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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Arts & Culture
10:08 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Essays On Speech And Memory

"The Only Sounds We Make" by Lee Zacharias
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Many birds are known for their songs, but vultures cannot sing. Their vocal shortcomings inspired author Lee Zacharias. Her new book of essays, "The Only Sounds We Make" (Hub City Press/2014), meditates on speech and memory, drawing on a range of inspirations from vultures and spiders to her father's death and the Great Migration. 

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The State of Things
10:01 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Community Musicians

"Ars Moriendi" by The Collection
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Composed of artists, nurses, farmers and students, The Collection is as much a community as a band. The group, presently 15 members, easily expands and contracts as musicians come and go.They describe their sound as a rock band that tripped into an orchestra pit.

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The State Of Things
12:39 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Meet Sue Etheridge

Today's program is a rebroadcast of an earlier show, Art Therapist Works With Incarcerated Patients. Images and audio here.

The State of Things
12:55 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

The unexpected primary defeat of House Majority leader Eric Cantor by his tea party backed challenger has pundits assessing the future of the GOP. What does Cantor’s loss mean for Congress and for the state of the Republican party? Plus, NC House Speaker Thom Tillis juggles his work as a legislator with his run for United States Senate. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the latest.

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The State of Things
12:38 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Redistricting: Who Draws The Lines?

Voting map
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In 1964, the Supreme Court held that the voting power of each individual should be equal. But do current voting districts reflect the principle of “one person, one vote”?

Two former North Carolina mayors have joined a coalition seeking to put the power to draw voting districts in the hands of a non partisan commission.

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The State of Things
12:30 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

A Dance For A Warrior

Gregory Maqoma in Exit/Exist
Credit John Hogg

South African choreographer Gregory Maqoma grew up hearing the story of his ancestor, a 19th century Xhosa warrior. The man is remembered for his long fight to preserve cultural traditions and resist colonial rule. In the dance piece, "Exit/Exist," Maqoma explores the connections between his past and present while live musicians sing in the Xhosa language.

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The State of Things
12:52 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

NC Lawmakers Proposal Counter To US Supreme Court Water Contamination Ruling

Supreme Court of the United States
Credit Wikipedia

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that North Carolina homeowners could not proceed with their claims against CTS Corp. manufacturing plant because of the state's statute of repose. The ruling could have an effect on claims by individuals harmed by the water contamination at Camp Lejeune.

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Restoring The NASCAR Racetrack In Hillsborough

The horse racetrack enlarged to a one-mile track for auto racing. 1955 U.S.Government aerial photo.
Historic Speedway Group

Host Frank Stasio talks with Brandie Fields, executive director of the Orange County Historical Museum; Gene Hobby, a former NASCAR driver and president of the Historic Speedway Group; and Bill Crowther, a historic preservationist who manages the Occoneechee Speedway property.

  

The Occoneechee/Orange Speedway in Hillsborough is the only surviving dirt track from NASCAR's first season. 

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

A Bridge To The Future

Girl in the Road book cover
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Author Monica Byrne

Author Monica Byrne was reading a poem that included the words "ocean" and "bridge," when something just clicked. She couldn't get the idea out of her head: a pedestrian bridge so long it spanned the Arabian Sea. The vision formed the basis of her debut novel, "The Girl in the Road" (Crown Publishing/2014), which is set decades in the future.

The novel combines months of research and travel with numerous autobiographical details. It considers the different ways people recover from trauma.

Learn more about Monica and her work here.

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

NC State Budget Update

Budget
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Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC Capitol Bureau chief Jessica Jones about the budget proposals.

North Carolina House leadership has proposed a $21.1 billion budget. The plan gives teachers a five percent pay raise and does not require educators to give up career status. The Senate plan offers a larger raise but eliminates career status. The House and Senate plans also differ on Medicaid management. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC Capitol Bureau chief Jessica Jones about the budget proposals.

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