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
12:37 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Decline of Black Political Power in the South

The New Racism: a recent cover story in The New Republic that traces the consequences of the decline of black political power in the South.
Credit The New Republic

Jason Zengerle, senior editor for The New Republic, and Kareem Crayton, UNC-Chapel Hill law professor discuss the decline of black political power in the South

  

The percentage of black state legislators in the South that serve in the majority party has declined rapidly in the past 10 years—from 99 percent in 1994 to 4.8 percent today.

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The State of Things
12:30 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Illustrations Inspired By Political Controversy

"Allowed": A response to a 2013 Saudi law allowing women to ride bicycles only for leisure and only if accompanied by a male guardian.
Mohammed Sharaf

A conversation with artist Mohammad Sharaf

When Kuwaiti artist and graphic designer Mohammad Sharaf gets angry, he creates art.

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Creating Brighter Futures For Former Foster Kids

The Fostering Bright Futures program helps former foster care children transition into college.
Credit Wake Tech Community College

Last year, it looked unclear if Keilia Scott would be able to complete the cosmetology program she began at Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh. A foster child since the age of 15, Scott struggled in her teen years without family support.

She moved to nine different homes and each transition meant adaptation to a new family, new rules and a new school. Scott admits she was rebellious and ran away from several homes. The system eventually  placed her in a locked facility out-of-state.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Black, Lesbian And Muslim In The South

A Documentary about Black, Lesbian Muslim Women in the South

Atlanta is considered the Black Gay Mecca of the United States.

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Fri August 22, 2014

From Dolly Parton to The Dex Romweber Duo

A Festival Celebrates 25 Years of the Southern Folklife Collection
Credit UNC-Chapel Hill Southern Folklife Collection

Host Frank Stasio talks with the Steve Weiss, the curator of the Southern Folklife Collection, and the Dex Romweber Duo performs live

  

The Southern Folklife Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill  has grown to contain more than half a million items, including sound recordings, moving images, photographs, posters and ephemera.

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The State of Things
10:07 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Fast Growing Poverty in North Carolina

Poverty is growing rapidly in the South, and four NC cities are at the top of the list.

Experts discuss growing poverty in the South

    

A new report from the Brookings Institution ranks four North Carolina cities among the top 15 in the country where poverty is soaring fastest: Raleigh, Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Greensboro-High Point. 

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The State of Things
10:02 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Poetry As Storytelling And Healing

Triad poets talk about the art and craft of poetry.
Credit Flickr/Lorenzo Tomada

Host Frank Stasio talks to three Triad poets

  

Triad poets are gaining local and national recognition for their creative approaches to poetry and poetry-inspired community work. 

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The State of Things
10:01 am
Tue August 19, 2014

'Pocket Change' Brings Revolutionary Love Music Back To The Stage

Greensboro-based musician Laila Nur

Musician Laila Nur plays live at the Triad Stage in downtown Greensboro

    

Musician Laila Nur developed her “revolutionary love” music style when she moved alone to Greensboro at 19. 

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Fri August 15, 2014

The Power of Stories In Events Like Ferguson

A book exploring the intersection of stories and politics.

Professor and author Frederick W. Mayer talks about his new book 'Narrative Politics'

  

Stories shape how we think about ourselves and the world around us, and insights from science, history, and biology confirm that humans are storytelling animals. 

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The State of Things
11:13 am
Wed August 13, 2014

A Magical Secret Fragrance Launches Career Success

A new novel about a magical elixir that gives women the professional success they desire.

A conversation with author Sarah Creech

  

Whether or not women can have both professional success and a family is an ongoing national conversation, spurred by high-profile magazine essays, viral blogs and books like Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In.

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