Pratie Heads at "The State of Things"
This is what the tobacco warehouse looked like in the 1870s when it was built.
Some morons covered it up with copper-colored metal in the 1960s. It was un-updated (the metal was removed and renovated wonderfully.
North Carolina Public Radio is housed here, at the American Tobacco Historic District, a spot in downtown Durham I'd never seen before. It's a little world of its own. I was particularly amazed by an extravagant course of water which rushes past the building. Was this always here?
Frank Stasio, the host of "The State of Things," is a right guy. He and his associate, Mark Dvorak-Little, were friendly and warm and made us feel welcome.
It was pouring rain when we left. I wanted to try harder to get good pictures of this whole setup with the train and the sluice and all, but I was soaked.
You can hear the podcast of our 18-minute segment. I wish I hadn't been so nervous and interrupted Bob so much (jeesh, how embarrassing! Blegh!) and I wish his guitar had been louder, but oh well.