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
11:00 am
Thu December 13, 2012

DSM-V

DSM-V

The bible of the psychiatric community is undergoing a major revision. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illness or DSM has just approved its fifth revision. The DSM-V includes big changes to certain categories, including depression, dementia and autism. Some say the changes go too far.

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State of Things
11:02 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Brewing Beer Battle

After prohibition, harsh regulations restricted the distribution and sale of alcohol in the United States. The so-called three-tier system left a niche open for craft brewers, who are exempt from the regulations that apply to big companies. Now, a near-monopoly by big time beer businesses threatens the regulatory framework that has enabled craft brewers to thrive.

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State of Things
10:57 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Operatic Holiday Hits

Steven Kimbrough
Credit stkimbrough.com

Everywhere you go right now, you’re probably hearing holiday tunes. But the internationally regarded baritone Steven Kimbrough is bringing a new sound to Christmas: opera. His new album, “Christmas Lullabies From Around the World” has the celebrated singer doing operatic renditions of some little known Christmas songs.

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State of Things
11:04 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Manbites Dog Turns 25

Manbites Dog Theater has been a Durham institution for 25 years now, bringing offbeat works to curious audiences, and fostering other theater groups as they struggle for a foothold. As part of its birthday celebration, the theater company is presenting “Seventy Scenes of Halloween,” the first production to premiere at the theater in 1987.

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State of Things
10:15 am
Tue December 4, 2012

It's a Wonderful Life

Cast from 'It's a Wonderful Life'
Credit playmakersrep.org

The iconic Frank Capra film has captured the hearts and minds of people around the world. It’s the quintessential American Christmas movie. Now, the Playmakers Repertory Company is bringing a stage adaptation to Chapel Hill. “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” is showing through December 16th at the Center for Dramatic Art on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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State of Things
1:21 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Meet Michael Gillespie

Michael Gillespie
Credit duke.edu

Michael Gillespie never set out to be an intellectual. He wanted to play professional football and went to Harvard to begin his athletic career. But illness struck and he was forced to lose 60 pounds. His football career over, Gillespie began searching for a new course in life. Philosophy seemed to be the answer. Host Frank Stasio talks to Michael Gillespie, professor of political science and director of the Gerst Program in Political, Economic and Humanistic studies at Duke University and the Duke Program in American Values and Institutions.

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State of Things
10:29 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Secession and Revolution

Secession movements are cropping up across the United States following the re-election of President Barack Obama. But what do they even mean? Are they a fluke or an indication that changes are coming? And what relation does secession have with revolution?

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State of Things
10:12 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Long Story Shorts

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For many aspiring playwrights, seeing your production come together piece by piece on stage is a faraway fantasy. But for the young students of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s undergraduate Writing for the Screen and Stage Program, this very fantasy will become a reality. Long Story Shorts is a festival of one act plays written by six undergraduate playwrights, and directed and performed by professional local actors.

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State of Things
9:59 am
Wed November 14, 2012

The Collide

davidson.edu

Composer Daniel Bernard Roumain and Greensboro-based singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett have brought their musical talents together for a new album that explores North Carolina.

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State of Things
10:02 am
Tue November 13, 2012

The Grand Chef

fearrington.com

“Grand” is a designation reserved for only a few chefs around the world, and one of North Carolina’s own has just joined their ranks.

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