Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

copy of the official program of the women's suffrage procession, March 1913
Library of Congress/Public Domain

When people gathered for the women’s marches of 2017 and 2018, they were joining a tradition that dates back more than a century. In 1913, thousands of women marched on Washington wearing purple and gold sashes instead of pink hats, and Rebecca Roberts says they were a lot more radical than today’s activists.

Photo of Edna Lewis smiling
John T. Hill

Edna Lewis changed the perception of Southern food in American culture with her cookbook, “The Taste of Country Cooking” (Knopf/1976). She touted the use of fresh, local ingredients before the farm-to-table movement began. But many people know very little about the chef and cookbook author, despite her many contributions to food culture.

Turkey Confidential 2018

Nov 22, 2018

Francis Lam hosts the 2018 edition of our popular Thanksgiving call-in show. Francis fields two hours of calls from listeners and is joined by guests Dorie Greenspan, Pati Jinich, Samin Nosrat and Lynne Rossetto Kasper. Looking for something specific from the show? See this page for a full rundown of questions and topics from this year's phone calls.

Burning Hotter and Faster

Nov 21, 2018

Half of California’s 10 worst wildfires have struck in the last two years. We look at the recent Camp Fire, which is the deadliest and most destructive in state history. And we revisit an investigation from earlier this year looking at how extreme wildfires are breaking our emergency response systems. Produced in partnership with KQED.

Movies on the Radio
Keith Weston / WUNC

From sappy to silly to downright vile, Hollywood has tried for generations to capture the many facets of the American family. Just in time for Thanksgiving, and for this month’s Movies on the Radio program, we asked our listeners for their favorite movies about families. In their choices, listeners often saw a version of their own family struggles splashed across the silver screen.

Two Weddings and a Prison Break

Nov 21, 2018
Simon Doonan
Sarah Stacke

Simon Doonan recalls his parent’s wedding while planning his own.

Marie Walsh keeps a secret from her husband and children for 32 years.

Carlos Kotkin gets a job driving for a Hollywood mogul.

Jill Donnelly is an unenthusiastic participant in her father's wedding.

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot conduct an Album Dissection of Van Morrison's 1968 classic Astral Weeks. The landmark release celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. Then, we hear from recent Sound Opinions guests about their Desert Island Jukebox picks... Tracks they can't live without.

Photo of traditional roast turkey dinner.
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The family Thanksgiving meal does not look quite like it used to for Winston-Salem chef and restaurateur Stephanie Tyson. Tyson is the chef and co-owner of the award-winning restaurant Sweet Potatoes, best known for its twist on Southern staples like sweet potato cornbread. 

Photo of The Burlington Boys Choir
Courtesy of Bill Allred

The Burlington Boys Choir is celebrating its 60th anniversary next year. The choir features boys between the ages of 8 and 15 from Alamance County and is the oldest organization of its kind in North Carolina. The choir began rehearsals in the late 1950s under the direction of Eva Wiseman, a music education supervisor in the Burlington County Public School system. In the last six decades, the choir has visited the White House four times and performed on three different continents. 

Lynne's Twists on Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Nov 20, 2018

We all know that the starring role of the Thanksgiving feast belongs to the turkey, but the side dishes are just as important. While traditional sides bring a classic feel to the meal, sometimes it’s refreshing to shake up your routine. With that in mind, Managing Producer Sally Swift talked with our dear friend Lynne Rossetto Kasper. Lynne always has a long list of wonderful ideas for adding new flavors to your holiday table. Enjoy their interview... better have your notepad ready!

Photo of Chef Meherwan Irani
Molly Millroy

Asheville-based chef Meherwan Irani has been nominated for three James Beard Awards and co-founded a restaurant group with his wife, but he has no formal culinary training. He started cooking Indian food as a hobby born out of frustration with the lack of good Indian food options in the United States. With guidance from his mother, Irani recreated his favorite childhood foods in his own kitchen.

When Natasha Feldman looks at young adults in America, she often sees a common problem - they don't know how to cook. Not for themselves, nor their friends. Feldman - aka Tash - is a trained chef that works as a personal chef and produces and hosts the online video series Nosh with Tash, now in its second season.

The Ciompi Quartet of Duke University pictured with their instruments.
Courtesy Ciomi Quartet

The Ciompi Quartet is known for its technical brilliance and for keeping a long-standing tradition alive. The group was founded more than 50 years ago at Duke University, and is comprised of Duke professors. This year they welcomed a new member for the first time in 23 years: Caroline Stinson joins the group on cello after her long-running career with the Lark Quartet in New York.

Carla Hall may be the hardest working woman in food show business. To know Carla is to love her, even if knowing her just means you just watched her on Top Chef or The Chew. She’s got a new book, called Carla Hall’s Soul Food, and it's about the two different sides of soul food. She talked with Francis Lam about some of her favorite Thanksgiving food and what new dishes will be on her Thanksgiving table this year.

Of mastodons and man... and pumpkins

Nov 16, 2018

During the autumn months, pumpkins and different kinds of squash become staples of our cooking. We can't image the holidays without them in the kitchen. But did you know that pumpkins were once practically inedible by humans? Prehistoric pumpkins were a completely different fruit, one with a tougher skin and absolutely dreadful - in fact, toxic - flavor. Considering that questionable culinary past, we wanted to know how pumpkin got to the point where we now cook it into all sort of dishes.

For years, Kristen Miglore has written a genius column for Food52 called "Genius Recipes." They’re the recipes she’s collected from authors and chefs that can change the way you cook. She has a new cookbook that is a collection of dessert recipes, appropriately name Genius Desserts, also provided by some of the biggest names in baking and desserts.

Step up your gravy game with America's Test Kitchen

Nov 16, 2018

Mathematically speaking, the number one freakout-inducing dish on Thanksgiving is obviously the turkey. But, whatever you think about brining or deep frying or high heat versus low heat, the fact is that the best insurance policy for any kind of turkey mishap is to have a great gravy, and a boatload of it.

Kristen Miglore, the food-obsessed mind behind the Food52 column "Genius Recipes," has a new cookbook called Food52 Genius Desserts. It's a wonderful collection of dessert recipes from some of the biggest names in baking and desserts.

Case Cleared (Part 2)

Nov 15, 2018

He seemed to confess to the crime, twice to his ex-girlfriend, once to police. But prosecutors never charged him. The reasons why show how rape myths continue to influence how justice is meted out in America. Reported in partnership with Newsy and ProPublica.

Sound Opinions: Buried Treasures & Dad Rap

Nov 15, 2018

Looking for new music that's out of the mainstream? Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot uncover some buried treasures: recent releases that you need to hear! Plus, Jim and Greg talk with author Steven Hyden about the parallels between "Dad Rock" bands and "Dad Rap" stars.

Evan Vucci / AP Photo

President Donald Trump has made no secret of his disdain for many members of the media. Last week his administration revoked the White House press pass for CNN’s Jim Acosta and threatened to retaliate against other reporters if they did not “treat the White House with respect.” His recent attacks on three female African-American reporters highlight what some analysts call an ongoing trend: Trump singles out women and minorities.

Second Chances

Nov 14, 2018
Sherman "OT" Powell
Photo by Liz Mackinder

Joshua Blau loses his wallet on the FDR drive.
Navrioska Mateo puts her dream job in peril.
Faith Salie has a fashion crisis on a momentous day.
Sherman "OT" Powell
attempts to reconnect with his family after 34 years.

Nick Pironio / NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

After nearly a quarter of a century leading the North Carolina Museum of Art, Larry Wheeler is stepping down. During his tenure as director, Wheeler ushered in major changes including launching a popular outdoor concert series, building the light-filled West Building and doubling the museum’s staff. He also made the museum a place to meet and mingle beyond the gallery walls.

Daphne McWilliams with her son
Courtesy of Daphne McWilliams

How does a documentary change when the director becomes the subject? Filmmaker Daphne McWilliams explored this in her directorial debut “In A Perfect World.” The documentary features interviews with eight men who were raised by single mothers and includes McWilliams’ own story.

An image of Bill Hicks
Tom Carter

Old Time fiddler and songwriter Bill Hicks died this week.  He was 75 years old.   WUNC’s Program Director remembers him on this episode of the Songs We Love podcast with a close listen to his iconic song “The SOB In The Carvel Truck."

In a Facebook post announcing Bill’s passing the Red Clay Ramblers described their old friend as “ of the finest musicians to come out of the 20th-century American South, and he leaves a great legacy of fiddling, singing, and songwriting."

An image of the band Mountain Man
Elizabeth Weinberg

Tune in to WUNC Music on Wednesday, November 14th at 5pm EST for the Mountain Man Radio Hour! Ahead of their shows at The Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw this weekend, Mountain Man has programmed a special hour of tunes for you.

Kym Register standing in front of The Pinhook's logo
Courtesy of Kym Register

The Pinhook in Durham has won local awards for being the best gay bar in the Triangle, but it is not actually a gay bar. The music venue and bar is an inclusive space that prides itself on belonging to the community — and not just the LGBTQ community.

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery station, WUNC Music.

On this episode we're featuring 'He's A Lone Ranger' by Dom Flemons. It's a song off of his latest record Black Cowboys.

The record redefines the image of the American Cowboy with songs like the one featured here. It's one Dom wrote after hearing the story of Bass Reeves, who was born into slavery in 1838.

Case Cleared (Part 1)

Nov 9, 2018

When police closed the rape case against Bryan Kind, they made it look like it had been solved. But he never was arrested – or even charged. We team up with Newsy and ProPublica to investigate how police across the country make it seem like they’re solving more rape cases than they actually are.

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss the post-Beatles careers of John Lennon and Paul McCartney... The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Plus, Jim and Greg review the latest album from rapper Vince Staples and a hip-hop infused jazz album from drummer Makaya McCraven.