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
8:00 am
Wed December 28, 2011

Lindsay's Favorites 2011

LFT rocking the mic at karaoke night

This year, the story of Biscuitville, a pair of baseball players and a Grammy-nominated band made the short list of “The State of Things” Managing Editor Lindsay Foster Thomas’ favorite segments of 2011. She joins host Frank Stasio to talk about why she especially loves fast food in North Carolina, athletes who also write books and The Foreign Exchange – the group that will go down in history for telling Stasio he has “swag.”

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State of Things
8:00 am
Tue December 27, 2011

Alex's Favorites 2011

Alex and his new fiancé, Mandy

Producer Alex Granados joined the State of Things in July 2010 and brought his own particular brand of weirdness to the show, reflected in his favorite segments from the past year. He joins host Frank Stasio to review his favorites, including a look back at the madness of "Weird Al" Yankovic, the elusive nature of consciousness and the bizarre beauty of a ska version of the KISS song "Love Gun."

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State of Things
8:00 am
Mon December 26, 2011

Susan's Favorites 2011

Susan and her silly son, Milo

There's nothing better than the end of the year "The State of Things" staff favorites week. Senior Producer Susan Davis kicks it off again for 2011 with moments from a conversation about the wildlife of our bodies with North Carolina State University biologist Rob Dunn. Davis also enjoyed a discussion about Alzheimer's disease and how writers are treating it in a show about the literature of forgetting. Author and marketing expert Steve Stoute talks about race relations and what he calls "the tanning of America." Also, Southern Culture on the Skids plays some spooky Halloween music…plus, there's a quick appearance by the Jade City Pharaoh.

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State of Things
10:34 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Season 1, Ep 4: Jade City Pharaoh - A Jade City Christmas

What's got our hero so down?

Even Jade City turns into a holly jolly place in the days leading up to Christmas. The Beef Cooka is quiet and Herald’s best friend, Supreme Intellect, is throwing the neighborhood’s hottest holiday party, but our superhero can’t bring himself to enjoy this time of year. Maybe a visit to his dear Aunt Margaret’s house will lift his spirits…

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State of Things
8:00 am
Thu December 22, 2011

The Newtonanny By Lindsay Thomas

Rebecca Newton
Credit www.hitones.com

Singer Rebecca Newton has been performing as the front woman of Durham-based band Rebecca & the Hi-Tones for more than 30 years. The band is made up of her high school pals. But around the holidays, Newton likes to be surrounded by friends and family so she’s performing a special Christmas concert called The Newtonanny. The show will bring Newton to the stage with her daughters, grandchildren and local musical luminaries. It takes place tonight at the Blue Note, but first Newton joins host Frank Stasio with a preview of her performance.

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State of Things
9:49 am
Wed December 21, 2011

Remembering Those We Lost

Join host Frank Stasio for a look back over the past year to remember the lives of eight North Carolinians who died in 2011. Each person made a difference in the political and cultural life of the state. The commemoration includes the stories of writers, musicians, sports figures and more.

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State of Things
12:08 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Update from Cairo

thecairohouse.com
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When host Frank Stasio last spoke with Chapel Hill-based novelist Samia Serageldin, she was just back from her native Egypt. She talked about the hope and enthusiasm sweeping through Egypt as the demonstrations in Tahrir Square brought down Hosni Mubarak's government. Serageldin has since returned to Cairo and she joins the program again today to look back on the Arab Spring and look forward to the final round of Egyptian elections.

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State of Things
12:00 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

The Rise of ACC Basketball

ACC Basketball: The Story of the Rivalries, Traditions and Scandals of the First Two Decades of the Atlantic Coast Conference
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It may come as a surprise to modern fans of the Atlantic Coast Conference, but the organization that gave rise to Michael Jordan and Mike Krzyzewski started life with a football agenda. Historian J. Samuel Walker chronicles the formative two decades of the conference in his new book "ACC Basketball: The Story of the Rivalries, Traditions and Scandals of the First Two Decades of the Atlantic Coast Conference" (UNC Press/2011).

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State of Things
10:18 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Meet Barry Saunders

Barry Saunders
Credit www.newsobserver.com

Barry Saunders has written polarizing columns at the News & Observer since he started there in 1993. He is considered both the most loved and hated columnist the newspaper has, but his journey to newspapers wasn't a straight one. He originally wanted to be a basketball player, and then a preacher before he settled on becoming a writer. A missed encounter with sports legend Dean Smith and early exposure to journalist Chuck Stone shaped the path Saunders followed throughout his life.

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State of Things
10:09 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Remote Control Bugs

A remote control moth
Credit www.insectcyborgs.com

Imagine grabbing a remote control and steering your very own moth around the room. It sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but it's close to becoming reality. An engineer at North Carolina State University found a way to implant electronics into insects and control them using electrical impulses.

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