Lindsay Foster Thomas

Producer, "The State of Things"


The State of Things
11:07 am
Mon May 16, 2011

Meet Crystal Hayes & Julia Dawson

The YWCA of the Greater Triangle’s Racial Justice Initiative aims to empower women and eliminate racism through dialogue, action and advocacy. Luckily, the ambitious goals are being taken on by a team that includes two women who have been challenging people to address racism head-on for many years. Crystal Hayes and Julia Dawson met in college where they began their advocacy work in favor of racial justice. In the beginning, Hayes, an African-American woman from New York, rejected the idea of a friendship with Dawson, a white Southerner who is about 10 years her junior. Eventually, their shared passion for bringing an end to racism brought them together – first as partners in activism, then as pals.

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The State of Things
1:11 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

The Far East Conference

Credit Mark Leong,

Tower joins host Frank Stasio to talk about the time he spent with an athlete seeking redemption and riches abroad.

Chapel Hill-bred writer Wells Tower recently traveled to China on assignment for GQ Magazine. There, he caught up with former NBA player Stephon Marbury, who is remembered for his commendable performance on the court and his conversational behavior off the court during his time in the league. After publicly battling with coaches and being benched for most of the 2009 season, Marbury decided to leave the NBA – the same year a series of strange videos starring the player started popping up online. Marbury, also the owner of a sports fashion line called Starbury with offices in North Carolina, now plays in the Chinese Basketball Association with a team named the Foshan Dralions. Marbury’s career move to China is shaping up to be a unique kind of professional makeover.

The State of Things
10:30 am
Mon May 9, 2011

Meet Big Daddy Kane

Big Daddy Kane

Big Daddy Kane joins host Frank Stasio to talk about his influential career and his role as a rap music pioneer.

Big Daddy Kane is one of the most influential voices from the golden era of hip-hop. In the 1980s, Kane entered the music scene with style, sex appeal and the skills to rhyme over rapid-fire beats – a combination that sealed his place in hip-hop history as one of the best emcees of all-time. The Brooklyn-born rapper now makes his home in North Carolina where he continues his creative work. He joins host Frank Stasio to talk about his influential career and his role as a rap music pioneer.

The State of Things
12:58 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

Beyond the Deadlines

Beyond the Deadlines

Photographers D.L. Anderson and Jeremy Lange join host Frank Stasio to talk about ''Beyond the Deadlines'', and what happens when the worlds of photojournalism and fine art collide.

The Durham Arts Council is currently hosting a photography exhibit called “Beyond the Deadlines.” The exhibit features the work of two photographers who shoot for The Independent Weekly, as well as publications such as The New York Times, ESPN the Magazine, and Rolling Stone. Culling their favorite images from The Independent, they frame everyday life in the Triangle in fresh ways and give viewers an alternative glimpse into the world of photojournalism.

The State of Things
1:11 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

The America Play

''The America Play''

Director Donna Baldwin-Bradby and actors Darrell Hunt and Cassandra Williams join host Frank Stasio to talk about the play and the challenge of laying history to rest.

Before playwright Suzan-Lori Parks penned the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Top Dog/Underdog,” she wrote “The America Play.” The abstract narrative centers around a character called The Foundling Father, a grave digger who impersonates Abraham Lincoln in a novelty performance that allows people to act out the role of the President’s assassin. “The America Play” is currently in production at Greensboro’s Triad Stage UpStage Cabaret.

The State of Things
11:15 am
Mon May 2, 2011

Meet Rex Miller

Rex Miller

Rex Miller joins host Frank Stasio to talk about that project and other stories tennis has introduced him to.

Professional tennis players like to say that to master the game, you must first log no less than 10,000 hours on the court. Rex Miller crossed that threshold before the age of 10. Both of Miller’s parents were tennis players and they often brought him to the court as a child, first to observe, then to learn the game.

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The State of Things
12:47 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

The Space Rangers

The Space Rangers

The band joins host Frank Stasio to play live in the studio and talk about touring the U.S.

The third annual InstroSummit - an all instrumental music festival - returns to North Carolina this weekend. Bands from all along the East Coast will descend on Chapel Hill with three days of lyric-free performances. The line-up includes The Space Rangers, a 4-piece surf rock band from Ulm, Germany.

The State of Things
12:16 pm
Wed April 27, 2011

North Carolina’s Nuclear Near Miss

Now a retired newspaper editor, Rouse joins host Frank Stasio with his memories from the night of the crash.

Just after midnight on a winter’s day in 1961, an Air Force plane crashed in Faro, North Carolina. Aboard the B-52 were eight military crewmembers and two nuclear weapons, which fell to the ground from thousands of feet in the air. Fortunately, the weapons caused no damage, but some of the nuclear remnants remain buried in the town of Faro, just outside Goldsboro. Michael Rouse was a young reporter for the Goldsboro News-Argus in 1961.

The State of Things
12:59 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Two Tar Heel Retirements

Woody Durham

Host Frank Stasio talks with Dave DeWitt, WUNC’s Raleigh Bureau Chief and education reporter, about these two men and the posts they are leaving.

This morning, longtime Raleigh mayor Charles Meeker announced that he will not be running for re-election. Meeker’s retirement could signal the start of a new political era for North Carolina’s rapidly-growing capital city. In other retirement news, Woody Durham, “The Voice of the Tar Heels,” stepped down as Carolina’s play-by-play announcer after 40 years of calling UNC’s football and basketball games.

The State of Things
1:36 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

The Watery Part Of The World

Book cover, ''The Watery Part of the World''

Parker joins host Frank Stasio to talk about creating a work of historical fiction and why island folk are the best secret keepers.

Aaron Burr, Vice President for Thomas Jefferson’s cabinet, fathered only one child that survived past infancy. Her name was Theodosia Burr Alston, a well-educated and accomplished woman who was highly respected in her time. In the winter of 1812, Theodosia mysteriously disappeared on a ship voyage from South Carolina to New York.

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