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
6:38 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

NC Teacher Compensation

  The North Carolina Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force met yesterday. They will make recommendations for the legislature to consider in the upcoming short session. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC's education reporter Dave Dewitt about the latest.

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The State Of Things
12:56 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Beers Of North Carolina

Beer sampler
Credit Flickr: Quinn Dombrowski

Since 1980, North Carolina's beer industry has grown from four breweries to nearly 100. The craft beer explosion has far-reaching effects in the local economy, community and agriculture. It has inspired a great deal of creativity, including the development of beer made from yeast that grows on wasps.

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The State of Things
12:16 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Science Is Funny. No, Really.

Science Comedian Brian Malow
Credit Museum of Natural Sciences

For many comedians, the biggest dream is a packed house at a famous comedy club. But for science comedian Brian Malow, the dream is a room packed with science and engineering types, laughing at jokes only the geekiest among us might understand. Host Frank Stasio talks with Malow, curator of the Daily Planet at the Museum of Natural Sciences.

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The State of Things
11:29 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Meet Jane Smith Patterson

Jane Smith Patterson

Meet Jane Smith Patterson

For more than 40 years, Jane Smith Patterson has been paving the way for women in North Carolina politics and digital technology. After her start as a young organizer and activist in her hometown in Columbus County, North Carolina, Patterson left home for college when she was 16 years old. 

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The State of Things
1:07 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

  

Patrick Cannon resigned from his position as Charlotte Mayor after being arrested on public corruption charges this week. Political Junkie Ken Rudin tells us about other public corruption cases in politics. Host Frank Stasio talks with Rudin about the charges and other latest developments in North Carolina politics.

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The State of Things
12:26 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Music Under The Stars

Clockwork Kids band photo
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Clockwork Kids perform live on The State of Things

   

An alternative rock band from Chapel Hill, Clockwork Kids' music combines psychedelic sounds with soft folk and hard rock. The Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill has synchronized a space show inspired by the group's new album, "Rememory". Clockwork Kids will play the album live under the stardome for their album release party on April 3 at 7 pm. 

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The State of Things
12:38 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Political Leadership Under 40

Jane Kim is the supervisor of district six in San Francisco.
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Host Frank Stasio talks with Supervisor Jane Kim

  Jane Kim was only 33 years old when she became the nation’s first Korean-American district supervisor, representing San Francisco’s 6th District on the Board of Supervisors. Since her election in 2010, she has focused her work on homelessness, affordable housing and pedestrian safety. She speaks tonight at 5:30 pm at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy as part of the Connect2Politics speaker series, a program designed to promote engagement with politics among a younger audience.

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The State of Things
12:33 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Do Our Memories Define Us?

Jim Crow Wisdom by Jonathan Scott Holloway

Scholar Jonathan Holloway discusses his new book, 'Jim Crow Wisdom'

The book, "Jim Crow Wisdom," (UNC Press/2013) explores stories black Americans tell about their past and the way those stories inform modern black identity. 

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The State of Things
12:27 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Syrian Pianist Helps Children In Conflict

Malek Jandali
Credit Malek Jandali

  

For Syrian pianist Malek Jandali, music is about more than art and entertainment. It is a mechanism for social change, particularly in the context of conflict.

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Politics & Government
7:20 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Charlotte Mayor: 'I Hereby Give Notice Of My Resignation'

Patrick Cannon talked with a reporter about his first hundred days in office.
Credit Barbara Pinson Lash / My Fox 46 via Twitter

Patrick Cannon resigned as mayor of Charlotte on Wednesday, just hours after federal agents arrested him on public corruption charges. Host Frank Stasio talked with WFAE reporter Tom Bullock about the latest developments on The State of Things. 

Cannon offered a letter of resignation, noting he would step down immediately:

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