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
1:57 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Laila Nur

For Laila Nur, moving from New York to Virginia with her family was a choice. Later, however, moving away from her family was a necessity. Laila came out as queer. And that not only went against her family’s beliefs. It went against her religion – Islam. She has been struggling with these contradictions ever since. Laila developed her revolutionary music style in Greensboro at age 17. She talks with host Frank Stasio and plays live at the Upstage Cabaret of the Triad Stage.

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State of Things
9:40 am
Thu November 8, 2012

The Women of Film Noir

It's no secret that there's a lack of compelling roles for women in Hollywood. Often, they are confined to adoring secretaries or sex objects, but in the noir films of the 1940s and ‘50s, the femme fatale uses her cunning and sex appeal to get the better of men.

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State of Things
10:02 am
Wed November 7, 2012

The Day After

The results are in, and Democratic candidate Barack Obama is president. But while the country went blue, North Carolina is now colored solidly red. The Republican Party has its firmest grip on the state in 20 years, taking the governor’s mansion, the House and the Senate. How should we interpret the Republican victory in North Carolina in the midst of Democrats retaining the White House and strengthening their hold on the United States Senate? And what does the Republican stronghold in Raleigh mean for policy across our state?

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State of Things
10:07 am
Tue November 6, 2012

The Transformation of Democracy

People sometimes say that voting is the most effective way for everyone to participate in a democracy, but that’s not the way it started. In Athens, democracy began with only men gathering in public places to decide the future of their community. How did we go from there to here? Democracy ended in ruins in Athens; will it happen that way in the United States?

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State of Things
9:17 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Meet Omar Ali

uncg.edu

Tomorrow the nation will go out to the polls and pick its president. Whatever the outcome, you can bet the winner will be either a Republican or a Democrat. But why is that? How did a Democratic nation where the people pick their leaders, whoever they may be, become a choice between two parties?

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State of Things
10:54 am
Wed October 31, 2012

ZOMBIES!

Zombies are 21st Century stars of the big and small screens. They have been serialized, spoofed, snuffed and ridiculed in movies like “Shaun of the Dead,” “Zombieland,” and television shows like “The Walking Dead.” Though they are a staple of horror fiction, they also have some base in reality. In fact, zombies can be traced back to the Haitian tradition of voodoo.

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State of Things
10:45 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Black Feminism Today

spelman.edu

In 1970, Beverly Guy-Sheftall helped create the first women’s studies department at Spelman College, and it became the first and only department of its kind at a historically Black college.

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State of Things
10:31 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Man Vs. Markets

marketplace.org

Paddy Hirsch makes a living breaking complex topics down into understandable parts.

He performs this role as the whiteboard guru of the radio program “Marketplace,” and he also uses his skills to explain the economy in his new book, “Man vs. Markets: Economics Explained (Plain and Simple)”. Host Frank Stasio talks to Paddy Hirsch about the battle between man and the markets.

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State of Things
10:02 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Considering the Polls

As the presidential election lingers only a week away, people all over the country are steadily watching the polls, but what exactly do polls do for the American audience? Do polls somehow change voters’ minds or inspire the once disinterested to vote?

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State of Things
10:17 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Meet Walter Dalton

Walter Dalton
Credit Office of the Lt. Governor

Walter Dalton grew from humble beginnings in Rutherford County to become a six-time state senator and the lieutenant governor of North Carolina. In the November 6 general election, he is running for governor against Republican Pat McCrory. Host Frank Stasio talks to Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton about his life and candidacy.

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