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
11:59 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Choosing To Stay 20 Feet From Stardom

Backup Singer Lisa Fischer on stage with The Rolling Stones
Credit flickr/ aka Francois aka Mister Pink

A conversation with vocalist Lisa Fischer

    

Lisa Fischer is one of the most in-demand vocalists in the music industry, but she rarely takes center stage.

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Arts & Culture
4:08 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Listen: The Book Acknowledgments No One Expects

What would an author write on the "thank you" page of her novel if she was telling the truth? Pittsboro author Ruth Moose wrote the acknowledgments of her debut novel, Doing It At the Dixie Dew, with a candor atypical of many authors.

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Wed July 23, 2014

A Portrait Photographer Defies Social Norms

Hugh Mangum Photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Hugh Mangum’s photographs exhibit at the Durham History Hub

  The late 19th century American South was marked by inequality; Jim Crow was the law of the land and racial segregation was both a social norm and a legal requirement.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Wed July 23, 2014

A Bed And Breakfast Murder Mystery

An Agatha Christie-inspired murder mystery set at a Southern B&B.

A conversation with author Ruth Moose

    

When Beth McKenzie's grandmother passed away, she left behind a hefty nursing home bill and a dilapidated mansion, and it was up to Beth to figure out what to do. But luckily, she had a plan. 

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Tue July 22, 2014

What Animals Tell Us About Love And Relationships

Wild Connection by Jennifer Verdolin

Scholar, scientist, and author Jennifer Verdolin

  

After a bad end to a long-term relationship, animal behavior expert Jennifer Verdolin decided to look to the animal kingdom for new insight on dating. 

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The State of Things
11:33 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Meet Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

Meet Rev. Jamine Beach-Ferrara

    

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is an ordained minister and published author who uses her faith work and fiction writing to create new strategies for supporting LGBT communities in the South. 

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Politics and Polling with Ken Rudin

Ken Rudin, the Political Junkie
Credit kenrudinpolitics.com

Politics and Polling

  

Former Baptist minister Mark Walker defeated Phil Berger Jr. in a runoff election for the 6th district Republican primary this week. 

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Changing Industries in North Carolina

Industry consolidation and reorganization is happening in the tobacco, pharmaceutical and health care industries in North Carolina.

A conversation with Triangle Business Journal Reporter Jason deBruyn about industry trends in North Carolina

    

Reynolds American and Lorillard, two of the country’s biggest tobacco producers, announced a merger yesterday that is expected to reshape the tobacco industry. 

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The State of Things
12:33 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

How The World Cup Moves Stock Prices

Credit Flickr/Sonny Abesamis

Finance professor Diego Garcia talks about his research

    

As the 2014 World Cup draws to a close, all eyes are on Brazil. Historical data shows the effects of this tournament may go far beyond the walls of the stadium.

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The State of Things
11:15 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina

Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina Guidebook

The Blue Ridge Music Trails initiative

    

The Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina are the center of a rich history of music and dance, from musicians like Doc Watson and Earl Scruggs, to traditions like ballad singing and square dancing. 

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