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
10:07 am
Fri January 27, 2012

The End of the World

An ancient Maya prophecy supposedly pegs the end of the world for December 21, 2012. That apocalyptic prediction is just one of many that have filtered through society over the years. What makes people believe in the end of days? And how has this belief influenced life throughout history?

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State of Things
11:35 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Bev Perdue’s Big Announcement

The Washington Post and the News & Observer are announcing this morning that Bev Perdue will not seek another term as governor of North Carolina. This comes on the heels of news that five-term U.S. Rep. Brad Miller is also stepping aside from his political duties.

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State of Things
9:54 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Big Hits, Broken Dreams

CNN's Sanjay Gupta in Greenville, NC

Football is much beloved for both its violence and its grace, but it’s the former that often keeps fans glued to their seats. Unfortunately, violence has consequences, and in the case of football and other sports, concussions are one of them. There was a time when athletes were told to "shake it off," when they suffered a big hit, but some high-profile deaths and injuries have begun to change the way the sports world sees concussions. Neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta explored the issue of concussions by joining the J.H. Rose High School football team in Greenville, North Carolina for its 2011 season. A documentary about his time there will premiere this Sunday at 8 p.m. on CNN. Host Frank Stasio talks to Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, about "Big Hits, Broken Dreams."

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State of Things
9:38 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Beyond Our Wildest Dreams

Dean Martin's Golddiggers
Credit www.tvparty.com

Billy Ingram spent years in Beverly Hills, California designing movie posters and trailers for Hollywood before settling down in Greensboro, NC. There, he took his skills to the Internet and started classic television website called TVparty.com. He also publishes books, including his latest, an oral history of two sisters who joined Dean Martin's Golddiggers, a singing-dancing performance troupe, in the 1970s.

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State of Things
10:20 am
Thu January 19, 2012

The Future in Film and Literature

Book Cover of ''Metaplanetary'' by Tony Daniel

Futuristic films and literature of the 20th century imagined everything from space aliens to homicidal computers affecting - and sometimes eradicating - the human race. Although the reality of scientific and technological advancements is perhaps stranger than fiction, we can learn a lot about modern society by looking at how writers of the past viewed the future. Host Frank Stasio talks about conceptions of the future in literature and film, and our current understanding of science and space exploration with Devin Orgeron, associate professor in North Carolina State University’s film studies department; Tony Daniel, a science fiction writer and editor at Baen Books; Andre P. Mazzoleni, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University; Warren Jasper, professor in the college of textiles at North Carolina State University; and Brent Carter, a student in the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University.

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State of Things
11:23 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Occupy the Courts

The U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case turned corporations into people in the eyes of the law. A group called Move to Amend is trying to change all that. They are hosting an Occupy the Courts protest at local federal courthouses across the country to raise awareness of their proposed amendment in opposition of the Citizens United decision.

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State of Things
11:20 am
Wed January 18, 2012

State History and Mystery

Musician Tommy Edwards combines the rich folklore of North Carolina with bluegrass song traditions on his new album, "North Carolina: History, Mystery, Lore and More." His melodic narratives include the stories of a ghostly light traveling along train tracks in Brunswick County where a gruesome accident occurred, the barren spot of ground in Chatham County where the Devil allegedly paced, and Edwards sings the praises of barbecue.

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State of Things
10:49 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Les Enfants Terribles

The North Carolina Opera is celebrating composer Philip Glass' 75th birthday with a presentation of his opera, “Les Enfants Terribles.” The opera has the trademark hypnotic sound of Glass' music and features a tragic storyline involving a brother and sister whose obsession with each other ends in a deadly fashion.

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State of Things
11:30 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Stitched

Feathers in the Wind quilt by Caryl Bryer Fallert
Credit Caryl Bryer Fallert

Quilting isn't exactly known for controversy, but in Jena Moreno's new documentary, "Stitched," she shows the fiery spark buried at the heart of the art. She follows three controversial quilters as they traverse the battlefield of the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, hoping to win Best in Show.

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State of Things
9:53 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Wine to Water

Wine to Water
Credit www.amazon.com

Raleigh bartender Doc Hendley woke one morning with a weird phrase lodged in his head. He scrambled for the pad he keeps by his bed and he wrote down the words “Wine to water.” He didn’t know what they meant then. But soon, he would turn those words into an organization that would help thirsty people around the world. Wine to Water is a non-profit that helps people in 12 different countries get access to clean drinking water.

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