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Brains, Beauty, and Brawn: Stories of Girlhood

Apr 25, 2019
Christal Brown
Alison Evans

Sandra Kimokoti feels conflicted over her physical strength. Wanjiru Kibera goes off the path in the Kenyan wilderness. Gabrielle Shelton tries to find work as a welder. Catherine Smyka and her male friend have the same taste in women.
Christal Brown finds a connection to her father through dance.

Sound Opinions: Songs About Space and Opinions on Lizzo

Apr 25, 2019

For Sound Opinions' 700th episode, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are taking the show to outer space! They'll share some of their favorite songs about space in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Plus, Jim and Greg review Cuz I Love You, the latest from hip hop and r&b artist Lizzo, and pop/soul singer-songwriter Emily King talks about the song that got her Hooked on Sonics.

Laura Pellicer / WUNC

If you’ve noticed an abundance of black minimalist attire in downtown Durham, you are not alone. Moogfest artists and attendees have descended on the Southern city, and they’ve brought their clean, tech aesthetic with them.

A man and a woman sitting across from each other at a diner.
Courtesy of Edith Snow

North Carolina-based filmmakers Eryk Pruitt and Edith Snow have both submitted their work to film festivals plenty of times. But with their latest films, they wanted to do something different: take their work on the road, similar to a book tour.

Etaf Rum was on “the right path” according to many of her family members. She was married with children and had several degrees and a teaching job. She was doing everything right, but she felt stuck. Despite her education, Rum was living out the same pattern as her mother and many of the women of Palestinian descent that came before her. Though Rum was born in Brooklyn, her parents were born refugee camps in Palestine where they were raised by parents who spent their lives in refugee camps.

America’s Drug War, Revealed

Apr 24, 2019

This episode comes to us from Marketplace’s wealth and poverty team and their show, The Uncertain Hour. In 1989, President George H. W. Bush did his first televised broadcast, speaking directly to the nation about an issue he believed was the gravest domestic threat to America: drugs. Specifically, crack cocaine. In the speech, Bush pulled a baggie of crack out of his desk as a prop, saying it had been seized from Lafayette Park, right across the street from the White House.

New Photo Book Offers Glimpse Into 'The Heart Of A Boy'

Apr 24, 2019
A picture of Ojore, standing near a swimming pool wearing goggles on his forehead.
Kate T. Parker

Do you have a piece of wisdom you wish you could share with your younger self?

Andy Eversole does not like to go places without his banjo. But that does not mean he sticks close to home. His most recent recording project took him to India to capture the sounds of the subcontinent and incorporate them into his Southern-rooted banjo music. He journeyed to New Delhi, Agra, Rajasthan and the Kashmir region and collaborated with musicians he met there. He discovered that Indian musicians have a penchant for playing live and that their cows and car horns do not stop for the occasion. Eversole documented the trip in a YouTube documentary

Rob Lee with his mother on his left and his father on his right.
Courtesy of Rob Lee

The Rev. Rob Lee is a descendant of the Confederate General Robert E. Lee and an advocate for social justice. Despite his family history, Lee has confronted his own white privilege and actively works towards the goal of racial equity.


Photo (clockwise from top left): Mango & Mint Salad,
Spicy Chicken & Chickpea Curry Bake, Marsala Black Chickpeas


Chapel Hill, NC (April 22, 2019) – WUNC Music is excited to announce that it’s joining VuHaus, public media’s music discovery video platform.  It’s a growing network of public stations that share a common mission to support emerging and local artists. WUNC Music joins 19 of the most influential public media stations that showcase their music video content on

a photo of Frances Mayes
Will Garin

Frances Mayes’ travels and triumphs are chronicled in her memoir “Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy.” On a whim, she finds herself in Italy and purchases a villa that she must restore. Her tales were immortalized in the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun,” a loose interpretation of the memoir which earned actress Diane Lane a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Mayes.

Austin McCombie and Sarah Osborne McCombie storytelling with strings and songs about North Carolina.
Courtesy of Kendall Atwater

Chatham County was once best known for its rabbits. The wild animals were so plentiful in the region at the turn of the 20th century that thousands were shipped out as cash crops each year. This piece of forgotten North Carolina history is just one story of many that inspires the new folk duo Sarah McCombie and Austin McCombie. 

Farm Wars

Apr 19, 2019

American soybean farmers call pigweed “Satan’s weed” because it’s so hard to get rid of. Many of them are excited about the herbicide dicamba, which is good at killing off pigweed. There’s just one problem, and it’s igniting a civil war in farm country. Plus, each year, beekeepers from all over the country ship thousands of hives to California in time for almond pollination season. In recent years, the valuable hives have become a high-stakes target for theft. Lastly, asthma is just as common in rural areas as it is in cities.

An image of Nina Simone
Jack Robinson / Getty Images

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, singer/songwriter Skylar Gudasz tells us about her love of Nina Simone's 'Wild Is The Wind.'

A little while ago, I got to have lunch with  Kwame Onwuachi, chef of the restaurant Kith and Kin in Washington, D.C. We were in his apartment, which he shares with his fiance and their dog. But you could definitely tell it’s a chef’s place. There was a whole room with no furniture, and you just know he doesn’t spend a whole lot of time hanging out at home. Outside his window you could see construction cranes everywhere, fancy condo building after fancy condo building, and it’s in a neighborhood of Washington, D.C. that honestly looks like it was all built yesterday.

Our friends at America's Test Kitchen are always looking for new ways to introduce fun and innovative techniques into our home kitchens. Dan Souza, Editor in Chief of Cook’s Illustrated, often leads their charge into culinary curiosity. Here, he talks with our Managing Producer Sally Sally about making nitro cold-brew coffee, and cooking with koji.

Korea, Colons, Pickups and Pranks

Apr 18, 2019
Dana Stallard
Jason Falchook

Bradford Jordan gets an alarming email.
Charlie Fatone has all but given up on romance. Dana Stallard has to come out to her family multiple times. Andy Borowitz has serious intestinal issues.

NOTE: When offensive or FCC-prohibited words appear, they are bleeped and listed in the Content Advisory.  Sensitive content will be given an on-air caution and will be noted here in the description. 

Sound Opinions: Moby & Opinions on Intellexual

Apr 18, 2019

Moby became the face of techno with the blockbuster success of his 1999 album Play. He’s since made several successful albums and put out his first memoir, Porcelain, in 2016. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revisit their 2016 conversation with Moby in honor of his latest memoir, Then It Fell Apart. They also review the debut album from the group Intellexual, made up of frequent Chance the Rapper collaborators Nico Segal and Nate Fox.

"Lassie Come Home" / MGM

Something in your eye? It’s not your fault, some movies are simply designed to be tearjerkers. On this installment of Movies on the Radio, The State of Things heard from listeners about the films that got the tears flowing.   

Kim Kushner's menu for a contemporary Passover feast

Apr 17, 2019

Passover is a very special holiday in the Jewish culture. But too many of us focus on the restrictions, what we can’t eat, the ingredients we can’t use, and all of the stress that comes along with it. Cooking a great Passover meal does not need to translate to anxiety cooking. Relax. It’ll all be okay. Instead of spending time analyzing what ingredients to avoid, focus on the foods you really love.

N.C. Zoo

The North Carolina Zoo says a 46-year-old chimpanzee has died after 35 years as the dominant female of her group.

a photo of Belle Boggs
Barbara Tyroler

What happens when an atheist poet decides to direct a school for Christian writers? That question begins Belle Boggs’ debut novel, “The Gulf” (Graywolf Press/2019).

Photo (left to right): Spring Pea, Pea Shoot, Pancetta & Goat Cheese Salad | Clodagh McKenna with Herb-Crusted Lamb Cutlets | Rhubarb, Rosewater & Pistachio Galettes

The Rest is History

Apr 12, 2019
Henny Lewin
Oliver Snure

Musician Frank Almond makes a historic discovery. 

Sivad Johnson takes us behind the scenes of the Detroit Fire Department.

Henny Lewin, a young Jewish girl, is smuggled out of a Lithuanian ghetto during WWII. 

Crews worked to clear rubble on Thursday afternoon as fire personnel conducted an investigation into the causes of the explosion.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

The gas explosion that killed one person and injured 25 others in downtown Durham also damaged a building that houses a rarely seen but world famous collection of Porsches.

Annette Brown / EPK TV

Hollywood loves to feed us stories of good friendships and happy endings. At first glance, "The Best of Enemies" seems to fit that mold. The film tells the story of civil rights advocate Ann Atwater and Ku Klux Klan leader C. P. Ellis. The pair vehemently hated each other yet managed to gain respect for one another as they argued opposite sides of the school integration debate. Author Osha Gray Davidson, who wrote the book upon which the movie was based, explains how their story goes much deeper than an improbable friendship to examine the complex constructions of race and class in Southern society. 

Durham is celebrating its 150th anniversary while honoring the victims of a fatal explosion that happened on its birthday.

Graham Nash is best known as a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter and musician. A co-founder of the British pop group The Hollies, Nash went on to form a little group called Crosby, Stills & Nash. Both groups would get him inducted into the Hall of Fame, but his work with Crosby, Stills, Nash and later, Young, became the voice of a generation. Their self-titled debut album was released in 1969 with huge success in the U.S. and their legacy would include songs that remain part of American culture.

An image of Megafaun
DL Anderson <@dlapictures >

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week, writer Allison Hussey talks about 'Impressions of the Past' by the Durham based psychedelic folk band Megafaun.