Isaac-Davy Aronson

Producer, "Morning Edition"

Isaac-Davy Aronson is WUNC's morning news producer and can frequently be heard on air as a host and reporter. He came to North Carolina in 2011, after several years as a host at New York Public Radio in New York City.  He's been a producer, newscaster and host at Air America Radio, New York Times Radio, and Newsweek on Air.


The State of Things
12:23 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Scroll Rescued From Nazis Sends Raleigh Rabbi On Interfaith Journey

Credit Rabbi Raachel Jurovics

Host Frank Stasio talks to Rabbi Raachel Jurovics about her interfaith practice

For years, Raleigh Rabbi Raachel Jurovics cared for a Torah scroll looted by the Nazis from a Czech town she thought had been destroyed. As it turns out, the town is still there, and the residents have restored the synagogue that was the scroll's original home.

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The State of Things
12:41 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Financing Local Food With Slow Money

Book cover of Carol Peppe Hewitt's new book, 'Financing Our Foodshed.'

Members of a growing movement are taking their money off of Wall Street and investing it in local food systems through small peer-to-peer loans. Slow Money lenders watch their investments used to grow businesses and farms right in their own communities. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Carol Peppe Hewitt, the founder of Slow Money NC. She reads from her new book “Financing Our Foodshed” (New Society Publishers/2013) at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill tonight at 7.

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The State of Things
12:26 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Controversial Silent Sam Monument Turns 100

Unveiling of the confederate monument in 1913.
Credit Wilson Library

On June 2nd, 1913, the University of North Carolina dedicated a memorial on its Chapel Hill campus to students who had fought for the Confederacy.  A century later, Silent Sam – as the statue has come to be known – still stirs passions.

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Building Community Through Songwriting

Hope Marasco

The music of Hope Marasco

Hope talks about her efforts with host Frank Stasio, and performs some of her original songs, along with Mary Johnson Rockers and Will Ridenour.

The State of Things
12:18 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Shearon Harris Shutdown & Investigation

The Shearon Harris nuclear power plant
Credit Nuclear Regulatory Commission /

Reporter John Murawski updates us on the status of the cracked Sharon Harris Nuclear Power Plant

Federal regulators are investigating the Shearon Harris nuclear plant near Raleigh. They want to know how a flaw in the reactor vessel went undetected or unreported for over a year. News & Observer reporter John Murawski fills in host Frank Stasio on the latest.

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The State of Things
11:35 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Local Musician Puts Out New Album With The Dead Tongues

Image from the album
Credit Alex Klaes &

Singer songwriter Ryan Gustafson plays a few songs live in our studio

After spending some time on instrumental projects, Triangle music scene fixture Ryan Gustafson decided it was time to write lyrics again.  His latest project is The Dead Tongues, which released an album earlier this year. 

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The State of Things
12:40 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

New Music Incorporates Stories Of North Carolina Jews

Image from the “Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina” exhibit
Credit / Duke Center for Jewish Studies

A panel talk about new music that incorporates stories of North Carolina Jews

  The Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina has been collecting the stories of the state's Jews for years. Now, those recorded interviews are part of an original musical composition - "Down Home: The Cantata."

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The State of Things
11:05 am
Wed May 15, 2013

First Openly Lesbian Presbyterian Pastor, One Year In

Minister Katie Ricks
Credit / Church of Reconciliation Chapel Hill, NC

Pastor Katie Ricks reflects about being the first openly lesbian pastor in the country ordained by the Presbyterian Church


When Katie Ricks became the Associate Pastor of the Church of Reconciliation in Chapel Hill last year, she was the first openly lesbian pastor in the country ordained by the Presbyterian Church. 

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5:00 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Two Public Hearings Scheduled For Alcoa’s Yadkin Dam Operations

Alcoa's Narrows Dam with Badin Lake in the background.
Credit Nancy Pierce Photo / DO NOT USE

Two public hearings are scheduled this week in the ongoing fight over whether Alcoa should be allowed to continue operating dams on the Yadkin River. 

The hydroelectric dams are about 60 miles south of the Triad, and they powered Alcoa’s aluminum plant in Badin for decades. The factory is now closed, but Alcoa is seeking another 50-year federal license to operate the dams and sell the electricity on the open market.

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