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
11:29 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Carolina Chocolate Drops

www.carolinachocolatedrops.com

The Carolina Chocolate Drops famously reclaimed traditional mountain music for African-Americans. Their efforts were celebrated from Nashville to Hollywood and by the folks who give out the Grammy Awards. That legacy took on some poignancy this past year when their mentor, master fiddler Joe Thompson, passed away.

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State of Things
3:48 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

ALCOA on the Yadkin River

The aluminum company ALCOA wanted to renew their license to run dams along the Yadkin River, but they are faced with resistance from Governor Bev Perdue and some county commissioners. Critics say ALCOA is harnessing power irresponsibly and, in turn, poisoning the river. ALCOA is fighting for their property and profits. Host Frank Stasio is joined by WUNC reporter and Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii with the details of this story.

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State of Things
3:24 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Trouble in Mind

www.triadstage.org

The play “Trouble in Mind" is currently in performances at the Triad Stage.  It features a rare protagonist – an older African-American woman who boldly picks apart the theatrical roles that are offered to her. Preston Lane is the artistic director of Triad Stage and the director of the production.

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State of Things
10:01 am
Thu September 20, 2012

O. Henry Turns 150

www.usps.com

The famous writer O. Henry was born William Sidney Porter in 1862 in Greensboro, NC.  He went on to write hundreds of short stories. Last week, he would have turned 150 years old, and the US Postal Service released a commemorative stamp to celebrate this anniversary. Host Frank Stasio is joined by Linda Evans, the community historian for the Greensboro Historical Museum and Stephen Hale, a local performer who has been portraying O. Henry in plays at the museum for the past nine years.

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State of Things
11:51 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Girl Talk

Girls Talk
http://camraleigh.org/exhibitions/2012girltalk/

A new exhibit called “Girl Talk” at CAM, the contemporary art museum in Raleigh, explores the way women use language and communicate through the work of nine female artists. Women, specifically girls, are perhaps the most innovative users of speech and they are heavily influential on overall language trends.

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State of Things
12:13 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

The Indy...Sold!

www.indyweek.com

The Independent Weekly has been covering news, art, and culture in the Triangle for 29 years now. Steve Schewel, the owner of the Indy, recently sold it to Richard Meeker and Mark Zusman. They also run Willamette Week in Portland, Oregon and the Santa Fe Reporter in New Mexico. What will happen to the Indy now that it is under new management? Will the paper hold onto its local identity? Host Frank Stasio is joined by the Indy editor Lisa Sorg to talk about changes to the paper.

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State of Things
12:03 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Telegraph Avenue

Book cover,

Michael Chabon famously constructs whole worlds in his novels.  From the superhero invented by Cavalier and Clay to the Yiddish State of Alaska. His new novel, “Telegraph Avenue” (Harper Collins/2012) is no exception. It conjures a Bay Area struggling with chain stores and its countercultural past. It also comes with a playlist. Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Chabon joins host Frank Stasio to talk about art, culture and the consolation of music.

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State of Things
10:30 am
Tue September 18, 2012

The Brothers Size

http://www.manbitesdogtheater.org/

"The Brothers Size" is a play by Tarell Alvin McCraney dealing with the relationships between three African-American men. The older brother has lived on the straight and narrow, running an auto repair shop. The younger brother is a dreamer who has just come out of prison.

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State of Things
8:00 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Meet Wayne Holden

www.rti.org

Even though Wayne Holden wasn’t a natural athlete, being 6 feet, 6 inches meant that he had to play basketball in high school.  That sent him to college, which led him into psychology and working with disturbed kids. It was a career he loved, but since 2005, Holden has worked at RTI International, a global research organization.  Now he serves as RTI's CEO.  So, how did he go from the clinic to the boardroom? Holden joins host Frank Stasio to discuss his fascinating journey.

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State of Things
12:13 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

The Escapist Expo

"The Escapist" is an online magazine devoted to gaming. And by gaming, they mean more World of Warcraft, less Monopoly. Over the years, “The Escapist” has won six Webby awards, and this weekend, they will launch the first ever Escapist Expo at the Durham Convention Center. It’ll be a three day festival for fans to come together and play.

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