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
10:51 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Hearts and Mines

http://www.casematepublishing.com

Russell Snyder was a patriotic American who joined the Army after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

What he saw in Iraq changed his view of the war and America's role in it. His new book, "Hearts and Mines: A Memoir of Psychological Warfare in Iraq" (Casemate/2012), chronicles his experiences during combat. Snyder joins host Frank Stasio to talk about the book and what shifted his perspective on the conflict.

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State of Things
10:45 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Punk

http://www.tvpartybooks.com/punk-book.html

The emergence of punk music marked an anarchic change in the sound of rock during the 1980s, and Billy Ingram was there to document its rise.

He was a writer for a gay publication covering the Los Angeles music scene, and he had a front-row seat to a revolution in rock. At the same time, Ingram was coming into his own as a gay man covering punk culture, which he found less-than-friendly toward homosexuals. Ingram joins host Frank Stasio to talk about his experiences as documented in new book, "Punk" (TVParty/2012).

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State of Things
10:42 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Ai Weiwei's Marble Chair

www.nasher.duke.edu

Ai Weiwei is a prominent Chinese contemporary artist who gets press attention for his politics as much as for his art work.

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State of Things
10:22 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Durham's Creative Class

www.creativeclass.com

The American Tobacco Factory shut down manufacturing in Durham in 1987. For years this space sat idle and deteriorating.

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State of Things
11:14 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Meet Pam Gutlon

Photo credit: D.L. Anderson

Pam Gutlon owns Outsider Art & Collectibles in Durham, but her work is beyond bringing artists and their paintings into her gallery.

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State of Things
10:08 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Everything's the Best

Teacher Josh Gondelman’s observations about what goes on in his pre-school classroom have turned out to be good fodder for comedy material. His new CD, "Everything's the Best" uses that life experience to entertain audiences. Gondelman is now traveling with comedian Chip Chantry on the School's Out for Summer comedy tour, which lands at DSI Comedy Theater in Carrboro tonight. He and Chantry join host Frank Stasio to trade some laughs.

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State of Things
10:02 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Chimera

T.C. McCarthy was deterred from his dream of writing at every step. A commencement speaker told him to ditch it and a college creative writing program laughed at his attempts to write science fiction. McCarthy eventually did abandon English for science, but he never gave up his dream of being an author. After working for the U.S. Patent Office and the CIA, his dream finally came true.

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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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