Hady Mawajdeh

Producer, "The State of Things"

Hady Mawajdeh is a native Texan, born and raised in San Antonio. He listened to Fresh Air growing up and fell in love with public radio. He earned his B.A. in Mass Communication at Texas State University and specialized in electronic media. He worked at NPR affiliate stations KUT and KUTX in Austin, Texas as an intern, producer, social media coordinator, and a late-night deejay.
 
Hady joined the team at The State of Things in 2014 as a producer. Though he is new to North Carolina, he is already a fan of the Durham Bulls and the newly-reformed Charlotte Hornets. In his spare time, Hady enjoys playing pick-up basketball, reading, seeing live music, and listening to a variety of podcasts.
 

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The State of Things
11:55 am
Thu January 29, 2015

The Many Movements Of Branford Marsalis

The Branford Marsalis Quartet. From left to right: Joey Calderazzo, Eric Revis, Branford Marsalis and Justin Faulkner

Branford Marsalis brings great music into the world in multiple ways: he plays it; he writes it; he produces in on his own record label; and he promotes it everywhere he goes. 

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The State of Things
12:06 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

A New Stanza For NC Poetry

Shelby Stephenson (left) is North Carolina's new Poet Laureate.
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North Carolina's new poet laureate, Shelby Stephenson, will be installed Monday, February 2, 2015. 

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The State of Things
11:21 am
Fri January 23, 2015

One More Time Round With Jon Shain

Durham artist Jon Shain is playing The State of Things.
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Durham guitarist Jon Shain recorded an album of covers in 2014 entitled Reupholstered

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The State of Things
12:03 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Death Rides The Rails

A train carrying crude oil derailed causing a massive explosion in the Canadian town of Lac-Mégantic in July 2013.

  

Railroads across America carry hundreds of billions of dollars of toxic materials every year. 

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The State of Things
11:40 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Politically Incorrect, Totally Hilarious

Hari Kondabolu comes to Chapel Hill and brings his polarizing comedy with him.
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Comedian Hari Kondabolu does not tiptoe around sensitive subjects like race and ethnicity. 

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The State of Things
12:25 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Public Housing Evictions Spark Concern in Asheville

Pisgah View Association President Iindia Pearson and Hillcrest resident Olufemi Lewis talk to members of a new group advocating for the interests of public housing residents in Asheville, which has the largest public housing agency in Western North Carolina.
Credit Matt Rose/Carolina Public Press

  

Public housing residents in Asheville are raising concerns with the city's housing authority because of a recent rise in evictions. 

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The State of Things
12:25 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Stella by Starlight

Book cover to Sharon Draper's new book for young adults, Stella by Starlight.

Author Sharon Draper has been writing award-winning young adult fiction for years. 

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Movies On The Radio: Best And Worst Of 2014

Oscars
Credit Prayitno via Flickr

 

The Oscar nominations were announced earlier today with Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel topping the list with nine nominations each.  As the stars prepare to hit the red carpet, listeners take a look back at the best and worst films of 2014.

From Boyhood to Interstellar, Host Frank Stasio talks with North Carolina Museum of Art film curator Laura Boyes and North Carolina State University film professor Marsha Gordon.

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

The Invention Of The Modern Dictionary

This fall marks the 150th anniversary of a landmark in the history of American dictionary making: the creation of the 1864 edition of Webster's Dictionary. 

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Mon January 12, 2015

David Holt's State of Music

David Holt and Rhiannon Giddens during the filming of "David Holt's State of Music."
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Grammy Award winning musician David Holt moved to western North Carolina to learn "mountain music" in the early 1970s.

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