Last week, the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in the Research Triangle Park, Linda Birnbaum, and her husband, David, had a special reason to attend opening night of the PlayMakers production of William Shakespeare’s “Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.”
What is the connection between U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and acclaimed U.S. tennis player John Isner?
Both come from Greensboro, but it is more than that.
Hillsborough writer Hal Crowther is widely admired for his provocative columns and ability to shock us by his creative use of words, phrases, comparisons and images as powerful weapons that can persuade or provoke us.
What is the connection between the new chancellor of the UNC School of the Arts and a best-selling Chapel Hill cookbook author?
Here are some hints.
First of all, the new chancellor, Lindsay Bierman, was until a few months ago the editor-in-chief of Southern Living magazine.
“I can't say that it was easy. It has been troubling and it's brought back a lot of old feelings of anger and frustration,” commented Marcia Mount Shoop while she was back in Chapel Hill last week to talk about her new book, “Touchdowns for Jesus and Other Signs of Apocalypse: Lifting the Veil on Big-Time Sports.”
Who are North Carolina’s public intellectuals?
Over the years we have been blessed with influential and thoughtful people whose wise commentaries about the state’s concerns often moved public opinion.
What does a flower shop in a little town north of Spokane, Washington, have to do with downtown Chapel Hill?
Howard Fuller was back in North Carolina last week promoting his new book, “No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior’s Life from Black Power to Education Reform.”
The State Fair is one of those “end of season” things that remind us that summer is really over. Like moving from daylight to standard time in a few weeks. Setting back the clocks. Changing the batteries in the smoke detectors. And dealing with darkness closing in before 5 o’clock in the afternoon.
What was the greatest political upset in North Carolina political history?
Old timers will tell you that it was Kerr Scott’s victory in the Democratic primary for governor in 1948. Scott, a dairy farmer from Alamance County, beat the favored candidate of the conservative wing of the party.
What was that book that the wounded Confederate soldier Inman carried with him on his journey from the Raleigh hospital to his mountain home in “Cold Mountain” by Charles Frazier?
As the International Bluegrass Music Association’s five-day “World of Bluegrass Festival” wound down in Raleigh a few days ago, some people were still asking where did bluegrass music come from, anyway?
North Carolinians have a quick and certain answer: It came out of the hills and hollows of our Appalachian region.
And where did that mountain music come from?
Chapel Hill people live in the shadow of one of the world’s great universities, a place packed with faculty, staff, and students who are filled with knowledge and are enthusiastic about sharing it.
While you are watching U.S. Senate campaign television ads, occasionally interrupted by brief segments of programming, do you ever wonder what goes on inside the candidates’ campaign organizations?
Chapel Hill’s Marcie Cohen Ferris’s new book, “The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region,” is a study of the relationship between food and the culture of the South over many centuries.