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
12:14 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Restoring The NASCAR Racetrack In Hillsborough

The horse racetrack enlarged to a one-mile track for auto racing. 1955 U.S.Government aerial photo.
Historic Speedway Group

Host Frank Stasio talks with Brandie Fields, executive director of the Orange County Historical Museum; Gene Hobby, a former NASCAR driver and president of the Historic Speedway Group; and Bill Crowther, a historic preservationist who manages the Occoneechee Speedway property.

  

The Occoneechee/Orange Speedway in Hillsborough is the only surviving dirt track from NASCAR's first season. 

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The State Of Things
12:03 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Meet NC Budget Director Art Pope

Host Frank Stasio and NC Budget Director Art Pope
Credit Anita Rao / WUNC

NC Budget Director Art Pope

In 2012, Governor Pat McCrory selected Art Pope to serve as the state’s budget director.

Pope has a long history in North Carolina politics and government. The attorney and businessman served in the legislature before launching several charitable organizations and think tanks centered on libertarian principles.

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The State of Things
11:18 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Kids Writing Plays

Drew Greene as Jimmy Wilson and the ensemble of KidsWrite 2014 in Five Stages by Miles Ndukwe
Aaron Bridgman

Burning Coal director of education Jonathan Fitts and three young playwrights talk about their project 'Kids Write'

Raleigh's Burning Coal Theatre Company premieres five new one-act plays written by high school students this weekend as part of KidsWrite, a festival that provides young writers the opportunity to get their work professionally produced, acted and directed.

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The State of Things
9:43 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Setting Up Shop In Historic Places

2014 Piedmont Laureate Carrie Knowles
Credit Carrie Knowles

A conversation with the 2014 Piedmont Laureate Carrie Knowles

  

Carrie Knowles, the 2014 Piedmont Laureate, is tasked with encouraging North Carolina residents to come together to celebrate the art of writing. 

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The State of Things
12:09 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

The Untold Story Of Camp Lejeune

Retired Marine Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger at a Camp Lejeune Rally
Flickr/Pam Rutter

Experts and victims discuss the issue of contaminated water at Camp Lejeune

For more than three decades, hundreds of thousands of people were likely exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, a Marine base in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

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The State of Things
11:24 am
Tue May 27, 2014

The Magic Of Shirley Temple

"The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression" by John F. Kasson

Shirley Temple's success during The Great Depression

Ringlets, a baby-doll face and a sweet singing voice may be the most recognizable aspects of Shirley Temple's famous persona.

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The State of Things
12:09 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

StoryCorps: An Hour Behind The Scenes

StoryCorps Facilitators Chaela Herridge-Meyer and Adriana Gallardo outside the mobile airstream trailer that travels the country recording stories.
StoryCorps

Listen to the full State of Things program about StoryCorps.

StoryCorps, a national oral history project, has collected more than 50,000 interviews across the country. 

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

The Inside World of Broadway

Broadway comic Seth Rudetsky
Credit Flickr

Seth Rudetsky gives a sample of his acclaimed one-man show "Deconstructing Broadway"

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

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The State of Things
10:01 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Triad News Update

The Dan River flows through Danville, VA 22 miles down stream from the site of a coal ash spill in Eden. Officials say treated water there remains safe to drink.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

WUNC Greensboro bureau chief Jeff Tiberii

    

Two Republican lawmakers introduced a bill to the North Carolina Senate last week to cut back on the threat of coal ash pollution in North Carolina. 

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The State of Things
9:59 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Romare Bearden's Work Returns Home

Romare Bearden, Conversation, 1979, Lithograph, sheet 21.5 x 28.25 inches
Art © Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

A panel of experts discuss the life and work of Romare Bearden
Romare Bearden is recognized as one of America's most important 20th century artists, known for his collages, paintings and prints depicting various aspects of African American life.
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