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Mipso - The Unlikely Story Of A Band With A Lot To Like

The band Mipso never anticipated being as successful as they became. It is a band that mandolin player Jacob Sharp called unlikely, because none of the members studied music when they met at UNC, and none of them thought music was going to be a career -- nothing beyond their initial love of other bands, and of playing together. (WNCW)

UNC professor creates birth control alternative

Dr. Rahima Benhabbour’s roots in women’s health advocacy run deep. As an assistant professor in the UNC/N.C. State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering and adjunct professor at the UNC School of Pharmacy, her research interest is drug delivery devices for disease prevention and treatment. Her team at AnelleO continues to develop their product. (Chapel Hill Magazine)

Two-time Carolina alumna graduates from NASA astronaut basic training

Zena Cardman (class of UNC 2010, 2014, M.S.) is one step closer to outer space. Cardman concluded more than two years of training at a graduation ceremony at Johnson Space Center on Jan. 10. She is now eligible for spaceflight, including assignments to the International Space Station, missions to the moon and, potentially, missions to Mars. (

Carolina alumni named Schwarzman Scholars

University of North Carolina alumni Yusheng Zhang and Sandy Alkoutami have been selected for the elite Schwarzman Scholars Program. Modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship, the Schwarzman is an innovative master’s degree program that supports study at China’s prestigious Tsinghua University and bridges the academic and professional worlds. (

Carolina Insider Podcast: Interview with Howard Lee, Basketball recap, and more

UNC Basketball took a disappointing loss Saturday. Jones Angell and Adam Lucas discuss where the Tar Heels go from here. Then, an incredible interview with on growing up as an African-American in the deep south, becoming mayor of Chapel Hill (and later State Senator), his friendship with , 's impact, and more. (

Al’s Burger Shack Files for Bankruptcy, Owners Have ‘No Plans to Stop Slinging Burgers’

The organization behind local restaurant success story Al’s Burger Shack has filed for bankruptcy reorganization. Since opening its first location on Franklin Street in 2013, Al’s Burger Shack has become a local staple and was ranked as having the “best burger in America” by TripAdvisor in 2018. "We have absolutely no plans to stop slinging burgers." (

Beer flows once more in Chapel Hill’s old Rathskeller, courtesy of a Raleigh brewery

It’s been a bone dry decade for one of Chapel Hill’s historic watering holes. But beer is once again flowing at the old Rathskeller. Raleigh brewery Gizmo Brew Works opened its new taproom in Chapel Hill, serving the first drinks in the former Ramshead Rathskeller space in more than a decade. The renovation of the space took about a year to complete. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Longtime UNC School of Medicine Professor Robert Bashford Dies

Dr. Robert Bashford, a longtime UNC School of Medicine professor, has died at age 74. In 2013, Dr. Bashford was instrumental in the development of the Kenan Rural Scholars program, which focused on building a pipeline of physicians committed to service in North Carolina’s under-served areas. The mission for Dr. Bashford was to put doctors in rural spaces. (

UNC doctor helps ISS astronaut who was suffering from blood clots

“My first reaction when NASA reached out to me was to ask if I could visit the International Space Station to examine the patient myself,” said Dr. Stephan Moll, UNC School of Medicine blood clot expert and long-time NASA enthusiast. “NASA told me they couldn’t get me up to space quickly enough, so I proceeded with the process from here in Chapel Hill.” (

Carolina Insider Podcast: Governor Roy Cooper, BB heading into ACC play, FB's dominant bowl win

UNC Basketball has won two in a row and is playing better but suffered another key injury. Tar Heel football closed the season in impressive fashion and there is a lot of excitement for UNC's future. Then, North Carolina governor, , joins Jones Angell and Adam Lucas to discuss being a Tar Heel fan, his favorite Carolina memories, and more. (
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