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
9:03 am
Tue October 16, 2012

When Did Indians Become Straight?

research.uncg.edu

Words like "straight" and "gay" are thrown around in the popular discourse about sexuality these days, but what relationship do they bear on how people rule themselves?

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State of Things
8:58 am
Tue October 16, 2012

The Brand New Life

thebrandnewlife.net

North Carolina's own "The Brand New Life" fuses African traditions with jazz and modern techniques.

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State of Things
11:30 am
Fri October 12, 2012

William Friday

lib.unc.edu

Former UNC System President William Friday died this morning at the age of 92.

He led the system for 30 years through desegregation and expansion, and continued to have a strong influence on North Carolina long after retirement. WUNC education reporter Dave Dewitt joins host Frank Stasio to talk about the legacy of William Friday.

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State of Things
11:15 am
Fri October 12, 2012

The Broken Flower

Photo by Barbara Tyroler

Triangle poet Jeffery Beam has been prolific since his retirement last year.

He has two new books coming out called “The Broken Flower” (Skysill Press/2012) and "The New Beautiful Tendons" (Triton Books/2012). Along with his book “Gospel Earth” (Skysill Press/2010), they form a trilogy. “The Broken Flower” in particular is Beam’s exploration of brokenness and how we put ourselves back together. Host Frank Stasio talks to Jeffery Beam about his new book.

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State of Things
10:31 am
Thu October 11, 2012

The Automated Stock Exchange

Buying and selling stock used to be all about people. Increasingly, companies use computers to execute complicated and quick trades on the stock market and some experts worry that these so-called High Frequency Traders could have an unfair advantage in the market. In addition, concerns about how these computerized trades affect market stability are increasingly part of the economic discussion nation-wide.

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State of Things
10:20 am
Thu October 11, 2012

The Malign Hand of the Market

duke.edu

The free market is the backbone of the United States economy, but is it as friendly as the experts claim?

John Staddon doesn’t think so. His new book, “The Malign Hand of the Market: The Insidious Forces on Wall Street that are Destroying Financial Markets and What We Can Do About It” (McGraw-Hill/2012), examines how the free market has been subverted. Host Frank Stasio talks about the free market and how it can be fixed with John Staddon, James B. Duke professor of psychology and professor of biology and neurobiology emeritus at Duke University.

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State of Things
10:40 am
Tue October 9, 2012

At the Mouth of the River of Bees

smallbeerpress.com

For Kij Johnson, writing was always a hobby. It was a fairly successful one, she’s published novels and short stories, and won numerous awards.

But it wasn’t until she got a job this year at the University of Kansas teaching fiction writing that writing truly became her full-time profession. She has a new collection of short stories out called, “At the Mouth of the River of Bees” (Small Beer Press/2012). She joins host Frank Stasio in the studio to talk about the collection.

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State of Things
9:46 am
Wed October 3, 2012

When I Leave

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Credit Linda Powell-Jones, Photography, LLC

Ella Joyce Stewart grew up on a farm in rural North Carolina during the time of segregation.

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State of Things
9:39 am
Wed October 3, 2012

On the Front Lines

Success in the war on Afghanistan depends on Afghan soldiers taking over after U.S. troops leave.

The Army’s Green Beret’s are charged with training them. Kevin Maurer, the local news editor for the Wilmington Star-News embedded with the Green Beret and walked away with a book, “Gentlemen Bastards: On the Ground in Afghanistan with America's Elite Special Forces” (Berkley Hardcover/2012). Host Frank Stasio talks to him about his experiences.

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State of Things
9:31 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Maestro Mystery

For years, Felix Mendelssohn’s “Easter” sonata has been a source of contention in the music world. Some thought it was composed by him, but others attributed it to his sister Fanny. Duke graduate student Angela Mace solved the mystery once and for all this year. Host Frank Stasio talks to her about her discovery.

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