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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State of Things
1:47 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Latino Health and 287(g)

Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act allows United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement to partner with state and local police. Those officers are allowed to enforce federal immigration law. Critics say that the program leads to racial profiling of minorities and makes immigrants fearful of reporting crime in their own communities.

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State of Things
1:43 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

An In-Depth Look At Drinking Water

Drinking Water: A History
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When your body’s feeling crummy, someone will likely tell you to remedy it by drinking more water. Whether it’s for clearer skin or lower anxiety, people have a lot of faith in the healing power of this liquid. But water isn’t a plentiful cure-all everywhere. For many people living in places bordered by water masses, it’s hard to gain access to this necessity.

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State of Things
1:40 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Documenting Nature Through Photography

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As a native to Durham, Jim Lee has always had a knack for looking in places others often miss. His newest exhibit, Spectives, gives his audience a comprehensive look at his work documenting nature through photography, found objects and walks along Durham’s railroad tracks.

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State of Things
11:57 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Film Looks At GA Intentional Community Koinonia Farms

From the documentary “Briars in the Cotton Patch: The Story of Koinonia Farms,”
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In 1942, Clarence and Florence Jordan helped found Koinonia right outside of Americus, Georgia. They sought to create an intentional community where residents would live and practice equality and integration. Koinonia, and many other Christian intentional communities like it, thrive today.

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State of Things
11:51 am
Wed November 28, 2012

American Dervish

Ayad Akhtar
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Ayad Akhtar’s book "American Dervish" (Back Bay Books/2012) has launched a flurry of praise as an intelligent, self-assured debut novel. The main character is a Pakistani-American boy growing up in Milwaukee. Akhtar has also stirred controversy for creating idiosyncratic, even unflattering portrayals of Muslim-Americans. Host Frank Stasio is joined in the studio by Ayad Akhtar to talk about writing and identity.

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State of Things
11:41 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Bending Sticks

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Sticks are more than just sticks to artist Patrick Dougherty. In his hands, they become castles, nests, cocoons and tree houses. Dougherty's work is featured worldwide.

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State of Things
10:29 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Secession and Revolution

Secession movements are cropping up across the United States following the re-election of President Barack Obama. But what do they even mean? Are they a fluke or an indication that changes are coming? And what relation does secession have with revolution?

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State of Things
12:33 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Meet Peter Ubel

Peter Ubel
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Medical decisions are fraught with emotion and often have drastic impacts, yet we leave much of the choice in the hands of the doctors. They have been to medical school, after all. But Dr. Peter Ubel thinks the medical establishment has got it all wrong. Patients need way more participation in their medical decisions, and doctors should not dictate treatments. He explores this issue as well as others in his new book, “Critical Decisions: How You and Your Doctor Can Make the Right Decisions Together” (HarperOne/2012).

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State of Things
9:15 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Carolina Meat Conference

North Carolina has a significant number of local, niche and pasture based meat producers and consumers, but it lacks enough processors to make the farm to market meat supply chain run as smoothly as possible. On December 3rd and 4th, people involved in all aspects of the meat business in North Carolina will gather in Bermuda Run to work on streamlining the process during the Carolina Meat Conference.

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State of Things
9:09 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Lizard Lick

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Lizard Lick, North Carolina is the southern setting of one of truTV’s hit shows.  It’s called Lizard Lick Towing, and it features the outlandish humor of star Ron Shirley, not to mention plenty of bizarre antics on the part of car owners whose vehicles have been towed. Shirley is in town for this weekend’s LickAPalooza, but first he joins host Frank Stasio in the studio.

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