We had a spirited discussion today on "The State of Things," North Carolina Public Radio's popular public affairs show, about military business in North Carolina. Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue -- who recently launched the North Carolina Military Foundation -- started off with an interview where she extolled the benefits of luring more defense dollars to North Carolina (even saying she didn't see "any" downsides or social costs to it). Then we moved to a vibrant back and forth between myself, talking about the Institute's recent report "North Carolina at War" -- and Scott Dorney of the N.C. Military Business Center. Military contractors and those critical of the military's role in our state all called in for a feisty conversation. If you missed it, the show will air again at 9 pm tonight on 91.5 FM in the NC Triangle; 88.9 FM in Manteo; and 90.9 FM in Rocky Mount. You can also listen live here; an archive of the show will be up soon. (UPDATE: The tape of the broadcast is now online; you can listen to it here.) If you heard the show, who do you think made the stronger case about military spending in our state and beyond?