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
10:45 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Accidental Birds of the Carolinas

marjoriehudson.com

Writer Marjorie Hudson is drawn to people who are lost, mostly because their journeys toward home fascinate her. She was lost herself once, living and working too hard in Washington D.C. When she came to visit a friend in the Triangle, she had a very visceral feeling of being found.

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State of Things
11:07 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Meet Joe Liles

joeliles.chunkyboy.com

On the Appalachian Trail, there’s a phenomenon that hikers call “trail magic.” It refers to acts of kindness and generosity that take place between strangers on the trail.

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State of Things
11:15 am
Fri May 4, 2012

In the Palms of Angels

press53.com

Terri Kirby Erickson's third volume of poetry, "In the Palms of Angels" (Press53/2011) won a 2012 Nautilus Silver Award for poetry. The national award is given for a book of poetry that “engenders compassion, wisdom, greater understanding, empathy, or passion through the artful use of language.”

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State of Things
11:00 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Devil Down Records

devildownrecords.com

Senior Reed Turchi is graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with something more than a degree. He’s leaving college with a business: a record label he built from the ground up as a sophomore in college.

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State of Things
10:45 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Channing & Quinn

channingandquinn.com

The indie folk duo Channing and Quinn got its start in an incubator for budding musicians: the theater.  The two met in Blowing Rock and began writing music as their partnership started to click. They are now based in Nashville and have recently released their debut album called "Underneath This Big Striped Tent." T

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State of Things
10:14 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Clayton Patchwork

Public art brings people together and creates community conversations. When town leaders in Clayton, North Carolina set out to launch their public arts program, they enlisted the help of an outsider named Jody Servon. Servon was hired to consult on how to make a sustainable public arts program and she took her role a step further by making a documentary about Clayton’s efforts to create a vibrant public art scene.

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State of Things
10:04 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Understanding Failure

hup.harvard.edu

Duke University professor Henry Petroski is fascinated by disasters. He believes tragedies can also serve as valuable learning experiences. In his new book, "To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure" (Belknap Press/2012),

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State of Things
10:33 am
Wed May 2, 2012

The Asheville Evidence Room

When guns, drugs and cash went missing from the Asheville Police Department's evidence room last year, the city council wanted to get to the bottom of it. They allocated money for an audit, which was completed about three months ago. It still hasn't been released. Freelance reporter Jon Elliston has been following this story for the Carolina Public Press. Host Frank Stasio talks to him about the case.

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State of Things
10:22 am
Wed May 2, 2012

E-book Price Fixing

The Department of Justice has brought suit against Apple and five major book publishers, claiming they colluded to fix the prices of e-books. The result of this suit could determine how much customers end up paying for their digital literature. Host Frank Stasio talks about the future of e-books with Jim Minz, senior editor and director of subsidiary rights at Baen Publishing in Wake Forest, and Barak Richman, law professor at Duke Law School.

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State of Things
10:09 am
Wed May 2, 2012

An Energy Efficient Eyesore

www.cfadnc.org

The American Institute of Architects Center for Architecture and Design in downtown Raleigh is like nothing the capital has ever seen. It eschews traditional building styles in favor of a more environmentally friendly construction that has left some in awe and others confused.

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