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
10:11 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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State of Things
8:00 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Documenting Women's History in the South

Contraception, access to health care and representation in Congress are issues that motivated feminist activists in the early 1960s and, if Rush Limbaugh's recent time in the headlines is any indication, those issues persist. Women have been effecting social and political change across the South for more than a century, but, if you read the history of the women's movement in America, you'd think all of the action happened in the Northeast.

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State of Things
9:49 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Full Frame

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival kicks off Thursday, April 12. Out of 1,200 films submitted in the New Docs category, only 60 were chosen for viewing.

One of them, “CatCam,” is a short film by first- time director Seth Keal. It’s the only movie at Full Frame this year that has the distinction of having sizable chunks of it shot by a cat. Host Frank Stasio talks to director Seth Keal about “CatCam” and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

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State of Things
9:48 am
Tue April 3, 2012

The New Republic

Photo By Jerry Bauer

Lionel Shriver’s latest novel “The New Republic” (Harper/2012) tackles terrorism, journalism and the codependent relationship between the two.

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State of Things
9:42 am
Tue April 3, 2012

The Forest Unseen

David Haskell was inspired by the mandalas of Tibetan Buddhism to seek personal meditation out in nature. He sought out a one-square-meter plot of land in a Tennessee old-growth forest and observed it for a year.

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State of Things
9:32 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Meet Susan King

jomc.unc.edu

Susan King thought she would spend her whole life in journalism. She did stints in local and national television news, as well as guest hosting gigs in public radio. But she eventually left journalism to join the government, and later switched careers again when

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State of Things
8:59 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Technicolor Muslimah

artbysaba.jimdo.com

Saba Barnard is a Muslim-American artist who is pushing back against the common, one-note portrays of Muslims in mainstream art and media.

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State of Things
8:54 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Too Black, Too Fast

ww2.tnstate.edu

Horse racing is big business, but it's not a sport known for its racial diversity. However, if you look back before the 20th century, black jockeys dominated the sport. A new multimedia project called, "Too Black Too Fast," documents the contributions of African-Americans to horse racing. Host Frank Stasio discusses this forgotten history with project creator Michael McBride, an artist and instructor of art at Tennessee State University.

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