Anita Rao

Producer, "The State of Things"

Anita Rao is a producer for The State of Things, WUNC's daily, live talk show that features the issues, personalities and places of North Carolina. She fell in love with interviewing and storytelling as a Women's Studies and International Studies major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and began her radio career at WUNC as an intern for the nationally distributed public radio program The Story. From 2011 - 2014, she worked for the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps Production department, where she pitched, edited and produced conversations from across the nation--from Chicago, IL to Pineville, North Carolina.  

Anita was born in a small coal-mining town in Northeast England but spent most of her life growing up in Iowa and has a fond affection for the Midwest. She loves excessively-long dinner parties and hopes to one day live up to her mom's nickname, "Sheila, The Chocolate Eater."

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

The “Lost” Recordings of an Overlooked Banjo Great

Unsung banjo hero Carroll Best with the banjo he played during the recordings with Joseph Hall in Haywood County, NC in the 1950s.
Courtesy of Louise Best

In the 1930s, the National Park Service sent a man named Joseph Hall to the Great Smoky Mountains to document the life and stories of people who were about to be relocated so that it could become a national park

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Mon December 15, 2014

From Shoe Shiner To Ethnomusicologist, Meet Daoud Haroon

Daoud Haroon practicing one of his first instruments in the front room of his family apartment in Boston.
Daoud Haroon

Daoud Haroon has lived many lives in his 81 years. He grew up in the jazz clubs of Boston, shining shoes of many of the jazz greats as a young boy, and later playing alongside them as a percussionist and trombonist. He has worked in a wide range of trades from hat making to house painting. 

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Review of Academic Centers at UNC Campuses

Student protesters inside the Spangler Center on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus during a Board of Governors work group meeting reviewing centers and institutes across the UNC system.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

    

Members of the University of North Carolina system’s Board of Governors heard presentations Wednesday and Thursday from centers and institutes across the system as they consider possible cuts. 

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The State of Things
11:57 am
Wed December 10, 2014

An Infuriating American

A new book of essays by Hal Crowther examines H.L. Mencken, one of the most influential and controversial writers of the early 20th century.
Credit Flickr/Union-Square

 

H.L. Mencken was a columnist, author and journalist regarded as one of the most influential American writers from the early 20th century.

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The State of Things
11:57 am
Wed December 10, 2014

A New Take on Shakespeare’s Life And Marriage

Scholar Lena Orlin has a new take on the life and marriage of William Shakespeare.
Credit Flickr/Books18

This year marks the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare, and worldwide celebrations earlier this year indicated that his life and work continue to transcend racial, ethnic and geographic boundaries. 

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The State of Things
11:37 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Preserving Forbidden Music

Musicologist Michael Haas helped uncover compositions by Jewish musicians who had been persecuted by the Nazis.

As a young classical music producer in the 1980s, Michael Haas was digging through East German archives researching the works of Kurt Weill.

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Big Band Christmas Show With Nnenna Freelon And John Brown

Jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon and bassist John Brown bring their big band Christmas show back to the Triangle this year.
Credit JAG Entertainment

Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon and bassist John Brown bring their big band Christmas tunes back to the stage at Durham’s Carolina Theatre this Sunday, December 7.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Ferguson Events Encourage Author To Republish Novel

Durham-based author Sharon Ewell Foster republished her book Passing by Samaria in light of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

    

When Sharon Ewell Foster first published her novel Passing by Samaria in the late 1990s, it was a time of relative racial peace throughout the United States.

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

RTP Affected As GlaxoSmithKline Cuts 900 Jobs

Pharmaceutical leader GlaxoSmithKline is expected to announce a major reorganization effort that could impact jobs in the Triangle.
Credit Flickr/Ian Wilson

    

Pharmaceutical player GlaxoSmithKline is laying off hundreds of workers in its American facilities, and the bulk of these job cuts are in Research Triangle Park.

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The State of Things
12:16 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

The Shadow Side of Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Jessica Sorgi as Little Red Ridinghood and Gregory DeCandia as The Wolf in the PlayMakers production of Sondheim's Into The Woods.
Jon Gardiner for PlayMakers Repertory Company

The musical Into the Woods begins like many classic fairy tales with the line “Once Upon A Time…” 

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