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
11:51 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Durham's Newest Museum

museumofdurhamhistory.org
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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
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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
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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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State of Things
9:26 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Fracking Music

Mark Little, known in the world of music as MGL, will present a new sound composition inspired by the Ackland Museum's new exhibition, "The Spectacular of Vernacular." In keeping with the spirit of the collection, this new work seeks to make art out of the mundane.

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State of Things
9:17 am
Thu January 12, 2012

The Woman in the Mirror

Cynthia Bulik
Credit www.med.unc.edu

As a seasoned researcher, the author of two previous books on eating disorders and the director of the University of North Carolina’s Eating Disorders Program, Cynthia Bulik was deeply familiar with the psychology of women between adolescence and menopause. Those are her patients as well as the subjects of her writing. But two encounters in locker rooms led her to worry about girls and older women. She was with some 6- to 8-year-old girls while they were changing to go swimming and she heard them complain about their bellies and being fat. Then she was with some women in their 70s and 80s in the locker room of a retirement facility and those women were also complaining about being fat and considering plastic surgery. And Cynthia realized that body image issues plague women from the cradle to grave. Her new book is an attempt to address this affliction. It's called,“The Woman in the Mirror: How to Stop Confusing What You Look Like With Who You Are” (Walker & Company/2011).

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State of Things
9:57 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Free speech and license plates

At the end of November, a federal court in North Carolina granted an injunction against license plates with a choose life message. The state’s General Assembly approved the plate, but they denied opponents’ requests for a plate with a pro-choice message. The court ruled that the state couldn’t grant one without the other. It went against the rights of private speech, the court said.

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State of Things
9:53 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Wine to Water

Wine to Water
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Raleigh bartender Doc Hendley woke one morning with a weird phrase lodged in his head. He scrambled for the pad he keeps by his bed and he wrote down the words “Wine to water.” He didn’t know what they meant then. But soon, he would turn those words into an organization that would help thirsty people around the world. Wine to Water is a non-profit that helps people in 12 different countries get access to clean drinking water.

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