Archive for December, 2004


Friday, December 31st, 2004

Phonte Coleman & Mitch Easter: Host Frank Stasio talks with musician Phonte Coleman and reknowned recordproducer Mitch Easter about their musical influences. We’ll hear lots of great music from their CD collections. Phonte Coleman is emcee of the Durham-based hip-hop group Little Brother. He’s also a member of The Foreign Exchange, whose debut album” Connected” was released in October. Indie-rock producer Mitch Easter is based in Kernersville, North Carolina. He produced R.E.M.’s debut album, “Murmur,” and numerous underground rock bands since then. 59:00

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Future of NASCAR/Reet and Shine/New Year’s Food

Thursday, December 30th, 2004

The Future of NASCAR: Host Rusty Jacobs talks with Scott Huler, author of “A Little Bit Sideways: One Week Inside a NASCAR Winston Cup Race Team” (MBI Publishing Company/2001), about the future, and the past, of NASCAR in North Carolina. (12:00) (CP)

Remembering Reet and Shine: Rusty Jacobs talks with Michael Schwalbe, author of “Remembering Reet and Shine: Two Black Men, One Struggle” (University Press of Mississippi/2004). Michael Schwalbe is a professor of sociology at NC State University. He dropped another research project after meeting Anthony Atwater and Matthew Mason, and began writing their stories. As working-class African American men living in the South, both men developed personas to help them cope with hardships. Anthony Atwater, known as “Shine,” developed a wily character and a streetwise reputation. Matthew Mason, nicknamed “Dr. Reet” by members of the white fraternity he worked for, became known as a pleasing and witty entertainer. (20:00) (CP)

Weekend Look Ahead: Rusty Jacobs talks with Mildred Council, owner of Mama Dip’s restaurant in Chapel Hill, about the meaning behind a traditional meal on New Years Day: collard greens, black eyed peas, and pork. (17:00)

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College Admissions

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004

College Admissions: For many high-school students, it’s crunch time; applications to most colleges and universities are due at the end of the week. On the next State of Things, host Rusty Jacobs talks with Christoph Guttentag, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Duke University; Tonya Johnson, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Guilford College; and Steven Goodman, an independent college admissions counselor. How do institutions of higher education select their incoming classes? And how
has the process changed? 59:00

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Childhood Obesity and Schools

Tuesday, December 28th, 2004

Childhood Obesity and Schools: Over the last 20 years, the number of obese and overweight children has doubled in the United States. In North Carolina, schools are at the front line in the fight against childhood obesity. Although some school officials would like to serve healthier foods, many schools rely on income generated by less healthy items sold from snack food counters and vending machines. Host Rusty Jacobs talks about nutrition in North Carolina schools with Penny Gordon-Larsen, professor of nutrition at UNC-Chapel Hill; Lynn Hoggard, Section Chief for Child Nutrition Services at the NC Department of Public Instruction; and Kenneth Dobyns, English teacher at West Johnston High School in Benson, North Carolina. Listener Call-In. (59:00)

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Year in Review

Monday, December 27th, 2004

Year in Review: Host Rusty Jacobs looks at the top stories of 2004 with Mike Munger, chair of the political science department at Duke University; Ed Cone, opinion columnist with the Greensboro News and Record and author of the blog; and Mick Mixon, color analyst with the Tar Heel Sports Network. (59:00)

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