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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State of Things
10:15 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Orquesta GarDel

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Orquesta GarDel is a lively group with a Latin core but a diverse offering of members. Thirteen artists with experience in Latino music as well as African- and Anglo American jazz make music perfect to dance to.

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State of Things
10:38 am
Thu July 19, 2012

The Storied Elderly

When James Clark retired as an English professor from North Carolina State University, he wasn't done teaching. He went from the classroom to the retirement home, where he taught the elderly how to share their experiences with family and friends through creative writing.

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State of Things
10:34 am
Thu July 19, 2012

A Peacebuilder's Life

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Charles "Chic" Dambach didn't set out to bring peace to the world. In fact, he went to college to smash heads with fellow football players. But when racism on the team forced him to confront the inequities of the world, his path changed. From volunteering with the Peace Corps to working as chief of staff for a U.S.

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State of Things
9:56 am
Thu July 19, 2012

“Deliverance” 40 Years Later

It's been 40 years since "Deliverance" shocked moviegoers with its graphic depiction of male rape and solidified certain negative stereotypes of the South. It remains one of the great films of the 20th century and has become a cultural icon, but where does it stand in the canon of Southern cinema?

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State of Things
10:30 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Remembering Andy Griffith

www.andygriffith.org

Andy Griffith died earlier this month at his home on Roanoke Island, NC at age 86. Griffith was a native son of North Carolina, who proudly brought a tender vision of Southern culture to the masses through television. His portrayal of a wise and honest country lawman on “The Andy Griffith Show” won many hearts.

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State of Things
9:18 am
Tue July 17, 2012

The Silk Plant Forest Story

One night in December 1995, Jill Marker was leaving her job as assistant manager of an artificial flower shop called the Silk Plant Forest in Winston-Salem, NC when she was savagely beaten and left for dead. A few months later, police charged a man named Kalvin Michael Smith with the crime and he was convicted by a jury the next year. Smith has always maintained his innocence and several follow-up investigations show that police may have mishandled the case.

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State of Things
9:12 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Job Creation & The Economy

Occasionally, there are headlines about a new company coming to the area and bringing a certain number of jobs with it. Politicians love to talk about job creation, but what does it really mean for a local economy when a handful of people have a shot at employment? How many new jobs would it take to have a truly positive impact on a down economy and does it matter if the jobs are low wage?

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State of Things
9:41 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Meet Baldemar Velasquez

www.supportfloc.org

Legend has it that Baldemar Velasquez led his first fight for migrant farmworkers’ rights at the age of 12. He started working in the fields at 4 years old and soon became a self-taught scholar of social justice.

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State of Things
10:57 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Energy Merger Missteps

The merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy was supposed to be a powerful marriage of relative equals, but from the moment they combined, the problems started. The board of the new company ousted one of its new leaders, sparking investigations and cries of betrayal. Host Frank Stasio talks to News & Observer reporter John Murawski about the controversy.

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State of Things
10:51 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Exploration of the Unusual

Arlan Andrews is a writer and engineer, but he has spent his life also pursuing unusual phenomena such as UFOs, paranormal activity and psychic experience. He is the founder of SIGMA, a group of science-fiction writers that speculate about the future for government officials. Andrews is in town to visit the Rhine Research Center and joins host Frank Stasio to talk about his work.

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