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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State of Things
11:12 am
Thu January 10, 2013

And God Created Great Whales

And God Created Whales
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It took Obie-award winning playwright Rinde Eckert three tries before he embraced the brilliance of Moby Dick. Good thing he persevered, because it’s the subject of his play “And God Created Whales,” which follows a composer trying to adapt Melville’s classic into an opera as he slowly loses his memory. Host Frank Stasio talks to Rinde Eckert, composer, writer and actor in “And God Created Whales,” being put on by Playmakers Repertory Company at Kenan Theatre on the Campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill through Sunday.

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State of Things
10:39 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Theater Delta Uses Audience Participation

Ben Saypol
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Ben Saypol doesn’t think theater is just entertainment. It can also be a force for social change. In 2009, he started Theater Delta, an interactive theater group that uses audience participation as a tool for thought. Host Frank Stasio talks about Theater Delta with Ben Saypol, director of Theater Delta; and two of Theater Delta’s community partners: Ceciel Rooker of the Drossman Center for the Education and Practice of Biopsychosocial Care, and the UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders; and Heather Altman from Carol Woods Retirement Community.

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State of Things
10:23 am
Tue January 8, 2013

New Raleigh Blog Closes

Back in 2007, two guys in a bar came up with the idea for New Raleigh. It was a hyper local news blog that focused on the innovators and leaders turning Raleigh into an up-and-coming destination city. David Millsaps and Jedidiah Gant, the founders of New Raleigh recently announced they are closing up shop. Host Frank Stasio talks to them about their decision.

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State of Things
10:05 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Life of a Leaf

The Life of a Leaf by Steven Vogel
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When most people look at a leaf, they just see a green thing hanging down. When scientist Steven Vogel looks, he sees a scientific “everyman,” an organism whose functions can help explain science. He uses the leaf as his protagonist in a new book called “The Life of a Leaf” (University of Chicago Press/2012).

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State of Things
10:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Geek Mom

GeekMom blog
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Being a geek isn’t what it used to be. Now it’s a sign of cool. But how do things change when geeks become parents? Chapel Hill resident Natania Barron knows all about that. She’s a gamer, a speculative fiction writer and one of the co-editors of Wired.com’s GeekMom blog. She is also the co-writer of a new book called “Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families” (Potter Craft/2012). Host Frank Stasio talks to Natania Barron about the state of geekdom.

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State of Things
10:25 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Meet Laura Ritchie

Laura Ritchie
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Laura Ritchie’s great, great grandfather invented the soft drink Cheerwine, and it became a family business. But she never considered joining the company. Instead she wanted to become an artist. An experience in Florence, Italy showed her the value of the curators behind the great art exhibits. That led her to finish her art education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and open her own art gallery, The Carrack Modern Art in Durham. Host Frank Stasio talks to Laura Ritchie about her life and opening The Carrack Modern Art.

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State of Things
10:30 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Organic Transit

Frank in the ELF

A company in downtown Durham is hoping to revolutionize the way people commute. The ELF is a vehicle created by Organic Transit and its founder Rob Cotter. It fills the niche between the car and the bike, and Cotter thinks it can be an eco-friendly alternative to traditional vehicles.

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State of Things
10:35 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Legacy of Governor Perdue

Gov. Bev Perdue was the first female governor in North Carolina history. Her tenure has been tumultuous and culminated with her deciding not to run for a second term. What is her legacy? Host Frank Stasio talks to News & Observer political reporter Rob Christensen; and Scott Mooneyham, editor at The Insider.

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State of Things
10:21 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Beat Making Lab

beatmakinglab.com
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Students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have some alternatives when it comes to music education. Instead of the traditional forms of music, they can also explore their beat making capacity in a special class taught by Stephen Levitin, aka Apple Juice Kid, and Pierce Freelon. Host Frank Stasio talks to them about their class and taking the beat lab to the Congo.

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State of Things
9:50 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Nimble Neutrinos

Physics World recently named its top ten breakthroughs for the year, and research from North Carolina State University was on the list. NC State, along with the University of Rochester in New York, has been working on research into how neutrinos can be used for tricky communications, like talking to submerged submarines or interstellar travelers.

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