Alex Granados

Producer, "The State of Things"

Alex Granados joined The State of Things in July 2010. He got his start in radio as an intern for the show in 2005 and loved it so much that after trying his hand as a government reporter, reader liaison, features, copy and editorial page editor at a small newspaper in Manassas, Virginia, he returned to WUNC. Born in Baltimore but raised in Morgantown, West Virginia, Alex moved to Raleigh in time to do third grade twice and adjust to public school after having spent years in the sheltered confines of a Christian elementary education. Alex received a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also has a minor in philosophy, which basically means that he used to think he was really smart but realized he wasn’t in time to switch majors. Fishing, reading science fiction, watching crazy movies, writing bad short stories, and shooting pool are some of his favorite things to do. Alex still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up, but he is holding out for astronaut.

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The State of Things
12:39 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Jordan High Grows Up During Civil Rights Movement

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Jordan High Grows Up During Civil Rights Movement

Brian McDonald taught at Jordan High School for 13 years before he became interested in the history of the school. And when he looked, he found a school that grew up along with the Civil Rights Movement. His new book; “Not the End, but the Beginning: The Impact of Race and Class on the History of Jordan High School” (NCCU/2011), explores the history of the high school. 

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The State of Things
8:27 am
Thu January 23, 2014

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The NSA?

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When ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed how the National Security Agency collected data on Americans, the uproar was deafening.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Wed January 22, 2014

North Carolina's Innovation Economy Has A Long Way To Go

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John Hardin, executive director of the Office of Science & Technology, dicusses a report on North Carolina's Innovation Economy

  

  A new Report by the North Carolina Department of Commerce's Office of Science & Technology  shows the state is a leader in innovation, but it also points out the many ways in which we need to improve. 

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The State of Things
11:38 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Program Highlights The Need For Early Childhood Literacy

The State of Things discusses the importance of early childhood literacy.
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Most people know it's a good idea to read to their children. 

But a program called Reach Out and Read highlights just how early parents should start the practice. Reach Out and Read gets doctors to write reading prescriptions for families in the hopes of helping them jump start their children's chances for literacy.

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The State of Things
11:12 am
Fri January 17, 2014

William Greider Blasts Money In Politics

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William Greider is used to standing up to power.

In the early 1980s, he got Ronald Reagan’s budget director to admit that trickle-down economics was a sham meant to bring the nation’s top tax rate down. He’s in town giving a talk at Duke University about the influence of politics in money. Host Frank Stasio talks to William Greider, correspondent for The Nation.

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The State of Things
11:09 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Barack Obama Promises Jobs During Speech In Raleigh:

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President Barack Obama gave a speech at North Carolina State University earlier this week.

He talked about the need to take action this year, and he promised speedier job production in 2014. Host Frank Stasio talks about this and other news items of the past week with Laura Leslie, WRAL’s Capitol Bureau Chief; Jessica Jones, WUNC’s Capitol Bureau Chief; and Associate Press Reporter Michael Biesecker.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Tue January 14, 2014

The Danger Of Toxic Algae To North Carolina

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Algae may seem harmless, but toxic algae blooms can be a real problem in water supplies used by people.

They can kill wildlife in the water and be dangerous to humans. Host Frank Stasio talks with Hans Paerl, professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences, Morehead City.

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The State of Things
11:30 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Are Genetically Modified Foods Bad For You?

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Some scientists tout genetically modified food as a groundbreaking technology that can feed the hungry.

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The State of Things
11:17 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Film Series Shines Light On 'The Real Israel'

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Israel is often seen through the lens of the Israeli-Palestinean conflict, or through the stories of the Holocaust.

Shai Ginsburg wants to change that, to show what life is really like for people in Israel. So he created a film series to showcase true stories from the region.

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Politics & Government
1:25 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

It's True: Our Emotions Can Make Us Rich (Or Poor)

Are you a saver or a spender? It depends on your brain.
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Many of us get a little emotional high when we're out spending money.

Now take that idea, and apply it to broader financial decisions. If you are a worrier are you more or less likely to invest money?

Neuroeconomist Camelia Kuhnen knows the answer to that. She studies what goes on inside our heads when we make such decisions.

Here's what she told WBEZ earlier this year:

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