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
9:50 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Nimble Neutrinos

Physics World recently named its top ten breakthroughs for the year, and research from North Carolina State University was on the list. NC State, along with the University of Rochester in New York, has been working on research into how neutrinos can be used for tricky communications, like talking to submerged submarines or interstellar travelers.

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State of Things
9:16 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Life After Death Row

Life After Death Row

One hundred and thirty eight people have been exonerated of capital crimes and released from death row since 1973. These tragic stories don't always get told, but two professors wanted to make sure that the voices of some exonerees were heard. Saundra Westervelt and Kimberly Cook explore the post-incarceration struggle of 18 of them in their new book “Life After Death Row: Exonerees’ Search for Community and Identity” (Rutgers University Press/2012).

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State of Things
9:11 am
Tue December 18, 2012

The Case of Nathan Bowie

In 1991, Nathan Bowie and his uncle killed two men — Nelson Shuford and Calvin Wilson — outside an apartment complex in Catawba County. Bowie was 20 years old at the time. The crime was inexcusable and Bowie received the death penalty for it. But the case was complicated by a number of factors that could have kept Bowie off of death row.

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State of Things
9:31 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Meet Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding

When Pam Spaulding first got into publishing, she used an X-Acto knife and cardboard. She stayed in the field by learning how to use a computer. And now her blog — Pam’s House Blend — is a popular activist website for gay rights.

Host Frank Stasio talks to Pam Spaulding about her life, work and gay rights activism.

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State of Things
11:38 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Education Roundup

The Wake County school board has a new chairman and another new student assignment plan; Chapel Hill is embroiled in its own fight over reassignment; and the legislature and the State school board are tussling over virtual charter schools. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC Education Reporter Dave DeWitt about these and other education topics.

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State of Things
11:27 am
Fri December 14, 2012

You Are What You Dream

Peter Rothbart - You Are What You Dream

In Davy Rothbart's writing, his brother Peter Rothbart often pops up as a straight-man or a sidekick. But on tour together, they are every bit equals, criss-crossing through the country one city at a time.

Peter Rothbart joins host Frank Stasio to tell stories and perform songs from his new album, "You Are What You Dream."

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State of Things
10:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

My Heart is an Idiot

Davy Rothbart's new book, "My Heart is an Idiot" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux/2012), chronicles a decade of his own life and adventures. Rothbart writes as though every stranger could be a new friend, every girl he meets may be his next love and the open road stretches on for miles.

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State of Things
11:06 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Edvard Munch

The Scream
Credit www.moma.org

Edvard Munch’s most famous painting is “The Scream.” It depicts a skeletal figure holding his hands against his face in horror. This image has been reproduced and parodied the world over. But Edvard Munch's life and other works are largely unknown to the general public.

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State of Things
11:00 am
Thu December 13, 2012

DSM-V

DSM-V

The bible of the psychiatric community is undergoing a major revision. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illness or DSM has just approved its fifth revision. The DSM-V includes big changes to certain categories, including depression, dementia and autism. Some say the changes go too far.

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State of Things
11:02 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Brewing Beer Battle

After prohibition, harsh regulations restricted the distribution and sale of alcohol in the United States. The so-called three-tier system left a niche open for craft brewers, who are exempt from the regulations that apply to big companies. Now, a near-monopoly by big time beer businesses threatens the regulatory framework that has enabled craft brewers to thrive.

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