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
9:00 am
Tue March 20, 2012

The Human-Animal Bond

www.humanesociety.org

Humans have an inconsistent relationship with animals. Some of them we invite into our homes and treat as family. Others we send to slaughter and happily eat. Still others we are content to let roam wild, unimpeded by human hands.

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State of Things
10:21 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Juvenile Justice

North Carolina is one of only two states where 16-year-old criminal suspects are automatically tried as adults. Proponents of raising the age to 18 have tried to get the law changed for years. This year, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is trying to make it happen, but opponents of the change say we shouldn't try to do too much too fast.

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State of Things
11:14 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Human Rights Conference

War crimes, violations of religion freedom and unfair labor practices are just a few of the many things considered by some to be violations of human rights. But what exactly is a human right?

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State of Things
11:09 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Saving Nelson Mandela

When law professor Kenneth Broun began learning about the 1963 trial of Nelson Mandela, he was startled to discover the South African leader was expected to be put to death. Mandela spent 27 years in prison, but he eventually got out and became president.

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State of Things
11:03 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Photographs Not Taken

Will Steacy is a photographer who realized that the photographs he didn't take were often as interesting as the ones he did. In talking to his photographer buddies, he discovered this was a common experience.

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State of Things
11:01 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Poetic Portraits of a Revolution

Three young poets traveled to Egypt and Tunisia last summer to document the revolutions sweeping the countries. They came back with a series of spoken-word pieces called "Poetic Portraits of a Revolution" that aired on WUNC in 2011. Those pieces have now become a stage show at the Carrboro ArtsCenter. Host Frank Stasio talks to Kane Smego and Will McInerney, the writers and poets that produced the play, and Joseph Megel, the director of “Poetic Portraits of a Revolution” on stage.

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State of Things
10:57 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Hip-Hop in Film

Hip-hop culture has long captivated America, changing the way we talk, think, dress and even treat one another.  The legacy of hip-hop is both positive and negative, and that's something that North Carolina State University wants the audience to consider at this year's

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State of Things
11:38 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Season 1, Ep 11: Jade City Pharaoh – Burning

Herald M.F. Jones

Jade City is buzzing about a rare TV appearance by superhero Herald M.F. Jones, although the reviews are mixed. But things really heat up when the evil Beef Cooka makes a very personal attack on Jones’ alter ego, Malik Fraser.

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State of Things
11:26 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Dismissing Durham’s D.A

Durham District Attorney Tracey Cline spent the past month fighting off an attempt to remove her from office. The battle occurred because of disparaging remarks she made against a Durham Superior Court Judge named Orlando Hudson. Friday, a different judge ruled that because of Cline's behavior toward Hudson, she should no longer be DA. Cline has appealed the verdict.

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State of Things
11:14 am
Wed March 7, 2012

No Way Out

No Way Out

Kevin Maurer is a journalist intimately familiar with the U.S. Army Special Forces. He has made of habit of embedding with them, and he chronicles one of their biggest misadventures in his latest book, "No Way Out: A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan" (Berkley Hardcover/2012), co-written with journalist Mitch Weiss. It tells the story of a group of Green Berets sent into a treacherous area of Afghanistan to capture a terrorist leader. Instead, the troops walked into an ambush.

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