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
11:23 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Switchpoint

www.switchpointideas.com

Many people across the world don't have access to basic health care, but more than 90 percent of the population gets a mobile phone signal. Josh Nesbit, CEO of Medic Mobile, took advantage of that fact.

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State of Things
11:20 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Carolina Wren Press

carolinawrenpress.org

In 1976 Judy Hogan was a poet, editor and young mother when she founded Carolina Wren Press in her Chapel Hill Apartment. At the time, she was dismayed at how difficult it was for women and poets of color to publish their work. So she took the extraordinary leap of starting a press.

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State of Things
11:11 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Barbara Ras

Poet Barbara Ras's work has been called, "morally serious, poetically authentic, and spiritually discerning" by no less of an authority than C.K. Williams. He chose her book as the winner of the prestigious Walt Whitman award for first books in

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State of Things
10:57 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Uprooted Innocence

http://afop.org/children-in-the-fields/

The United States has child labor laws to protect the safety of its children. However, these laws don't apply to the agriculture industry, where almost half a million children across the nation are employed.

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State of Things
10:46 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Nat Turner's Testimony

Author Sharon Ewell Foster has been on the program before to discuss the extensive research she did into a bloody slave rebellion led by Nat Turner in 1831. She pored over court documents that, in the end, contradicted much of what has been recorded about the revolt and

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State of Things
10:25 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Shades of Gray

Before September 11th, 2001, Andy Holloman owned a successful travel agency in the Triangle region of North Carolina. The murder of one of his clients, coupled with the collapse of his business, led him to

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State of Things
8:00 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Meet Jimmy Creech

Jimmy Creech had been an ordained United Methodist minister for 14 years before he came to understand the plight of homosexuals within his congregation. A parishioner, whom he calls Adam, came out to him in 1984, revealing the hurt and rejection he felt at the hands of a church that condemned him.

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State of Things
10:11 am
Fri April 6, 2012

NCCU Quiz Bowl

Photo by Milan Carter

Quiz bowl is a competition of knowledge. The players train with the devotion of athletes, but they answer questions, rather than make baskets or score touchdowns. The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is a quiz bowl circuit specifically for historically black colleges and universities, and North Carolina Central University has one of the best teams.

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State of Things
9:54 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Midtown Dickens

midtowndickens.com

Midtown Dickens' Kym Register and Catherine Edgerton have been friends since they were 16. They started making music together, even though they could barely play instruments at the time, and their first venues were living rooms, basements and parking decks.

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State of Things
10:40 am
Thu April 5, 2012

The Legacy of Joe Thompson

Fiddler Joe Thompson of Alamance County, NC
Credit http://www.ncarts.org/artist_page.cfm?ser=1255&num=755&

Joe Thompson was a legendary fiddler, teacher and cultural icon. He passed away earlier this year after bringing new life to old-time string band music for many decades.

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