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
12:09 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

The Second Life of Abigail Walker

Frances O’Roark Dowell writes books for young adults. But she forgoes wizards and vampires in favor of very real themes. Her new book, “The Second Life of Abigail Walker” (Simon and Schuster/ 2012), address childhood obesity and bullying. She joins host Frank Stasio to speak about writing for younger audiences.

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State of Things
11:24 am
Fri September 14, 2012

The Herstory of Josephine Gore

Jo Gore made a name for herself around the Triangle by singing jazz and soul music. But she grew up singing traditional gospel songs in her grandparents’ church. Now she has a new album, “The Herstory of Josephine Gore: Return of the Articulate Kinsman, Volume One.” The band Jo Gore and the Alternative will join host Frank Stasio to revisit old gospel songs and to play some more contemporary music.

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State of Things
12:02 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Is Time on Our Side?

Julia Scatliff O'Grady attended several time management seminars before she started to teach them.  Neither the experience of being a student or a teacher satisfied her interest in how we use time. So she studied several people with unique relationships to time and wrote the new book, "Good Busy: Productivity, Procrastination and the Endless Pursuit of Balance"

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State of Things
12:39 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Nina Simone…What More Can I Say?

Nina Simone
http://www.ninasimone.com/

Nina Simone was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in Tryon, NC in 1933. She was musically gifted from a young age and her experience singing gospel in the church influenced her jazz performance style that would later make Simone an international superstar. Simone also lent her voice to the Civil Rights Movement with powerful, socially conscious songs like “Young, Gifted and Black” and “Mississippi Goddamn.” While she found success as a performer and activist, Simone also suffered from mental illness, which tore apart her personal relationships.

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State of Things
4:12 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Meet Baldemar Velasquez

Baldemar Velasquez
www.supportfloc.org

Legend has it that Baldemar Velasquez led his first fight for migrant farmworkers’ rights at the age of 12. He started working in the fields at 4 years old and soon became a self-taught scholar of social justice. Today, Velasquez is the founder and President of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), a labor union that has battled against unfair wages and mistreatment of migrant workers since 1967. FLOC has a headquarters in North Carolina where Velasquez regularly rallies for better conditions for local laborers.

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State of Things
11:34 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Remembering Andy Griffith

www.andygriffith.org

Andy Griffith died in July at his home on Roanoke Island, NC at age 86. Griffith was a native son of North Carolina, who proudly brought a tender vision of Southern culture to the masses through television. His portrayal of a wise and honest country lawman on “The Andy Griffith Show” won many hearts.

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The State of Things

The State of Things is a live program hosted by Frank Stasio devoted to bringing the issues, personalities, and places of North Carolina to our listeners.

State of Things
11:05 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Amy Goodman

www.democracynow.org

Amy Goodman has dedicated her life to progressive journalism.  She founded the radio program “Democracy Now!” in 1996, and has continued to cover important stories ever since, including those that the mainstream media sometimes misses. She is in Durham, NC this Saturday promoting her new book, "The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope” (Haymarket Books/2012).

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State of Things
10:58 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Killer Mike

www.adultswim.com/music

Before he even released his debut solo CD, hip-hop artist Killer Mike scored a Grammy with OutKast for the song “The Whole World” in 2003.  Mike’s new project, “R.A.P. Music” is his sixth studio effort and one that showcases the wisdom that has come with aging in the music business.

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State of Things
10:53 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Some Army

www.somearmy.bandcamp.com

The annual Hopscotch Music Festival kicked off in Raleigh yesterday, and if you were hanging around the right spot, you might have caught the band Some Army rocking it out. The group formed in 2011, and it is releasing its first EP later this month. Host Frank Stasio talks to them about playing Hopscotch and their new album, and they play live in the studio.

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