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
12:12 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

The Shape of the Table

playwright David Edgar
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Host Frank Stasio will talk about the play with Edgar and Burning Coal Theatre Company artistic director Jerome Davis.

In David Edgar’s play, "The Shape of the Table," a country is falling to pieces. Its people are protesting and demanding a new government while the old government tries to hold on to power. It could be a story ripped from today's headlines, but it premiered in 1990 — a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The narrative deals with an unnamed eastern European country as it transitions from Communism to democracy.

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The State of Things
12:27 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

Rising Tides and the Changing Coast

The sea level at North Carolina's coast will probably rise one meter by the end of the century thanks to global warming. With about 2,000 square miles of the coast just a meter or less above sea level, state residents can expect radical changes.

The sea level at North Carolina's coast will probably rise one meter by the end of the century thanks to global warming. With about 2,000 square miles of the coast just a meter or less above sea level, state residents can expect radical changes. The Outer Banks could be cut to pieces, water might threaten thousands of homes and buildings and the coastal ecosystem would never be the same.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Vampire Frogs

Bryan Stuart has always had a love for amphibians, but he wasn't expecting what he found during a 2008 research trip to Vietnam: vampire flying frogs. Host Frank Stasio will talk with Stuart, Curator of Herpetology at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, about his discovery and just what a frog would do with fangs anyway.

This program originally aired on January 11, 2011. For a link to the audio click here.

The State of Things
11:58 am
Tue March 29, 2011

You Lost Me There

What happens when a memory expert finds out that his marriage didn't go quite as he remembers? Chapel Hill author Rosecrans Baldwin answers that question in his debut novel, "You Lost Me There" (Riverhead Books/2010). He joins host Frank Stasio to talk about the book, marriage, memory and his time faking fluent French in France.

This program originally aired on August 10, 2010. For a link to the audio, click here.

The State of Things
1:11 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

NPR Question And Answer

Alicia C. Shepard

Host Frank Stasio talks about the future of public broadcasting with NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard.

National Public Radio has taken a lot of hits lately. A recent hidden camera video showed the organization’s top fundraiser, Ron Schiller, making inappropriate comments about Tea Party members and saying that NPR could survive without federal funding. The tape was deceptively edited, but the damage was done. Schiller resigned in the aftermath along with the CEO of NPR. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would block federal funding for NPR. Host Frank Stasio talks about the future of public broadcasting with NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard.

The State of Things
12:39 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

The Art Of Sexuality

Carolee Schneemann

Schneemann joins host Frank Stasio ahead of her appearance at the Nasher Museum.

Artist Carolee Schneemann became an icon of feminist art in the 1960s and 1970s for works that tackled sexuality, the human body and gender. She is perhaps best known for provocative pieces like 1964's "Fuses," which featured her having sex with her boyfriend at the time and included her cat as a silent observer.

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The State of Things
11:37 am
Fri March 18, 2011

Israel And Unrest In The Middle East

Arthur Lenk

Host Frank Stasio talked with Lenk about Middle East unrest and the legal basis for Israeli policies this morning in advance of Lenk’s 12:15 p.m. lecture.

Arthur Lenk, director of the Department of International Law in Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will deliver a lecture at Duke University’s Law School today, focusing on Israel, the Middle East peace process and international law. Revolution in Egypt and Tunisia, civil war in Libya and unrest throughout the region mean Israel’s long-held relationships with other Middle Eastern states are in transition.

The State of Things
12:20 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Bring On The Brackets

Sidney Lowe
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Host Frank Stasio will talk about the NCAA tournament and the study on traffic fatalities with WUNC education reporter Dave Dewitt and Stacy Wood, a professor of marketing at N.C. State and lead author of the study.

The NCAA tournament is here along with the March madness that goes with it. Sixty-eight teams are competing for the championship. Two big North Carolina contenders – the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University – are in the mix, but North Carolina State University missed the tournament cutoff and coach Sidney Lowe resigned in the aftermath.

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The State of Things
12:27 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

Minimalist Music

Credit www.stevereich.com

Host Frank Stasio talks with Reich about that composition and his pioneering body of musical works.

Composer Steve Reich combines recorded voices, instruments and repetitive patterns into the unique style of music called minimalism. He has used that music to explore themes like the Holocaust, cloning, and the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. The Kronos Quartet will premiere Reich's new piece "WTC 9/11" at Duke Performances on Saturday, but first host Frank Stasio talks with Reich about that composition and his pioneering body of musical works.

The State of Things
11:01 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Journal Of A UFO Investigator

Journal of a UFO Investigator

Host Frank Stasio talks with Halperin, a professor of religion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, about how myth can be a mirror for realities we'd rather not face.

David Halperin’s new novel "Journal of a UFO Investigator" has extraterrestrial abduction, human-alien hybrids and spacecraft galore. The content reads like a straight science fiction tale at first, but beneath the fantastic story is another one about a boy facing loneliness and the imminent death of his mother.

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