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
10:10 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Immigration Discrimination

A two-year Department of Justice investigation has concluded that the Alamance County Sheriff, Terry Johnson, and his department have been carrying on a routine of discrimination against Latinos. Johnson denies the allegations, and the Alamance County Board of Commissioners is asking the DOJ to present its evidence. Host Frank Stasio talks about immigration discrimination in Alamance County with WUNC Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii.

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State of Things
10:37 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Enlightened Choices

Kim Wade-Benzoni (www.fuqua.duke.edu/)

As adults, we are expected to behave maturely, but scientists find that often the reverse is true. People prefer their own gain over that of others and prefer instant gratification instead of delayed reward. However, a new study shows that with the right prompting, people can be led to forgo their selfish desires in favor of leaving an altruistic legacy.

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State of Things
10:15 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Silent Spring Turns 50

Rachel Carson's

Fifty years ago, the book "Silent Spring" launched the environmental movement and changed the way we think about man-made chemicals. Its impact has been long lasting and the writing of author Rachel Carson still influences people to this day. Host Frank Stasio talks about Carson and the legacy of "Silent Spring" with Linda Lear, biographer, historian and author of "Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature" (Holt/1998).

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State of Things
11:05 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Amy Goodman

www.democracynow.org

Amy Goodman has dedicated her life to progressive journalism.  She founded the radio program “Democracy Now!” in 1996, and has continued to cover important stories ever since, including those that the mainstream media sometimes misses. She is in Durham, NC this Saturday promoting her new book, "The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope” (Haymarket Books/2012).

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State of Things
10:53 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Some Army

www.somearmy.bandcamp.com

The annual Hopscotch Music Festival kicked off in Raleigh yesterday, and if you were hanging around the right spot, you might have caught the band Some Army rocking it out. The group formed in 2011, and it is releasing its first EP later this month. Host Frank Stasio talks to them about playing Hopscotch and their new album, and they play live in the studio.

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State of Things
10:34 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Sayonara to Hello

www.stevemania.com/

In 2011, magician Steve Marshall was living in Japan. That year, a deadly earthquake and tsunami struck and Marshall found it hard to get work in the aftermath of those disasters. He decided to take a magic tour across the United States to raise some cash.

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State of Things
10:26 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Doug Largent Trio

Doug Largent has had a long career as a professional musician playing the bass. But in 2009, he decided to pursue his real dream: learning to play the organ. Soon after, he formed a jazz trio and they have a new CD called “Right in the Pocket” coming out. Host Frank Stasio talks to the Doug Largent Trio about their music, and they play live in the studio.

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State of Things
11:24 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Carolina Parakeet

www.unc.edu/

Today, parakeets are creatures of the tropics, but one breed in particular was native to the forests of the Eastern United States, including North Carolina.  The Carolina Parakeet went extinct in the early 20th century, but continues to fascinate the public.

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State of Things
12:21 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Criminal Corporations

In the aftermath of the 2008 economic collapse, the public clamored for criminal prosecution of those responsible. While some corporations and banks have paid out big fines, few executives have gone to prison. Host Frank Stasio talks to Rick Rothacker, a Reuters banking reporter, about why many criminal corporations have gone unpunished.

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State of Things
5:50 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Freeing LaMonte Armstrong

Armstrong and his legal team (Photo credit: law.duke.edu)

LaMonte Armstrong was a graduate of North Carolina A&T University and a basketball coach before he became known as a murderer.  In 1995, he was convicted of killing his former college professor and family friend Ernestine Compton. Armstrong has maintained his innocence ever since, and he was finally released this year after two defense attorneys successfully presented evidence of wrongful conviction. Host Frank Stasio talks about the case with LaMonte Armstrong and his attorney Theresa Newman, co-director of Duke's Wrongful Convictions Clinic.

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