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
11:36 am
Tue October 29, 2013

North Carolina Writer Wins Campbell Award

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Travel guides can help the ordinary humans navigate locales near and far, but what about those monsters banished to the nether regions of human imagination? Well, for those creepy crawlies, there is a service that will help guide them through the underworlds of planet Earth. At least, that’s the premise of Mur Lafferty’s novel, “The Shambling Guide to New York City,” (Orbit/2013). Host Frank Stasio talks with North Carolina writer Mur Lafferty about her new novel.

  

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Mon October 28, 2013

How A Sugar Pill Can Treat Mental Illness

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Pharmaceutical companies spend billions developing the next big drug. But sometimes, all a patient needs is a sugar pill. The placebo effect is a well-documented phenomenon where the belief that a treatment is helping can actually cause symptoms to subside, even if the treatment is imaginary.

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Arts & Culture
5:02 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Ham Biscuits Reign Supreme At NC State Fair

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Alex Granados checks out food at the State Fair and settles on a traditional ham biscuit.

The North Carolina State Fair is coming to a close, which means time is running out to sample a smorgasbord of foods: turkey legs and fried Oreos. Ostrich burgers and pork BBQ egg rolls. Or perhaps your palate runs to the more traditional. If that's the case, then perhaps you should head over to the Cary United Methodist Church booth.

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The State of Things
12:04 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Bigger, Faster, Stronger, Fatter?

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Obesity is a significant problem for many in the United States. But for some high school football players, weight gain means success.

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Why Schizophrenics Hear Voices

A researcher at Duke University thinks he might have a clue how auditory hallucinations occur.
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Schizophrenia is a frightening disease, characterized by audio and visual hallucinations.

A researcher at Duke University thinks he may have a clue as to how the auditory hallucinations occur.

Duke neurobiologist Richard Mooney said there is a long history of research that indicates that the way we hear is influenced by what we see happening around us.

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The State of Things
11:46 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Celia Rivenbark’s Profane Take On Manners

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Celia Rivenbark is a successful essayist with numerous acclaimed books under her belt, but she has resisted the urge to dole out advice until now.

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The State of Things
12:32 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Congressmen Reflect On Vote To End Shutdown

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Wednesday night, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

State Supreme Court Considers Pre-K For Low Income Students

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The State Supreme Court is considering whether North Carolina is required to provide free pre-kindergarten education to all of its students.

Currently, funding does not provide for universal access, but a lower court decision in 2011 held the state could not limit access to the program. Host Frank Stasio talks with Jessica Jones, WUNC’s Capitol Bureau Chief, about the case.

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The State of Things
11:55 am
Wed October 16, 2013

New Trade Deal Called NAFTA On Steroids

The leaders of the Trans-Pacific Partnership member states.
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the biggest thing to hit international trade since the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Negotiations are ongoing between 12 Pacific Rim countries, including the United States, Canada, Vietnam and Chile. Advocates say the agreement is necessary to ensure smooth trade between nations. Opponents call it a corporate power grab.

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The State of Things
11:52 am
Fri October 11, 2013

DHHS Scandals Widens With Audit Report

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services deleted staff rebuttals from a report that gave a harsh assessment of the state’s Medicaid program, according to a report by North Carolina Health News. Critics allege that this paints the Medicaid program in a negative light. Host Frank Stasio talks to North Carolina Health News editor and founder Rose Hoban; and Associated Press reporter Michael Biesecker.

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