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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Arts & Culture
11:46 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Shaping A New, Queer Life

A new memoir by UNC's Kenan Visiting Writer Daisy Hernández
Credit Cover Image of the book A Cup of Water Under My Bed

  

Daisy Hernández grew up between cultures as a first-generation American child of a working-class Colombian mother and Cuban father. 

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The State of Things
12:09 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

In Their Shoes—Exploring Domestic Violence Through Theater

Seema Kukreja as Udip, Robin Carmon Marshall as Anaba and Alexus Wilcox as Corrine in the play "From the Boot of Timberland."
Eric Barstow

A new family-run black theater company in the Triangle is presenting two companion one-act plays that encourage men and women to come together to address violence against women. 

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Arts & Culture
12:36 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

The Forgotten Farmworkers

Former bracero worker Modesto Jurita holds a flyer commemorating the 68th anniversary of the 1942 arrival of workers in California.
Charlie Thompson

From 1942-1964 about five million Mexican guest workers were brought to the United States as part of a federal program to help with the post-war labor shortage.

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The State of Things
11:38 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Busting Poverty Myths

Linda Tirado's new book busting myths about American poverty.

    

When Linda Tirado responded to an online forum question: "Why do poor people do things that seem so self destructive?" she had no idea her response would go viral. 

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Arts & Culture
11:46 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Bluegrass! 'The State Of Things' Live Video Stream, Noon

Credit Carol Jackson

The State of Things is broadcasting live from the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh today, 10/2/14 at noon. Watch the show here:

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The State of Things
11:06 am
Thu October 2, 2014

The Czech Romance With American Bluegrass

Marko Čermák is considered the father of Czech Bluegrass.
Lee Bidgood

People in the Czech Republic first heard bluegrass music during World War II when Western music was hard to access in the sphere of Soviet influence. 

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Examining Sexual Assault On Campus: Policy, Prevention & Culture

A flag for each of the potential 3000 women that will be assaulted on a campus the size of University of Oregon, based on national averages.
Credit Image of A flag for each of the potential 3000 women that will be assaulted on a campus the size of University of Oregon, based on national averages

  

One in five women and one in 16 men is sexually assaulted on campus according to the National Institute of Justice

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Girls Getting Their Rock On

Girls Rock Alums Tehila Rosenblatt-Farrell and Bella Mead of La Bête Magique performing at The Casbah.
Tim Walter

For much of music history, rock music has been considered a boys club. 

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Examining Earth’s Forces Through Poetry

A collection of poetry by Janice Fuller touching on themes of death and burial and exploring the tension between light and gravity.
Credit Janice Fuller

  

When poet Janice Fuller sits down to write, she chooses three random words and uses them to jump start her creativity. 

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The State of Things
11:19 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Wilmington Resident Works On Big Films Like ‘Star Wars’ And 'Death On The Nile'

Chunky Huse has worked as a grip in the film industry for more than five decades on more than 100 films.
Credit Chunky Huse

  

For more than five decades, Chunky Huse has been working behind the scenes of the film industry as a grip—a master lighting and rigging technician who provides the support to make shots possible. 

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