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
10:47 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Wake Forest Debate

Many voters are looking forward to the Presidential debates this election year, but competitive debaters might say that the civil discourse of our times has given up on formal argumentation. True debate depends on a certain openness and on the possibility that minds can change on the strength of a well-crafted argument. Wake Forest University has an award-winning debate team and their members are already preparing for the upcoming season.

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State of Things
10:34 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Sayonara to Hello

www.stevemania.com/

In 2011, magician Steve Marshall was living in Japan. That year, a deadly earthquake and tsunami struck and Marshall found it hard to get work in the aftermath of those disasters. He decided to take a magic tour across the United States to raise some cash.

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State of Things
10:26 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Doug Largent Trio

Doug Largent has had a long career as a professional musician playing the bass. But in 2009, he decided to pursue his real dream: learning to play the organ. Soon after, he formed a jazz trio and they have a new CD called “Right in the Pocket” coming out. Host Frank Stasio talks to the Doug Largent Trio about their music, and they play live in the studio.

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State of Things
11:44 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Remembering William Wainwright

www.ncleg.net

There must be something in the water in Craven County, NC. North Carolina’s first female governor, Bev Perdue, got her start there, as did the state’s first African-American President Pro Tem of the House, William Wainwright.

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State of Things
11:36 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Putting a Face on Poverty

Since January, activists, journalists, non-profit workers and others have traveled around North Carolina to meet the state’s impoverished families. The idea behind the “Truth and Hope Putting a Face on Poverty in North Carolina Tour” is to understand those who live below the poverty line as people, rather than as statistics, and to hear their stories. The tour traveled 2000 miles and visited 27 different communities.

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State of Things
11:24 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Carolina Parakeet

www.unc.edu/

Today, parakeets are creatures of the tropics, but one breed in particular was native to the forests of the Eastern United States, including North Carolina.  The Carolina Parakeet went extinct in the early 20th century, but continues to fascinate the public.

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State of Things
11:32 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Understanding Hate

“Hate” is one of those words that gets thrown around recklessly in everyday conversation, but sometimes when we say it, we mean it. What is hatred and why do we feel it? Is it an emotion unique to humans? And why does hatred often lead to violence?

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State of Things
10:14 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Unfinished Business

http://www.markpinsky.com/

After years covering crime, investigative journalist Mark Pinsky had had enough of murder.  He made the transition to religion reporting and became a well-respected columnist and author by writing about spirituality in contemporary society and popular culture.

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State of Things
10:06 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Celebrating Coltrane

http://www.friendsofjohncoltrane.com/

John Coltrane’s music blossomed during his time in Philadelphia and New York, but his roots are in High Point, NC where he played music at church and in the high school band.

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State of Things
11:27 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Meet Al Buehler

www.goduke.com

Today, Duke University’s athletics program is world famous for basketball, but back in 1955 when Al Buehler came to Duke to coach the cross country team, football was the school’s big sport. The teams were all men and all white.

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