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
Tue September 3, 2013

John Tedesco Departs Wake School Board

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WUNC education reporter and Raleigh Bureau Chief Dave Dewitt discusses John Tedesco’s tenure and other school issues

The past few years on the Wake County School Board have been marked by controversy. Republicans came into power in 2009 and board member John Tedesco led the charge to eliminate the school assignment program, sparking outrage and national attention.

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The State of Things
10:44 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Monti Begins A New Season Of Storytelling

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Jeff Polish, creator of the Monti, a North Carolina storytelling organization, previews the upcoming fifth season

For the past five years, the Monti, a North Carolina storytelling organization, has brought the stories of the area to crowds around the Triangle and Triad.

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The State of Things
10:39 am
Tue September 3, 2013

David Drake Launches ‘Monsters Of The Earth

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Author David Drake talks about his new novel, 'Monsters of the Earth'

David Drake  has garnered a reputation in the world of science fiction readers as a leader in the military sci-fi genre. But he won’t be penned in by labels. His latest novel, “Monsters of the Earth” (Tor/2013), is the third in his Books of the Elements fantasy series.

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The State of Things
11:06 am
Fri August 30, 2013

The Hotels Embrace Katy Perry As Pseudo-Spiritual Leader

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Host Frank Stasio talks with The Hotels and they play live in the studio.

Chandler Kelley of the band The Hotels describes their music as, “a trashy, drunk version of big radio pop.”

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The State of Things
11:03 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Can The Republican Party Maintain Control?

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Host Frank Stasio talks about the state of the North Carolina GOP with his guests.

The North Carolina General Assembly goes back into session Tuesday. Lawmakers will consider Governor Pat McCrory’s vetoes of two bills. One requires drug testing for certain welfare recipients. The other grants immigration exemptions for some seasonal workers.

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The State of Things
11:04 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Senator Ellie Kinnaird Says Farewell

Former N.C. Sen. Ellie Kinnaird
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For 17 years, North Carolina Senator Ellie Kinnaird represented the constituents in Orange and Chatham Counties with passion.

Frank Stasio talks to N.C. Senator Ellie Kinnaird about her nine terms in office

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The State of Things
10:57 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Egypt On The Brink

Ambulance cars arriving in Mohamed Mahmoud Street to carry the injured and the dead, as the uprising entered its fourth day on Tuesday...
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In 2011, the Arab Spring ushered in hope for Democracy in Egypt. Hosni Mubarak fell from power, and the people took to the streets, excited about the prospects of free elections.

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

From Maid To Novelist, A Writer’s Journey

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Nancy Peacock’s path to becoming a successful writer wasn’t normal but it was fun. She got interested in writing in the 4th grade when a teacher introduced her to the arts.

"I loved books," she said. "I loved storytelling, but I didn't know that was something that adults actually did."

She skipped college, choosing instead to marry her high school sweetheart.

“Certainly by not going to college, I had to work. I was sort of thrown into the work-a-day world,” she said.   

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Governor Vetoes And Signs Controversial Laws

Governor Pat McCrory
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The General Assembly recently finished up their lawmaking session, passing a variety of legislation, some of which has stirred quite a bit of controversy locally and nationally. All that’s left now is for Governor Pat McCrory to sign those laws of which he approves and veto those he’s against. He’s done both this week.

He signed into law a controversial Voter ID law that forces voters to show ID at the polling place, as well as shortens the hours of early voting and eliminates straight-ticket voting.

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The State of Things
12:20 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Health Clinic Closing To Affect Thousands

HealthServe provides medical services to thousands of patients.
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Host Frank Stasio talks to WUNC Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii about news around the Triad

The closing of the Healthserve Community Health Clinic in Greensboro is expected to affect thousands of low income patients. The clinic is closing, in part, because of the State legislature’s decision to reject federal Medicaid expansion. Host Frank Stasio talks to WUNC Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii about this and other Triad news live from Triad Stage in Greensboro.

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