Have a wonderful and safe July 4th! Be sure to tune in to @morningedition today to hear familiar @npr voices reading the Declaration of Independence. #july4th #wunc #publicradio #npr
David Merritt, 56, wears his house key around his neck as he leaves his tiny home to go back to work on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in Greensboro, N.C. He is the first resident of one of the half dozen homes at the Hammer Tiny House Community recently dedicated in June. . . Scott Jones, executive board chair, Tiny Home Community Development stands in one of the half dozen homes in the Hammer Tiny House Community nearing ready for occupancy Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Greensboro, N.C. . . Hammer Tiny House Community, with a half dozen homes, became the first community of permanent tiny houses in Greensboro earlier in June.📷 by Lynn Hey/ For WUNC #tinyhouse #homelessness #greensboro #northcarolina #wuncphotos
Ronnie Rigsbee and Shelia Salmon bought a house in Mebane, North Carolina, to get away from the busy city. But around them, they often hear the sound of gunfire. Rigsbee and Salmon say it’s becoming a nuisance. Across the country, neighbors are fighting for their own views on what rural life should be like, in states including Kansas, Alabama, Virginia, Georgia and Florida. And within this common neighborly dispute, the debate over gun regulation has found its way into the conversation. Photo by Ben McKeown/ For WUNC . . Bobby Strong’s backyard overlooks the Quaker Creek Reservoir, in Mebane, North Carolina. He moved to his current house for more space to garden and for some peace and quiet. Strong suspects the hole in his window was caused by a bullet from his neighbors, but he hasn’t found the bullet in his backyard yet. Photo by Ben McKeown/ For WUNC . . William Newton, Jr. believes people should have the right to shoot their guns when they want to. If gunfire noise is restricted to certain times of the day, he believes people will be less likely to go outside and use their firearms. Photo by Adhiti Bandlamudi/ WUNC . . Paul Smith is an Army veteran who owns Frontline Defense, an outdoor shooting range. Smith wanted to find a range in the middle of nowhere, where he wouldn’t be bothered by residential growth. Photo by Ben McKeown/ For WUNC #mebanenc #northcarolina #wuncphotos
WUNC has been happy to host two wonderful @npr visitors this week! @franklangfitt stopped by Wednesday -- and @tamarakeithnpr visited @thestateofthings and attended two very special events with some WUNC donors yesterday. What an exciting week for WUNC!
WUNC President and General Manager, Connie Walker, led a conversation with @franklangfitt, NPR’s London correspondent, last night at @quailridgebooks in Raleigh. Langfitt’s new book, “The Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China,” is based on a reporting series he did for @npr that involved him driving a free taxi around Shanghai to gather interviews and information on the changing China as seen through the eyes of ordinary people. Thank you to all who attended! [📸 by @sicklesphotography ]
Jeff Tyson, President of the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association, stands in one of the buildings on his farm in Nashville, North Carolina on Thursday, May 16, 2019. Tyson explains that since so much of U.S. produce is shipped overseas, the international trade disputes will make it difficult for American farmers to sell their crops at a profit. 📷 by @madelinepgray/ For WUNC #trade #tariffs #farmer #ag #nashcounty #northcarolina #wuncphotos
Some wonderful WUNC listeners joined @thestateofthings in Durham last night for a special show about the 150th anniversary of Durham. Host Frank Stasio welcomed several guests to discuss Durham’s Black Wall Street and the status of black wealth building in Durham today. Thank you to all who attended! You can hear this program on WUNC on Friday, June 7 at 12 p.m.
We don't babysit your kids, we actually teach and educate. We have to know about milestones and things to look for when kids are delayed, how to help them get up to speed, be able to facilitate activities and teachings that are gonna help them grow and learn and be on track.” • 27-year-old Aubree Waddell takes her baby daughter, Auri, and her four-year-old son, Micah, to the public library in Garner almost every day, to keep them busy. She used to work teaching young children who weren’t her own. She had been doing so for nearly a decade. But when her daughter was born last August, she decided to take a break. And she doesn’t know that she’ll go back. Being an early childhood educator is a lot of hard work – without much respect, she says. Her pay was just enough to cover basic bills, like a phone plan, car insurance and gas. Waddell is now considering a new career, probably in healthcare. Because, she says, working in early childhood education takes a toll. “You have people that are so tired, so worn out, so burnt out. They need the money, and so they go in, and they have short tempers or they're checked out. Kids are doing whatever they wanna do,” she says. “Nothing's structured because they just can't bring themselves to do the work that is expected with the pay we get, with all the other stuff we have to deal with. It's just … it's insane, it really is.” • 📷 by Lisa Philip / WUNC
Researchers have discovered the fifth-oldest tree in the world growing in an ancient forest in a North Carolina swamp.