Culture State

Culture State

The Culture State Podcast celebrates the people who put North Carolina on the sports & pop-culture map, presented by Papa Murphy's Pizza! In this weekly series, Chris Lea (WRAL-TV) and Dennis Cox (99.9 The Fan) interview famed sports figures, entertainers and pop-culture icons about their love of and contributions to the North Carolina sports culture and the state's large, sometimes over-looked, impact on the national sports scene. Culture State instills pride in natives, residents and fans in what’s produced or influenced by our state, while also generating intriguing continuing fan conversations and water-cooler moment laughs. Follow us on twitter and Instagram: @CultureStatePod @ChrisLeaTV (Chris Lea) @TheFanRookie (Dennis Cox)

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May 25, 2022 30 min

Matt James, former lead on The Bachelor in Season 25, and contestant on The Bachelorette in Season 16, is the latest guest on Culture State! Matt played high school football and basketball at Sanderson High School in Raleigh, NC, where his basketball coach was NC Central men's basketball coach, LaVelle Moton. James talked about what makes North Carolina such a special state, playing football at Wake Forest, his journey into sta...

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This week's episode features Isaiah Miller, current Minnesota Timberwolves prospect and former UNC-Greensboro point guard. Miller talks about his journey to Greensboro and playing basketball in the state of North Carolina, and how the led him to where is right now with the Iowa Wolves of the NBA G-League and part of the Minnesota Timberwolves' organization. Plus, he shares how he's learned from Patrick Beverly, being a ...

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May 11, 2022 35 min

This week's Culture State features one of the earliest Carolina Hurricanes, Shane Willis! Shane talks about how he was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning, before eventually re-entering the NHL Draft and being selected by the Carolina Hurricanes. Willis discusses playing games in Greensboro, how hockey has grown in Raleigh, and across the state, and how the sport has blossomed at the youth level. Willis also shares wh...

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This week's guest is Indianapolis Colts running back, and former NC State football standout, Nyheim Hines. Hines talks about growing up just south of Raleigh, NC in Garner, being the local kid to play at NC State, adjusting to life away from home after being selected in the NFL Draft, and how the food in the Midwest compares to the South.

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On this week's episode, DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the NFL Players Association is our guest. Smith was at Elon University as a keynote speaker, and Chris Lea had the opportunity to sit down with him one-on-one to discuss diversity hiring in the NFL, The Rooney Rule, Brian Flores and his lawsuit against the NFL, the lack of Black and minority head coaches in the NFL, Jon Gruden, and so much more.

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This week's guest is UNC women's basketball coach Courtney Banghart. Coach Banghart discusses her time so far at UNC, the state of ACC basketball with Duke basketball and NC State basketball. She also touches on the rivalry with NC State basketball and has comments about NC State and their fanbase.

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This week's guest is North Carolina-native, former UNC soccer star, and current NC Courage midfielder Brianna Pinto! Brianna discusses her journey into professional soccer in the NWSL, what it's like playing for her home-area team, competing with the USWNT, working with FIFA, receiving public speaking tips from President Obama's speech writer, and more. Also, she states why Durham has the best food in the Triangle.

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The State of North Carolina was on full display at the Final Four when UNC basketball and Duke basketball put on an all-time classic of a game in the NCAA Tournament in New Orleans as part of March Madness. Chris and Dennis discuss how the best of what NC has to offer as a state when it comes to sports was magnified for fans on a national level, and how the Battle of the Blues is truly has gone from a regional rivalry to a national...

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March 30, 2022 50 min

With UNC basketball taking on Duke basketball in the Final Four of this year's NCAA Tournament, we decided to bring on Duke basketball legend, and former NBA player, Gene Banks! Banks discusses his recruitment to Duke, UNC, NC State, UCLA, and others, and what made him chose Duke. He also discusses the coaching change during his time at Duke that saw Coach K come to Durham. Plus, Banks tells the story of how he got the nickname...

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March 23, 2022 56 min

Joining us this week is the 6th Man of UNC Basketball, B Daht! B Daht hosted Late Night with Hubert Davis, which turned into a role throughout the season as the in-arena host at the Dean Smith Center for UNC men's basketball games. Daht also has regularly appeared on Nick Cannon's Wild'n Out, and produces content for Black Effect Podcast Network, which is owned by Charlamagne the God, and his popular "I Didn't K...

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March 16, 2022 38 min

Former NC State women's basketball player Debbie Antonelli is the latest guest on the Culture State Podcast. Antonelli has worked for Fox, CBS, ESPN, The Big Ten Network, and Westwood One covering college basketball, as well as the WNBA as a commentator. Debbie discusses growing up in the Triangle and playing for Kay Yow at NC State, ACC basketball, and success of NC State women's basketball.


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Former UNC women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell is the latest guest on the podcast. She discusses the changing of the guard when it comes to ACC basketball coaches on both the men's and women's side, her friendships with Coach K of Duke basketball, Dean Smith and Roy Williams of UNC basketball, and Kay Yow of NC State women's basketball, and so much more.


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Former Charlotte Hornets guard, NBA All-Star, and Wake Forest basketball standout Muggsy Bogues is the latest guest on the show. Muggsy talks about playing in the ACC against some of the best players in the country and Coach K of Duke basketball, what makes basketball in North Carolina so special, playing for the Charlotte Hornets, seeing the NBA bring a franchise back to Charlotte, and being in Space Jam with Michael Jordan. Also,...

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February 23, 2022 36 min

Former US Men's National Team member and UNC Soccer star Eddie Pope is the latest guest to the Culture State Podcast. Eddie discusses his playing career at UNC, being part of the USMNT, competing in the World Cup, and why it's important for athletes to have an identity off the field.


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Former NC Central football star and current LA Chargers defensive back Ryan Smith is the latest guest on Culture State. Smith was also a member of the 2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers team with Tom Brady that won Super Bowl LV. Smith discusses living in LA, the importance of getting exposure for HBCU football players and teams for the NFL, and his business ventures off the field.

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February 9, 2022 38 min

NC A&T graduate and Kannapolis, NC native Brandon Parker is the latest guest on the Culture State Podcast. Brandon was a third-round NFL draft pick in 2018 of the Oakland Raiders, now the Las Vegas Raiders. Brandon discusses growing up in North Carolina, the importance of exposure for HBCU's, the MEAC conference, as well as the distractions that took place with the firing of Jon Gruden, and the off-field incidents of Henry ...

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February 2, 2022 28 min

Chris and Dennis reflect on the one year anniversary of the Culture State Podcast, taking you behind the scenes on the formation of the podcast, and the journey to get it started.

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January 26, 2022 54 min

Independent Wrestler Darius Lockhart is the latest guest on Culture State. The Charlotte, NC native has wrestled for various promotions, including AEW, NWA, and several others. Lockhart discusses how he wants to change the landscape of professional wrestling on both the independent level, but how major promotions such as All Elite Wrestling, National Wrestling Alliance, and others can evolve. Also, Lockhart tells tales from wrestli...

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Former Duke basketball star Nolan Smith is the latest guest with Chris and Dennis. Nolan discusses his recruitment to Duke, making Durham his home post-playing career, the rivalries with UNC basketball and NC State basketball, the teaching of Mike Krzyzewski, and what it's like coaching on the same staff as Coach K.

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Pro wrestling broadcast legend Tony Schiavone is the latest guest on Culture State. Tony currently does commentary for All Elite Wrestling for AEW Dynamite, and had previously worked for WCW, TNA, WWE, but made a name for himself throughout North Carolina while working for Jim Crockett Promotions.

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