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
10:17 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Meet Walter Dalton

Walter Dalton
Credit Office of the Lt. Governor

Walter Dalton grew from humble beginnings in Rutherford County to become a six-time state senator and the lieutenant governor of North Carolina. In the November 6 general election, he is running for governor against Republican Pat McCrory. Host Frank Stasio talks to Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton about his life and candidacy.

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State of Things
10:42 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Election News

While all eyes are focused on the presidential race, several interesting contests are shaping up around the state. Pat Gannon, political reporter for the Wilmington Star-News and John Frank from the News & Observer join host Frank

Stasio to get down to the nitty gritty of politics in The Wilmington area, and Wake and Johnston counties.

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State of Things
10:32 am
Fri October 26, 2012

The Leader

baretheatre.org

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are butting heads in the weeks leading up to the November elections. Their clash is to decide who will lead this nation. But what are the qualities that

determine an effective leader? And is following a leader even a good thing? These are some of the questions explored in Bare Theatre’s production of “The Leader,” an absurdist play by Eugene

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Arts & Culture
10:26 am
Fri October 26, 2012

The Archbishops of Blount Street

reverbnation.com

The Archbishops of Blount Street have brought the Jamaican sound of ska to North Carolina.

They are an eleven-piece band from all around the Triangle, and they’re launching a “Dreads to Kill” weekend tour in November where they will cover the music of Kiss. Bruce Wassel, Thomas Szypulski, Derek Brinson, George Shepard, Brannon Bolinger, Tim Smith, Richard Klecka and Jeremy Boomhower of the Archbishops talk with host Frank Stasio and play live in our studios.

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Politics & Government
10:22 am
Thu October 25, 2012

The History of Voting

At the start of our nation, a very small margin of people was allowed the right to vote. Due to decades of struggle, that right is much more widespread today, however, some experts say it’s becoming harder to fulfill.

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State of Things
10:34 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Loneliness as a Way of Life

harvard.edu

Just about everyone feels lonely, and yet loneliness is still so often private and difficult to articulate. Tom Dumm is a professor of political science at Amherst College and author of the book “Loneliness as a Way of Life” (Harvard University Press/ 2008).

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State of Things
9:46 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Who Stole the American Dream?

hedricksmith.com

Is America still the land of opportunity? Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Hedrick Smith takes on that question in his new book,

“Who Stole the American Dream?” (Random House/2012). His answer is a flat, “no,” but the reasons are not so simple. From the introduction of the 401k to the deregulation of banks, Hedrick Smith joins host Frank Stasio to explain the loss of America’s prosperity

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State of Things
10:12 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Meet Luke Powery

chapel.duke.edu

Luke Powery’s father was a minister, but Powery wanted to go a different route.

He considered pursuing computer programming, but ruled it out after one of his first classes. Eventually, his father’s calling came for him, and he didn’t resist. This fall, Rev. Luke Powery became the first black dean of Duke Chapel. He joins host Frank Stasio to discuss his career and preaching suffering in the light of hope.

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State of Things
11:01 am
Fri October 19, 2012

North Carolina Politics

When Gov. Beverly Perdue announced earlier this year that she wasn’t running for a second term, she became North Carolina’s first one-term governor in nearly 40 years. Her unexpected bowing out and the recent redistricting have combined to create a turbulent election season on the state level.

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State of Things
10:52 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Home Movie Day

Making home movies today is as easy as popping out your phone, hitting record and throwing the finished product on Facebook. It wasn’t always so. In the days of film, home movies were more expensive to make and had serious limitations.

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