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
12:00 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

The Year 2014 in Review

The shooting of Michael Brown set off a series of protest nationwide and had Americans questioning the role of police in their communities.
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  From the streets of Ferguson to the halls of Congress, 2014 saw many pivotal moments in the country's narrative. 

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The State of Things
12:18 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

The State Of Things Producer Picks: A 2014 Look Back With Laura Lee

2014
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This week, The State of Things staff share some of their favorite moments of 2014. Producer Laura Lee looks back at several memorable moments including the conversation with former President Jimmy Carter and the Movies on the Radio series. Host Frank Stasio talks with Laura Lee about her picks from 2014. 

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

'The State Of Things' Producer Picks: A 2014 Look Back With Will Michaels

Will Michaels
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This week, staff members from The State of Things are sharing their favorite shows of 2014.

Producer Will Michaels joined the show in May after working as a producer for Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and the North Carolina Teacher Project at WUNC.

Some of Will’s favorites included an interview with a championship track coach who grew up in the segregated South and a conversation with some of the pioneers of NASCAR.

Host Frank Stasio talks with producer Will Michaels about the conversations that stood out in 2014.

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The State of Things
11:30 am
Mon December 29, 2014

'The State Of Things' Producer Picks: A 2014 Look Back With Anita Rao

Former The State of Things Producer Meghan Modafferi and producer Anita Rao try out sitting on the other side of the glass in "host attire" on Meghan's last day.
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As 2014 comes to a close, The State of Things producer Anita Rao takes a look back at some of her favorite segments from the show this year. 

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

The State Of Things Producer Picks: A 2014 Look Back With Hady Mawajdeh

Producer Hady Mawajdeh fooling around behind the mic.
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As the year draws to a close, The State of Things staff take a look back at some of their favorite segments of 2014. 

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The State of Things
12:27 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Black Nativity From Stage To Screen

Langston Hughes
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This show is a rebroadcast from December 23, 2013 

  Originally a play by poet Langston Hughes, Black Nativity made its contemporary debut on the big screen. The film follows a teenager who travels to Harlem to spend the holidays with his estranged relatives.  Executive producer Joy Goodwin is a professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Host Frank Stasio speaks with Goodwin about Black Nativity

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Movies On The Radio: The Tradition Of Holiday Movies

It's A Wonderful Life
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Note: This program is a rebroadcast from December 23, 2013.  

From Elf to Home Alone and Love Actually to A Christmas Story, the tradition of a holiday film is as vital to some people as singing carols or decorating a tree. Host Frank Stasio talks with Marsha Gordon, professor of film studies at North Carolina State University, and Laura Boyes, film curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

 

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Talkin' Tar Heel: Exploring North Carolina's Dialects

This is a rebroadcast of a show that aired May 8, 2014.

For more than 20 years, researchers at North Carolina State University have collected interviews exploring the rich diversity of dialects in North Carolina. 

They studied topics ranging from how transplanted Yankees speak to how the Lumbee Indian community in Robeson County maintains a distinct dialect. But why is an awareness of dialect diversity important and what does it tell us about the history and culture of our state? 

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Seth Rudetsky Inside The World Of Broadway

Seth Rudetsky
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This is a rebroadcast of a show that aired May 21, 2014.

For many, the bright lights of Broadway connote a mystical place filled with ornate costumes and incredible talent.

But for one man who has seen all sides of Broadway life, it is a subject matter worth deconstructing.

Seth Rudetsky has performed on Broadway, played piano for more than a dozen Broadway shows and serves as a host on On Broadway, a Sirius/XM radio channel.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

"When You Step Into The Room You Are Family": The Life Of An NC Nurse

Nursing Agency in Mooresville, NC.
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Note: This is a rebroadcast of a show that aired May 5, 2014. 

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