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
3:17 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Purring Exhibit Displays The Healing Power of Sound

 
Host Frank Stasio talk with artist Duncan Laurie.

In the age of constant digital stimulus, it can be hard to truly listen to all that's around you. Duncan Laurie will tell you that listening a little closer might bring you happiness or healing. Duncan has found ways to tap into the sonic energy of organic materials, like plants and rock.

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State of Things
3:12 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

El Futuro Prepares Mental Health Community To Serve Latinos

The Latino immigrant population faces a host of unique problems when it comes to mental health treatment. Migration trauma and separation issues are just a few of their struggles. The population in North Carolina is underserved, which is why a group of mental health professionals formed the group El Futuro. The group serves the mental health needs of the state’s Latino population, and it is hosting a conference this Friday on the topic. Host Frank Stasio talks about Latino mental health with Luke Smith, executive director of El Futuro; and Karla Siu, clinical manager at El Futuro.

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Unemployment Changes Coming

  The General Assembly is expected to consider legislation this week that will reform the federal unemployment insurance program. Republican leaders say the changes will help pay back a growing debt the state owes the federal government.

Advocates for workers say they are unnecessary and will push thousands of residents over a financial cliff. News and Observer reporter Mandy Locke joins Frank Stasio to discuss the changes and how it may affect tens of thousands of North Carolina residents.

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Deborah Hicks Escapes Appalachia, Returns As A Teacher

The Road Out: A Teacher's Odyssey in Poor America
Credit ucpress.edu

Deborah Hicks  grew up in an Appalachian paper mill town she hoped to escape. Her education opened doors for her to leave and travel to other parts of a country, but she returned time and again to Appalachia as a teacher. Deborah has dedicated her life to educating those that need her most - focusing on young girls in poor neighborhoods. She is the founder and director of PAGE, Partnership for Appalachian Girls' Education, in Madison County.

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The State of Things
9:40 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Civil Rights Complaint Against UNC-CH

Five women have filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They contend that the University mishandles and under-reports cases of sexual assault. UNC officials disagree, and call it a "fair, respectful" process.

Host Frank Stasio speaks with Daily Tar Heel reporter and UNC-Chapel Hill junior Caitlin McCabe about the complaint and the reaction on campus.

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The State of Things
9:36 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Perspectives on the News

A battle over changing the tax code is looming in Raleigh. Some Republicans want to eliminate personal and corporate income tax. Democrats and a key member of Governor McCrory's staff call the proposal a regressive tax on the middle class and poor.

Host Frank Stasio talks taxes and other stories with Chris Fitzsimon of North Carolina Policy Watch; and Mitch Kokai with the John Locke Foundation.

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The State of Things
9:33 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Dirty Bourbon River Show

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Dirty Bourbon River Show perform live...WOW!!!

New Orleans gypsy brass circus rock music should say it all. That’s how the Dirty Bourbon River Show describe themselves, and their sound doesn’t disappoint. The unusual group of musicians has performed during a six-month burlesque residency in New Orleans, toured with Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and they’re scheduled to play at the Radio & Television Correspondents Dinner in Washington D.C. this June. They’re playing the Local 506 in Chapel Hill tonight, but first they join host Frank Stasio in the studio and perform live.

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The State of Things
4:06 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Wagner

Credit Cory Weaver, San Francisco Opera

German composer Wilhelm Richard Wagner brought to audiences such operatic treasures as “Tristan and Isolde,” “Parsifal” and the “Ring” cycle. But his influence on music extended further than his mainstream popularity. He changed the way theater-goers saw opera, and his impact reverberates to the modern day. The North Carolina Opera is doing a performance of portions of his works. Host Frank Stasio talks with Timothy Myers, conductor for the opera’s upcoming performance; and Elizabeth Bishop, the lead actress.

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Triad Update

Duke Energy angered residents after cutting down trees in Greensboro, and Winston Salem is causing an uproar over its ban on concealed guns in certain parks. Frank Stasio discusses the triad updates with WUNC's Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii.

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Wed January 23, 2013

The Aliens

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Two 30-somethings talk in obscurity about music, philosophy and Charles Bukowski while their lives pass them by. But when a teenager enters their life and becomes their student, everything changes.

"The Aliens" is showing at the UpStage Cabaret at Triad Stage through January 27. Host Frank Stasio talks about the production with director Jonathan Brady; and actors Sterling Hurst and Owen Hickle-Edwards.

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