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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Business & Economy
9:59 am
Thu October 18, 2012

North Carolina’s Negative Advertising

Negative political advertising has become a mainstay of national and local campaigns, but it wasn’t always this way. North Carolina had a unique role in shaping the evolution of attack advertising. News & Observer political reporter and columnist Rob Christensen talks about North Carolina’s rancorous political ad past with host Frank Stasio.

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State of Things
9:50 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Remembering William Friday

unc.edu

Bill Friday spent his entire adult life devoted to higher education in North Carolina, including serving as president of the University of North Carolina system for 30 years.

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State of Things
9:06 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Triad Roundup

Food trucks are all the rage when considering cuisine and Greensboro wants to get in on the trend. The city is conducting a limited trial of food trucks to see how well they fare. Plus, the long-time mayor of High Point isn't seeking re-election, and five candidates are vying for the position. Host Frank Stasio gets a Triad news roundup from Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii.

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State of Things
9:03 am
Tue October 16, 2012

When Did Indians Become Straight?

research.uncg.edu

Words like "straight" and "gay" are thrown around in the popular discourse about sexuality these days, but what relationship do they bear on how people rule themselves?

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State of Things
8:58 am
Tue October 16, 2012

The Brand New Life

thebrandnewlife.net

North Carolina's own "The Brand New Life" fuses African traditions with jazz and modern techniques.

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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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