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
11:37 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Preserving Forbidden Music

Musicologist Michael Haas helped uncover compositions by Jewish musicians who had been persecuted by the Nazis.

As a young classical music producer in the 1980s, Michael Haas was digging through East German archives researching the works of Kurt Weill.

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The State of Things
12:06 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Joseph Sledge Closer To Freedom

Joseph Sledge, photographed at Pamlico Correctional Institution in Bayboro, N.C. Thursday, February 28, 2013.
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In 1976, Joseph Sledge escaped from an Elizabethtown prison and within 24 hours, mother and daughter Josephine and Ailene Davis were murdered. 

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Connecting Durham's Homeless to Health Care

Jen Robinson in studio for her Meet.


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The State of Things
12:27 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Immigration, Budget And Shutdown: Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Ken Rudin
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  Governor Pat McCrory joined 16 other state leaders in a lawsuit against the President over his executive action on immigration. The group contents Obama overstepped his authority. Republicans in Congress have threatened to shutdown the government over the policies.

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Big Band Christmas Show With Nnenna Freelon And John Brown

Jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon and bassist John Brown bring their big band Christmas show back to the Triangle this year.
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Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon and bassist John Brown bring their big band Christmas tunes back to the stage at Durham’s Carolina Theatre this Sunday, December 7.

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The State of Things
12:12 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

What GSK Layoffs Mean For Pharma In North Carolina

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Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline eliminated 900 jobs yesterday.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Ferguson Events Encourage Author To Republish Novel

Durham-based author Sharon Ewell Foster republished her book Passing by Samaria in light of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

    

When Sharon Ewell Foster first published her novel Passing by Samaria in the late 1990s, it was a time of relative racial peace throughout the United States.

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

RTP Affected As GlaxoSmithKline Cuts 900 Jobs

Pharmaceutical leader GlaxoSmithKline is expected to announce a major reorganization effort that could impact jobs in the Triangle.
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Pharmaceutical player GlaxoSmithKline is laying off hundreds of workers in its American facilities, and the bulk of these job cuts are in Research Triangle Park.

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Mission To Save African-American “School of Hope” In Western North Carolina

The Children from Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School
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In 1912, famed educator Booker T. Washington approached philanthropist and Sears Roebuck Company CEO Julius Rosenwald with a plan to build schools for African-American children in the South. 

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

A Bartender Spins Patrons' Tales

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Durham writer Gregg Cusick's day job as a bartender allows him to write about some things he hears from the other side of the bar.

He uses just a few elements of the tales from his patrons to create historical fiction in the form of short stories.

His first book, My Father Moves Through Time Like a Dirigible (Livingston Press/2014), is a collection of short stories that explore our emotional connections to our own stories of love, loss and humor.

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