Shawn Wen

Associate Producer, "The State of Things"

Shawn Wen joined the staff of The State of Things in March 2012 and served as associate producer until February 2014.

She is a writer and multimedia artist. Her radio work has aired on This American Life, Studio 360, Marketplace, Freakonomics, and Rhode Island Public Radio.

Her video work has screened at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Carpenter Center for Visual Art at Harvard University, and the Camden International Film Festival.

Shawn is the recipient of the Royce Fellowship and the Third Coast Scholarship. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in Literary Arts.

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The State of Things
12:37 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

What Could Have Entered The Public Domain?

James Boyle comes on The State of Things to discuss the shrinking public domain.
Credit Duke University's Center for the Study of the Public Domain

Duke law professor James Boyle discusses copyright law and the shrinking public domain

In the public domain, work can be freely shared online, translated into other languages, or republished and cheaply distributed.  

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The State of Things
8:00 am
Sun January 19, 2014

Mount Moriah’s Heather McEntire On 3 Musicians She's Loving Right Now

Heather McEntire's guitar. She propped it in WUNC's 'Green Room' before her live conversation with Frank Stasio
Credit Carol Jackson / WUNC

You may know Heather McEntire as the vocalist and guitar player of Mount Moriah.  The beloved band has released two albums and toured nationally, but they call the Triangle their home.

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The State of Things
1:00 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Adding A Dash Of Synthesizer To Rock And Roll

Heads on Sticks performs on The State of Things.
Credit Logan Sayles

Adding A Dash Of Synthesizer To Rock And Roll, Heads on Sticks Play Live

David Mueller is well known for playing bass in Birds of Avalon, a band which has been signed on a big label and toured internationally.  

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The State of Things
1:20 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

To The People, Food Is Heaven

Journalist Audra Ang spent seven years reporting from China.
Credit Greg Baker

To The People, Food Is Heaven

Audra Ang worked as a foreign correspondent for the AP in Beijing, China for seven years. 

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The State of Things
1:10 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

The Kids Are Alright. In Fact, They're Knitting and Baking Bread!

Homeward Bound: The New Domesticity by Emily Matchar
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The Kids Are Alright. In Fact, They're Knitting and Baking Bread!

What’s going on with the youth these days?  Some are getting into knitting sweaters. Others are tending to backyard chicken coops. They are cheesemaking, canning, beekeeping and growing their own vegetables. These labor-intensive homemaking projects may be more than a trend towards rustic pleasures.

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The State of Things
1:00 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

The Evolution Of The Music Of Branford Marsalis

Credit Palma Kolansky

The Evolution Of The Music Of Branford Marsalis

Grammy-award winning artist Branford Marsalis is one of the world’s leading jazz artists. 

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The State of Things
1:00 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Bringing A Langston Hughes Classic From Stage To Screen

Black Nativity is a Hollywood adaptation of Langston Hughes' gospel libretto.
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Bringing A Langston Hughes Classic From Stage to Screen

Originally a play by poet Langston Hughes, Black Nativity makes its big screen debut. 

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Contaminated Water At Camp Lejeune Linked To Birth Defects

Contaminated water at the Camp Lejeune military base has been linked to adverse health effects.
Credit Sanjay Parekh, via Flickr

 

Contaminated Water At Camp Lejeune Linked To Birth Defects

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that babies born to mothers who drank contaminated tap water at Camp Lejeune while pregnant had elevated risks of childhood cancers and serious birth defects.  

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Big Decisions Are Best Made With Hot Dogs

Joe Hudson's new book is a collection of essays he wrote for his weekly column in the Statesville Record & Landmark.
Credit Joe Hudson

Big Decisions Are Best Made With Hot Dogs

  

 Joe Hudson's weekly column in the Statesville Record & Landmark entertains readers with its stories about family, friendship, and Southern culture.  

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The State of Things
10:58 am
Tue December 10, 2013

The Clock Ticks On The Farm Bill

Tobacco barn and silos.
Credit Brian Stansberry, via Wikipedia

Washington reporter for News 14 Carolina Geoffrey Bennett talks about the farm bill negotiations

Lawmakers are in negotiation for a five-year farm bill.  

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