Archive for April, 2005

Religious Roundtable/Ca Dao/May Day

Friday, April 29th, 2005

Religious Roundtable: Between the wars in the Middle East, the selection of a new pope, and the American culture wars, religion has been much in the news lately. Host Frank Stasio takes a step back from the headlines and talks with North Carolina religious leaders about the issues that concern them. Guests include: Monsignor Tim O’Connor, pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes in Raleigh; Rabbi Jen Feldman of Chapel Hill Kehillah; and Imam Abdul Waheed of Ar Razzaq Islamic Center in Durham. Listener Call-In. (40:00)

Ca Dao: Saturday marks the 30th anniversary of the North Vietnamese tanks crashing through the gates of the Presidential Palace in Saigon, ending American involvement in the Vietnam War. Host Frank Stasio talks with poet John Balaban about “Ca Dao,” a sung form of folk poetry that Balaban recorded and later translated while serving in Vietnam as a conscientious objector. Balaban is poet in residence at North Carolina State University. He is author of “Locusts at the Edge of Summer: New and Selected Poems” (Copper Canyon Press/1997) and the memoir, “Remembering Heaven’s Face” (Poseidon Press/1991). (10:00)

Remembering the Raleigh May Day “Riot”: Commentator Willie Painter remembers an open-air music festival in Raleigh in 1978 that quickly went from a punk rock rebellion to an encounter with the police. Documented in detail by the Raleigh News & Observer writers and photographer caught up in the melee, the event remains a high point — or low point, depending on who you are — in the history of the Raleigh police department and North Carolina’s punk rock legacy. (7:00)

Religious Roundtable
Ca Dao
May Day Riot

Students/The Duhks/Sketches From Pinehurst

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

Undocumented Students: Host Frank Stasio speaks with William Gheen, president of the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC about a new poll from Elon University that says 49 percent of North Carolinians support granting in-state tuition status to undocumented high school graduates. (12:00)

The Duhks: The folk music festival Merlefest takes place this weekend in Wilkesboro, NC. Host Frank Stasio talks with members of The Duhks, one of the new bands appearing at the event. Members of the band include: Tania Elizabeth; Jessica Havey; Jordan McConnell; Leonard Podolak; and Scott Senior. Their latest alsbum is “The Duhks” (Sugar Hill Records/2005). (20:00)

North Carolina Symphony: This year, in honor of the US Open Golf Championship being played in the state, the North Carolina Symphony will perform the Pinehurst Suite, an ode to the sand barrens and golf courses around the village. Host Frank Stasio talks with composer Terry Mizesko and conductor Grant Llewellyn. (17:30)

Undocumented Students
The Duhks
Sketches From Pinehurst

The State of Poetry in North Carolina

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

In observance of National Poetry Month, host Frank Stasio speaks with Alan Shapiro, author of eight books of poetry (most recently, “Tantalus In Love,” Houghton Mifflin/2005) and two memoirs and a professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Glenis Redmond, a performance poet from western North Carolina, and Carole Boston Weatherford, poet and children’s book author from High Point. We also check in with the Desert City Reading Series and the poetry program at the Greensboro Public Library. Also, don’t forget the Carrboro Poetry Festival in May. Listener Call-In. (59:00)

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Ozone Alert

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

As the North Carolina Division of Air Quality begins its annual ozone-monitoring season, host Frank Stasio leads a discussion on the state of air pollution in North Carolina. Guests include: David Ferren, attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center; Rebecca Yarbrough, program director for Sustainable Environment for Quality of Life of Charlotte; Joel Schwartz, adjunct scholar of the John Locke Foundation; and Daniel Rodriguez, professor of City and Regional Planning at UNC-Chapel Hill. Listener Call-In. (59:00)

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Our Separate Ways

Monday, April 25th, 2005

In the 1950’s and 1960’s, Durham, North Carolina — like much of the south — simmered with racial unrest. Change came thanks to behind-the-scenes work of many people, especially women whose contributions have been largely ignored. Host Frank Stasio leads a conversation about the role of women in the black freedom movement in Durham with Christian Greene, assistant professor of history in the department of African-American studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of “Separate Ways: Women and the Black Freedom Movement in Durham, North Carolina” (UNC Press/2005). Listener Call-In. (50:00)

Review: Mike Munger reviews “Caesar and Cleopatra,” the current production at Playmakers Repertory Company. (8:00)

Our Separate Ways