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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James Longley's exhibit is showing through Feb. 20 at the Power Plant Gallery in Durham.
James Longley

  Filmmaker James Longley is known for his portrayals people in politically volatile countries in the Middle East. 

His films seek to deepen an understanding of the historical and cultural dimensions of the region’s conflicts. For his low-budget, self-financed films, Longley has lived among ordinary families, gaining access to people in places rarely chronicled on film by Westerners. 

Comedian Maria Bamford takes the stage at DSI Saturday.
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For comedian Maria Bamford, nothing is off the table. 

She is brutally honest in her comedy about sex and dating, conditions like Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and Bipolar disorder. Her candid approach has made her, by many estimates, one of the best stand-ups in the industry

Host Frank Stasio talks with Bamford about her career as a stand-up comedian and the many intricacies that make her such a perplexing figure in entertainment. 

The North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival ends this Sunday.
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Comedy is a subjective artform. What makes one audience laugh out loud will not always make another crack up.

But, the fear of bombing in front of an auditorium of strangers does not stop contestants in the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival's "Carolina's Funniest Comic" contest.

Host Frank Stasio talks with DSI Comedy's resident instructor on stand-up comedy, Zach Ward; local comedian Lauren Faber; and comedian Maria Bamford about the art of stand-up comedy. 

UNC’s 2015 Social Entrepreneurship Conference challenges students on our 17 campuses to identify some of North Carolina’s most pressing social problems, then take a business-oriented approach to solving them.
http://www.northcarolina.edu/?q=content/2015-social-entrepreneurship-conference

 

   Students throughout the University of North Carolina's system are working to identify some of the state's most pressing social problems and address them with business-oriented approaches. 

The North Carolina School for Science and Math was a finalist for Spaces for Innovation Challenge at the Emerging Issues Forum.
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Innovation is thriving across the state of North Carolina and communities are becoming more intentional about providing spaces that nurture creative thinking.

In Every Way

Feb 5, 2015
Brown's latest novel
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Five years after his last novel, North Carolina native Nic Brown is back with another riveting story. 

View from the hilltop at Carver Pond Apartments on Meriwether Drive in Durham, North Carolina
Ildar Sagdejev

  In North Carolina, two million families live without adequate housing. 

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. 

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. 

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

  

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

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. 

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

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

Oscars
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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.

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. 

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.

Pipes from the Keystone XL Pipeline.
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One of the measures topping the agenda for the new Republican Congress is passage of legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline. 

The cover of Mette Ivie Harrison's The Bishop's Wife.
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Linda Wallheim is a stay-at-home wife who is married to quite possibly the most influential man in her Mormon community of Draper, Utah. 

Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue - Sondra Bianca Piano, Warsaw Concerto, Cornish Rhapsody, Dream of Olwen - Addinsell, Hubert Bath, Charles Williams, Musiphon op.153
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The North Carolina Symphony will play a familiar tune in its upcoming shows: George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue."  

Gone Girl Premiere at the 52nd New York Film Festival, October 2014
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From Boyhood To Gone Girl, 2014 had many blockbuster movies. What is your favorite and why? Answer the survey and leave your contact information if you are interested in the possibility of being on the show.

The shooting of Michael Brown set off a series of protest nationwide and had Americans questioning the role of police in their communities.
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  From the streets of Ferguson to the halls of Congress, 2014 saw many pivotal moments in the country's narrative. 

Producer Hady Mawajdeh fulling around behind the mic.
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As the year draws to a close, The State of Things staff take a look back at some of their favorite segments of 2014. 

Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book
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When you say the words "Little Golden Books" many people flash back to a time in their childhood when they learned to read from books like Mister Dog and Tawny Scrawny Lion

Greensboro's DADDY ISSUES performs live on The State of Things.
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The cleverly-named female band DADDY ISSUES from Greensboro, North Carolina started making music last year. 

Ron Rash's new book Something Rich and Strange is composed of 34 of his best short stories written over the past 20 years.
http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062349347/something-rich-and-strange

    

Many know North Carolina author Ron Rash for his novel Serena which was  turned into a film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

Frank Stasio talked live with Congressman Howard Coble 12/16/2014.
Ivan Saul Cutler / Governor Morehead Forum for Economic Development

  At 83, Congressman Howard Coble is retiring and leaving Capitol Hill after 30 years. 

Scuppernong Books is Greensboro's independent bookstore. They are part of a revitalization in downtown and hope to be place where conversations happen.
http://www.scuppernongbooks.com/

The obituary for the independent bookstore has been written many times, but the digital revolution has created a niche and a desire to hold something real in your hands when you read. 

Ivan Saul Cutler / Governor Morehead Forum for Economic Development

Greensboro's Little Mountain will perform live at the Triad Stage today during The State of Things. 

Chris Staples' newest album American Soft was released earlier this year on Barsuk Records (cover art).
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Singer-songwriter Chris Staples has spent much of his career as a backup musician for other artists. 

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