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
10:56 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Meet Walter Bennett

leavingtuscaloosa.com

There’s a scene in Walter Bennett’s new novel "Leaving Tuscaloosa" (Fuze Publishing/2012) that will send chills down your spine. It’s 1962 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and a group of young white men ride through the African-American part of town throwing eggs and hurling racial taunts. The scene is based on an experience from Walter Bennett’s adolescence and it still bothers him.

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State of Things
11:30 am
Fri October 12, 2012

William Friday

lib.unc.edu

Former UNC System President William Friday died this morning at the age of 92.

He led the system for 30 years through desegregation and expansion, and continued to have a strong influence on North Carolina long after retirement. WUNC education reporter Dave Dewitt joins host Frank Stasio to talk about the legacy of William Friday.

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State of Things
11:20 am
Fri October 12, 2012

North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame

ncarts.org

The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame recently brought Kay Byer onto its hallowed roster.

Byer was North Carolina's first female poet laureate, serving from 2005 to 2009. She spent her adult life in the mountains of western North Carolina, channeling the landscape and voices into her work. Her new book of poetry is called "Descent" (Louisiana State University Press/ 2012). Byer joins host Frank Stasio to talk about her writing.

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State of Things
11:15 am
Fri October 12, 2012

The Broken Flower

Photo by Barbara Tyroler

Triangle poet Jeffery Beam has been prolific since his retirement last year.

He has two new books coming out called “The Broken Flower” (Skysill Press/2012) and "The New Beautiful Tendons" (Triton Books/2012). Along with his book “Gospel Earth” (Skysill Press/2010), they form a trilogy. “The Broken Flower” in particular is Beam’s exploration of brokenness and how we put ourselves back together. Host Frank Stasio talks to Jeffery Beam about his new book.

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State of Things
11:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Jason Hoover

Jason Hoover got into music as a young man to assuage his loneliness. He stuck with it, and his persistence paid off. He recently released his first full-length album, “Bedroom Tracks.” He joins host Frank Stasio in the studio, and he performs live along with drummer Marshall Eure.

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State of Things
10:31 am
Thu October 11, 2012

The Automated Stock Exchange

Buying and selling stock used to be all about people. Increasingly, companies use computers to execute complicated and quick trades on the stock market and some experts worry that these so-called High Frequency Traders could have an unfair advantage in the market. In addition, concerns about how these computerized trades affect market stability are increasingly part of the economic discussion nation-wide.

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State of Things
10:20 am
Thu October 11, 2012

The Malign Hand of the Market

duke.edu

The free market is the backbone of the United States economy, but is it as friendly as the experts claim?

John Staddon doesn’t think so. His new book, “The Malign Hand of the Market: The Insidious Forces on Wall Street that are Destroying Financial Markets and What We Can Do About It” (McGraw-Hill/2012), examines how the free market has been subverted. Host Frank Stasio talks about the free market and how it can be fixed with John Staddon, James B. Duke professor of psychology and professor of biology and neurobiology emeritus at Duke University.

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State of Things
10:28 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Books to Die For

johnconnollybooks.com

In a floundering publishing industry, mystery novels are consistent best sellers. The CBS crime drama NCIS competes only with Sunday night football for top ratings on the Nielsen scale. Why do mysteries have such a grip on our imagination?

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State of Things
10:16 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Fire of Freedom

ncmuseumofhistory.org

Abraham Galloway was a fugitive slave hailing from Wilmington, North Carolina, who became a union spy, a radical abolitionist and a state senator. However, you'll rarely, if ever, see Galloway's name in a history textbook. For 10 years, author and historian David Cecelski researched and attempted to uncover the life of Abraham Galloway.

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State of Things
10:40 am
Tue October 9, 2012

At the Mouth of the River of Bees

smallbeerpress.com

For Kij Johnson, writing was always a hobby. It was a fairly successful one, she’s published novels and short stories, and won numerous awards.

But it wasn’t until she got a job this year at the University of Kansas teaching fiction writing that writing truly became her full-time profession. She has a new collection of short stories out called, “At the Mouth of the River of Bees” (Small Beer Press/2012). She joins host Frank Stasio in the studio to talk about the collection.

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