The State of Things - Live from Museum of Natural Sciences Raleigh.
Legislative Update: State lawmakers have less than six weeks to construct and pass a budget before the beginning of the next fiscal year. The Senate released its spending plan last night, providing raises for teachers in return for sacrificing tenure. The General Assembly is also considering an overhaul to the tax code. Meanwhile, 14 protesters from the Moral Monday movement were arrested after an overnight sit-in. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones about the latest from the legislature.
Rain Forest Diversity: Rain forests are home to an incredible variety of species. From cute olinguitos to slimy spittlebugs, scientists are discovering creatures all the time. The exhibit "Rainforest Adventure" at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences educates kids on rain forest diversity and conservation. Host Frank Stasio talks with museum experts: entymologist Jason Cryan, zoologist Roland Kays and herpetologist Bryan Stuart.
Setting Up Shop In Historic Places: Carrie Knowles, the 2014 Piedmont Laureate, is tasked with encouraging North Carolina residents to come together to celebrate the art of writing. She is an author, writing coach and arts advocate whose tenure in the role will include public readings and events to promote the arts. Knowles thinks stepping away from everyday life to create space for art is a vital part of the writing process. To facilitate that objective, she will lead workshops in historic settings around the Piedmont, including a workshop on an Amtrak train. Host Frank Stasio talks to Piedmont Laureate Carrie Knowles about the art of short fiction and her thoughts on writing.