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EOT128 The Voice 10/15/13

Supporting our nation’s wounded warriors is extremely important, but sometimes we are not sure what exactly to do. This week in Raleigh, a special conference is taking place to do just that. Michaela has more.

“The Voice” is a popular TV show highlighting untapped talent on national television. Sydney had the chance to speak with a Wolfpack graduate who is on the show this season.

Dave interviewed a professor right here at the College of Natural Resources about the varying nature and functions of fires. Here is the third in a series of their discussion.

Next month there are several elections taking place in Wake County. One particular contest is the Morrisville City Council, and in the first in a series of interviews, Michaela sat down with one of the candidates, Steve Rao.

Yet another student here at N.C. State is making strides in front of a national audience in a reality show. Desirae has the story of Justin LeBlanc on “Project Runway.”

Listen to all this, plus national and international news from Andrew and Sydney, weather with Katie, Ross with sports, weird science with Gene and a community calendar.

Nick Savage and Andrew Eichen bring you another edition of “Eye on the Triangle,” live each Tuesday at 7 p.m. on WKNC 88.1 FM and wknc.org/listen and available as a downloadable podcast.

Listen to episode 128.

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EOT127 Government Shutdown 10/1/13

Nick Savage and Andrew Eichen bring you another edition of “Eye on the Triangle,” live each Tuesday at 7 p.m. on WKNC 88.1 FM and wknc.org/listen and available as a downloadable podcast.

For weeks, the threat of a government shutdown has been looming as our nations leaders struggle to agree on a budget plan.  But what does it mean now that it’s actually upon us?  Andrew has the story.

Bike sharing is a common feature in urban areas.  With programs in London, New York City, Copenhagen, and many other cities finding great success, NCSU is seeking to get one started right here on campus.  Desirae has more.

Dave interviewed a professor right here at the College of Natural Resources about the varying nature and functions of fires.  Here’s the second in a series of their discussion.

Transit in Raleigh and the Triangle has been a hot topic in the past few months, and there are lots of options for our future.  Michaela explores one of the potential changes to our city.

Next week is the Raleigh municipal election, and the Wake County school bond is being put to a vote.  Sydney has the story.

Listen to all this, plus news from Andrew, weather with Katie, Ben with sports and a community calendar.

Listen to episode 127.

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Are We Looking At Another 2000?

As the final week before Election Tuesday begins, nobody seems to have any answers as to just who or who may not hold the lead in this year’s presidential election. As more and more politicos seem to agree that the House may yet again remain in control of the Republicans, the White House race seems just too close to call. In fact, the word “chaos” seems as apt as a descriptor as any. Charlie Cook, of the highly respected Cook Political Report has suggested that for the second time since the 2000 election, the winner of the popular vote might not be the winner of the Electoral College vote. This scenario was of course thought to be highly improbable, and had been a rare occurrence in American presidential politics. Then came the presidential election of 2000, an election still studied as an anomaly, a once in a thousand years occurrence. The idea that it could happen again, as improbable as it may seem now, is not impossible.

If there is one thing that this election cycle has proven, it is that there are still plenty of factors that could turn this race at any moment. Before Denver, there were few that thought much could hurt the Democratic incumbent in the race. Since his lackluster debate and the Republican candidate’s stellar performance in that first encounter, the race has tightened considerable, despite two other debates since then.

It would be foolish to downplay the possibility that something could, even at this late stage in the race, upset the race in favor of one candidate or the other. One wild card that could have an influence might be the recently passed Hurricane Sandy, which is even now continuing to cause problems up and down the Eastern seaboard. From New York to North Carolina, millions have been devastated. The next few days will be crucial for the current incumbent. All eyes will be on the White House to gauge his response to the latest natural disaster to strike the U.S., and the President is acutely aware of this.

But when it’s all said and done, will Sandy really have an impact on the race? It’s too early to tell, but with Katrina still on the minds of many around the country, a repeat of 2005 would almost certainly spell disaster for the President. Mr. Romney, on the other hands, has had to answer to some inquiries of his own, as many have taken a second look at his stances on disaster relief, which include giving more autonomy to the states or the private sector in times of crises. Rhetoric or not, it has raised questions about how the challenger would respond to a crisis of this scale. For anyone still undecided this late in the race, there is certainly no shortage of information of advertisements coming from both sides of the aisle, but ultimately what could decide this race could be out of the hands of either party.

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EOT107 Student Political Discussions 10/23/12

Over the past several weeks, our contributor Jay Tomblin has been interviewing students from various political groups on campus in order to gauge their feelings on various issues facing our country. Here now is a representative of the student democrats and one of the student republicans here on campus, to share their thoughts on the current election cycle. And here to facilitate the discussion is Jay Tomblin.

Most know that N.C. State has its own police force, but did you know that this university also has its own mounted police? Here is Deondre’ Jones with more.

Listen to episode 107.

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Mixing Music with Politics

Speakers thumped out bass-heavy remixes while flashing neon lights danced through a fog machine. Blue banners hung behind the make-shift stage and from the third floor balcony of Witherspoon Student Center, matching the rectangular area on Harris Field bound by Obama yard signs. This was all part of Wolfpack for Obama’s event featuring Rock the Vote with Passion Pit. Two members of the band took turns playing a DJ set, featuring remixes of popular songs and random assortments of beats. The crowd awkwardly toe-tapped during the 6:00 p.m. set. They did take the time out, however, to say, “I don’t care who you vote for. Obama, Gary Johnson, whatever. Just don’t say Romney, because you’re educated. You know better.”

 

Musicians have been using their celebrity to try to persuade fans’ political opinions for ages, but with the upcoming presidential election and accessibility to every kind of social media platform, we’re seeing more of it than ever before: email blasts, tweets, Facebook posts, Tumblr reposts, stage banter and of course, the sharing of infamous memes. Some artists just want to end the apathy of voting by teaming up with nonpartisan voter registration organizations like HeadCount and Rock the Vote. Wilco, for example, took a team of volunteers with them for every American tour date this year to canvas the audience.

Others want to voice their opinions about politics not so subtly. Many local artists during the spring Shakori discussed voting against Amendment One and what that vote would mean to them – informational calls to action without any sugarcoating. Like Passion Pit, other artists have participated in rallies, forums and concerts supporting a particular candidate or party. President Obama’s reelection campaign has been supported by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Jay-Z, Beyonce (and probably Blue Ivy, too), Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry, Jon Bon Jovi, Kanye West, Dave Matthews, The National, Pete Wentz, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Joel Madden, Jason Mraz, Gwen Stefani, David Grohl, Cyndi Lauper, Adam Levine and more. In 2008, Durham-based Merge Records hosted Obama rallies featuring their artists, including Grammy-winner Arcade Fire. Superchunk, Baobab and Future Kings of Nowhere have more or less live tweeted the recent debates, not being shy whatsoever about their thoughts.

It’s harder to find the same allegiance among musicians on the conservative side.  This year’s Republican National Convention’s lineup included Oak Ridge Boys, Conrad Oberg, Lynyrd Skynyrd,  Philip Alongi, Neal E. Boyd, Lane Turner, Randy Owen, Jack Blades, 3 Doors Down, Ayla Brown, Beau Davidson, The Kantinas, Danny Gokey, Taylor Hicks and BeBe Winans. Nicki Minaj, despite having Obama’s endorsement in her fight against Mariah Carey, favors Romney on Lil Wayne’s newest mixtape. The Killers, who Romney allegedly enjoys, would “be open” to performing in support of the candidate.

Now, it’s not all that surprising that musicians tend to lean towards more liberal views. The imbalance is interesting though. Why do so few indie bands (that aren’t offered to play big gigs) publicly support conservative ideas and candidates? And if there were a “Wolfpack for Romney” group on campus, who would they get to perform? Even in the 2008 election, there was a significant difference in musicians’ support between parties. Hank Williams Jr. and Gretchen Wilson were among the most prominent McCain supporters.

Is this just a genre division? If you’re trying to reach younger voters through music, what’s the best way to accomplish this?

 

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EOT104 Early Voting 10/2/12

Anyone who receives the campus crime alert emails is no doubt used to seeing the emails in their inbox. However, in the past several weeks, the emails have detailed more serious crimes than our campus is used to. Deondre’ has more.

Tomorrow marks the first of three presidential debates between contenders Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. With just over a month to go, the candidates are in the home stretch to make themselves heard. Here’s Jake with what we can expect over the next month in terms of early voting and the presidential election.

Barack Obama versus Mitt Romney… in our polarized two party system, third party candidates are rarely get the attention that they might deserve. Andrew thought it might be interested to take focus on these overlooked candidates, in the first of a multi part series exploring the third party candidates running in this election.

Listen to episode 104.

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EOT101 Election 2012 9/11/12

Jake’s retrospective of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Interview with David Lewis, one of the organizers of the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Preview of Herman Cain’s visit to N.C. State.

Soundbytes on whether students are planning to vote in the 2012 election.

Listen to episode 101.

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EOT48 Election Night 11/2/10

The EOT crew covers early election results live from the polls, previews the designers for Couture for a Cause and interviews the organizers of Durham’s Troika Music Festival.

Listen to episode 48.

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EOT46 16th District Senate Candidates 10/19/10

John interviews the three candidates running for the 16th district of the North Carolina Senate:  Incumbent Democrat Josh Stein, GOP challenger Michael Beezley, and Libertarian challenger Stephanie Watson.  Taylor talks about the Wolfpack’s tough loss to ECU, Mark shares his fall recipe ideas, and Chris brings you another Gardening Minute.

Listen to episode 46.

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EOT45 Dr. Michael Beitler 10/12/10

Chris interviews Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Mike Beitler, plus Evan’s message about recent teen suicides, Mark’s restaurant review, and Tyler talks about how the football team is back on track.

Listen to episode 45.