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
10:20 am
Thu January 19, 2012

The Future in Film and Literature

Book Cover of ''Metaplanetary'' by Tony Daniel

Futuristic films and literature of the 20th century imagined everything from space aliens to homicidal computers affecting - and sometimes eradicating - the human race. Although the reality of scientific and technological advancements is perhaps stranger than fiction, we can learn a lot about modern society by looking at how writers of the past viewed the future. Host Frank Stasio talks about conceptions of the future in literature and film, and our current understanding of science and space exploration with Devin Orgeron, associate professor in North Carolina State University’s film studies department; Tony Daniel, a science fiction writer and editor at Baen Books; Andre P. Mazzoleni, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University; Warren Jasper, professor in the college of textiles at North Carolina State University; and Brent Carter, a student in the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University.

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State of Things
11:23 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Occupy the Courts

The U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case turned corporations into people in the eyes of the law. A group called Move to Amend is trying to change all that. They are hosting an Occupy the Courts protest at local federal courthouses across the country to raise awareness of their proposed amendment in opposition of the Citizens United decision.

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State of Things
11:20 am
Wed January 18, 2012

State History and Mystery

Musician Tommy Edwards combines the rich folklore of North Carolina with bluegrass song traditions on his new album, "North Carolina: History, Mystery, Lore and More." His melodic narratives include the stories of a ghostly light traveling along train tracks in Brunswick County where a gruesome accident occurred, the barren spot of ground in Chatham County where the Devil allegedly paced, and Edwards sings the praises of barbecue.

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State of Things
10:49 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Les Enfants Terribles

The North Carolina Opera is celebrating composer Philip Glass' 75th birthday with a presentation of his opera, “Les Enfants Terribles.” The opera has the trademark hypnotic sound of Glass' music and features a tragic storyline involving a brother and sister whose obsession with each other ends in a deadly fashion.

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State of Things
11:51 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Durham's Newest Museum

museumofdurhamhistory.org
Credit museumofdurhamhistory.org

Why is Durham, NC called the City of Medicine? What’s the first publicly supported liberal arts college for African-Americans in the nation? What was the original name of Duke University? What did explorer John Lawson call Durham when he chronicled the region in 1701? The answers to these and other questions about the Bull City will all be answered by the proposed Museum of Durham History, which is one step closer to existence with the recent hire of co-directors. One of them, Katie Spencer, joins host Frank Stasio, along with Tom Krakauer, the past chairman of the museum’s board and the current CEO, to talk about the city's big plans to archive and exhibit its history.

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State of Things
11:43 am
Tue January 17, 2012

The Long Shadow of Argentina's Dirty War

Between 1976 and 1983 close to 30,000 Argentineans were kidnapped, tortured and murdered by their own government. The military dictatorship rounded up everyone with any possible connection to the left wing. Their plight came to international attention through the weekly demonstrations of a group of women known as “the mothers of the disappeared”. Charlie Tuggle is a professor of broadcast journalism at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been traveling to Argentina to teach every summer for many years, and in 2009 his two daughters, Brynne and Bethany, joined him there.

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State of Things
11:30 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Stitched

Feathers in the Wind quilt by Caryl Bryer Fallert
Credit Caryl Bryer Fallert

Quilting isn't exactly known for controversy, but in Jena Moreno's new documentary, "Stitched," she shows the fiery spark buried at the heart of the art. She follows three controversial quilters as they traverse the battlefield of the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, hoping to win Best in Show.

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State of Things
8:08 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Tour of Poverty

The United States is one of the richest countries in the world. It also has higher rates of poverty than any other advanced western nation. Some area organizations are taking a tour of the poorest areas in North Carolina to draw attention to the problem. It’s called the Truth and Hope Tour of Poverty in North Carolina.

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State of Things
8:04 am
Fri January 13, 2012

The Endangered Newt

Bryan Stuart
Credit naturalsciences.org

When Bryan Stuart discovered a new species of newt, he did what any self respecting scientist would do. He published the results in a scientific journal. He hoped his research would help with conservation efforts. Instead, it spurred the pet trade to exploit his newly-discovered newt and drive it to the brink of extinction.

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State of Things
7:59 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Mipso Trio

Mipso Trio
Credit www.mipsomusic.com

Mipso is a made-up word. If you ask the guys in the band Mipso Trio what it means they might answer with “What do you want it to mean?” When the three University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill juniors came up with the name for their bluegrass inspired band they were just trying to avoid being called anything involving mountains and boys — no grass mountain boys, or steep mountain boys… you get the idea. They take the stage at Cat’s Cradle tomorrow night but first Joseph Terrell on guitar, Jacob Sharp on mandolin and Wood Robinson on the stand up bass join host Frank Stasio in the studio for a live performance.

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