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
12:07 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

50th Anniversary Of The North Carolina Speaker Ban

UNC Student Body President Paul Dickson introduces speaker Frank Wilkinson at the McCorkle Place wall
Credit Jock Lauterer, unc.edu

The North Carolina Speaker Ban

Free speech is considered a hallmark of universities across the nation, but in the 1960s, that wasn't always true. At least not for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1963, the North Carolina legislature passed a speaker ban, prohibiting communists from speaking on campus.

Students on campus bristled at the notion that they could not listen to anybody they chose.

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The State of Things
11:34 am
Wed April 10, 2013

"Obeast" Shines A Light On Perceptions Of Obesity

Obeasts, a creation of Rachel Herrick
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Rachel Herrick's Obeast Project

Turn on any news program and you’ll eventually hear about the dangers of obesity. It’s commonly accepted that being heavy is bad, and being skinny is good. Rachel Herrick is challenging that idea with her Obeast project.

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Project Follows A Year In The Life Of The Durham Bulls

"Bull City Summer," by Sam Stephenson
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A Year in the Life of the Durham Bulls

Yesterday was the first home game for the 2013 baseball season at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and fans gathered to watch the heroic Bulls defeat the Gwinnett Braves.

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The State of Things
11:55 am
Tue April 9, 2013

NC Author Revisits An Unsolved Murder Mystery in Chapel Hill

"Until Proven: A Mystery in 2 Parts" by Nora Gaskin
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Until Proven - A Chapel Hill Murder Mystery

  On Christmas Eve of 1963, a young woman named Lucille Rinaldi was murdered in her apartment in downtown Chapel Hill.  Later the same day, her husband Frank Rinaldi was arrested and charged with murder.

Over the next two years, the trial consumed the attention of the town.  Nora Gaskin was 12 years old when Lucille Rinaldi was killed. The case left an indelible impression on her. She is the author of "Until Proven: A Mystery in Two Parts" (Lystra/ 2013). She joins host Frank Stasio to discuss the novel she has written based on the murder.

The State of Things
11:49 am
Tue April 9, 2013

International Comedy Duo Take North Carolina

Igudesman & Joo join host Frank Stasio in the studio to listen to some of their performances and talk about mixing classical music with pop songs, props, and slapstick.

Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo met at music school at age 12, and they've been on a mission ever since to make classical music a little less serious. The two accomplished musicians are bringing their classical music comedy show to Greensboro and Greenville this weekend. Igudesman & Joo join host Frank Stasio in the studio to listen to some of their performances and talk about mixing classical music with pop songs, props, and slapstick.

The State of Things
11:18 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Minister Helps Women Nourish Their Spirituality In And Out Of The Church

Jeanette Stokes to the left
Credit Photo Given To The State of Things By Jeanette Stokes

Minister Jeanette Stokes discusses how she helps women nourish their spirituality

While growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jeanette Stokes never imagined she would become a minister. After all, as a young girl, she had never even seen a woman lead a congregation. But she eventually followed her faith, fulfilled her ambition, and helped other women to better nurture their own spirituality.

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The State of Things
10:40 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Goolsby Defends Potential Racial Justice Act Repeal

Senator Thom Goolsby, Republican, is the primary sponsor of a bill repealing the Racial Justice Act
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An in-depth look at the Racial Justice Act

This week the North Carolina Senate voted along party lines to repeal the Racial Justice Act. Also in the legislation are measures designed to restart executions, which have been unofficially on hold in the state since 2006.

Critics contend that eliminating the Racial Justice Act will prevent those unfairly sentenced to death because of racial bias from getting justice. More than 150 people in the state are awaiting execution.

Republican Senator Thom Goolsby of New Hanover County sponsored the legislation repealing the Racial Justice Act, and he said on The State of Things that the Act isn’t necessary.

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The State of Things
10:13 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Band Keeps Soul Alive Through Musical Expression

The Third Expression
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Host Frank Stasio talks with The Third Expression and they perform live

  The Third Expression is an interesting hodgepodge of genres -- jazz, roots music and country -- and they only hit the Durham scene about two years ago.

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The State of Things
12:18 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

TEDx Brings Ideas Worth Sharing To Greensboro

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Participants of TEDxGreensboro join host Frank Stasio to talk about the upcoming event.

TEDx is the community offshoot of TED, a nonprofit dedicated to "Ideas Worth Spreading." Greensboro is the site of a spring conference, featuring such speakers as Daniel Herr, a neuroscientist giving the talk, "The Language of Nature: what's the big deal about nano"; and Katie Marshall, a corporate communicator at Volvo Financial Services, talking about her passion for Greensboro, and the intersection between college and professional life.

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Slam Poetry Festival Gives Voice To Area Students

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Louder Than a Bomb organizer Kelly Rae Williams and student poet Aaron Ashby give us a preview of the event

The Louder Than a Bomb Poetry Slam competition started in Chicago in 2001. Inspired by the competition and a documentary about it, local group Poet.she Female Performing Arts & Spoken Word decided to bring the competition to Greensboro.

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