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
12:44 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Kurt Cobain: New Music 20 Years After His Death

Kurt Cobain
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  Kurt Cobain, lead singer of the band Nirvana, died 20 years ago at the age of 27. In his short life, the rock icon composed music that many said gave voice to their generation.

Now a new composition by two professional musicians reconfigures Cobain’s gritty voice and sounds into a electroacoustic work. Perfume will be performed this evening at Duke’s Music department.

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Black Women's Power And Oppression Within The Black Church

Toward a Womanist Ethic of Incarnation Black Bodies the Black Church and the Council of Chalcedon
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Scholar Eboni Marshall Turman discusses black women's roles and repression in the black church

In many black churches, women do the administrative work, raise funds, and educate the congregation's children. It is rare to find black women in higher leadership roles like preachers and pastors. Eboni Marshall Turman is the director of black church studies at Duke Divinity School, and author of Toward a Womanist Ethic of Incarnation: Black Bodies, the Black Church, and the Council of Chalcedon (Palgrave Macmillan; 2013). 

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The State of Things
12:27 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Addressing Sexual Assault In The U.S. Military

Department of Defense Seal
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An expert panel address sexual assault in the U.S. Military

    

Army General Jeffrey A. Sinclair's sexual assault trial began yesterday. General Sinclair is one of the highest ranking military officers to be tried by jury. The case comes just as legislation to address sexual assault in the military goes before the Senate for a vote.

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Alice Fest Brings Women Filmmakers Together To Showcase Work And Build Community

Full Frame Theater in Durham
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Host Frank Stasio talks with Alice Fest director Vivian Bowman-Edwards and filmmakers Carol Bash and Camden Watts

  

Of the 16 films debuting at the Sundance Film Festival this year, only three were created by women. Alice Fest 2014, a festival at Durham’s Full Frame Theater, seeks to offer female perspectives in a male-dominated industry. The festival showcases short films and developing films by women with a particular emphasis on films about women's lives.

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Wake County District Attorney Steps Down After Nearly Three Decades

Wake County District Attorney Colon WIlloughby
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A conversation with Wake County’s District Attorney, Colon Willoughby

  

In his 27 years as Wake County’s District Attorney, Colon Willoughby has prosecuted everything from high-profile murder cases to corruption in state government. For Willoughby, integrity and impartiality are vital components of the role. 

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Arts & Culture
10:41 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Jewish Poetry Set To Music

Composer Dan Asia
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Poet Paul Pines and Composer Dan Asia talk about Jewish Poetry set to music

Poet Yehuda Amichai is one of Israel’s most acclaimed artists. His poems explore different aspects of the Jewish faith. American poet Paul Pines also examines the many components of Judaism in his work. American musical composer Dan Asia set both their works to music which will be performed tonight at Elon University

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The State of Things
10:32 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Meet Daniel Vermeer

Dan Vermeer Executive Director of the Center for Energy Development and the Global Environment
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Meet Daniel Vermeer, director of the Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business

    

When he graduated from college, Daniel Vermeer did not want a job. He wanted only to wander through Asia and continue learning about world religions. But his adventures led him to some unexpected destinations, including corporate America. He led water sustainability projects for Coca-Cola and advised Fortune 50 companies on their water policies. 

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Jade City Pharaoh - Love Don't Live Here Anymore (Season 2, Ep. 5)

Jade City Pharaoh
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Things aren't going well between Malik Frasier and the woman he loves. Belinda Goodall has been stood up once too often. But she doesn't know that our humble bookstore clerk broke those dates on a hero's mission, playing his part as the Jade City Pharaoh. Malik's only hope is to reveal his secret identity, but will he do it, and can it save a failing romance?

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The State of Things
12:16 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

State Legislators Propose Merit Pay For Teachers

Teachers protest
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WUNC education reporter Reema Khrais discusses State Legislators proposed merit pay models for teachers

A task force created by the legislature last year met earlier this week to discuss incentives for good teaching. Some Republican leaders favor a merit pay system that would reward a limited number of teachers based on their individual performances. But many educators believe this would discourage collaboration within their schools. 

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Congolese Artists Find An Independent Platform For Their Voices

Fall G, Bin G and DJ Couleur at SKIFF 2013 is the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s first international film festival. SKIFF is organized by YoleAfrica and Alkebu Film Pro
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Host Frank Stasio talks to professor and co-director of Yole!Africa Chérie Rivers Ndaliko

  

 When we see The Democratic Republic of Congo on the nightly news, we see scenes of bloody conflict . Rarely do we hear from the people of Congo themselves. The Congolese arts organization Yole!Africa has a new project, Art On The Frontline, to promote the work of Congolese filmmakers and musicians. 

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