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
9:33 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Dirty Bourbon River Show

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Dirty Bourbon River Show perform live...WOW!!!

New Orleans gypsy brass circus rock music should say it all. That’s how the Dirty Bourbon River Show describe themselves, and their sound doesn’t disappoint. The unusual group of musicians has performed during a six-month burlesque residency in New Orleans, toured with Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and they’re scheduled to play at the Radio & Television Correspondents Dinner in Washington D.C. this June. They’re playing the Local 506 in Chapel Hill tonight, but first they join host Frank Stasio in the studio and perform live.

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The State of Things
4:06 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Wagner

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German composer Wilhelm Richard Wagner brought to audiences such operatic treasures as “Tristan and Isolde,” “Parsifal” and the “Ring” cycle. But his influence on music extended further than his mainstream popularity. He changed the way theater-goers saw opera, and his impact reverberates to the modern day. The North Carolina Opera is doing a performance of portions of his works. Host Frank Stasio talks with Timothy Myers, conductor for the opera’s upcoming performance; and Elizabeth Bishop, the lead actress.

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Triad Update

Duke Energy angered residents after cutting down trees in Greensboro, and Winston Salem is causing an uproar over its ban on concealed guns in certain parks. Frank Stasio discusses the triad updates with WUNC's Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii.

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Wed January 23, 2013

The Aliens

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Two 30-somethings talk in obscurity about music, philosophy and Charles Bukowski while their lives pass them by. But when a teenager enters their life and becomes their student, everything changes.

"The Aliens" is showing at the UpStage Cabaret at Triad Stage through January 27. Host Frank Stasio talks about the production with director Jonathan Brady; and actors Sterling Hurst and Owen Hickle-Edwards.

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Laurelyn Dossett Performs Appalachian Style Music

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Laurelyn Dossett's Appalachian style is well known. Music legend Levon Helm covered her song "Anna Lee" on two grammy winning projects, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops named their recent grammy nominated release after Dossett's song "Leaving Eden." Host Frank Stasio talks to her live at the UpStage Cabaret at Triad Stage about her upcoming shows, and she performs live in the studio.

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Science & Technology
11:08 am
Fri January 18, 2013

What's Inside The Brains Of Songbirds

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Scientists are learning fascinating things by studying songbirds. Sophisticated microscopes are able to see the smallest level of detail in the brain and determine how it changes in response to learning. Researchers at Duke University are using this technology to study the brains of songbirds and determine what implications their findings could have for humans. 

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Arts & Culture
10:57 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Who Says Scientists Can't Be In A Rock Band?

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Duo Ellen Stevens, aka Lu Lubenstein, and David Zielinski believe that scientists can do cool work in the lab and rock out on their free time. They make up the music group All Your Science, and together they have released two albums and an EP. When they’re not making tunes, Stevens is a pharmacologist working on cancer research at Duke University and Zielinski works at Duke’s virtual reality lab. Host Frank Stasio talks to them in the studio, and they’ll perform live.

 

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Science & Technology
11:43 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Real-life "Lorax" Speaks About Her Work In The Treetops

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Meg Lowman has spent her life exploring the treetops. She was dubbed the real-life “Lorax” by National Geographic for her work exploring forest canopies and identifying the species that live there.

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State of Things
10:43 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Geologist Hired As NC Museum Of Natural Sciences Director

Emlyn Koster
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For six months, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh has been searching for a new director. It finally found one. Emlyn Koster is a geologist who has headed big museums in the U.S. and Canada. His official start date is January 28. Host Frank Stasio talks to Emlyn Koster about becoming the new director of the museum.

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State of Things
10:17 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Do We Prefer Leaders With Low-Pitched Voices?

Rindy Anderson
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Science couple Rindy Anderson and Casey Klofstad noticed something weird when they watched television news. Almost all the anchors, both men and women, seemed to have low pitched voices. They decided to work together to find out how people perceive pitch, and how that might affect the way they vote. Host Frank Stasio talks to Rindy Anderson, a research associate in the biology department at Duke University; and Casey Klofstad, associate professor of political science at the University of Miami.

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