The State of Things

“The State of Things” covers diverse issues & topics in NC. Frank Stasio talks to authors, musicians, politicians, & citizens about subjects that matter to North Carolinians.

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

If 2020 has taught me one lesson, it's this: "Don't wait on what's yours. Just go get it." At 21, Atlanta's record-setting fresh face Mulatto has spent her entire year embodying that lesson.

On Nov. 7, the Associated Press and several other news outlets called the 2020 U.S. presidential race for former Vice President Joe Biden. A countless number of his supporters flocked to social media to rejoice in his victory and to applaud him, but only a fraction of those folks were able to tweet a video clip of the President-elect quoting them.

Kara Lawson could do that.

New claims for unemployment benefits jumped last week for the second week in a row, signaling ongoing weakness in the job market as coronavirus infections continue to soar.

The Labor Department reported 778,000 people applied for state benefits in the week ending Saturday, an increase of 30,000 from the previous week.

More votes were cast in the 2020 presidential election than in any other U.S. election in history, and the turnout rate was the highest in more than a century.

President-elect Joe Biden has now earned 80 million votes, and ballots are still being counted. That is by far the most votes cast for any presidential candidate in U.S. history. President Trump holds the distinction, however, of earning the second-most votes all time. About 74 million Americans voted for him.

A Kid, A Minor Bike Accident And A $19,000 Medical Bill

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Adam Woodrum was out for a bike ride with his wife and kids on July 19 when his then 9-year-old son, Robert, crashed.

"He cut himself pretty bad, and I could tell right away he needed stitches," says Woodrum.

Because they were on bikes, he called the fire department in Carson City, Nevada.

"They were great," says Woodrum. "They took him on a stretcher to the ER."

Robert received stitches and anesthesia at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. He's since recovered nicely.

Then the denial letter came.

Officials in Illinois have ordered an independent investigation into a coronavirus outbreak that killed 27 people at a state-operated veterans' home. The state's Department of Veterans' Affairs announced the decision in a statement Tuesday, pledging to "immediately address any findings from that investigation."

Signs of a tattered, but resilient, voting system were on full display this week, as one of the most contentious elections in U.S. history rolled toward completion.

After record-breaking wildfires this year, thousands of people across the West are still clearing piles of charred debris where their homes once stood in the hope of rebuilding their lives.

With climate change fueling bigger, more destructive wildfires, rebuilding offers an opportunity to create more fire-resistant communities by using building materials that can help homes survive the next blaze.

The last time Naji Aldabaan remembers feeling like a kid — mainly concerned with whether his mom would make him do homework or let him outside to play soccer — he was 10 years old.

The year was 2011, and Syria was collapsing into civil war as nationwide protests against the government were followed by crackdowns and arrests. One day, soldiers knocked on his door. They had taken away Naji's uncles. Now they'd come for his father. No one knew why. Such was the random nature of the terror.

Like some fellow Austrians before him, Mozart, Haydn and


Arts & Performance

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Artists often clean their studios before visitors arrive. But inside her Swannanoa home, Jenny Pickens’ painting studio is always immaculate.

The first clue that this is so: Pickens’ studio is carpeted—a rarity among painters—and you won’t find a drop of other color on the plush butterscotch.

“Growing up, I had limited space. My grandmother, oh gosh, she would fuss at me all the time—‘you wake up with a crayon, you go to bed with a crayon,’” she recalled. “I had to be clean with whatever I used.”

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It’s a Saturday afternoon at Asheville’s Arthur Edington Center, inside what was once an elementary school classroom converted into the well-lived-in home for the black and brown teens of Word on the Street.

Keitra Black-Warfield, a 15-year-old who attends Erwin High School, is among eight others at tables or on the floor, are painting, drawing and adding textiles destined for murals to hang from the walls here.

“It changed me for real,” Black-Warfield said of the program. “It taught me about your community, about your family, about your connections you build with people.”

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Resúmenes para la semana del 9 de noviembre

Nov 13, 2020

COVID y Seguro Médico
Más de 250.000 habitantes de Carolina del Norte han perdido su seguro de salud durante la pandemia de COVID-19. Así lo anuncia un estudio publicado recientemente en el periódico de medicina de Carolina del Norte. El autor, Mark Holmes, de la Escuela de Salud Pública de la universidad UNC Gillings School, confirmó que dicha cifra corresponde a un aumento del 3% comparado con el promedio de otros años. El estudio también confirmó un aumento de 7% de habitantes de Carolina del Norte que se han afiliado al sistema público Medicaid. 

Resúmenes para la semana del 26 de octubre

Oct 31, 2020
Illustration by Luis Martinez


Actualización COVID-19  

El Departamento de Salud Pública de Carolina del Norte ha confirmado 1.600 nuevos casos de COVID-19 el pasado lunes, una cifra menor al domingo anterior con 1.700 casos. El viernes de la semana pasada se registró un récord con 2.700 casos.
Hasta el momento se han confirmado 261.000 casos de personas contagiadas con coronavirus desde que comenzó la pandemia. Cerca de 11.000 personas han sido confirmadas con COVID-19 en el área donde se escucha la transmisión de BPR. 

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