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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The State of Things
12:09 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

The Untold Story Of Camp Lejeune

Retired Marine Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger at a Camp Lejeune Rally
Flickr/Pam Rutter

Experts and victims discuss the issue of contaminated water at Camp Lejeune

For more than three decades, hundreds of thousands of people were likely exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, a Marine base in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Is There Anything You Would Not Do For A Million Dollars?

Sociologist Stephen Vaisey
Credit Stephen Vaisey

A conversation with sociologist Stephen Vaisey

For a million dollars, would you: 

  • Throw a tomato at a politician? 
  • Kick a dog in the head?
  • Sign away your soul?

Sociologist Stephen Vaisey asked these questions and more in the first stage of his project, Measuring Morality, which seeks to understand moral beliefs and moral divides. The study also followed teenagers for more than a decade to monitor the development of morality in young adults. 

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Tue May 27, 2014

NC General Assembly Short Session Update

North Carolina Legislative building
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NC General Assembly update

  Moral Monday protests resume as the General Assembly's short session continues. Protestors visit individual lawmakers today to lobby for Medicaid expansion, unemployment insurance and education reform. Last week, the North Carolina Senate approved a fracking bill and tentatively approved a regulatory overhaul. Both pieces of legislation may face challenges in the House. 

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The State of Things
11:27 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Rapping Through A Museum Exhibit

Rapper MC Ease performs at the Nasher Museum of Art.
Credit juanobando.com

Museum Mixtape: a series of music videos shot in art museums, featuring hip-hop artists.

Colombian artist Juan Obando noticed a disconnect between North Carolina art museums and the communities they serve. In response, he invited local hip-hop artists to create songs that playfully critique contemporary art collections at local museums. The result is Museum Mixtape: a series of music videos shot in art museums, featuring hip-hop artists.

  

Museum Mixtape - Trailer from Juan Obando on Vimeo.

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The State of Things
11:24 am
Tue May 27, 2014

The Magic Of Shirley Temple

"The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression" by John F. Kasson

Shirley Temple's success during The Great Depression

Ringlets, a baby-doll face and a sweet singing voice may be the most recognizable aspects of Shirley Temple's famous persona.

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Contested: Sports In America

Basketball players compete in the 1963 NCAA championship game
Credit Ramblers

The world of sports is a multi-billion dollar industry. And sports have a special elevated place in American culture.

A new one-hour radio documentary looks at the less-examined aspect of sports: the experience of young athletes. Contested is produced in collaboration with the radio program, State of the Re:Union, and will air Monday at noon on WUNC.

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Writing About Justice In The Developing World

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Corban Addison uses his experience as a corporate lawyer to write about human rights stories in the developing world. 

His first novel, A Walk Across the Sun, followed two girls who were orphaned after a deadly tsunami and sold as sex slaves in Mumbai. 

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Holy Ghost Tent Revival's Stephen Murray Drops A Solo Album

Credit On Pop Studios

Stephen Murray has spent years making big, spirited sounds with the band Holy Ghost Tent Revival. Now, he has a new album of his own called “The Backlot Sessions.”

It’s a collection of songs that had been sitting in Stephen’s mind for years, and came together in just days.

He will be performing at On Pop Studios in Greensboro on May 30th and with Holy Ghost Tent Revival on Saturday, May 31st, at the Penguin Music Festival in Wilmington.

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The State of Things
12:09 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

StoryCorps: An Hour Behind The Scenes

StoryCorps Facilitators Chaela Herridge-Meyer and Adriana Gallardo outside the mobile airstream trailer that travels the country recording stories.
StoryCorps

Listen to the full State of Things program about StoryCorps.

StoryCorps, a national oral history project, has collected more than 50,000 interviews across the country. 

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Energy Consumption And Climate Change As National Security Threats

Airmen lay sandbags to protect against a flooding disaster in MO in 2011.
Credit Dept. of Defense

Climate change and the way we use energy are threats to national security, according to group of U.S. military generals at the nonprofit CNA Corporation.

Their research shows stronger storms will likely divert more troops to humanitarian missions and American dependence on fossil fuels forces convoys to routinely transport fuel through dangerous areas.

Host Frank Stasio talks with retired Lt. Gen. Richard Zilmer, a member of the Military Advisory Board at CNA Corporation.

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