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
1:34 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

A Gift for the Village

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Host Frank Stasio talks to Jane Lillian Vance about her painting and ''A Gift for the Village.''

When artist Jane Lillian Vance went to Nepal and met Tsampa Ngawang, she entered an ancient world. Ngawang is a kind of doctor and mind healer called Amchi and is the repository of Tibetan medical knowledge passed down through the ages. Vance decided to make Ngawang a lineage painting: a work of art meant to honor the achievements of a prominent person in Tibetan culture.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

"It Happened on the Way to War"

Rye Barcott
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Host Frank Stasio talks to Rye Barcott about his work in Kibera and his new memoir.

When most college students were probably enjoying summer vacation, Rye Barcott was hanging out in a Kenyan slum. In the summer of 2000, while still a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Rye went to Kibera. The slum is small, about the size of Central Park in New York City. But within it more than a million people live in squalid, desperate conditions.

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The State of Things
11:50 am
Wed June 8, 2011

The Role Of Women Activists

Nonviolent political action had a long and successful history in the 20th Century. When people look back on the great activist leaders, names like Martin Luther King Jr. or Gandhi may come to mind, but the women who were essential to the civil rights, peace and other movements are often overlooked.

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The State of Things
12:47 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

Found Footage Festival

Nick Prueher was bored working at McDonald's the day he discovered one of his life-long passions. He found a hilarious training video for McDonald's janitors, watched it and was hooked. He would spend years collecting all the weird videos he could find, until in 2004, he and his friend Joe Pickett decided to have a festival. The Found Footage Festival has been going strong ever since. It's coming to the Rialto Theatre in Raleigh June 8 at 8 p.m.

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Exposure: A Novel By Therese Fowler

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Host Frank Stasio talks to Wake Forest novelist Therese Fowler about "Exposure" and dealing with the aftermath of her son's ''sexting'' experience.

Therese Fowler’s new novel “Exposure” (Ballantine Books/2011) is a Romeo-and-Juliet story with a modern twist. Eighteen-year-old Anthony is involved in a secret relationship with 17-year-old Amelia. When Amelia’s father finds naked photos of Anthony on his daughter’s computer, the boy faces potentially devastating legal consequences. The plot is one that mirrors real life. Fowler's son was arrested for sending nude photos to his girlfriend when he was 19.

The State of Things
11:41 am
Fri June 3, 2011

The Radials

The Radials
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Host Frank Stasio will talk to The Radials about their new EP "Five More Miles."

Archeologist Shawn Patch loves his job. But sometimes, he needs an outlet for the music he hears in his head. He put together an acoustic duo a few years ago, and then started adding musicians. That duo has now grown to a full-fledged Americana band called The Radials. They’ll be at the Broad Street Cafe in Durham tomorrow. Doors open at 5 p.m.

The State of Things
12:08 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

TEDx

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Frank Stasio to talks with his guests about their innovative work and TEDx.

Jon Gosier and Jonathan Kuniholm don’t seem to have much in common at first glance. One built a company that helps East Africa's budding software entrepreneurs, and the other created an open-source prosthetics nonprofit. But both are speaking at Chapel Hill's TEDx event tomorrow at the Varsity Theater. Gosier and Kuniholm are part of a panel called "Global Health: What's Technology Got to Do with It?" They join host Frank Stasio to talk about their innovative work and TEDx.

The State of Things
11:58 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Private Bodies, Public Texts

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Host Frank Stasio will talk to Holloway, professor of law and a professor of English at Duke University, about her new book.

We think of our bodies as being our own private property, but in reality, that privacy is often violated. According to Duke University professor Karla Holloway, it is often women and African-Americans who suffer from that violation. In her new book, “Private Bodies, Public Texts: Race, Gender, and a Cultural Bioethics" (Duke University Press/2011), she uses case studies to explore the ways in which the law and medicine have overlooked rights of personal privacy.

The State of Things
12:20 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

National Black Heritage Swim Meet

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Host Frank Stasio talks about it with Lisa Webb and Tom Hazelett.

Go to a competitive swim meet and you are likely to encounter a sea of white faces. Minorities are notoriously underrepresented in the sport.

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The State of Things
12:12 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

NC Literary Lights: Ron Rash

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Host Frank Stasio will talk with Ron Rash, professor of Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University, about his work and growing acclaim.

Most of the works of writer Ron Rash begin life as single images — ones that live in his head. His first novel, “One Foot in Eden” (Picador/2003), started as a snapshot of a farmer standing in a field with his crops dying all around him. His second novel, “Saints at the River” (Picador/2005), originated as a vision of a child looking up through water.

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