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
11:04 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Manbites Dog Turns 25

Manbites Dog Theater has been a Durham institution for 25 years now, bringing offbeat works to curious audiences, and fostering other theater groups as they struggle for a foothold. As part of its birthday celebration, the theater company is presenting “Seventy Scenes of Halloween,” the first production to premiere at the theater in 1987.

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State of Things
10:15 am
Tue December 4, 2012

It's a Wonderful Life

Cast from 'It's a Wonderful Life'
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The iconic Frank Capra film has captured the hearts and minds of people around the world. It’s the quintessential American Christmas movie. Now, the Playmakers Repertory Company is bringing a stage adaptation to Chapel Hill. “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” is showing through December 16th at the Center for Dramatic Art on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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State of Things
10:06 am
Tue December 4, 2012

The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus

The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus
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As Christmas draws nearer, we are flooded with images of Santa Claus. He is perhaps our most iconic symbol of the holiday. The modern Santa Claus is based on the legends of Saint Nicholas, or Nicholas of Myra from the 4th Century. Adam English is Associate Professor of Religion at Campbell University and author of “The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus” (Baylor University Press/ 2012). He joins host Frank Stasio to discuss the historical origins of Santa Claus.

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State of Things
1:21 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Meet Michael Gillespie

Michael Gillespie
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Michael Gillespie never set out to be an intellectual. He wanted to play professional football and went to Harvard to begin his athletic career. But illness struck and he was forced to lose 60 pounds. His football career over, Gillespie began searching for a new course in life. Philosophy seemed to be the answer. Host Frank Stasio talks to Michael Gillespie, professor of political science and director of the Gerst Program in Political, Economic and Humanistic studies at Duke University and the Duke Program in American Values and Institutions.

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State of Things
11:07 am
Fri November 30, 2012

The Future of Dix

Dorothea Dix Hospital
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On Tuesday, the North Carolina Council of State is expected to vote on the future of the Dorothea Dix campus. The 300-acre former mental hospital is prime real estate. Gov. Bev Perdue appears on the verge of making a deal to sell or offer a long-term lease to the city of Raleigh for a "destination park." But not everyone is excited about that prospect, including the Governor-Elect Pat McCrory. WUNC Reporter Jessica Jones joins Host Frank Stasio to discuss the deal and its prospects.

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State of Things
10:56 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Mad @ 60!

A recent Mad Magazine cover
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Mad Magazine turns 60 this year. Since 1952, its offices on Madison Avenue have buzzed as writers and artists drew parodies, spoofs and takeoffs of the culture of the day. “Totally Mad: 60 Years of Humor, Satire, Stupidity and Stupidity” (Time Home Entertainment/2012) came out this fall to high sales.

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State of Things
10:53 am
Fri November 30, 2012

The South Carolina Broadcasters

South Carolina Broadcasters
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When Ivy and David Sheppard chose a band name, they wanted something that referenced the old time music they played. Many American bands of the 1920s and ‘30s had words like “broadcasters” or “telecasters” in their names, since it was new technology at the time. So the Sheppards chose to go by The South Carolina Broadcasters. Along the way, they have picked up a third band member, Sarah Osborne.

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State of Things
1:47 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Latino Health and 287(g)

Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act allows United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement to partner with state and local police. Those officers are allowed to enforce federal immigration law. Critics say that the program leads to racial profiling of minorities and makes immigrants fearful of reporting crime in their own communities.

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State of Things
1:43 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

An In-Depth Look At Drinking Water

Drinking Water: A History
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When your body’s feeling crummy, someone will likely tell you to remedy it by drinking more water. Whether it’s for clearer skin or lower anxiety, people have a lot of faith in the healing power of this liquid. But water isn’t a plentiful cure-all everywhere. For many people living in places bordered by water masses, it’s hard to gain access to this necessity.

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State of Things
1:40 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Documenting Nature Through Photography

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As a native to Durham, Jim Lee has always had a knack for looking in places others often miss. His newest exhibit, Spectives, gives his audience a comprehensive look at his work documenting nature through photography, found objects and walks along Durham’s railroad tracks.

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