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
11:40 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Aid Worker Chronicles Journey Chasing Chaos

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Jessica Alexander began her career as an aid worker with idealistic eyes.

But the day-to-day realities of helping rebuild disaster areas made her realize aid work is a profession with its own challenges and pitfalls. She traveled the world, helping people in Darfur, Sierra Leone and Haiti. She chronicles her journey in her memoir, “Chasing Chaos: My Decade In And Out of Humanitarian Aid” (Broadway Books/2013). Host Frank Stasio talks with Jessica Alexander about her new memoir.

She will be at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh tonight at 7:30.

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Superheroes Flock To NC For Comicon

NC Comicon

    

In its fourth year, the North Carolina Comicon is bringing groups of superhero creators, publishers and artists to the Durham Convention Center this weekend for a collection of nerdy goodness.

Some of the biggest names in comics will be there. And if that’s not enough, you might win a ride in the old-school Batmobile.

Jeremy Whitley, co-creator of Firetower Studios and the mind behind the comic “Princeless,” said this area is a prime spot for comic art.

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

War: What Is It Good For?

Christopher McElroen is the director of Measure Back
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War. The country has been engaged in it for the last decade, and yet the majority of the population knows it as little more than images on a screen.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Fri November 1, 2013

What We Don’t Know About Medical Treatments

Timothy Platts-Mills explains the reasoning and ethics behind unpublished clinical trials

When experimental drugs or treatments need to be tested for the market, they generally go through a series of clinical trials. However, a new study shows that nearly one third of all large clinical trials go completely unpublished. This means that information about certain drugs and treatments are not accessible to the public.

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The State of Things
10:15 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Megafaun Bassist Celebrates Triangle Collaboration

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Nick Sanborn, Bradley Cook, William Tyler, and Alexandra Souser Monning talk about musical collaboration and play live in our studio

You may know Nick Sanborn as the bassist of Megafaun, but his musical influence in the Triangle spreads far beyond that.

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Thu October 31, 2013

How Bats Might Become Man’s Best Friend

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Lisa Gatens, curator of mammals at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, tells a kinder story about bats

Bats are the subject of much folklore and derision in human society. Some say they are vermin who carry rabies. Others equate them with the undead vampire of legend. 

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The State of Things
11:39 am
Thu October 31, 2013

From Whence Do Monsters Come?

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Roland Kays, director of the Biodiversity and Earth Observation Lab at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh talks about the real-world origins of some of our favorite Halloween monsters

Ever wonder how people came up with the idea for vampires, zombies or witches?

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The State of Things
11:32 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Who Wins A Fight Between The Vampire Squid And Vampire Frog?

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Trish Weaver, collections manager of geology and paleontology at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh; and Bryan Stuart, the museum’s curator of amphibians and reptiles reveal the truth about vampire squids and vampire frogs.

In this Halloween fright fest, The State of Things tackles the so-called Vampire Squid and Vampire Flying Frog. 

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Privatized Commerce Corporation Raises Critics’ Ire

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Big changes are coming to the state commerce department.

A new public/private non-profit will be taking over some of the duties of recruiting new business to the state next year. But critics of the N.C. Partnership for Prosperity say similar efforts in other states have failed. Host Frank Stasio talks to 

   about the controversy.

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Tue October 29, 2013

How Is Climate Change Affecting Tropical Forests?

Manu National Park is the size of Massachusetts. It's considered one of the most biologically diverse places on earth.
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Justin Catanoso reports on how climate change is affecting tropical forests in Peru.

Melting ice caps at the poles are not the only concern when thinking about global warming. Increasingly, scientists are realizing that the impact of rising temperatures on tropical forests is just as dramatic.

On a rain forest mountain top where I had just seen woolly monkeys swinging through the trees, I asked Wake Forest biologist Miles Silman if we were simply putting too much greenhouse gas in the air to slow or halt the inevitable march of climate change.

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