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
11:54 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Late To Bloom

Cover art for Silent Lunch's most recent EP, Late to Bloom. Album art by Julienne Alexander.
Credit Julienne Alexander

Durham’s Silent Lunch is a punk trio that plays music that they describe as “abrasive, sweet, brutal and tender.”

Their stiff upper-lip approach to music can be felt through their straight-ahead drumming, a purposeful gracelessness on guitar and lyrics delivered with a take-it-or-leave-it flair.

Guest host Phoebe Judge talks with Silent Lunch: Emily O’Sullivan, bassist and vocalist; Kaitie Hereford, drummer; and Hannah Spector, guitarist and vocalist about their music and they perform live. 

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

SCOTUS Takes Another Look At Obamacare

Supreme Court building, Washington, DC, USA. Front facade.
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The U.S Supreme Court will take up a case this week that potentially puts half a million North Carolinians at risk of losing their subsidized health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

In King v. Burwellthe high court will examine whether the federal government can assist in paying insurance premiums for all Americans or if it can only offer funds in states that have created their own health care exchanges.

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The State of Things
12:31 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

UNC Board of Governors Close Academic Centers

Protesters disrupt UNC board debate about poverty center.
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Over the protests of students, the UNC Board of Governors moved forward with tuition and fee increases, as well as the controversial decision to close three academic centers in UNC system.

Guest host Phoebe Judge talks with WUNC reporter Dave Dewitt about the decisions and the outcries from faculty and students about the Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity at UNC Chapel Hill; the Center for Biodiversity at East Carolina; and the Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change at North Carolina Central.

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

An Ever-Evolving City

Sarita and her family arrived from Nepal in 2008, where they had lived in a refugee camp for many years after fleeing political instability in Bhutan.
Andrea Patiño Contreras

The economy can have a major influence on the history of a city.

Factories once brought folks from the world over to new places with a similar goals in mind - to prosper and make a better life. That is the story of Lynn, Massachusetts. Once the home of General Electric and the countless shoe factories, the city was home to immigrants from Canada, Ireland, Greece, Italy and Armenia. Now, Lynn bears only the vestiges of its industrial success and is economically depressed. Immigration continues but from new areas of the world.

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The State of Things
11:40 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Government Crafts New Payday Lending Regulations

24 Hour Payday Loan Outlet
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Troubled by consumer complaints and loopholes in state laws, the federal government is crafting new rules to protect borrowers of payday loans.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is considering placing caps on the number of times a borrower can take a payday loan and requiring lenders to do credit checks. They also want to encourage states or lenders to lower interest rates on loans.

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The State of Things
11:26 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Breathing Back

Breathing Back: A Meditation Chorus is now on display at The Carrack.
Alexis Pauline Gumbs http://thecarrack.org/exhibit/breathingback/

  The final words uttered by Eric Garner, "I can't breathe," have become a mantra for protesters across the nation speaking out against police brutality.

Two Durham-based artists have repurposed the phrase for a new cause: to help outraged and exhausted communities connect to a legacy of activism and build resources for their long-term spiritual, emotional and physical resilience. They call it “Black Feminist Breathing.”

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Arts & Culture
7:59 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Unearthing Iron & Wine: Durham's Sam Beam Is Back

Durham resident Sam Beam, aka Iron & Wine, is back with a new album.
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Durham's own Iron & Wine is back with a brand new album full of lost songs. 

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Part Of My Life

Josh Oliver is playing tonight at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro.
Credit Logan Wentworth

Musician Josh Oliver was a very shy performer for most of his life. Growing up in eastern Tennessee he often heard hymns and traditional music in his church, but he never liked singing very much.

That all changed when he decided to study music at East Tennessee State University. In the music program, his instructors had him performing solos and writing music for himself.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Oliver about his career and Oliver performs music from his latest solo album, Part of My Life.

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Arts & Culture
3:39 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Cooked to Perfection: Nine NC Chefs Among James Beard Semi-Finalists

James Beard Award is similar to the Academy Awards, but for the best chefs and bakers in America.
Credit jamesbeard.org

  From bakeries and dives to fine dining and drive-ins, North Carolina restaurants consistently top foodies' "best-of" lists.  So it was no surprise to many in the Tar Heel culinary scene when the state's chefs and bakers were on the James Beard Foundation's semifinalist list. 

The Foundation announced the the semifinalists Wednesday at a news conference in Chicago. Nine North Carolinians made the list in two categories - Best Chef: Southeast and Outstanding Baker.

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The State of Things
12:23 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

The Dynamic R. Buckminster Fuller

Buckminster Fuller
Hazel Larson Archer Black Mountain College Museum

  R. Buckminster Fuller was a renowned 20th century inventor and visionary. But the designer, architect, artist, scientist, and teacher was never a specialist in any particular field.

Instead, he hoped to accomplish as much as humanly possible while on earth, so he explored a variety of fields. Among his accomplishments are creation of the geodesic dome and the spaceship earth theory.

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