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
11:24 am
Fri January 9, 2015

The Will McBride Group

The Will McBride Group: Will McBride, Brad Miles, Jeff Hatley and Michael Pelz-Sherman
Will McBride

The jazz-influenced pop ensemble, The Will McBride Group, led by guitarist Will McBride, recently released their fourth album, All In. It tells the story of the life and relationships of a musician through songs with both jazzy swing and rock rhythm. Host Frank Stasio talks to the group about their new record and they perform live in studio. The group is Will McBride on guitar and vocals; Jeff Hatley on bass and vocals; Brad Miles on drums, and Michael Pelz-Sherman on keyboards.

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The State of Things
11:30 am
Thu January 8, 2015

A One-Man Attempt to “Wrestle Jerusalem”

Aaron Davidman is the writer and performer of the one-man show "Wrestling Jerusalem" that explores the competing narratives at the center of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
Credit Ken Friedman

Aaron Davidman grew up on the West Coast in a progressive Jewish family, with a specific understanding of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. 

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Animal Weapons And The Evolution Of Battle

Porcupine spines are effective defensive weapons.
David J. Tuss

From horns to claws, teeth and talons, the animal kingdom features many natural weapons.

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The State of Things
11:30 am
Mon December 29, 2014

'The State Of Things' Producer Picks: A 2014 Look Back With Anita Rao

Former The State of Things Producer Meghan Modafferi and producer Anita Rao try out sitting on the other side of the glass in "host attire" on Meghan's last day.
Credit Jorge Valencia

As 2014 comes to a close, The State of Things producer Anita Rao takes a look back at some of her favorite segments from the show this year. 

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Talkin' Tar Heel: Exploring North Carolina's Dialects

This is a rebroadcast of a show that aired May 8, 2014.

For more than 20 years, researchers at North Carolina State University have collected interviews exploring the rich diversity of dialects in North Carolina. 

They studied topics ranging from how transplanted Yankees speak to how the Lumbee Indian community in Robeson County maintains a distinct dialect. But why is an awareness of dialect diversity important and what does it tell us about the history and culture of our state? 

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Seth Rudetsky Inside The World Of Broadway

Seth Rudetsky
Credit Flickr

This is a rebroadcast of a show that aired May 21, 2014.

For many, the bright lights of Broadway connote a mystical place filled with ornate costumes and incredible talent.

But for one man who has seen all sides of Broadway life, it is a subject matter worth deconstructing.

Seth Rudetsky has performed on Broadway, played piano for more than a dozen Broadway shows and serves as a host on On Broadway, a Sirius/XM radio channel.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

"When You Step Into The Room You Are Family": The Life Of An NC Nurse

Nursing Agency in Mooresville, NC.
Credit Flickr/Londa Dudley

Note: This is a rebroadcast of a show that aired May 5, 2014. 

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

The “Lost” Recordings of an Overlooked Banjo Great

Unsung banjo hero Carroll Best with the banjo he played during the recordings with Joseph Hall in Haywood County, NC in the 1950s.
Courtesy of Louise Best

In the 1930s, the National Park Service sent a man named Joseph Hall to the Great Smoky Mountains to document the life and stories of people who were about to be relocated so that it could become a national park

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Mon December 15, 2014

From Shoe Shiner To Ethnomusicologist, Meet Daoud Haroon

Daoud Haroon practicing one of his first instruments in the front room of his family apartment in Boston.
Daoud Haroon

Daoud Haroon has lived many lives in his 81 years. He grew up in the jazz clubs of Boston, shining shoes of many of the jazz greats as a young boy, and later playing alongside them as a percussionist and trombonist. He has worked in a wide range of trades from hat making to house painting. 

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Review of Academic Centers at UNC Campuses

Student protesters inside the Spangler Center on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus during a Board of Governors work group meeting reviewing centers and institutes across the UNC system.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

    

Members of the University of North Carolina system’s Board of Governors heard presentations Wednesday and Thursday from centers and institutes across the system as they consider possible cuts. 

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