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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The State of Things
12:12 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

The Power of History

Eric Muller
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Erik Muller wanted to examine the power of place and whether it can transform the ethical decisions you make in your every day job. He recently traveled with a group of students to Auschwitz and other historic sites in Germany in pursuit of the answer.

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Thu June 9, 2011

American Dance Festival

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Every summer, over 300 professional dancers, choreographers and dance students flock to Durham. They come for the American Dance Festival. It’s a summer school and a series of world-class performances open to the public. This summer's theme is "Something New, Something Treasured" and features the work of established choreographers like Bill T. Jones and Paul Taylor, as well as emerging talents like Rosie Herrera. The festival starts June 9 and runs through July 23.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

"It Happened on the Way to War"

Rye Barcott
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Host Frank Stasio talks to Rye Barcott about his work in Kibera and his new memoir.

When most college students were probably enjoying summer vacation, Rye Barcott was hanging out in a Kenyan slum. In the summer of 2000, while still a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Rye went to Kibera. The slum is small, about the size of Central Park in New York City. But within it more than a million people live in squalid, desperate conditions.

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The State of Things
11:50 am
Wed June 8, 2011

The Role Of Women Activists

Nonviolent political action had a long and successful history in the 20th Century. When people look back on the great activist leaders, names like Martin Luther King Jr. or Gandhi may come to mind, but the women who were essential to the civil rights, peace and other movements are often overlooked.

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The State of Things
12:47 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

Found Footage Festival

Nick Prueher was bored working at McDonald's the day he discovered one of his life-long passions. He found a hilarious training video for McDonald's janitors, watched it and was hooked. He would spend years collecting all the weird videos he could find, until in 2004, he and his friend Joe Pickett decided to have a festival. The Found Footage Festival has been going strong ever since. It's coming to the Rialto Theatre in Raleigh June 8 at 8 p.m.

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

Restorative Justice Conference

Therese Bartholomew, director of documentary film ''The Final Gift''

Host Frank Stasio talks about restorative justice with Therese Bartholomew Howard Zehr, and Amy Elliott,

Restorative justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes healing rather than punishing. The idea is to repair the harm for everyone involved: the victims, the offenders, and the community. The Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh plays host to the third annual National Conference on Restorative Justice June 8-10 at the Sheraton Hotel in Raleigh. Host Frank Stasio talks about restorative justice with Therese Bartholomew, producer and director of “The Final Gift,” a film about her brother’s murder and her attempt to reconcile with his killer; Howard Zehr, professor of restorative justice at Eastern Mennonite University, and Amy Elliott, co-founder of the Restorative Justice Project in Durham.

The State of Things
11:37 am
Mon June 6, 2011

Meet Dr. Jeffrey Brantley

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Host Frank Stasio talks with Dr. Brantley about his life and work.

The key to greater peace and health is as simple as "mindfulness" - the act of paying attention on purpose. However, practicing mindfulness isn't as simple or as easy as it sounds. Dr. Jeffrey Brantley helps patients find their way to mindful living and a stronger connection between their minds and their bodies.

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The State of Things
12:06 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

Beaver Queen Pageant

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Host Frank Stasio talks to last year's Beaver Queen Virginia Bridges; and Marty Jarrell, co-founder of the pageant.

The Beaver Queen Pageant is a mix of costumes, excess and shady dealings. It boasts participants with names like Scarlett O'Beavah and Cherry Cherry Bang Bang DaBeava. Saturday is the 7th Annual Beaver Queen Pageant, and it's all for a good cause: raising money for the Durham-based Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association.

The State of Things
11:54 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Exposure: A Novel By Therese Fowler

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Host Frank Stasio talks to Wake Forest novelist Therese Fowler about "Exposure" and dealing with the aftermath of her son's ''sexting'' experience.

Therese Fowler’s new novel “Exposure” (Ballantine Books/2011) is a Romeo-and-Juliet story with a modern twist. Eighteen-year-old Anthony is involved in a secret relationship with 17-year-old Amelia. When Amelia’s father finds naked photos of Anthony on his daughter’s computer, the boy faces potentially devastating legal consequences. The plot is one that mirrors real life. Fowler's son was arrested for sending nude photos to his girlfriend when he was 19.

The State of Things
11:41 am
Fri June 3, 2011

The Radials

The Radials
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Host Frank Stasio will talk to The Radials about their new EP "Five More Miles."

Archeologist Shawn Patch loves his job. But sometimes, he needs an outlet for the music he hears in his head. He put together an acoustic duo a few years ago, and then started adding musicians. That duo has now grown to a full-fledged Americana band called The Radials. They’ll be at the Broad Street Cafe in Durham tomorrow. Doors open at 5 p.m.

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