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
10:22 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Second Journey Seeks To Redefine Retirement

Anthony Bolton
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Bolton Anthony, author of 'Aging in Community', ponders new ideas for retirement

Baby boomers are coming of retirement age at a rapid pace. The ordinary path forward would be golf, retirement homes and taking it easy, but Bolton Anthony, founder of Chapel Hill non-profit Second Journey, wants to change that conception of old age. He wants the hippies of the ‘60s to become the idealists of the new millennium. Host Frank Stasio talks to Bolton Anthony about his ideas for changing retirement.

The State of Things
10:32 am
Wed March 13, 2013

One Man’s Search For The Next American Revolution

Professor and author Gar Alperovitz discuss his new book, 'What Then Must We Do: Straight Talk about the Next American Revolution'

  The nation’s wealth is now concentrated in so few hands, the wealth gap growing so fast, that even its most ardent defenders question whether our current form of corporate capitalism can survive. Gar Alperovitz is looking for the next American Revolution. He is a professor of political Economy at the University of Maryland and author of the book, “What Then Must We Do: Straight Talk about the Next American Revolution” (Chelsea Green/2013). Host Frank Stasio talks to him about what can be done to save capitalism.

The State Of Things
10:49 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Civil Rights Lawyer Follows Twisted Road To Justice

Mark Dorosin
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Frank Stasio talks with Civil Rights Lawyer Mark Dorosin

Mark Dorosin’s path to civil rights law was never straight. He followed many a winding course, skirting the optimism of teaching, exploring the pride of public office and even holding down the 9 to 5 as a manager at Blockbuster Video.

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The State Of Things
10:23 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Panel Discusses Potential Perils Of NC Fracking

Fracking operation in Texas
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A panel of experts join Frank Stasio for this week's North Carolina news update.

Fracking is an inevitability in North Carolina since the legislature lifted a fracking moratorium, but questions remain as to the risk and what will be done with the waste.

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The State of Things
11:11 am
Wed March 6, 2013

How Charter Schools Are Changing Public Education

A panel of experts discuss how charter schools are changing public education

Seventy new charter schools have applied to become part of North Carolina’s growing population of alternative public schools. For the longest time, the number of charter schools in the state was capped at 100, but lawmakers changed that back in 2011.

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The State of Things
10:29 am
Thu February 28, 2013

North Carolina Lawmakers Reject Medicaid Expansion

News & Observer reporter John Frank discusses N. C. lawmakers rejection of Medicaid Expansion

North Carolina’s Republican Lawmakers are sticking by conservative principles early in Gov. Pat McCrory’s first term. Last week, he signed legislation cutting unemployment benefits. The move was an attempt to pay back debt owed the federal government earlier.

And this week, legislators voted for and sent along a piece of legislation that would reject a federal option to expand Medicaid.

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The State of Things
10:22 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Conscientious Objector Documents Pacifist Role In World War Two

Ned Arnett's "A Different Kind of War Story"
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An interview with World War Two conscientious objector and author Ned Arnett

Ned Arnett was a conscientious objector during World War Two, a position that was rare and not commonly documented.

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The State of Things
10:11 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Film Captures Transitory Nature Of Art And Life

James Grashow's "Corrugated Fountain
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A conversation with documentary filmmaker Olympia Stone

Olympia Stone is a documentary filmmaker in North Carolina, but she extended her reach to New York to capture the story of James Grashow. He is an artist known for his use of odd implements like chicken wire and paper mache.

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The State of Things
10:12 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Gauging The Reaction To State Of The State Speech

Governor Pat McCrory Delivers State of the State Address
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Gov. Pat McCrory is the first Republican Governor in North Carolina for 20 years. So, many looked with anticipation to his first State of the State address this past Monday to see what kind of governor he would be.

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The State of Things
9:51 am
Thu February 21, 2013

How Media Consolidation Kills Democracy

Michael Copps
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The gradual consolidation of media companies into the hands of just six corporations is bad for democracy. At least, that’s what former FCC commissioner and chairman Michael Copps thinks.

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