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
10:52 am
Fri December 6, 2013

TV Exchange Sparks Partisan Debate

When NC NAACP President William Barber sparred with state budget director Art Pope about the state’s political policies, it made headlines. The exchange spun off of a press conference where Barber announced plans to picket stores owned by Pope.

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The State of Things
10:44 am
Fri December 6, 2013

'The Voice' Finalist Comes Home To Raleigh

Kat on "The Voice"

Kat Robichaud was a musician long before she got her big break on this season of NBC’s  “The Voice.” She was in a cover band for years before landing a spot on the hit television series. She was eliminated from the show a few weeks ago, but said on the State of Things today that her time there was a highlight of her career.

"It was a dream come true," she said. "It was amazing."

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Developing
10:18 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Bonner Bridge To Close Immediately

Herbert C Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet
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Updated 12/4 with video from NCDOT press conference

The N.C. Department of Transportation has closed the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet on N.C. 12 along the Outer Banks today due to immediate safety concerns.

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The State of Things
11:51 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Beat Making Lab Mixes Health And Music In Ethiopia

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The Beat Making lab started as a class at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. But its creators, Stephen Levitin – aka, Apple Juice Kid – and Pierce Freelon, quickly took it to a new level.

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The State of Things
11:23 am
Mon December 2, 2013

A Story: The Shortest Distance Between Two Points

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Wesley Hogan's interest in storytelling stretches back to her childhood. 

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The State of Things
11:40 am
Tue November 26, 2013

New Laws Take Effect December 1

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More than 40 new laws go into effect on December 1st in North Carolina.

They include harsher penalties for those who abuse or endanger children, and a lessening of punishments for certain misdemeanors. Host Frank Stasio gets an overview from Associated Press politics reporter Gary Robertson.

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The State of Things
11:15 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Southern Literature Mourns Louis Rubin

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William Faulkner may be one of the most well-known writers of the 20th century. But you might not associate his name with southern literature if not for Louis Rubin

Rubin helped develop the genre of southern literature in its own right. A well-respected writer, an adored teacher and the founder of the Southern Literary Journal and the Society for the Study of Southern Literature, Rubin is regarded as one of the icons of southern writing.

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The State Of Things
10:39 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Video: Live From Downtown Raleigh Nov. 22

Frank Stasio hosting 'The State of Things' from Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh
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Today, The State of Things is broadcasting live from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Look below to watch the program live. 

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The State Of Things
10:39 am
Fri November 22, 2013

NC Scientist Helps Discover New Dinosaur

Illustration of the Siats meekerorum
Jorge Gonzales Museum of Natural Sciences

Scientist Lindsay Zanno talks about their latest dinosaur discovery

The Tyrannosaurus Rex is the indisputable king of the dinosaurs, but it wasn’t always that way. Lindsay Zanno -- director of paleontology and geology research at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and assistant research professor in the department of biology at North Carolina State University -- helped discover a new dinosaur in North America. It is called Siats meekerorum, and it was one of the top three predators ever discovered in North America. In fact, it ruled over the early ancestors of the T-Rex. 

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

A Year In The Life Of The New York Jets

Nicholas Dawidoff's new book Low Collision Crossers is a look inside a year in the life of the New York Jets.
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Host Frank Stasio talks to Nicholas Dawidoff about his new book, “Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football”

  

To outsiders, football may look like bone-crushing mayhem.  The headlines coming out of the NFL center around concussions and bullying.

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