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
9:58 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Duke Street Dogs

www.dukestreetdogs.com

The Duke Street Dogs have been a Durham institution in one form or another for decades.

Their unique blend of genres consistently draws crowds to the Blue Note Grill on Friday nights. The band joins host Frank Stasio to talk about their music and to play live in the studio.

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State of Things
10:54 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Cheese, Please

http://www.maxmccalman.com

Everything's better with cheese on it. Just ask the thousands of people gathered in Raleigh this week for the 29th annual conference of the American Cheese Society. Activities include a keynote address by author Temple Grandin,

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State of Things
10:45 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Collateral Consequences

Crime doesn't pay, or so we've heard. In addition to jail or prison time, fines and community service, there are a host of collateral consequences that many people don't even know about. Access to higher education, housing and even jobs can be affected when you have a criminal record. Two lawyers have set up a database to help people understand the true penalties of different crimes.

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State of Things
10:37 am
Thu August 2, 2012

The Art of Cool

http://theartofcoolproject.com/

One year ago, a jazz advocacy program called the Art of Cool Project started having a monthly concert series at an art gallery in Durham.  Today, that project has expanded to Raleigh and is living up to its mission of creating spaces for jazz artists to perform and supporting musicians financially.

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State of Things
11:59 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Arthropods in our Homes

Creepy crawling creatures co-exist among us in our homes, but before you whip out the bug spray, consider this offer from scientist Michelle Trautwein. She and a team of researchers would like to inspect, collect samples from and analyze the insect species found in and around your home.

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State of Things
11:51 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Help Me to Find My People

http://uncpress.unc.edu

African-American kinship often starts with slavery, an institution built on human trafficking – the buying and selling of people as if they were commodities.  The tearing apart of family was part of the violence of slavery and the constant threat of separation from your family was another kind of violence all its own. Historian Heather Williams studies the effects and after effects of slavery.

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State of Things
11:46 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Durham by Dinosaur

What’s it like to take a tour of Durham, NC by dinosaur? In the short film “The Strong One,” filmmakers Josh Bielick, Nicholas Sailor and Tim Reavis imagine taking that ride and understanding how life changes through the eyes of a young boy. Bielick and Reavis are alumni of North Carolina State University where Sailer is a senior. They join host Frank Stasio to talk about Durham, and turning a spoken word poem into a five-minute film.

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State of Things
11:22 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Chasing Sleep

www.harpercollins.com

Some people brag about how little sleep they need to function, but sleep disorders and the problems they cause are getting a lot more attention these days.  Are we actually suffering from an epidemic of sleep deprivation or do we just know more about this mysterious process of absent consciousness?

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State of Things
10:18 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Meet Bishop Michael Curry

www.dionc.org

Bishop Michael Curry grew up in an Episcopal Church steeped in the civil rights movement.  This early example of faith as an instrument of change followed him throughout his life and spurred him to become an Episcopal priest.

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State of Things
8:00 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Deceptive Advertising

A recent study at North Carolina State University highlights how deceptive advertising affects the brains of consumers. This could have implications for aging and injured brains and how they are able to vet advertising for falsehoods. Host Frank Stasio talks about the study with Stacy Wood, Langdon Distinguished Professor of Marketing at N.C. State University’s Poole College of Management.

This program originally aired on June 20, 2012. For a link to the audio, click here.

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