Frank Stasio

Host, "The State of Things"

Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.

From there he went to National Public Radio, where he rose from associate producer to newscaster for All Things Considered. He left that job in 1990 to help start an alternative school in Washington, DC. Frank returned to NPR as a freelance news anchor, guest host of Talk of The Nation and other national programs, and host of special news coverage.

He also presents audio theater workshops for children and teachers and conducts radio journalism workshops for broadcasters in former Soviet-bloc countries. He lives in Durham.

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Learning From Little Golden Books

Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book
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When you say the words "Little Golden Books" many people flash back to a time in their childhood when they learned to read from books like Mister Dog and Tawny Scrawny Lion

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The State of Things
12:09 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Greensboro's DADDY ISSUES

Greensboro's DADDY ISSUES performs live on The State of Things.
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The cleverly-named female band DADDY ISSUES from Greensboro, North Carolina started making music last year. 

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Gov. McCrory's Financial Disclosures In Dispute

Gov. Pat McCrory
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An investigation by the Associated Press says Gov. Pat McCrory failed to disclose some his dealings with Tree.com, a licensed mortgage broker in North Carolina.

The governor was a board member of the Charlotte-based company when he took office, and the report says McCrory did not properly fill out financial statements that would have suggested a conflict of interest.

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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
12:14 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Something Rich And Strange

Ron Rash's new book Something Rich and Strange is composed of 34 of his best short stories written over the past 20 years.
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Many know North Carolina author Ron Rash for his novel Serena which was  turned into a film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

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The State of Things
12:25 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Bladenboro Hanging Death Leaves Unanswered Questions

Bladenboro, N.C.
Credit Gary Dincher / Flickr Creative Commons

    

In August, 17-year-old Lennon Lacy was found dead in the small town of Bladenboro, N.C, hanging by his neck from a swing set.

Local police say Lacy killed himself, but Lacy's family says suspicious circumstances have raised questions about whether Lacy's death was a suicide or a lynching.

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Protests Call For Police Accountability

Durham Police at Jesus Huerta protest in December 2013
Credit Laura Lee

    

Across the nation, protestors have taken to the street to call for reforms in police action. The protests come in the wake of  two grand juries declining to indict police officers who killed Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

From the coast to the mountains, activists in North Carolina have joined the movement calling for greater police accountability.

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Former Raleigh Mayor Smedes York Tells Story Of City's Growth

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Raleigh native Smedes York has witnessed and facilitated decades of growth in his hometown.

His father developed the iconic Cameron Village in the late 1940s, and he tackled the redevelopment of downtown during his time as mayor from 1979 to 1983.

His memoir, Growing up with Raleigh (Lulu Publishing/2014), documents a life of business, politics and urban planning in North Carolina's capital city.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Smedes York and historian John Sharpe about Growing Up With Raleigh.

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

NC's Longest Serving Congressman Comes Home

Frank Stasio talked live with Congressman Howard Coble 12/16/2014.
Ivan Saul Cutler Governor Morehead Forum for Economic Development

  At 83, Congressman Howard Coble is retiring and leaving Capitol Hill after 30 years. 

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The State of Things
12:03 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Local Bookstore Goes Against The Grain

Scuppernong Books is Greensboro's independent bookstore. They are part of a revitalization in downtown and hope to be place where conversations happen.
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The obituary for the independent bookstore has been written many times, but the digital revolution has created a niche and a desire to hold something real in your hands when you read. 

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