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
12:21 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Political Junkie Ken Rudin
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The airwaves are flooded with ads for Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis, and their race is on track to be the most expensive Senate race in history. Does the money matter? And the state will host several political celebrities in the coming weeks to stump for Hagan and Tillis: Hillary Clinton, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the senate race and other political issues around the state.

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The State of Things
11:52 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Doing Time On The Outside

When a family member is sentenced to time in prison, they who family can feel like they are "doing time."
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Anyone familiar with the American criminal justice system has likely heard the expression, “When a person gets sentenced to prison, the whole family serves the time.” 

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Build It Back Again: The Billy Jonas Band's Creative Reconstruction

From left to right, Sherman Hoover, Ashley Farmer, and Billy Jonas
Credit Steve Mann

    

The Billy Jonas Band, an Asheville-based group, encourages listeners to play along.

Their audiences routinely clap their hands and stomp their feet to add to the sound.

And the band members are masters of re-percussion, using recycled materials like milk jugs or buckets to create unique beats and sounds.

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The State of Things
11:34 am
Thu October 23, 2014

The Narrative Of UNC-Chapel Hill's Academic Fraud

Kenneth Wainstein presents his findings about academic fraud at UNC-Chapel Hill

    

From 1993 to 2011, more than 3,000 students at UNC-Chapel Hill took classes that did not require them to show up.

They were told only to submit a final paper, and they got artificially inflated grades. Nearly half were student-athletes who benefitted from the classes by remaining eligible to play.

Those findings were released Wednesday from former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein, who had been commissioned by the university to investigate academic fraud.

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The State of Things
11:34 am
Thu October 23, 2014

The State of Things Issues Table: Education

The 2014 midterm elections are less than two weeks away, and we continue our issues-based series talking about the state of education in the state.
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As the midterm elections get closer, education is a prominent topic in North Carolina’s congressional races. 

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The State Of Things
11:50 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Movies On The Radio: Film Noir

The Big Combo (1955)
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Smoke-filled rooms, femmes fatales and twisting crime plots are markers of a period in cinematography known as film noir.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

How North Carolina Fits Into 'The State Of The South'

Durham, NC
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Like residents of other regions, individuals in the South face economic disparities like a widening gender gap, income inequality, and higher rates of unemployment among young adults.

But in the South, it is also more difficult for those young people to move up the economic ladder than in any other region.

And a report released today by Durham research firm MDC ties many of those disparities to limited access to employment programs and higher education.

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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
11:42 am
Tue October 21, 2014

The Price Of Poaching

Corporal Simon Irungu and a platoon of armed guards at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya watch over four of the last seven northern white rhinos in existence.
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For indigenous tribes in Kenya, land is everything. 

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Founder of UNC Southern Oral History Program Reflects On Four Decades Of Work

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall
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When Jacquelyn Dowd Hall started the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 40 years ago, documenting the lives of ordinary people was not part of most history departments.

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