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
11:28 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Syrian Doctor In Cary Pushes For Free Syria

Dr. Mazen E. Hamad
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When Mazen Hamad talks with his brother over internet chat, he can see through the open window of his brother’s living room. On the screen, Mazen sees bombs raining down outside of his brother's apartment in his home country of Syria. Dr. Mazen Hamad narrowly escaped the Hama Massacre more than 30 years ago; today he supports the Syrian revolution from North Carolina.

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Ken Rudin
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With less than month to go before the May primaries, congressional candidates are making their final appeals to voters. But how big a role does money play in these last stages of a campaign? Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the state’s hottest House races and the role of finances.

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

A Trip Down The Food Shoot With Mary Roach

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

A conversation with author Mary Roach

Mary Roach is a writer known for asking taboo and wacky questions about the human body, and she continues this pursuit in her latest book, "Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal."(W.W. Norton & Company/2013)

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

A Decade Of Old Ceremony

The Old Ceremony
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Chapel Hill band, The Old Ceremony, celebrates a milestone this weekend: their 10 year anniversary. The band will mark the occasion with a show at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw at 8pm Saturday.

First, they play live and host Frank Stasio talks with band members Django Haskins on vocals and guitar, Mark Simonsen on the organ, Gabriel Pelli on the violin, Dan Hall on the drums, and Shane Hartman on the bass.

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Unemployment In North Carolina

Depression-era unemployment line
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  The state's unemployment rate is on a downward trend, but the meaning of those numbers is the subject of debate. Some believe it is a sign of a comeback while others believe it is skewed statistic. Debate over unemployment extends to the federal level, as an unemployment bill with a North Carolina-specific provision struggles to reach a vote in the United States House. 

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Return From War

Intrepid Life Coffee and Spirits owner and Marine veteran Matt Victoriano
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Military veterans face many challenges in combat zones and on battlefields. But what about the struggles they face when they return to civilian life?  

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Thu April 10, 2014

“Liberating Dixie” Traces 50 Years Of Southern Life

Liberating Dixie by Ed Williams

Ed Williams spent almost half a century writing for newspapers in Mississippi and North Carolina. His journalism career started at The Daily Mississippian and continued through 35 years at The Charlotte Observer.

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The State of Things
11:53 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Heartbleed Bug: What It Means For Internet Security

Internet hacker
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NPR news applications developer Jeremy Bowers tells us about Heartbleed and its effects on users

    

You may not know what OpenSSL does, but odds are you rely on it when you enter your credit card number to make a purchase online. The software provides internet security for companies large and small across the web. A recently discovered bug in the software called Heartbleed could mean massive security breaches by hackers and exposure of private information. 

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The State Of Things
11:20 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Witness To A Texas Execution: Part One

Lethal injection room
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On Wednesday night, the State of Texas executed Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas, a man convicted of the 1997 killing of professor Glen Lich.

Hernandez-Llanas was an immigrant hired to work on the Lich property when he lured Lich outside the home and beat him to death. He then returned to the house and attacked Lich's wife.

Lich was not Hernandez-Llanas's first murder victim. Hernandez-Llanas had escaped from Mexican prison where he was serving a 25-year sentence for murder.

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The State of Things
11:20 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Poet Li-Young Lee Draws Influence From Chinese Classics

Behind My Eyes by Li-Young Lee
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A conversation with poet Li-Young Lee

  

When Li-Young Lee's parents received a classical education in China, they memorized dozens of poems. As a child, he heard his parents playfully recite poem after poem to one another. Today Li-Young Lee draws much of his poetic influence from that same classical Chinese poetry. 

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