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
10:49 am
Thu March 3, 2011

The Legacy Of Bob Sheldon

The Internationalist

Several friends of Sheldon's join host Frank Stasio to talk about his legacy, consider the legacy of The Internationalist and to remind us of what Chapel Hill used to be.

Bob Sheldon moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina from Colorado in the late 1970s and by 1981 he had opened The Internationalist Reading Room. By 1991, the Internationalist was a bookstore and Bob Sheldon was dead. His murder remains unsolved. But because of his politics, speculation as to who wanted to harm Bob Sheldon runs rampant. The Internationalist is now a thriving nonprofit and community flashpoint on Franklin Street in the heart of Chapel Hill. The store's journey from reading room to business mirrors Chapel Hills journey from a progressive, affordable college town, to a well-off, sophisticated southern city.

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The State of Things
10:40 am
Thu March 3, 2011

New Neighbors

New Neighbors

Efland, North Carolina artist Dave Alsobrooks wanted to bring some life to empty historic buildings in Durham, North Carolina. So, he painted pictures of ordinary people doing everyday tasks, and he posted them in the windows of vacant Durham properties. It's part of “New Neighbors,” a project he developed to help revitalize North-East Central Durham. Host Frank Stasio will talk about the project with Alsobrooks and Cathleen Turner, director of the Piedmont regional office of Preservation North Carolina.

Host Frank Stasio will talk about the project with Alsobrooks and Cathleen Turner, director of the Piedmont regional office of Preservation North Carolina.

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The State of Things
10:43 am
Wed March 2, 2011

How Universities Can Change The Future

Engines of Innovation

Host Frank Stasio talks about the role of the academy in the new economy with Holden Thorp and Buck Goldstein.

As we struggle to propel ourselves out of the dregs of a global recession, some of the most creative thinkers in the country are working to address the world’s looming financial problems. In Chapel Hill, North Carolina academics and entrepreneurs are pioneering paths they believe will change the world.

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The State of Things
10:33 am
Wed March 2, 2011

The Making Of A Beast

Monsters of the Gévaudan: The Making of a Beast

Host Frank Stasio talks with Smith about the story as documented in his new book ;Monsters of the Gévaudan: The Making of a Beast' (Harvard University Press/2011).

Legend has it that a man-eating beast terrorized the former province of Gévaudan in south-central France in the 18th century. It attacked hundreds and attracted the attention of King Louis XV, who vowed to protect the French people and have the monster killed. Jay Smith, a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says the beast was just a wolf, but that we can learn a lot about history by studying how this myth was formed.

The State of Things
10:58 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Untold Stories

Missing Monroe, NC teenager Phylicia Barnes

Host Frank Stasio talks about coverage of these stories with Keith Woods,Brett Chambers, and Jill Filipovic.

Even as technology and changing business models reshape the mass media landscape, questionable journalistic practices remain entrenched. The racial and socio-economic profile of a victim greatly influences how and where the media plays stories about them. We take a look at four recent and continuing news stories: the Rocky Mount, N.C. serial killer murders, a non-violent prison protest in Georgia, a Monroe, N.C. teen who went missing in Baltimore, and the attack and sexual assault on CBS reporter Lara Logan in Tahrir Square in Egypt.

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The State of Things
10:28 am
Tue March 1, 2011

Durham, I Do!

Credit www.marrydurham.com

Host Frank Stasio, who is also the Honorary Best Man for Marry Durham, talks about the fundraiser with Reverend Carl Kenney, a longtime Durham resident who will preside over the nuptials, and Merywen Wigley, one of the organizers of the event.

A big event is in the works for those who want to show their pride and support for the city of Durham, North Carolina. On March 19th, residents and non-residents can take part in a group ceremony to “marry” the Bull City. Donations collected for the event will sponsor five local charities.

The State of Things
11:05 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Meet W. Hodding Carter III

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Host Frank Stasio talks with W. Hodding Carter III, now a professor of leadership and public policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, about his life as a journalist and as an advocate.

W. Hodding Carter III was the face of President Jimmy Carter's administration during the 444 days that American hostages were held by Islamic militants in Iran. Hodding Carter, the son of a Mississippi newspaperman who fought against the injustices of Jim Crow, never planned a career in politics. He inherited a love for journalism and eventually became editor of his father's paper, the Delta Democrat-Times in Greenville, Mississippi. Gradually, Hodding Carter stopped just observing and writing about the movement for equality, and joined it instead. This led him down a road that would take him out of journalism and into politics.

The State of Things
9:32 am
Fri February 25, 2011

Hope On The Economic Horizon

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Justin Catanoso talks with host Frank Stasio at Greensboro’s Triad Stage about the state of the economy.

There's reason to be optimistic about the economy in the Triad region of North Carolina. While traditional manufacturing jobs in textiles and furniture have mostly dried up, better paying jobs in biotech, shipping and many other fields are emerging. Justin Catanoso, executive editor of the Triad Business Journal, talks with host Frank Stasio at Greensboro’s Triad Stage about the state of the economy.

The State of Things
9:28 am
Fri February 25, 2011

A Solzhenitsyn On Stage

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He joins host Frank Stasio at Triad Stage in Greensboro to talk about his life and work.

World-renowned pianist and conductor Ignat Solzhenitsyn is no stranger to fame. His father was the legendary Soviet author and dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Ignat Solzhetnitsyn serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, and he has led and performed with symphonies in cities across the United States and Europe. He is in North Carolina to perform with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.

The State of Things
8:00 am
Fri February 25, 2011

Songs Of Water

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Host Frank Stasio talks with the band members about their unique orchestral style and gets treated to a live performance from Songs of Water at the Triad Stage UpStage Cabaret in Greensboro.

Greensboro-based instrumental ensemble Songs of Water blends sounds and rhythms from around the world with a Tar Heel touch. The band’s tunes are influenced by the dominant percussion heard in West African, Indian and Middle Eastern music and their songs are driven by melodic use of a hammered dulcimer.

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