For author Will Blythe, watching a North Carolina basketball game is an experiment in hyper-active couch calisthenics. Host Frank Stasio talks to Will Blythe about his own hatred as well as the larger social and cultural issues in the Carolina-Duke basketball rivalry. Will Blythe’s new book is “To Hate Like This Is To Be Happy Forever” (Harper Collins/2006). Listener Call-In. (59:00)
Archive for February, 2006
In the wake of controversies over lobbying and campaign finance, legislators in Raleigh are clamoring for reforms. But can the influence of money ever be removed from politics? And how do you go about uncovering campaign finance offenses? Host Frank Stasio speaks with Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy North Carolina, a non-partisan watchdog group that sparked the recent investigation involving Speaker Jim Black. Listener Call-In. (40:00)
Ringling Brothers’ and Barnum & Bailey Circus passed through Greensboro earlier this month. Some 300 people from more than 15 nations put on “The Greatest Show On Earth.” And among them are two nuns. Host Frank Stasio chats with Sisters Dorothy Fabritze and Bernard Overcamp. (17:30)
When he was a young boy, John Hope Franklin’s parents taught him to believe that he could be the first African American president of the United States. He may not have reached that goal, but John Hope Franklin shined light into the corners of America’s shared racial history. Host Frank Stasio speaks with John Hope Franklin about his new autobiography “Mirror To America” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux/2005) and his life as one of the 20th Century’s preeminent scholars. Listener Call-In. (59:00)
Note: This is a rebroadcast of a program that originally aired on Jan. 4, 2006.
What can we learn about America from situation comedies? Plenty, says Mary Dalton, assistant professor of communications at Wake Forest University. Host Frank Stasio speaks with Dalton, the co-editor of “The Sitcom Reader: America Viewed and Skewed” (SUNY Press/2005) about how sitcoms reflect and influence our society. Guests include: John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, UNC-Chapel Hill graduates and co-executive producers of the Fox sitcom King of the Hill. Listener Call-In. (59:00)