Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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.

Courtesy Michelle Dorrance

Michelle Dorrance is revolutionizing tap dance, and the world is watching. Dorrance stomps and slides across the floor with movements that are experimental, loose, romantic and everything in between. She breaks the rules of what many expect tap dance to look like, and reinforces that tap dancing is first and foremost about making music.

Thanksgiving Guide: Recipes, Menus and More

Nov 8, 2018

Below you'll find some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes and menus as well as holiday-themed interviews and advice. We all know pulling off a perfect Thanksgiving feast is about planning. See the link to our Thanksgiving Guide: Planning the Perfect Holiday for a full checklist of things you'll want to think about and take care from the beginning of November all the way through the big day.

Thanksgiving Guide: Planning the Perfect Holiday

Nov 8, 2018

The work that goes into creating a wonderful Thanksgiving experience for your family begins long before the week of the holiday. In fact, the entire month of November can be considered prep time. Use our "How to Cook Thanksgiving" guide as reference to help you better prepare for the big day. Print this page or bookmark it so you can check tasks off the list as you complete them. (Click image for downloadable PDF.) Looking for recipes and hosting ideas?

 William Travis Jewelry has been a fixture in Chapel Hill for more than 15 years. Behind the success is William Travis Kukovich, an award-winning jewelry designer with a pedigree in metalsmithing. Kukovich is a fifth-generation metalsmith who became a bit of a prodigy in the jewelry industry when he won the highest award in his profession at the age of 26.

An image of the band Superchunk
Lissa Gotwals

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.

This time we take a look at 'What A Time To Be Alive,' the title track from Superchunk's latest album.

The song, and the album of the same name, is a call to action. According to singer Mac McCaughan it was written in reaction to the current political climate.

Listen to the episode here:

This holiday season we want to help you discover and present new wine varieties; we think of them as unexpected wines from unexpected places. An unexpected wine is one that may be related to another style you enjoy but brings something new to the wine-drinking experience. It could even be a magical find, perhaps made with a rare grape. Maybe it's a wine that does a bit of aspirational traveling by way of the bottle.

It's not enough to make list after list. The Turning the Tables project seeks to suggest alternatives to the traditional popular music canon, and to do more than that, too: to stimulate conversation about how hierarchies emerge and endure. This year, Turning the Tables considers how women and non-binary artists are shaping music in our moment, from the pop mainstream to the sinecures of jazz and contemporary classical music. Our list of the 200 Greatest Songs By Women+ offers a soundtrack to a new century. This series of essays takes on another task.

While walking a mall in New Jersey, a teenaged Jim Henderson heard the sound of a group of saxophonists. He rushed to see who these musicians were and found one man playing three saxophones and a nose flute at the same time.

A picture of Mountain Man.
Elizabeth Weinberg

The wait is over, and your patience is being rewarded. Mountain Man has released Magic Ship,  a new album of sparse and dreamy new Appalachian-inspired folk songs.  Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso), Molly Sarle, and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig (ASM) have been busy with their other bands and with solo recordings since Mountain Man's debut Made the Harbor was released eight years ago. 

The beauty of fermentation is that it isn’t rocket science. Fermenting food is often an easy process that leads to unique, new flavors. No one knows this more than Dan Souza, Editor in Chief of Cook’s illustrated. He talked with Managing Producer Sally Swift about cultured butter, a super simple, traditional home DIY fermentation project that’s really worth making.

René Redzepi is the groundbreaking chef of Copenhagen’s Noma, arguably the most influential restaurant in the world.

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss the impact of protest music in the 21st century and name a few of their favorite tracks from the genre from the last 18 years. They also review Robyn's new album, Honey, and Greg chooses a favorite song to add to the Desert Island Jukebox.

a photo of Harvey Milk at Mayor Moscone's desk
Creative Commons

Harvey Milk was not the first openly-gay elected official, but is certainly one of the most famous. After two unsuccessful bids for a set on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Milk won twice, Milk won in 1977 and proudly represented those on the fringes. He believed the only way for the gay community to gain rights was to have a seat at the table.

Natalie Rhea / Courtesy of Tish Hinojosa

Tish Hinojosa grew up with her feet in two worlds. Her parents are Mexican immigrants who raised her and 12 siblings in San Antonio, Texas. 

Working Through the Pain at Tesla

Nov 1, 2018

After being called out for hiding worker injuries at its factory, Tesla decides... to double down. Plus, a report card on diversity in Silicon Valley.

Chef René Redzepi, of the world renowned Noma restaurant in Denmark, was the featured guest on our recent episode. He talked with Francis Lam about fermentation, culinary inspiration, and striking a healthy work/life balance. Redzepi is the co-author of the new The Noma Guide to Fermentation; his co-author is David Zilber, the director of the fermentation lab at Noma.

Bruce Campbell as Ash in 'Evil Dead II.'
Wendy / Creative Commons

Not all horror movies are scary or spooky. Some films, like “Shaun of the Dead” or “An American Werewolf in London,” actually have a big dose of comedy in them. Others, like “Evil Dead II” or “Troll 2,” play up their campy elements.

A graphic for Casa Azul of Greensboro's event, Dia De Muertos.
Courtesy of Casa Azul

Many Americans spend a lifetime running away from their own mortality. Death is the so-called ‘great connecter,’ yet it is a topic taboo at the dinner table. But this avoidance is not universal.

Courtesy SHAN Wallace

A new batch of artists has hunkered down for an experimental, immersive residency in Greensboro's Elsewhere Museum. For the nearly month-long Southern Constellations Fellowship, artists from different generations and backgrounds play, perform and present their work within the walls of Greensboro's thrift store-turned-museum.

A photo of Laura Jane Vincent and her guitar
Courtesy of Laura Jane Vincent

When singer-songwriter Laura Jane Vincent set out to record her entry for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, she knew just the place to do it. Her relatives owned a historic farmhouse tucked away in rural Glendon, North Carolina that still contained the nearly-untouched office of a country doctor named Murdo Eugene Street who died in 1944.

Enter to win DeLallo Winter Holiday Cheese Board Collection

Oct 30, 2018

November 2018 Giveaway

Every month, The Splendid Table helps listeners equip their kitchens, stock their pantries, and fill their bookshelves. This month, one (1) winner will receive one (1) Winter Holiday Cheese Board Collection from DeLallo. The retail value is $195.

Hope and Glory

Oct 29, 2018
Jill Morgenthaler
Photo by Jason Falchook

Jill Morgenthaler battles to earn the respect of her fellow soldiers.
Dylan Park
 finds hope in the chaos of war.
Franny Civitano
 anxiously awaits her brother’s return from deployment in Afghanistan.
Jerry Neal
 describes a bird’s eye view of the English Channel on D Day.

A headshot of Georgiary Bledsoe
Courtesy of Georgiary Bledsoe

From an early age, Georgiary Bledsoe aspired to a life beyond what she knew as a child. She is the youngest of 17 siblings and grew up very poor in East Saint Louis, Illinois, a city often considered one of the most dangerous in America.

'Swamp Rock' Master Tony Joe White Has Died At 75

Oct 26, 2018

Tony Joe White, a songwriter and recording artist with the laid back but slightly dangerous demeanor of a well fed alligator, parlayed a unique take on swamp rock and country blues into an influential 50-year career. The Louisiana native died of a heart attack at home in Leiper's Fork on Thursday at age 75. Only a month ago, White released a new album and made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.