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
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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The State of Things
9:57 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Good Versus Evil In the Blue Ridge Mountains

A scene from the Triad Stage production Brother Wolf.
VanderVeen Photographers

A conversation with Preston Lane, writer and director of Brother Wolf and artistic director of Triad Stage and musicians Laurelyn Dossett and Riley Baugus perform live
Beowulf is a classic tale that has been told and retold in many ways. But in 2006, a team in Greensboro designed a surprising twist on the age-old tale: a music-filled play set in Appalachia.
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The State of Things
12:04 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Man Versus Science

Sport Science is an ESPN TV series
Credit Creative Commons

A conversation with television host John Brenkus

    

Can an NFL running back muster the same force as a running bull? Does a nine-foot python squeeze harder than a martial arts star?

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The State of Things
11:26 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Talkin' Tar Heel

A Book Exploring North Carolina's Dialect Diversity

'Talkin' Tar Heel: How Our Voices Tell The Story of North Carolina'

    

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

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Giving Motherhood A Microphone

KeAnne Hoeg with her son, Daniel.
KeAnne Hoeg

Host Frank Stasio talks to cast members of 'Listen to Your Mother'

 "Listen to your Mother" are words that make most children squirm. But a group of Triangle women put a new spin on the dreaded phrase in a theatrical event that celebrates the diverse experiences of motherhood.

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The State of Things
11:57 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Your Love Affair With Your Smartphone

This diptych is based on the smudge patterns left behind on glass smartphone screens, which form interesting compositions even thought they are just artifacts of use. By artist parasolb/Kerry Crocker.
Kerry Crocker

A panel of artist discribe their new exhibit, Interface Interference

Many people tote smartphones around all day. But what is the nature of the relationship to smartphones and how do they change the perception of reality?

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