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.


The State of Things
11:59 am
Tue November 25, 2014

NC Author Gains Fans With Supernatural Plots

By Jason Mott
Credit Mira


Author Jason Mott hails from Bolton, North Carolina- a town with a population of 700. The characters in Mott’s novels come from smalltown America as well. Mott’s narratives gained wide popularity for their supernatural situations like the return of lost relatives or children with healing abilities. Host Frank Stasio talks with New York Times bestselling author Jason Mott about his novel The Wonder of All Things (Mira/2014), his debut novel's adaptation into an ABC television series and his sudden rise to fame.

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The State of Things
12:04 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Is Solitary Confinement Torture? New Report From UNC School Of Law

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Long-term solitary confinement is a cruel, inhumane and degrading form of punishment, according to a new report from The University of North Carolina School of Law.

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Wed November 19, 2014

The Great Gatsby - An American Rite Of Passage

So We Read On is Maureen Corrigan new book that takes a look into "the greatest" American novel.

Reading F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is a rite of passage these days. The novel is mandatory reading for many high schoolers across the country. 

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

The Lone Bellow

The Lone Bellow dropped by WUNC to play The State of Things.
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The Lone Bellow is a band is born from tragedy with songs told with heart and simplicity. 

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Thu November 13, 2014

White House Diaries Reveal Complexities of Nixon/Graham Relationship

President Lyndon Johnson, President-elect Richard Nixon, Rev. Billy Graham and Vice President-elect Spiro Agnew during a prayer at swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol January 20, 1969.
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Newly released excerpts from H.R. Haldeman’s diary provide new insights into the relationship between Billy Graham and Richard Nixon. 

Audio journals from Nixon’s chief of staff reveal Graham’s firm grasp of political craftsmanship, and Nixon’s reliance on the televangelist for more than spiritual advice.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Carolina Public Press reporter Jon Elliston about the audio journals and what they revealed. 

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The State of Things
11:52 am
Wed November 12, 2014

The Ice Garden

Cover to Moira Crone's new novel, The Ice Garden.

The characters in Moira Crone’s new book The Ice Garden (Carolina Wren Press/2014) have been rattling about in the author’s head for decades. 

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The State of Things
10:55 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Veterans Day Radio Broadcast To Feature Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg Families

As many as 40 percent of the approximately 2 million military children in the United States are under the age of 5.
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The United States has been at war for more than a decade and the men and women that protect our country overseas are not the only people making sacrifices. Tens of thousands of children have watched as their parents get deployed into dangerous conflict zones and have been dealing with the reality that they may never come back or that they may return as someone different.

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Questions Around The Death Of A North Carolina Prisoner

Alexander Correctional Institution in Taylorsville, NC.


On March 12, 2014, Michael Anthony Kerr, an inmate at the Alexander Correctional Institution, died from dehydration en route to a hospital in Raleigh.

The treatment of Mr. Kerr in days leading up to his death have led to many questions as well as investigations by the US Attorney’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation.

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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Mon November 10, 2014

LISTEN: This Is What A Cigar Box Guitar Sounds Like

Justin Johnson playing the cigar box guitar.
Credit Justin Johnson Music

North Carolina musician Justin Johnson makes and collects homemade instruments. Listen to him play "Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down" live in the WUNC studios using a guitar made out of a cigar box:

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Roots Music And The Cigar Box Guitar

The cover photo for Justin Johnson's latest album, Smoke & Mirrors.
Credit Justin Johnson Music


North Carolina Musician Justin Johnson has always been drawn to stringed instruments. Starting with the beat up, one-string Stella guitar his mother handed down to him, Justin has played music with any band that would take him.

So when he was handed a homemade cigar box guitar at a show a few years ago, he was instantly drawn to the sound and feel of the unique instrument. Ever since, he's been making and collecting homemade instruments to play on the road.

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