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
11:18 am
Mon April 8, 2013

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

Jeanette Stokes to the left
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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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The State of Things
4:39 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Local & International Talent Light Up Full Frame Documentary Film Fest

Nicole Triche
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A sneak preview of the 2013 Full Frame Film Festival

Rivalries are fierce at the World Taxidermy Championships. Judges, armed with flashlights and magnifying glasses, examine anatomy and artistry. And taxidermists, who fancy themselves artists, vie for the legitimacy of their craft.

Nicole Triche’s new documentary, “Taxidermists,” premiers at the annual Full Frame Documentary  Film Festival. Triche is also an assistant professor at Elon University in the school of communications.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Poet Draws From Life On The Reservation

Poet Natalie Diaz
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The poetry of Natalie Diaz

Natalie Diaz grew up on the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation. While many of those around her struggled with the lack of opportunities, she saw basketball as her way out.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Sledge Awaits Justice From Behind Bars

News & Observer reporter Mandy Locke discusses the wrongful conviction case of Joseph Sledge

In 1976, Joseph Sledge was accused of murdering a mother and daughter in Bladen County, NC. Because of the many limits of scientific evidence at the time, hairs found at the scene of the crime were identified as "Negroid." And because Joseph Sledge was a Black man, the hairs were linked to him. Over 34 years later, the use of DNA testing has been used to prove that those hairs were not Sledges'. 

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The State of Things
10:59 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Novel Inspired By Baptist Missionary’s Diary

Elaine Neil Orr
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Host Frank Stasio talks to author Elaine Neil Orr about her first novel 'Different Sun.'

Elaine Neil Orr was born and raised in Nigeria, the daughter of Baptist Missionaries. When she began writing her memoir about 10 years ago, her mother gave her a keepsake – the 1853 diary of the first Baptist Missionary in Nigeria. This artifact spoke to Orr, and it was the inspiration for her first novel, “A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa” (Berkley Trade/2013).

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The State of Things
10:51 am
Tue April 2, 2013

A North Carolina Family Lives State's History

Professor Chris Benfey
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Author Chris Benfy talks about his new book 'Red Brick, Black Mountain, and White Clay

Several years ago, Chris Benfey decided to write a traditional memoir. He soon realized, however, that his family was anything but traditional. His new book, “Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay” (Penguin/2012), is part memoir, part history, part archeology.

It tells the stories of his ancestors’ work as bricklayers, his father’s escape from Nazi Germany and his great aunt and uncle’s pivotal role in the founding of Black Mountain College. Chris Benfey is a Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College. He joins Host Frank Stasio to discuss his family’s North Carolina stories.

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