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
10:42 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Jews For Justice For Palestinians

Reuven Moskovitz's experience as a Jew during the Holocaust in Nazi Germany made him sensitive to injustice everywhere. That's why he joined Captain Glyn Secker and other Jewish activists on a boat that tried to run the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip and bring aid to the Palestinians there.

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The State of Things
10:40 am
Thu March 3, 2011

New Neighbors

New Neighbors

Efland, North Carolina artist Dave Alsobrooks wanted to bring some life to empty historic buildings in Durham, North Carolina. So, he painted pictures of ordinary people doing everyday tasks, and he posted them in the windows of vacant Durham properties. It's part of “New Neighbors,” a project he developed to help revitalize North-East Central Durham. Host Frank Stasio will talk about the project with Alsobrooks and Cathleen Turner, director of the Piedmont regional office of Preservation North Carolina.

Host Frank Stasio will talk about the project with Alsobrooks and Cathleen Turner, director of the Piedmont regional office of Preservation North Carolina.

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The State of Things
10:33 am
Wed March 2, 2011

The Making Of A Beast

Monsters of the Gévaudan: The Making of a Beast

Host Frank Stasio talks with Smith about the story as documented in his new book ;Monsters of the Gévaudan: The Making of a Beast' (Harvard University Press/2011).

Legend has it that a man-eating beast terrorized the former province of Gévaudan in south-central France in the 18th century. It attacked hundreds and attracted the attention of King Louis XV, who vowed to protect the French people and have the monster killed. Jay Smith, a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says the beast was just a wolf, but that we can learn a lot about history by studying how this myth was formed.

The State of Things
11:05 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Meet W. Hodding Carter III

Credit http://publicpolicy.unc.edu

Host Frank Stasio talks with W. Hodding Carter III, now a professor of leadership and public policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, about his life as a journalist and as an advocate.

W. Hodding Carter III was the face of President Jimmy Carter's administration during the 444 days that American hostages were held by Islamic militants in Iran. Hodding Carter, the son of a Mississippi newspaperman who fought against the injustices of Jim Crow, never planned a career in politics. He inherited a love for journalism and eventually became editor of his father's paper, the Delta Democrat-Times in Greenville, Mississippi. Gradually, Hodding Carter stopped just observing and writing about the movement for equality, and joined it instead. This led him down a road that would take him out of journalism and into politics.

The State of Things
10:20 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Defining Mental Health

DSM IV

Host Frank Stasio explores the mental illness controversy.

Controversy is brewing in the psychiatric world over proposed revisions to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the DSM. Experts are working on revising the DSM for an upcoming fifth edition. Detractors of the process say it's too secretive and beneficial to pharmaceutical companies. They also worry that changes to the DSM would lead to some healthy people being classified as mentally ill. Supporters of the proposed revisions say that the DSM classifications are out of date and changes are necessary to treat mental illness earlier and more effectively.

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The State of Things
9:35 am
Mon February 21, 2011

Meet Ping Fu

www.geomagic.com

Growing up in China, Ping Fu watched soldiers murder two of her teachers, lost her parents to reeducation camps and suffered rape. Today she's the CEO of Geomagic, a 3-D software company based in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park.

Growing up in China, Ping Fu watched soldiers murder two of her teachers, lost her parents to re-education camps and suffered rape for trying to rescue her sister from drowning. She survived her childhood only to be imprisoned during college for her research into China's history of infanticide. She was deported and made her way to the United States where she became the creator and CEO of Geomagic, a 3-D software company based in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park. Fu's technology is used by NASA, NASCAR and many others. 

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The State of Things
10:44 am
Thu February 17, 2011

Deaver, Jeffery Deaver

Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver

Frank Stasio talks to Deaver about his plans for the suave spy.

Writer Ian Fleming created a British secret agent named James Bond in 1952. The character became a cultural phenomenon that continues to kill bad guys and bed beautiful women in books and on-screen. Chapel Hill resident Jeffery Deaver is the latest writer to take up the saga of “007.” His first Bond book, "Carte Blanche", is due out in the United States this summer. Frank Stasio will talk to Deaver about his plans for the suave spy.

The State of Things
11:15 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Public Understanding Of Science

When it comes to science, the public doesn't know what to think. Andrew Binder, a researcher at North Carolina State University, conducted a study on public opinion surveys of science. He found that people may say that a field of science, like nanotechnology, is too risky, but when asked specifics, their attitudes are often more favorable than they first appeared.

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The State of Things
10:17 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Restrepo

Credit http://restrepothemovie.com/

Photojournalist Tim Hetherington wants you to experience war, and he put himself in harm’s way to do it. Hetherington went to one of the most dangerous outposts in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley and filmed 15 soldiers as they engaged in combat over the course of a year. The footage became an award-winning documentary called "Restrepo."

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The State of Things
9:59 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Meet Nathan Garrett

Book cover, A Palette, Not a Portrait

Civil Rights activist Nathan Garrett grew up in Durham, North Carolina during the 1930s where he witnessed economic prosperity in the city’s African-American neighborhoods as racial segregation spawned Black entrepreneurship.

Nathan Garrett grew up in Durham, North Carolina during the 1930s where he witnessed economic prosperity in the city’s African-American neighborhoods as racial segregation spawned Black entrepreneurship. As an adult, Garrett, a descendant of slaves and slave owners, joined the Civil Rights Movement and helped integrate Durham’s institutions and businesses, in particular the movie theater.

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