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
8:00 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Peter Lamb & the Wolves

Saxophonist Peter Lamb had little choice but to like jazz. He grew up in a household where jazz records substituted for TV as entertainment. Over the years, he’s played and recorded with musicians like Ben Folds and with bands like The Fleshtones and now Lamb is the bandleader on his own project for the first time. He brings his swinging, jazz influenced sound to the studio to play live for host Frank Stasio and talk about assembling his quintet called Peter Lamb and the Wolves.

State of Things
8:00 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Season 1, Ep 7: Jade City Pharaoh - Ibrahim & the Real Americans

''Why go where people don't want you?''

The construction of an Islamic cultural center in one of Jade City’s least tolerant neighborhoods fuels hostility against the city’s Muslim community. Can superhero Herald MF Jones prevent anger from escalating into violence?

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State of Things
8:00 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Fringe-ology

Credit www.stevevolk.comWhen journalist Steve Volk was a kid, something strange happened to him and his family.Edit | Remove

When journalist Steve Volk was a kid, something strange happened to him and his family. It seemed like a scene from the movie "Poltergeist," and to this day he isn't quite sure how to explain it. But questions about that experience led Volk to explore all kinds of strange phenomena, including lucid dreaming, remote viewing and UFOs. He collects his findings in his new book, "Fringe-ology: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable – And Couldn't" (HarperOne/2011).

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State of Things
9:55 am
Wed February 8, 2012

The Festival of the Black Christ

Every October, tens of thousands of people make a pilgrimage to Portobelo, a quiet fishing town in Panama’s Colon Province, to visit El Cristo Negro – the Black Christ.

Every October, tens of thousands of people make a pilgrimage to Portobelo, a quiet fishing town in Panama’s Colon Province, to visit El Cristo Negro – the Black Christ. It’s a life-sized figure of Jesus carved from dark mahogany. That powerful symbol, which has been in Portobelo since the 17th century, represents both the proud spirit and spiritual identity of this unique Central American community. Host Frank Stasio talks about the people of Portobelo, the Black Christ figure and the annual festival that celebrates it with Renee Alexander Craft, a writer and assistant professor of communication studies and global studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

This show originally aired on October 20, 2011. For a link to the audio, click here.

State of Things
10:29 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Viet Nam's Haunting Legacy

Haunting Legacy: Viet Nam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama

George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were born in the same year and came of age during the Viet Nam War. They took different roads to avoid fighting in the conflict, but that didn't hurt their presidential campaigns or their ability to lead. Every U.S. president since Nixon has been affected by the American involvement in Viet Nam. Legendary journalist Marvin Kalb and his daughter, Deborah Kalb, examine the relationship between the war and the American presidency in their new book, "Haunting Legacy: Viet Nam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama" (Brookings Institution Press/2011). The Kalbs join host Frank Stasio to discuss why the legacy of the Viet Nam War endures and what it means for the current war in Afghanistan.

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State of Things
11:13 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Meet Lauren Winner

Lauren Winner
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In 2002, theologian and writer Lauren Winner was feeling blessed to have found what felt like faith’s perfect fit in Christianity. She converted from Judaism and wrote about her spiritual transition in the best-selling memoir “Girl Meets God.” Two years after that book was published, Winner lost her mother to cancer. A few years later, she lost her marriage. She was in fear of losing her faith when she rediscovered her belief in God through civic engagement and community service. Winner’s new book, “Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis” (HarperCollins/2012) is a reflection on that difficult period in her life and an exploration on how to be an engaged Christian in times of personal crisis.

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State of Things
11:33 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Carolina Valentine

Jeffrey Beam is a well known poet around the Triangle and for 35 years he was a librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Credit Bernard Thomas

Jeffrey Beam is a well known poet around the Triangle and for 35 years he was a librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His love for the people of that institution and its campus is reflected in his work. Beam retired from the university in November. On Thursday, February 9th, he will give a special reading called “Carolina Valentine” at Historic Playmakers Theater on the campus of UNC.

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State of Things
11:14 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Cymbeline

''Cymbeline'' is unanimously considered Shakespeare’s most difficult play to stage.

“Cymbeline” is unanimously considered Shakespeare’s most difficult play to stage. That might be because it’s incredibly hard to follow on the page, even with the help of color-coded flow charts. The play includes a war, a decapitated head, poison, mistaken identity, the appearance of a Roman god and an ending scene with 17 revelations in a row. The Fiasco Theater Company of New York has fearlessly staged “Cymbeline” to rave reviews. The six-member ensemble brings their production to the campus of Duke University this weekend.

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State of Things
11:01 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Sea Cow

Sea Cow

The Durham-based band Sea Cow describes their sound as, “rocked out pop” or “pop with an edge.” They say they love to harmonize vocally. They love loud guitars. And, according to them, “their songs tend to have a sardonic, occasionally humorous touch, mixed with neurosis and self loathing.”

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State of Things
11:24 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Prophets of Funk

Prophets of Funk

Choreographer David Dorfman had never seen anything like Sly & the Family Stone when he attended the band’s concert as a college freshman in 1973. The psychedelic funk/soul group with hits like “Everyday People” and “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” was the first commercially successful American rock band to be both racially and gender integrated. This weekend, Dorfman’s company will perform “Prophets of Funk,” a dance homage to the music of Sly & the Family Stone, at Stewart Theater at North Carolina State University. First, Dorfman joins host Frank Stasio to talk about being inspired to “Dance to the Music.”

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