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
1:20 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

What's Inside The Brains Of Songbirds

Duke scientists look into the brains of songbirds.
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What's Inside the Brains of Songbirds

Scientists are learning fascinating things by studying songbirds. 

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The State of Things
1:15 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Meet Bill Adair

2007 was a historic year for American politics. It was the lead-up to the 2008 elections where the first black president ever would be elected. Bill Adair was the Washington Bureau Chief for the St. Petersburg Times, and he was frustrated. The amount of spin and outright lying coming out of the campaigns sent him reeling. But he had an idea: PolitFact. Host Frank Stasio talks to Bill Adair, professor of computational journalism at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, about his creation.

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Wed December 18, 2013

UNC Puts Spotlight on Concussions In Football

Navy-UMass
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Doctors are increasingly concerned by the risk of concussions in football and other sports.  

The National Football League Players Association is partnering with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Brain and Body Health Program and other universities to help better treat and evaluate former players for injury, particularly to the brain.

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The State Of Things
4:27 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Boeing Considers Bringing Jobs To Greensboro

Greensboro City Seal Benjamin Branch Library, Greensboro, NC
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  This segment live from the Triad Stage in Greensboro.

Greensboro City Council member Zach Matheny announced his plans to run for the 6th congressional race to replace Howard Coble. Plus, Wake Forest University is looking for a new football coach.

Host Frank Stasio gets a Triad news update with Jeff Tiberii, Greensboro Bureau Chief.

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The State Of Things
4:02 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Integrating The Navy Through Music

The Forgotten First: B-1 and the Integration of the Modern Navy
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Integrating The Navy Through Music

  

The United States military today has a diverse array of service men and women. But in the early 20th Century, that was far from the case. In World War II, African American men were still predominantly relegated to minor roles. The B-1 Navy band began to change that. It was made up of the first African American men to hold a position higher than messman in the United States Navy. And it was the first of many black World War II Navy bands. 

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The State Of Things
3:56 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

The Singing Waiter Takes On Greensboro

Jaybird Williams of the Soul Central Band
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You may have seen him at Fincastles in downtown Greensboro. He’s dubbed “the singing waiter” for his profession and his passion. Bobby “Jaybird” Williams and the Soul Central band bring the funk, as well as the R & B and soul, to the Triad. Host Frank Stasio talks to them, and they play live at the Triad Stage in Greensboro. 

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The State of Things
11:15 am
Mon December 16, 2013

A Journey From Klan Country To South Africa

James Joseph
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James Joseph grew up in the heart of Klan country in Louisiana.

He vowed to one day earn the respect of the racist leaders. Years later, he became the first ambassador to South Africa to present his credentials to Nelson Mandela. Host Frank Stasio talks to James Joseph, professor emeritus of the practice of public policy at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

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The State of Things
11:50 am
Fri December 13, 2013

U.S. House Reaches Bipartisan Budget Compromise

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  Yesterday the United States House of Representatives reached a two-year budget agreement with concessions on both sides.

The GOP doesn’t touch entitlements and the Democrats get no new taxes. Host Frank Stasio talks to News Channel 14’s Washington reporter Geoffrey Bennett, and Scott Mooneyham, editor for NC Insider.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Teachers React To State Of Education

  In the wake of the most recent General Assembly session, some teachers across the state are expressing concern about policies that affect the classroom, like voucher programs and budgetary restraints.

Host Frank Stasio talks to WUNC Reporter Dave Dewitt; Wilmington Star-News education reporter Pressley Baird; and Carolina Public Press reporter Jon Elliston.

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The State of Things
12:39 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

How Would The Pied Piper Look In Indigo Blue?

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Durham's Walltown Children's Theatre is re-imagining the classic tale of The Pied Piper. It's called "Indigo Blue." In honor of the update, here is a portion of the poem by Robert Browning.

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