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
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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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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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Classical Music Comes Alive In The Triangle

Musicians from New Music Raleigh perform in a production called Penelope at Kings Barcade.
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Indy Rock does a good job of getting new music out to the ears of listeners. The same cannot be said of classical style music or opera. 

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The State of Things
11:58 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Little Oversight, Huge Disparities In Public Officials’ Pay

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A News & Observer investigation has revealed a huge disparity in pay among local and state officials in North Carolina.

Some officials make equal pay for less responsibility than their peers. Meanwhile, these same officials get bonuses, raises and other perks while other workers struggle in a tough economy. Host Frank Stasio talks to News & Observer investigative reporter Dan Kane about his series.

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The State of Things
11:55 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Attorney General Talks Political Future

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  Attorney General Roy Cooper finds himself in a unique position. He is the first Democratic Attorney General to serve in an all-GOP government since reconstruction.

The governor’s mansion and both chambers of the General Assembly are in Republican control. So he finds himself having to defend the legality of laws he disagrees with.

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The State of Things
11:57 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Watching The Rising Tides Along North Carolina's Coast

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Scientist Robert Young says that even the most conservative estimates show rising sea levels have a strong effect on the beaches of North Carolina. 

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Rail Transit Shot Down By Panel Of Experts

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Wake County commissioners invited a panel of experts to weigh-in on possible plans to develop rail transit in the county.

The three experts urged the county to focus on other mass transit solutions like expanding the bus system. Host Frank Stasio talks with Bruce Siceloff, a reporter for the News & Observer about the future of mass transit in Wake County.

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The State of Things
11:40 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Duke Health System Faces Changing Medical Terrain

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  The Affordable Care Act is reaching into every community in the United States.

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The State of Things
11:16 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Political Junkie Ken Rudin Talks Tea Party Challenge to GOP

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Some North Carolina Republicans could face Tea Party challenger who think incumbents are not true conservatives.

Both U.S. Representatives Renee Ellmers and Robert Pittenger are under attack for not hewing close enough to the Tea Party line. Host Frank Stasio talks about the fallout of these battles with political junkie Ken Rudin.

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The State of Things
11:12 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Voter Identification Faces Uphill Battle

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The election this week was the last in North Carolina before some provisions of a voter ID law go into effect.

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing the state over its new law, asserting that it may have a chilling effect. Proponents of the law say it is necessary for an even playing field.

Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy North Carolina, said the problem with the law isn't just the provision requiring an ID to vote,

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The State of Things
11:09 am
Fri November 8, 2013

The Hot At Nights Release New Album

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The Hot at Nights are a Raleigh jazz trio with flare.

They have played some of the hottest jazz spots across the country. Now they appear on The State of Things to promote their new album, “Try This!” Host Frank Stasio talks with the band about their new album and they play live in the studio.

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