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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Arts & Culture
11:46 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Bluegrass! 'The State Of Things' Live Video Stream, Noon

Credit Carol Jackson

The State of Things is broadcasting live from the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh today, 10/2/14 at noon. Watch the show here:

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The State of Things
11:06 am
Thu October 2, 2014

The Czech Romance With American Bluegrass

Marko Čermák is considered the father of Czech Bluegrass.
Lee Bidgood

People in the Czech Republic first heard bluegrass music during World War II when it was still forbidden in the Soviet Union. 

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Examining Sexual Assault On Campus: Policy, Prevention & Culture

A flag for each of the potential 3000 women that will be assaulted on a campus the size of University of Oregon, based on national averages.
Credit Image of A flag for each of the potential 3000 women that will be assaulted on a campus the size of University of Oregon, based on national averages

  

One in five women and one in 16 men is sexually assaulted on campus according to the National Institute of Justice

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Girls Getting Their Rock On

Girls Rock Alums Tehila Rosenblatt-Farrell and Bella Mead of La Bête Magique performing at The Casbah.
Tim Walter

For much of music history, rock music has been considered a boys club. 

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Examining Earth’s Forces Through Poetry

A collection of poetry by Janice Fuller touching on themes of death and burial and exploring the tension between light and gravity.
Credit Janice Fuller

  

When poet Janice Fuller sits down to write, she chooses three random words and uses them to jump start her creativity. 

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The State of Things
11:19 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Wilmington Resident Works On Big Films Like ‘Star Wars’ And 'Death On The Nile'

Chunky Huse has worked as a grip in the film industry for more than five decades on more than 100 films.
Credit Chunky Huse

  

For more than five decades, Chunky Huse has been working behind the scenes of the film industry as a grip—a master lighting and rigging technician who provides the support to make shots possible. 

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Environment
12:10 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Climate Change Threatens North Carolina’s Birds

American Oystercatcher
National Audubon Society, Meryl Lorenzo

  

Climate change will likely alter the migratory routes and habitats of more than half of the birds in North America, according to new study published by the National Audubon Society.

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The State of Things
11:28 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Finding Truth Somewhere In Between

Cast Members In Raleigh's Theatre In The Park's Production of Somewhere In Between
Theatre In The Park

A new play premiering at Raleigh's Theatre In The Park encourages viewers to question their notions of love, truth and sexuality. 

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The State of Things
11:21 am
Wed September 17, 2014

The Men Who Were Left Behind

A debut novel by Katy Simpson Smith about the men left behind in late 18th Century America.
Credit Katy Simpson Smith

    

At the end of the 18th century it was very common for women to die during childbirth. 

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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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