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
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.

The State of Things
12:39 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Portraits of Revolutions

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Host Frank Stasio talks with two members of the Sacrificial Poets

The Sacrificial Poets are a local slam poetry team known for powerful spoken word performances that address important social issues like race and politics. The team believes that art creates change by making statements and asking questions. Later this month, The Sacrificial Poets will travel to Tunisia and Egypt to gather stories from people who witnessed North Africa’s political revolutions firsthand and bring those oral histories home to North Carolina.

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

A Lost Jazz Legend Remembered

Film poster ''Talmage Farlow'' by Lorenzo DeStefano
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Host Frank Stasio talks with filmmaker Lorenzo DeStefano about the film he made of Farlow's life, and with Farlow's widow Michele Hyk Farlow in advance of what would have been the musician's 90th birthday.

In his heyday in the 1940s and '50s, jazz guitarist Greensboro native Tal Farlow wowed the Down Beat crowd, playing with Charles Mingus, Red Norvo and the like. His large hands and his intrinsic sense of harmony distinguished him from his contemporaries. Farlow walked away from the jazz scene in the late 1950s, but he never let go of his love for the music.

The State of Things
12:17 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

Water with Gas

Image from the film ''Gasland''

Rob Jackson joins host Frank Stasio to talk about the fracking boom and the potential health hazards.

Drilling for natural gas contained inside of a sedimentary rock called shale has taken off in recent years in some states. But a team of environmental scientists at Duke University recently released a report to illustrate how that process can contaminate groundwater supplies with methane. Their research is calling more public attention to the shale gas drilling process, known as hydraulic fracturing or "fracking."

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

TEDx

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Frank Stasio to talks with his guests about their innovative work and TEDx.

Jon Gosier and Jonathan Kuniholm don’t seem to have much in common at first glance. One built a company that helps East Africa's budding software entrepreneurs, and the other created an open-source prosthetics nonprofit. But both are speaking at Chapel Hill's TEDx event tomorrow at the Varsity Theater. Gosier and Kuniholm are part of a panel called "Global Health: What's Technology Got to Do with It?" They join host Frank Stasio to talk about their innovative work and TEDx.

The State of Things
11:58 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Private Bodies, Public Texts

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Host Frank Stasio will talk to Holloway, professor of law and a professor of English at Duke University, about her new book.

We think of our bodies as being our own private property, but in reality, that privacy is often violated. According to Duke University professor Karla Holloway, it is often women and African-Americans who suffer from that violation. In her new book, “Private Bodies, Public Texts: Race, Gender, and a Cultural Bioethics" (Duke University Press/2011), she uses case studies to explore the ways in which the law and medicine have overlooked rights of personal privacy.

The State of Things
11:41 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Wake Up, The Recession Is Over

Host Frank Stasio talks with Mark Vitner, David Zonderman, Alan Wolf, and Erika Bell.

Economists say that the current recession ended two years ago, in June of 2009, but what about those soaring unemployment rates, the stagnant housing market and the growing divide between rich and poor? If this is the recovery, are we in bigger trouble than we thought? Host Frank Stasio talks with Mark Vitner, managing director and senior economist at Wells Fargo in Charlotte; David Zonderman, professor of American labor history at North Carolina State University; Alan Wolf, assistant business editor of The News & Observer in Raleigh; and Erika Bell, vice president of Strategy and Services at the Latino Credit Union in Durham. Listener call-in.

The State of Things
12:20 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

National Black Heritage Swim Meet

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Host Frank Stasio talks about it with Lisa Webb and Tom Hazelett.

Go to a competitive swim meet and you are likely to encounter a sea of white faces. Minorities are notoriously underrepresented in the sport.

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The State of Things
12:12 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

NC Literary Lights: Ron Rash

Ron Rash
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Host Frank Stasio will talk with Ron Rash, professor of Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University, about his work and growing acclaim.

Most of the works of writer Ron Rash begin life as single images — ones that live in his head. His first novel, “One Foot in Eden” (Picador/2003), started as a snapshot of a farmer standing in a field with his crops dying all around him. His second novel, “Saints at the River” (Picador/2005), originated as a vision of a child looking up through water.

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Brenda Linton & The Kinglets

Brenda Linton and her band, the Kinglets, join host Frank Stasio to talk about the project and play live in the studio.

Brenda Linton began singing as a child at Catholic school musicals. When she was eight, she was introduced to the piano and classical music. Over the years, this childhood love of song would carry her into the realm of folk music. In 2005, Linton released her first CD, “The Secret,” an album about loss inspired by the grief she experienced after the death of her mother.

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