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
12:16 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival

Veteran AIDS activist Sean Strub authored the memoir "BODY COUNTS: A Memoir of Activism, Sex, and Survival."
Credit Sean Strub

  

Sean Strub is best known as the founder of POZ magazine and the first openly HIV-positive person to run for Congress. 

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The State of Things
12:46 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Scottish Independence Vote Stirs Up Centuries-Old Questions

Scotland votes on its independence in a referendum on September 18th.
Credit Flickr/Lawrence OP

  

  

    

The people of Scotland will vote next week on whether to become an independent country. 

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

PinUp Portraiture As Therapy

Pinup Art by Iman Woods
Iman Woods

Pinup photography gained popularity in the 1940s when glamorous photos of women were made into posters for soldiers to take to war.

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Bureaucracy Turned On Its Head

Artist Stacey Kirby playing the part of a Local Declarations Officer in the performance art piece The Declaration Project.
Stacey Kirby

Artist Stacey Kirby transformed CAM Raleigh’s Media Lab into the “Bureau of Personal Belonging”—a series of interactive performance art installations that explore themes of belonging, identity and validity. 

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Chronicling The Fall of The Iron Curtain Through Art

The company of the Burning Coal Theatre Company production of David Edgar’s Pentecost
Jason Dail

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent collapse of communism in Eastern Europe.
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The State of Things
11:46 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Searching For The Man Behind The Myth

Roger Guenveur Smith in his solo show, "Rodney King"
Credit Patti McGuire

Rodney King gained overnight notoriety when videos surfaced of him being violently beaten by Los Angeles police officers. 

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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

  

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

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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