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
12:16 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Behind The Scenes of The 2014 North Carolina Comicon

The 5th Annual North Carolina Comicon is in Durham November 15-16.
Tommy Lee Edwards

Comicons, or conventions of comic fans, are best known for throngs of costume-clad attendees and access to the industry’s best comics creators. 

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

The Lone Bellow

The Lone Bellow dropped by WUNC to play The State of Things.
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The Lone Bellow is a band is born from tragedy with songs told with heart and simplicity. 

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Thu November 13, 2014

White House Diaries Reveal Complexities of Nixon/Graham Relationship

President Lyndon Johnson, President-elect Richard Nixon, Rev. Billy Graham and Vice President-elect Spiro Agnew during a prayer at swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol January 20, 1969.
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Newly released excerpts from H.R. Haldeman’s diary provide new insights into the relationship between Billy Graham and Richard Nixon. 

Audio journals from Nixon’s chief of staff reveal Graham’s firm grasp of political craftsmanship, and Nixon’s reliance on the televangelist for more than spiritual advice.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Carolina Public Press reporter Jon Elliston about the audio journals and what they revealed. 

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The State of Things
11:39 am
Thu November 13, 2014

NPR's 'Ask Me Another' Comes To Durham

Ophira Eisenberg
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The comedy of Ophira Eisenberg includes many elements of her former dating life like lamenting about online dating and unreasonable expectations from your partner.

The charming brand of stand-up allowed Eisenberg to make a seamless transition to radio as host of the NPR trivia program Ask Me Another.

The show features contestants guessing about everything from Shakespearean soliloquies to the names of French pastries.

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The State of Things
11:38 am
Thu November 13, 2014

The Mysteries And Secrets Of Antiquarian Books

A new novel by Charlie Lovett about the mystery behind Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

    

Writer Charlie Lovett has been attracted to the mystique of old books since he was a young kid. 

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Offshore Drilling In North Carolina

Oil drilling
Credit Wikipedia

  

In 2015, oil industry representatives will begin exploration off the Carolina coastlines. Some of those representatives met with government officials last week in Raleigh. But the details around their closed-door meeting are scant. Supporters say the potential drilling could create jobs and revenue for the state but environmentalists maintain that drilling harms humans and wildlife. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC environmental reporter Dave Dewitt about the latest.

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

More Than Just A Cakewalk

Mirandy (Kwamea Wilkerson) and Ezel (Ricky Hall) surprise everyone in town at the annual cakewalk with their fancy footwork.
Raleigh Little Theatre

In popular culture, the term cakewalk means anything that is effortless and easy.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Understanding And Treating PTSD In The Military

Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

    

Nearly one in five veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

That’s a sobering statistic for the researchers and psychologists who are trying to understand and treat PTSD. It also means more veterans than ever are suffering from PTSD’s debilitating symptoms.

But the research is yielding new treatment strategies and veterans are finding new ways to fight the severe depression and anxiety that comes with the disorder.

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The State of Things
11:34 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Women In The Meat Business

Third-generation butcher Kari Underly leading a session in the Women Working in the Meat Business Conference.
Briana Brough

As the demand for local food and farm-to-table restaurants rises, the American agriculture and food production industries are expanding. 

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The State of Things
10:55 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Veterans Day Radio Broadcast To Feature Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg Families

As many as 40 percent of the approximately 2 million military children in the United States are under the age of 5.
Credit Breaking Ground / WAMU

  

The United States has been at war for more than a decade and the men and women that protect our country overseas are not the only people making sacrifices. Tens of thousands of children have watched as their parents get deployed into dangerous conflict zones and have been dealing with the reality that they may never come back or that they may return as someone different.

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