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
12:11 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Meet Don Pedi

Don Pedi
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North Carolina transplant Don Pedi grew up just outside of Boston across the Chelsea River from Logan Airport in the sixties.

Don’s journey to the Tar Heel state includes one life-changing night at a coffee house, a spontaneous cross-country tour and a passion for the dulcimer. 

Today, he is fixture in the traditional music scene in western North Carolina and the Appalachian Mountains. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Pedi about traditional mountain music and western North Carolina.

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The State of Things
11:18 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Kids Writing Plays

Drew Greene as Jimmy Wilson and the ensemble of KidsWrite 2014 in Five Stages by Miles Ndukwe
Aaron Bridgman

Burning Coal director of education Jonathan Fitts and three young playwrights talk about their project 'Kids Write'

Raleigh's Burning Coal Theatre Company premieres five new one-act plays written by high school students this weekend as part of KidsWrite, a festival that provides young writers the opportunity to get their work professionally produced, acted and directed.

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The State of Things
11:15 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Chatham County Line On A "Tightrope"

Chatham County Line
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Bluegrass group Chatham County Line may hail from Raleigh, but their rich acoustic sound has no borders. The group has two chart-topping records in Norway, but stays true to their North Carolina roots on their new album,Tightrope

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The State of Things
9:46 am
Thu May 29, 2014

The Budget, The Tax Code, And Moral Mondays

Credit Dave DeWitt

  

State lawmakers have less than six weeks to construct and pass a budget before the beginning of the next fiscal year. 

The Senate released its spending plan last night, providing raises for teachers in return for sacrificing tenure. The General Assembly is also considering an overhaul to the tax code.

Meanwhile, 14 protesters from the Moral Monday movement were arrested after an overnight sit-in.

Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones about the latest from the legislature.

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The State of Things
9:46 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Rain Forest Diversity

spittlebug
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Scientist discuss rain forest diversity and conservation

Rain forests are home to an incredible variety of species. From cute olinguitos to slimy spittlebugs, scientists are discovering creatures all the time. The exhibit "Rainforest Adventure" at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences educates kids on rain forest diversity and conservation.

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The State of Things
9:43 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Setting Up Shop In Historic Places

2014 Piedmont Laureate Carrie Knowles
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A conversation with the 2014 Piedmont Laureate Carrie Knowles

  

Carrie Knowles, the 2014 Piedmont Laureate, is tasked with encouraging North Carolina residents to come together to celebrate the art of writing. 

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Celebrated Poet Maya Angelou Dies At 86 In NC

Maya Angelou
Credit Burns Library / Boston College

One of America’s most beloved poets and activists, Maya Angelou, 86, died this morning at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 

A civil rights and women’s rights activist, Angelou served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University until her death.

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The State of Things
12:09 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

The Untold Story Of Camp Lejeune

Retired Marine Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger at a Camp Lejeune Rally
Flickr/Pam Rutter

Experts and victims discuss the issue of contaminated water at Camp Lejeune

For more than three decades, hundreds of thousands of people were likely exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, a Marine base in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Is There Anything You Would Not Do For A Million Dollars?

Sociologist Stephen Vaisey
Credit Stephen Vaisey

A conversation with sociologist Stephen Vaisey

For a million dollars, would you: 

  • Throw a tomato at a politician? 
  • Kick a dog in the head?
  • Sign away your soul?

Sociologist Stephen Vaisey asked these questions and more in the first stage of his project, Measuring Morality, which seeks to understand moral beliefs and moral divides. The study also followed teenagers for more than a decade to monitor the development of morality in young adults. 

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Tue May 27, 2014

NC General Assembly Short Session Update

North Carolina Legislative building
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NC General Assembly update

  Moral Monday protests resume as the General Assembly's short session continues. Protestors visit individual lawmakers today to lobby for Medicaid expansion, unemployment insurance and education reform. Last week, the North Carolina Senate approved a fracking bill and tentatively approved a regulatory overhaul. Both pieces of legislation may face challenges in the House. 

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