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
10:47 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Raleigh Authors Give 27 Views Of The Capital City

27 Views of Raleigh

 

27 Views of the Capital City

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The State of Things
11:31 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Bank Of America Ordered To Pay Restitution

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Bank of America discriminated against more than 1,000 black job applicants, a U.S. Department of Labor Judge held Monday.

The ruling ordered the bank to pay $2.2 million dollars to applicants who were turned down for positions in Charlotte. Host Frank Stasio talks to Charlotte Observer banking reporter Andrew Dunn about the case.

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The State of Things
11:24 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Affordable Care Act Goes Into Effect

President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act into law
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You probably know it as Obamacare, but its official name is the Affordable Care Act. And starting Tuesday, enrollment opens for mandatory insurance.


New policies don’t actually go into effect until January 1, but in the meantime, curious shoppers can take to the health exchanges to find a deal on health insurance.

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The State of Things
12:29 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

More DHHS Controversy And Berger Opts Out of Senate Race

State Senator Phil Berger
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Controversy continues at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services with the Medicaid director resigning after only eight months on the job.

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The State of Things
12:48 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Banned Books Back In The News

This week is Banned Book Week -- a time to reflect on censored works of literature.  Last week, the Randolph County Board of Education banned the novel “The Invisible Man,” by Ralph Ellison from school libraries.

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The State of Things
11:05 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Musical Doctors Raise Awareness Of Gynecological Cancers

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The band N.E.D, a group of gynecological oncologists, play live in our studio

  

While the pink ribbons of breast cancer garner considerable public attention, other, more deadly cancers affecting women fall far from the spotlight.

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The State of Things
11:12 am
Thu September 19, 2013

The Continuing Controversy At NC DHHS

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Investigative Reporter Joe Neff updates us on the controversy over hiring practices at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

    

Controversy continues over hiring practices at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

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The State of Things
11:55 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Raleigh City Council Races Enter Home Stretch

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In Raleigh, all seven council members and the mayor are up for re-election in October, but one race is uncontested.

In others, it’s not clear whether the challengers pose a serious threat. Recent controversy over feeding the homeless in Moore Square and the firing of the long-time Raleigh City Manager are adding some color to the political battles. Host Frank Stasio talks with Ariella Monti, Raleigh Public Record Bureau Chief, about the upcoming elections.

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The State of Things
11:27 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Benefits For North Carolina National Guard Members

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A panel discussion about the state of same-sex marriage in the National Guard

  

When the United States Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, it opened a lot of doors for gay couples. 

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Sci-Fi Publisher Leaves Catholic Faith For Fantastic Worlds

Sci Fi publisher Jim Minz speaks on the State of Things.
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Jim Minz, senior editor at Baen Publishing, discusses his life and the evolution of book publishing

Today's State of Things show is a rebroadcast of an interview with Jim Minz.  The program originally aired on April 1, 2013.

Jim Minz’s childhood in small-town West Bend, Wisconsin prepared him for two things: game shows and science fiction.

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