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."


The State of Things
11:48 am
Fri November 21, 2014

The Emily Musolino Band

Emily Musolino of the Emily Musolino Band at Motorco in Durham.
Credit Emily Musolino Music


When Durham native Emily Musolino left for the Berklee College of Music, the only thing she knew she wanted to do with her life was to make music. 

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The State of Things
11:10 am
Tue November 18, 2014

City Makes Move For Greensboro Civil Rights Museum

The International Civil Rights Center and Museum faces ongoing financial struggles, and the Greensboro mayor wants the city to take it over.
Credit Jeff Tiberii


The International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro was built to commemorate a transformative moment in civil rights history when four NC A&T freshmen staged a sit-in at the city's whites-only lunch counter. 

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The State of Things
11:05 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Teens Help Turn Abandoned North Carolina Prisons Into Farms youth participant Clifton Murray, program founder Noran Sanford, and youth participant Robert Hunt harvest food for needy families in their region.
Noran Sanford

Cody Oxendine grew up in a small town in North Carolina dominated by gangs. He joined a gang at a young age and his activities landed him in juvenile court for two counts of simple assault. Three years ago, he was on probation and doing everything in his power to avoid prison. Now, 18-year-old Cody is thrilled to spend a lot of his time at one particular prison.

Oxendine is part of a group of youth leading an effort to flip an abandoned prison in Wagram, North Carolina into a sustainable farm.

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The State of Things
11:00 am
Tue November 18, 2014

“Cello and Bass…Seriously?”

The Low and Lower duo puts a new twist on chamber music.
Credit Low and Lower

Bassist Paul Sharpe and Cellist Brooks Whitehouse are a bestselling cello-bass duo who developed a new genre of music that puts string instruments in a new context. 

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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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