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
10:05 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Life of a Leaf

The Life of a Leaf by Steven Vogel
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When most people look at a leaf, they just see a green thing hanging down. When scientist Steven Vogel looks, he sees a scientific “everyman,” an organism whose functions can help explain science. He uses the leaf as his protagonist in a new book called “The Life of a Leaf” (University of Chicago Press/2012).

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State of Things
10:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Geek Mom

GeekMom blog
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Being a geek isn’t what it used to be. Now it’s a sign of cool. But how do things change when geeks become parents? Chapel Hill resident Natania Barron knows all about that. She’s a gamer, a speculative fiction writer and one of the co-editors of Wired.com’s GeekMom blog. She is also the co-writer of a new book called “Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families” (Potter Craft/2012). Host Frank Stasio talks to Natania Barron about the state of geekdom.

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State of Things
10:25 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Meet Laura Ritchie

Laura Ritchie
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Laura Ritchie’s great, great grandfather invented the soft drink Cheerwine, and it became a family business. But she never considered joining the company. Instead she wanted to become an artist. An experience in Florence, Italy showed her the value of the curators behind the great art exhibits. That led her to finish her art education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and open her own art gallery, The Carrack Modern Art in Durham. Host Frank Stasio talks to Laura Ritchie about her life and opening The Carrack Modern Art.

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State of Things
10:30 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Ancient and Living Maya

Today is supposedly the end of the world, depending on who you believe. Some say the ancient Maya people predicted December 21, 2012 would be the apocalypse. Others say it is just a new era. Still others say the whole thing is overblown.

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State of Things
10:30 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Organic Transit

Frank in the ELF

A company in downtown Durham is hoping to revolutionize the way people commute. The ELF is a vehicle created by Organic Transit and its founder Rob Cotter. It fills the niche between the car and the bike, and Cotter thinks it can be an eco-friendly alternative to traditional vehicles.

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State of Things
10:00 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Greg Humphreys' Farewell Show

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Greg Humphreys has been a fixture on the Triangle's music scene for 20 years. He was part of influential bands of the 90s and 2000s — Dillon Fence and Hobex. And he most recently has performed as a solo artist on the forthcoming album "Bohemia." Greg is leaving North Carolina for New York City, but first he joins host Frank Stasio to look back on his career in the Triangle and perform live in the studio.

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State of Things
10:35 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Legacy of Governor Perdue

Gov. Bev Perdue was the first female governor in North Carolina history. Her tenure has been tumultuous and culminated with her deciding not to run for a second term. What is her legacy? Host Frank Stasio talks to News & Observer political reporter Rob Christensen; and Scott Mooneyham, editor at The Insider.

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State of Things
10:21 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Beat Making Lab

beatmakinglab.com
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Students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have some alternatives when it comes to music education. Instead of the traditional forms of music, they can also explore their beat making capacity in a special class taught by Stephen Levitin, aka Apple Juice Kid, and Pierce Freelon. Host Frank Stasio talks to them about their class and taking the beat lab to the Congo.

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State of Things
10:03 am
Wed December 19, 2012

N&O Plus

Today, the News and Observer of Raleigh is putting in place an online paywall — a subscription fee for people who want to read more than 15 articles a month on the paper's website. Host Frank Stasio talks about the changes and the evolving economies of the newspaper business with N&O publisher Orage Quarles, III.

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State of Things
9:56 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Steve Ford

For nearly a quarter century, Steve Ford edited the editorial page at the News and Observer of Raleigh. During that time, he wrote about disgraced politicians, fights over student assignment and a wide array of other issues facing the state and Triangle. Ford retired earlier this month, and today he joins host Frank Stasio to look back at his career and the changing nature of editorial pages.

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