Longtime Independent contributor Rick Cornell will talk about music in North and South Carolina today on WUNC’s The State of Things. Making Notes: Music of the Carolinas, a new collection of essays published by Charlotte’s Novello Festival Press, prompted the discussion. Cornell’s essay “The new old MerleFest shuffle,” which appeared in the April 23, 2003, issue of the Independent Weekly, is included in the book. Cornell will join Charles Blackburn Jr., whose essay on Nina Simone is included in Making Notes, and guest host Eric Hodge. The program airs at noon on 91.5 FM in Chapel Hill, 88.9 FM in Manteo and 90.9 FM in Rocky Mount. Cornell’s segment airs at approximately 12:40 p.m.