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 November 14, 2014

Behind The Scenes of The 2014 North Carolina Comicon

The 5th Annual North Carolina Comicon is in Durham November 15-16.
Tommy Lee Edwards

Comicons, or conventions of comic fans, are best known for throngs of costume-clad attendees and access to the industry’s best comics creators. 

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The State of Things
11:38 am
Thu November 13, 2014

The Mysteries And Secrets Of Antiquarian Books

A new novel by Charlie Lovett about the mystery behind Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

    

Writer Charlie Lovett has been attracted to the mystique of old books since he was a young kid. 

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

More Than Just A Cakewalk

Mirandy (Kwamea Wilkerson) and Ezel (Ricky Hall) surprise everyone in town at the annual cakewalk with their fancy footwork.
Raleigh Little Theatre

In popular culture, the term cakewalk means anything that is effortless and easy.

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The State of Things
11:34 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Women In The Meat Business

Third-generation butcher Kari Underly leading a session in the Women Working in the Meat Business Conference.
Briana Brough

As the demand for local food and farm-to-table restaurants rises, the American agriculture and food production industries are expanding. 

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The State of Things
12:06 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

From Refrigerator Mothers to Computer Geeks, Understanding Autism And Gender

A new book examining the role that gender plays in our understanding of autism.

  

Much of what we know about autism is publicly disputed, from the definition of autism itself to the reasons behind the increase in diagnoses. 

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The State of Things
12:12 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

The Future Of National Forests In Western North Carolina

The Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina is one of the state's four national forests. Both the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests are currently undergoing an extensive re-planning process.
Credit Flickr/Jeff Gun

    

The Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests in western North Carolina play an integral role in the state’s environment and economy. 

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The State of Things
11:51 am
Mon November 3, 2014

From Navy Fighter Pilot to Drone Advocate, Meet Missy Cummings

Missy Cummings was one of the U.S. Navy's first female fighter pilots. She now directs the Humans and Autonomy Lab at Duke University.
Credit Missy Cummings

  

Although the word drone may at first evoke an image of a stealth killing machine, the work of Mary 'Missy' Cummings proves drones are much more than that initial thought. 

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Fri October 31, 2014

A Father Transformed

A new memoir about a father's journey to understand and parent his daughter, Sarah, who has Down syndrome.

When Paul Austin and his wife Sally were anticipating their first child, they both felt excited and ready to be parents.

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Music And Mirth at The Murphey School

The Murphey School Radio Show is a semiannual fundraising event raising money this year for StudentU and EmPOWERment, Inc.
Credit The Murphey School Radio Show

The Murphey School Radio Show takes place at the formerly abandoned but now renovated 1920s-era Murphey School in Orange County. The School serves as a community performance space and an incubator for small nonprofits. The semiannual show features skits, jingles, and musical acts to bring the community together to benefit local non-profits Student U and EmPOWERment, Inc. 

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The State of Things
11:34 am
Thu October 23, 2014

The State of Things Issues Table: Education

The 2014 midterm elections are less than two weeks away, and we continue our issues-based series talking about the state of education in the state.
Credit NC General Assembly/US Senate

    

As the midterm elections get closer, education is a prominent topic in North Carolina’s congressional races. 

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