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
10:39 am
Wed March 13, 2013

The History Of Modern Terrorism

The Foundations of Modern Terrorism by Martin A. Miller
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Host Frank Stasio talks to professor and author Martin Miller about his new book, 'The History of Modern Terrorism'

When we talk about terrorism we usually think of drones, suicide bombers or some other kind of technological weaponry, but its roots go back much further.

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The State of Things
10:32 am
Wed March 13, 2013

One Man’s Search For The Next American Revolution

Professor and author Gar Alperovitz discuss his new book, 'What Then Must We Do: Straight Talk about the Next American Revolution'

  The nation’s wealth is now concentrated in so few hands, the wealth gap growing so fast, that even its most ardent defenders question whether our current form of corporate capitalism can survive. Gar Alperovitz is looking for the next American Revolution. He is a professor of political Economy at the University of Maryland and author of the book, “What Then Must We Do: Straight Talk about the Next American Revolution” (Chelsea Green/2013). Host Frank Stasio talks to him about what can be done to save capitalism.

The State of Things
11:56 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Is The Drone War Coming To North Carolina?

A Predator drone on a US Air Force base in 2011.
Credit US Air Force, via Wikipedia

A discussion about the acquisition and use of drones by North Carolina agencies

As more domestic law enforcement agencies acquire drones, concerns are increasing about how the unmanned aerial vehicles will be used and regulated.

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Tue March 12, 2013

The Story Of Medgar Evers Through Collective Memory

Remembering Medgar Evers by Minrose Gwin
Credit University of Georgia Press

Author Minrose Gwin talks to host Frank Stasio about her new book, 'Remembering Medgar Evers' .

  Medgar Evers’s assassination was a spark that motivated social activists and inspired writers, poets and journalists. Artists like Bob Dylan, Eudora Welty and James Baldwin have contributed to the collective memory of Evers through their own works.

Minrose Gwin, professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, talks to host Frank Stasio about her new book, “Remembering Medgar Evers” (University of Georgia Press/2013).

The State of Things
11:47 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Film Documents The Core Sound Community’s Struggles

LJ Hardy of South River, aboard his boat at the mouth of the Neuse River
Credit Neal Hutcheson

Linguist Walt Wolframand and director Neal Hutcheson talk about their new film, “Core Sounders.”

  For nearly 300 years the Core Sound community has earned a livelihood from the commercial fishing industry. It’s a livelihood that is now seriously threatened. “Core Sounders” is a new documentary that tells the story of a community in transition.

Host Frank Stasio is joined by Walt Wolfram, executive producer and professor of English at North Carolina State University; and Neal Hutcheson, the Emmy-Award winning director, to talk about their new film, “Core Sounders.”

The State Of Things
10:49 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Civil Rights Lawyer Follows Twisted Road To Justice

Mark Dorosin
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Frank Stasio talks with Civil Rights Lawyer Mark Dorosin

Mark Dorosin’s path to civil rights law was never straight. He followed many a winding course, skirting the optimism of teaching, exploring the pride of public office and even holding down the 9 to 5 as a manager at Blockbuster Video.

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The State Of Things
10:23 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Panel Discusses Potential Perils Of NC Fracking

Fracking operation in Texas
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A panel of experts join Frank Stasio for this week's North Carolina news update.

Fracking is an inevitability in North Carolina since the legislature lifted a fracking moratorium, but questions remain as to the risk and what will be done with the waste.

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The State Of Things
10:08 am
Fri March 8, 2013

How Gary Brunotte Is Bringing Jazz To Durham

Gary Brunotte
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A conversation with and live performance by Gary Brunotte Jazz Trio.

Organist Gary Brunotte has been playing music since he picked up an accordion at age 9. He went on to study and teach at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and has been writing, arranging, performing and recording ever since. 

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The State Of Things
11:36 am
Thu March 7, 2013

A Look Back At The 1968 Poor People’s Campaign And How We Create Black And Brown Unity Today

Power to the Poor: Black-Brown Coalition and the Fight for Economic Justice, 1960-1974
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A conversation about the Poor Peoples Campaign, then and now.

The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968 often overshadows what may be his most radical crusade. The Poor People’s Campaign in the spring of 1968 was organized by a coalition of predominately Black and Brown organizers working across the color line.

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The State of Things
11:11 am
Wed March 6, 2013

How Charter Schools Are Changing Public Education

A panel of experts discuss how charter schools are changing public education

Seventy new charter schools have applied to become part of North Carolina’s growing population of alternative public schools. For the longest time, the number of charter schools in the state was capped at 100, but lawmakers changed that back in 2011.

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