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
12:44 pm
Fri May 6, 2011

Who Were The Mordecais?

Mordecai House; Raleigh, NC

Host Frank Stasio talks about the family's remarkable history with author Emily Bingham.

An 18th century home and several other historic buildings sit on a tract of land on Wake Forest Road in Raleigh known as Mordecai Historic Park. Neighbors of the property are atwitter about the city's plan to build an interpretive center at the site. At one time, the Mordecais owned one of the largest estates in Wake County and were among the area's most powerful families. They were also one of the few prominent Jewish families in central North Carolina during the 19th century. Host Frank Stasio talks about the family's remarkable history with author Emily Bingham, author of the book "Mordecai: An Early American Family" (Hill and Wang/2004).

The State of Things
12:40 pm
Fri May 6, 2011

Blues in the Night

Phil Wiggins

Host Frank Stasio talks with Wiggins and Scott Freck, the symphony's vice president for Artistic Operations and General Manager, about the program.

The North Carolina Symphony follows the path of our country's cultural development, from ragtime to blues to jazz to gospel, with a program titled "Blues In the Night.” Joining the symphony will be guest artists Phil Wiggins on harmonica and Corey Harris on guitar.

The State of Things
12:02 pm
Fri May 6, 2011

Birds & Arrows

Bill Hudson
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Andrea Connolly, Pete Connolly and Josh Starmer of Birds & Arrows join host Frank Stasio to play live and discuss their new album, ''We're Gonna Run.''

The Chapel Hill-based band Birds & Arrows has a new album that reflects the joy and sorrow of the band's past year. The honeymoon sweetness of their earlier work has been replaced with a maturity and depth appropriate for musicians whose lives and work are gaining seriousness and acclaim.

The State of Things
12:52 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

The Promised Land

Majora Carter

Majora Carter, host of public radio series ''The Promised Land'' joins host Frank Stasio to talk about leaders who are helping to rebuild the Gulf after Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill.

“The Promised Land” is a public radio series hosted by environmental justice advocate Majora Carter. The newest season of the show, entitled “Voices From the Gulf,” focuses on those rebuilding in the Gulf Coast region after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. Covering scientists, teachers, activists and other visionaries, Carter focuses on leaders who are truly changing their community for the better. She joins host Frank Stasio to talk about reconstructing the Gulf Coast and why people there are still hopeful about the future.

The State of Things
12:24 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

Saint John Paul II?

Pope John Paul II

Justin Catanoso joins host Frank Stasio to talk about discovering his cousin’s holy life, and the politics behind the possible canonization of John Paul II.

Earlier this week, Pope John Paul II was beatified in Rome, with 1.5 million people in attendance. Beatification is the penultimate step toward achieving sainthood in the Catholic Church. The process of canonization is something author Justin Catanoso came to understand while writing his book, “My Cousin, the Saint” (Harper Collins/2008).

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The State of Things
11:50 am
Wed May 4, 2011

Wither Local News?

Will local blogs like bullcityrising.com play a larger role in the future of news?
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Host Frank Stasio talks with Andy Bechtel, Fiona Morgan, and Kevin Davis.

For the first time in more than 90 years of awarding the top honors in journalism, the Pulitzer Prize jury decided not to hand out an award for breaking news this year. Experts say the jury's decision reflects a disconnect between traditional and new media. It's also a harbinger of a local news crisis.

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The State of Things
11:25 am
Wed May 4, 2011

Raleigh Ensemble Players

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Host Frank Stasio talks about the company’s success with REP Managing Director Gary Williams; actor and REP Board President Betsy Henderson; and actor Page Purgar.

Raleigh Ensemble Players has been presenting provocative theater in the capital city since 1982. Earlier this year, the company moved into a renovated theater space on Fayetteville Street, defying a recession that has plagued many arts organizations. REP’s first full-length production in the new facility will be "Distracted," a play about the challenges of dealing with Attention Deficit Disorder.

The State of Things
1:11 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

The America Play

''The America Play''

Director Donna Baldwin-Bradby and actors Darrell Hunt and Cassandra Williams join host Frank Stasio to talk about the play and the challenge of laying history to rest.

Before playwright Suzan-Lori Parks penned the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Top Dog/Underdog,” she wrote “The America Play.” The abstract narrative centers around a character called The Foundling Father, a grave digger who impersonates Abraham Lincoln in a novelty performance that allows people to act out the role of the President’s assassin. “The America Play” is currently in production at Greensboro’s Triad Stage UpStage Cabaret.

The State of Things
12:44 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

Mirror Image

''Mirror Image: Women Portraying Women'' at the NC Museum of Art

Host Frank Stasio talks to NC Museum of Art Curator Jennifer Dasal and artists Elin o'Hara Slavik and Susan Harbage Page.

The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh presents "Mirror Image: Women Portraying Women," the second exhibition in its North Carolina gallery. The thematic group show features work depicting women done by women artists who live in the state, but have national and international reputations.

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The State of Things
11:15 am
Mon May 2, 2011

Meet Rex Miller

Rex Miller

Rex Miller joins host Frank Stasio to talk about that project and other stories tennis has introduced him to.

Professional tennis players like to say that to master the game, you must first log no less than 10,000 hours on the court. Rex Miller crossed that threshold before the age of 10. Both of Miller’s parents were tennis players and they often brought him to the court as a child, first to observe, then to learn the game.

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