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
12:05 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Exploring The History Of The Steel Guitar

Ad: The Royal Hawaiian Quintet Performing on the U.S. Mainland
Credit University of Hawaii at Manoa Library, via flickr, creative commons

Experts from the Steel Guitar Concert and Symposium talk about the history of the steel guitar and play live

  

The sound of American Country music owes much of it's success to an unlikely source: the 19th century Hawaiian music scene. Hawaiian music at that time was dominated by the steel guitar. During the instrument's century-long international migration, it influenced the direction of many genres.

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The State of Things
11:55 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Artist Travels From Kenya to America For Her Vision

"Family Tree" By Wangechi Mutu
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A conversation with multimedia artist Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu's life-size collages attempt to bring the Black female body to the forefront of her work. It is inspired by the complex power she's seen in women, particularly from her native Kenya. Not only are they enormous, but the figures are also mystical and powerful.

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The State of Things
11:02 am
Tue March 19, 2013

What Does The New Papacy Mean For Latino Catholics In The Triangle?

Spanish catechism for the Catholic Church
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Luis Royo, Coordinator for Hispanic Ministries at St. Thomas More Church, talks to Host Frank Stasio

Today, Pope Francis officially became the 266th Pope for the Catholic Church, and the first representative of the New World. The 265 men who served before him were all European, but Pope Francis was born in Argentina, where he continued to serve until the church tapped him for the top job in Rome.

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The State of Things
10:51 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Humanities Experts Gather To Discuss Human Rights

Anat Biletzki, PhD.
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Philosophy professor Anat Biletzki discusses human rights and the humanities.

When we talk about human rights, we’re usually solidly in the expertise of political scientists. But professors of English and philosophy may have a role to play, too. That’s the goal of The Second Annual Conference on Human Rights and the Humanities. It’s being held by the National Humanities Center, and it brings together a variety of experts to discuss human rights.

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The State of Things
10:42 am
Tue March 19, 2013

What Does Disability Mean To You? UNC Student Exhibit Features Personal Stories And Pictures

photo from 'This Able Life'
Brittany Darst

Host Frank Stasio talks to Katie Savage, Joey Bozik and Megan Gress about their organization Advocates for Carolina.

A new exhibit at UNC Chapel Hill aims to challenge the way people think about the word "disability." It's a collection of photos and narratives written by students called "This Able Life." UNC junior Katie Savage founded the campus group, Advocates for Carolina. She says she hopes the exhibit will help dissolve the stigma often associated with disability and transform the word into something celebratory that empowers and inspires.

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

North Carolina Journalist Gives A Behind-The-Scenes Look At Local Media

I Never Promised Not To Tell by Grady Jefferys
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Frank Stasio talks with journalist and author Grady Jefferys.

The Pew Research Center released its annual State of the Media report for 2012, and television news viewership is down. Political coverage has declined, and on local TV news, 40 percent of the content is made up of traffic, sports and weather. Meanwhile, newspaper newsrooms in 2012 employed 40,000 people, the smallest number of full-time journalists since 1978.

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The State of Things
11:31 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Publicizing Gun Permit Records: The Struggle Between The First And Second Amendment

A panel of experts join host Frank Stasio to examine this week's news in review

  In North Carolina, when you purchase a handgun, your gun permit goes into the state's public records. Recently, however, Republican lawmakers have sponsored a bill that would remove this information from public access. Today on The State of Things we speak with local experts about the struggle between the first and second amendment.

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The State of Things
11:23 am
Fri March 15, 2013

The Gravy Boys Ladle Americana On Thick

The Gravy Boys at The Pourhouse
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The Gravy Boys join host Frank Stasio for a spirited conversation and live performance

The Americana music of The Gravy Boys hit the scene about eight years ago. They’re now three albums in and expanding their acoustic sound. Their newest album is called Crackerjack Whistle, and they’ll be playing in Raleigh tomorrow night.

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

The Hidden Diaries Of A Young Jewish Woman

Photograph of Etty Hillesum from the Jewish History Museum of Amsterdam.
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Writer and performer Susan Stein brings to life the literature of Holocaust victim Etty Hillesum

  Out of the varied horrors of the Holocaust, a body of literature survives.  The most famous voice belongs to Anne Frank.  At 15-years-old, she wrote, “I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”  It's hard to believe that anyone, even a child, can be so big-hearted. 

Less well-known is the voice of an adult woman, Etty Hillesum.  And her writing is finally getting its day in the sun.

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The State of Things
10:34 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Hofmann Forest

J.V. Hofmann and class measuring pine in reed bed at Hofmann Forest, about 1937. .
Credit Historical State, NCSU Libraries

News and Observer reporter Renee Elder weighs the pros and cons of NCSU selling Hoffman Forest

  The Hofmann Forest is referred to as the "crown jewel" of forestry research in North Carolina, and it’s one of the main educational sites for forestry students.

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