their Own Words: As a teenager, Poncho Sanchez used to hang out in his mother’s garage, playing a conga drum for hours on end. He had stacks of Tito Puente records … mixed in with his share of James Brown. Now Sanchez is a Grammy-winning bandleader with 26 albums to his credit. He’s often described as the “keeper of the flame” of Latin Jazz. Musicians in Their Own Words is produced by David Schulman and supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. (4:00) (DS)

Objects of Desire: The North Carolina Museum of Art has put together an exhibit of art the museum has collected over the past decade. The exhibition, Objects of Desire: The Museum Collects, 1994-2004, offers a selection of paintings, sculpture, photography and video from various cultures and historical periods. The museum’s chief curator, John Coffey will join host Frank Stasio to explain how a curator chooses the works for this sort of exhibit and what goes into designing a museum’s permanent collection. (10:00) (SH)

Essay: Nearly every weekend banjo picker Joe Newberry and his band Big Medicine travel from North Carolina to play at a bluegrass festival. A stop earlier this month in New Jersey harvested an unexpected connection for three brothers in the audience. (3:00) (KW)

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Patrick Ballantine

Friday, September 24th, 2004

Host Adam Hochberg speaks with Patrick Ballantine, Republican nominee for Governor of North Carolina. Ballantine served as a state senator from Wilmington for ten years and won the Republican nomination over five candidates in the primary. Listener Call-In. (59:00)

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