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
11:18 am
Thu September 22, 2011

The Nature of Consciousness

The nature of consciousness is hotly debated among philosophers, scientists and artists. We have thoughts, we feel, we remember the past and we anticipate the future. We think that is what it means to be conscious, but nobody can explain just exactly what that is or how it comes into being.

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State of Things
11:09 am
Wed September 21, 2011

The State of Working

High unemployment persists in North Carolina, more than two years after the official start of the economic recovery and many of those who are working are slipping into poverty, unable to work enough hours or earn an adequate wage.

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State of Things
11:57 am
Tue September 20, 2011

The Man Behind The Weather Channel

Given how often we turn to The Weather Channel to find out what to wear, when to wash our cars or whether we should be evacuating in the face of a hurricane, it's hard to believe there was a time when the idea seemed like a joke. But media mogul Frank Batten believed a 24-hour weather network could both save lives and make money. Host Frank Stasio talks with author Connie Sage about Batten's life and his achievements in a new book, "Frank Batten: The Untold Story of the Founder of the Weather Channel" (University of Virginia Press/2011).

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State of Things
11:50 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Blackbeard Rendered Musically

Deanna Rose
Credit www.markoconnor.com

Composer and violinist Mark O'Connor's newest piece of music recounts the story of the pirate Blackbeard's most famous conquest, the frigate Queen Anne's Revenge. O'Connor was commissioned to create a new overture for the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, which will debut the piece on Thursday as part of the 17 Days Festival.

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State of Things
11:46 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Growing Up Bernstein

Jamie Bernstein
Credit www.ncsymphony.org

Jamie Bernstein lived and breathed her father Leonard's music throughout her life. Now she is working to keep her father's legacy alive. This weekend, she comes to Raleigh to narrate a concert of Leonard Bernstein's Broadway hits, performed by the North Carolina Symphony.

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State of Things
11:16 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Meet Doug Rader

Doug Rader
Credit www.edf.org

Doug Rader's family has lived in North Carolina's mountains for centuries, but as a child it was the coast that fascinated him. As he combed the tidal swamps for wildlife, he knew he wanted to spend his life studying and protecting the state's aquatic ecosystems. Now he's chief oceans scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund, and he's gained a reputation for finding consensus among fishermen, environmentalists and regulators.

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State of Things
12:22 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

The ReUse Warehouse

Each day, building materials that could be recycled or reused are removed from homes and businesses and sent to the landfill. A new business in Durham called The ReUse Warehouse has begun collecting these products and reselling them at discounted prices. The warehouse is designed to divert materials from the landfill and give local families access to reasonably-priced building goods.

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State of Things
12:14 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Honoring Howlin' Wolf

Howlin' Wolf
Credit wikipedia.org

Sun Records founder Sam Phillips discovered music legends like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, but Phillips said the greatest talent he ever met was Chester Arthur Burnett, better known as Howlin’ Wolf. The University of North Carolina will honor the Delta Blues great with a symposium and tribute concert on Monday. The event includes a talk by music scholar Peter Guralnick, who had the opportunity to see Howlin’ Wolf in concert. Guralnick is also writing a book on Phillips. He joins host Frank Stasio to talk about how Wolf’s talent and Phillips’ business sense helped shape the blues sound in the 1950s and 1960s.

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State of Things
12:01 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Ruthie Foster

Ruthie Foster
Credit ruthiefoster.com

Grammy-nominated blues artist Ruthie Foster grew up on gospel music. Her family sang and performed religious tunes and touches of that tradition are found in Foster’s sound. But she is also heavily influenced by folk and that combination gives her blues an authentically soulful sound that earned her the title of Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year at the Blues Music Awards last year. Foster performs at North Carolina State University’s Stewart Theatre tonight at 8 p.m., but first she plays live in the studio and joins host Frank Stasio to talk about her path to discovering the blues.

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State of Things
10:57 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Raleigh Denim

Raleigh Denim
Credit eco-chick.com

When Victor and Sarah Lytvinenko started making jeans in their downtown Raleigh apartment four years ago, they had no way of knowing where their project would take them. They went from being denim makers with a small presence in North Carolina to high style designers with products being sold across the world.This weekend they will be at fashionSPARK, part of the SPARKcon festival in Raleigh.

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