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
12:49 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Mental Health Disorder

Host Frank Stasio will talk about housing for the mentally ill.

Mentally ill residents in North Carolina don't have a lot of housing options if they can't make it on their own. There is a good chance they will end up in an adult care home. These facilities are usually reserved for the elderly, and they don’t offer mentally ill residents much in the way of services or rehabilitation. The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating North Carolina to see if its reliance on adult care homes violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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The State of Things
12:42 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

The Year of Magical Thinking

When Joan Didion suddenly lost her husband in 2003, she chronicled the experience in her memoir "The Year of Magical Thinking." Before the book was even published, her daughter, Quintana, died. In Didion's adapted play, "The Year of Magcial Thinking," she takes the audience on a journey through her sometimes surreal grieving process. Chapel Hill’s PlayMakers Repertory Company is staging the production from April 27th -May 1st.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Meet Lou Lipsitz

Lou Lipsitz
Credit www.loulipsitz.com

Lipsitz joins host Frank Stasio for National Poetry Month to talk about the connection between poetry and therapy.

Lou Lipsitz spent 30 years as a professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and several more as a psychotherapist. Lipsitz is also a poet, often combining the art of teaching and counseling with his writing. His new collection of poems is called “if this world falls apart” (Lynx House Press/2011).

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The State of Things
1:40 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

Remembering Chris Hondros

Chris Hondros
Credit www.chrishondros.com

Host Frank Stasio will talk with Amber Nimocks and JD Pooley, two friends and former colleagues of Hondros’.

Photojournalist Chris Hondros was killed in Libya on Wednesday along with Tim Hetherington, the Oscar-nominated director of the war documentary "Restrepo." Hondros grew up in Fayetteville, graduated from North Carolina State University and worked for a time at the Fayetteville Observer. After Hondros left North Carolina, he became an acclaimed war photographer, winning numerous awards and becoming a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2004.

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The State of Things
1:36 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

The Watery Part Of The World

Book cover, ''The Watery Part of the World''

Parker joins host Frank Stasio to talk about creating a work of historical fiction and why island folk are the best secret keepers.

Aaron Burr, Vice President for Thomas Jefferson’s cabinet, fathered only one child that survived past infancy. Her name was Theodosia Burr Alston, a well-educated and accomplished woman who was highly respected in her time. In the winter of 1812, Theodosia mysteriously disappeared on a ship voyage from South Carolina to New York.

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The State of Things
1:29 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

Humble Tripe

Shawn Luby of Humble Tripe

Band members Shawn Luby, Jess Shell, and Stud Green join host Frank Stasio in the studio.

Durham-based band Humble Tripe is the musical project of Shawn Luby. After years spent playing classical guitar in competitions, Luby retired from the world of music at the age of 20. He moved from Kansas to North Carolina, working first at a nonprofit, then as a clinical lab scientist. Once he entered his 30s, his desire to play music returned and he formed Humble Tripe with his friends.

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The State of Things
12:22 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

Cooking In The Moment

Andrea Reusing - ''Cooking in the Moment''

Reusing joins host Frank Stasio to discuss her new book.

Andrea Reusing's Chapel Hill restaurant Lantern is loved and respected by sophisticated foodies from around the world. So it's a bit of a surprise that her first cookbook is not full of recipes from Lantern’s menu. Instead, the book is a seasonal guide to a year's worth of unintimidating, easy-to-shop for, easy-to-make, fresh, local meals.

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

The Music Of Wade Mainer

Wade Mainer

Wade Mainer, a banjo master and bluegrass legend, turns 104 today. Host Frank Stasio celebrates Mainer's life and legacy with Dick Spotswood, Sarah Bryan, and David Holt.

Just about every bluegrass musician has been directly or indirectly influenced by Wade Mainer. Mainer, a master of the banjo, taught himself to play his instrument of choice as a child and developed an innovative two-finger picking style. That style, combined with Mainer’s strong vocals earned him popularity as a performer and recording artist in the 1930s and 1940s.

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The State of Things
12:40 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

A Vanishing Dialect

Host Frank Stasio will talk to Wolfram about its origins and decline.

North Carolina is home to a variety of interesting dialects, but none is quite so unique as the one found along the Outer Banks. Sometimes called the Ocracoke Brogue, the dialect is often mistaken for British, and it is rapidly declining as tourism inundates the area with a more diverse array of speakers. Walt Wolfram, North Carolina State University English professor and Director of the North Carolina Language and Life Project, has been studying the Outer Banks dialect for almost 20 years.

The State of Things
12:34 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

The State Of Water

Book cover, ''The Big Thirst''

Fishman joins host Frank Stasio to discuss what he believes to be the beginning of a worldwide water revolution.

North Carolinians are no strangers to drought but there are many other factors that lead to water insecurity. Water pollution, contamination, rainfall levels and population growth all dictate the amount of water that is available to a community. Charles Fishman, author of the new book, “The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water” (Free Press/2011), says we should be prepared for the day when water will no longer be inclusively cheap, clean and plentiful.

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