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
10:39 am
Fri June 29, 2012

NC at the World Saxophone Congress

www.wayneleechford.com

Wayne Leechford is a classical baritone saxophonist. Most people haven't heard of classical saxophone, and it is difficult to find classical music specifically written for that instrument. Therefore, Wayne personally commissioned composers to write music for his new album, “Works of Art.”

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State of Things
10:26 am
Fri June 29, 2012

The Legacy of Reynolds Price

http://books.simonandschuster.com

What becomes of the artifacts a literary lion leaves behind? When writer Reynolds Price died last year, his brother and niece sorted his property which included real estate holdings, an art collection and extensive correspondences with Eudora Welty, William Styron, W. H. Auden and Toni Morrison among other luminaries. Bill and Memsy Price join host Frank Stasio to discuss Reynolds Price's estate and his posthumously published unfinished memoir, "Midstream" (Scribner/2012)

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State of Things
10:22 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Jeanne Jolly

www.jeannejolly.com

Fresh off of an international tour with Grammy-nominated duo The Foreign Exchange, vocalist Jeanne Jolly is hard at work on her full-length solo debut. The Raleigh native draws inspiration for her songs from the country music classics she grew up listening to, her hometown roots and the grief she’s experienced over losing her mother to cancer.

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State of Things
10:05 am
Wed June 27, 2012

The Theater of Politics

How much do politics and theater have in common? The stage has long been a place for social critique of political ideologies. And when a politician says something unexpected these days, we call it “going off-script,” reflecting the highly-produced quality of politics.

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State of Things
11:33 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Solve Locally

www.indyweek.com

The Independent Weekly recently launched a new series of crossword puzzles called Solve Locally. These are puzzles using local themes and constructed by people who live in the Triangle.

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State of Things
11:09 am
Tue June 26, 2012

So Bad It's Good

www.avgeeks.com

There are many lists of the best movies of all time. But there are also a few titles that come up again and again as the best worst movies.  Critics argue between “The Room,” “Troll 2,” and “Plan 9 from Outer Space,” but that doesn’t mean these so-called bad films don’t have huge fan followings.

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State of Things
10:57 am
Tue June 26, 2012

The Help America Vote Act

In 2002, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act to avoid the Florida controversy during the 2000 election. North Carolina had some $4 million in federal funds coming to it from the HAVA, but the state needed to provide an extra $600,000 in its own voting budget to release those funds. Last week, the House and Senate chose to hold back the $600,000.

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State of Things
9:49 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Meet Eric Wilson

www.wfu.edu/~wilsoneg

Eric Wilson is interested in visionaries like William Blake, the human obsession with calamity and romance literature. It’s a radical departure for the young man who grew up aspiring to become a pro quarterback during his childhood in Taylorsville, North Carolina.

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State of Things
9:12 am
Fri June 22, 2012

The Late Blooming Activist

Liz Seymour was in her 50s when she found herself divorced, living in a group house with her foster son and dumpster diving for food. She had left her comfortable, middle class existence willingly in order to find what she calls her "right-sized life." She became an anarchist and activist. Today she is the executive director of the Interactive Resource Center, Greensboro's only day center for people managing homelessness. Liz Seymour joins host Frank Stasio to discuss her journey from orderliness into happy chaos.

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State of Things
9:04 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Big Bang Boom!

Chuck Folds, Steve Willard and Eddie Walker had been playing in rock bands all over the Triad when they formed Big Bang Boom, a band that makes family music. The decision was organic; they were dads and wanted to make some music their kids and their wives could love.

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