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
8:08 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Tour of Poverty

The United States is one of the richest countries in the world. It also has higher rates of poverty than any other advanced western nation. Some area organizations are taking a tour of the poorest areas in North Carolina to draw attention to the problem. It’s called the Truth and Hope Tour of Poverty in North Carolina.

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State of Things
8:04 am
Fri January 13, 2012

The Endangered Newt

Bryan Stuart
Credit naturalsciences.org

When Bryan Stuart discovered a new species of newt, he did what any self respecting scientist would do. He published the results in a scientific journal. He hoped his research would help with conservation efforts. Instead, it spurred the pet trade to exploit his newly-discovered newt and drive it to the brink of extinction.

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State of Things
7:59 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Mipso Trio

Mipso Trio
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Mipso is a made-up word. If you ask the guys in the band Mipso Trio what it means they might answer with “What do you want it to mean?” When the three University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill juniors came up with the name for their bluegrass inspired band they were just trying to avoid being called anything involving mountains and boys — no grass mountain boys, or steep mountain boys… you get the idea. They take the stage at Cat’s Cradle tomorrow night but first Joseph Terrell on guitar, Jacob Sharp on mandolin and Wood Robinson on the stand up bass join host Frank Stasio in the studio for a live performance.

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State of Things
9:26 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Fracking Music

Mark Little, known in the world of music as MGL, will present a new sound composition inspired by the Ackland Museum's new exhibition, "The Spectacular of Vernacular." In keeping with the spirit of the collection, this new work seeks to make art out of the mundane.

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State of Things
9:17 am
Thu January 12, 2012

The Woman in the Mirror

Cynthia Bulik
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As a seasoned researcher, the author of two previous books on eating disorders and the director of the University of North Carolina’s Eating Disorders Program, Cynthia Bulik was deeply familiar with the psychology of women between adolescence and menopause. Those are her patients as well as the subjects of her writing. But two encounters in locker rooms led her to worry about girls and older women. She was with some 6- to 8-year-old girls while they were changing to go swimming and she heard them complain about their bellies and being fat. Then she was with some women in their 70s and 80s in the locker room of a retirement facility and those women were also complaining about being fat and considering plastic surgery. And Cynthia realized that body image issues plague women from the cradle to grave. Her new book is an attempt to address this affliction. It's called,“The Woman in the Mirror: How to Stop Confusing What You Look Like With Who You Are” (Walker & Company/2011).

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State of Things
9:57 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Free speech and license plates

At the end of November, a federal court in North Carolina granted an injunction against license plates with a choose life message. The state’s General Assembly approved the plate, but they denied opponents’ requests for a plate with a pro-choice message. The court ruled that the state couldn’t grant one without the other. It went against the rights of private speech, the court said.

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State of Things
9:53 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Wine to Water

Wine to Water
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Raleigh bartender Doc Hendley woke one morning with a weird phrase lodged in his head. He scrambled for the pad he keeps by his bed and he wrote down the words “Wine to water.” He didn’t know what they meant then. But soon, he would turn those words into an organization that would help thirsty people around the world. Wine to Water is a non-profit that helps people in 12 different countries get access to clean drinking water.

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State of Things
9:44 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Love and Superheroes

Burn Baby Burn
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James Maxey writes fantasy novels. You’re more likely to encounter magic and dragons in his books than the harsh reality of fatal illness. But when the woman he loved was diagnosed and died of cancer, James found a way to memorialize his struggle in writing. The result was his new e-book called “Burn Baby Burn” (2012). It is available already, but James has another novel called “Greatshadow” (Solaris/2012) coming out this month.

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State of Things
9:05 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Pity the Billionaire

Pity the Billionaire
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Best selling writer Thomas Frank has a new book out that talks about how conservative politicians rewrote the script for the economic collapse of 2008 and turned it to their advantage. In “Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right” (Metropolitan Books/2012), Frank takes us through the great recession that began at the end of President George W. Bush’s second term as president. Frank says the recession was the result of failed faith in the free market, and that by all rights, the public should have turned against Wall Street and looked to government for better regulation. Instead, Republicans hijacked the conversation and shifted the blame for the economy onto government.

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State of Things
8:49 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Midnight Session

Laura Leslie
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The North Carolina House made an unprecedented move last Thursday when it held a special 12:45 a.m. session to vote on a veto by Governor Bev Perdue. The legislature was scheduled to vote on Perdue’s veto of the Racial Justice Act only. Instead, the GOP also scheduled a vote on a veto of legislation that would prevent the North Carolina Association of Educators from collecting automatic payroll dues from teachers. The vote passed during the surprise session. Critics of the move are calling it unconstitutional. Host Frank Stasio talks to WRAL-TV Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie about the unprecedented move.

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