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
10:58 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Artistry Shapes Medicine

Medicine's Michelangelo explores the life and work of medical illustrator Frank Netter.
Credit Quinnipiac Press

Host Frank Stasio speaks to Netter’s daughter Francine, who authored 'Medicine’s Michelangelo: The Life and Art of Frank H. Netter, MD'

One of the most influential physicians of the 20th century was not a practicing doctor, but an artist.  

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Is Facebook Good For Your Health?

Brian Southwell's new book studies the effectiveness of social networking in spreading health news.
Credit John Hopkins Press

Host Frank Stasio speaks to research scientist Brian Southwell about the use of social media in public health

Scientists and public health officials are increasingly turning to social media and peer-to-peer networks to educate the public.  

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The State of Things
11:27 am
Wed December 4, 2013

A Ghost Story Explores The Anxiety Of Aging

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The author William Conescu struggled with double vision before having surgery to fix the disorder.

The idea of double vision lingered with him and his new novel Kara Was Here (Soft Skull Press/ 2013), features a character who sees double, both literally and metaphorically.  The character grapples with the conflict between the life he chose and the life he gave up.  Host Frank Stasio speaks to William Conescu about the novel.

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The State Of Things
10:39 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Video: Live From Downtown Raleigh Nov. 22

Frank Stasio hosting 'The State of Things' from Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh
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Today, The State of Things is broadcasting live from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Look below to watch the program live. 

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The State Of Things
10:23 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Swing Music Has Come And Gone And Come Again

Mint Julep Jazz Band
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The Mint Julep Jazz Band plays live in the WUNC studio at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science

    

The Mint Julep Jazz Band was named “Best Musical Artist” by Durham Magazine. 

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The State of Things
11:46 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Access To Legal Counsel For North Carolinians

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Individuals facing criminal charges are entitled to legal representation even if they are unable to afford attorneys. But what about people facing civil issues like divorce, child custody and medical claims?

There are services that provide legal counsel, such as Legal Aid of North Carolina.  In 2010, Ashley Quiñones became a client of Legal Aid after Medicaid her denied a kidney transplant as she was experiencing renal failure.  Quiñoneschose to appeal the claim and she turned to Legal Aid for help. 

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The State Of Things
11:40 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Bike Fatalities Raise Concerns About Road Safety

A panel discussion on bicycle and pedestrian safety

Two local residents, Ivin Scurlock, 41,  and Alexandra Simou, 40, lost their lives in a hit-and-run incident near Southern Village last month.  North Carolina has one of the worst rates for bicycle and pedestrian fatalities in the country.  

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The State Of Things
11:20 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Lucy Daniels Looks Back On Her Writing Life

Walking With Moonshine
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  At 22 years old, Lucy Daniels was a best-selling author and a Guggenheim Award winner.  But she spent five years hospitalized for severe anorexia and the trauma of sudden success led Daniels to stop writing for much of her adult life.  After a 40 year gap, Lucy Daniels took up writing again.  Host Frank Stasio speaks with Daniels, a writer and clinical psychologist, about her newest book, “Walking with Moonshine: My Life in Stories” (iUniverse/ 2013).

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Rural North Carolina Struggles With Internet Access

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A federal government report on Internet access ranked North Carolina last in the country for the rate of Internet subscription.  

Only 17 percent of North Carolina households have fixed Internet connections at a speed the FCC deems the "minimum required to engage in modern life."  Rural residents say that they have difficulty getting coverage while providers claim rural North Carolina has adequate service.

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The State of Things
11:46 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Artists Take On Surveillance State

"Surveying the Terrain" at CAM Raleigh. Artists: Maya Lin, David Maisel, Trevor Paglan
CAM Raleigh

Surveying the Terrain,” a new exhibition at Raleigh’s Contemporary Art Museum, CAM, uses surveillance and mapping tools towards artistic ends. 

The artists in the exhibition traded in their paintbrushes and canvases in favor of Google Earth, satellite images, and aerial photographs.  Brooklyn-based artist Matthew Jensen used Google Street view for his project 49 States, visiting every state except Hawaii.

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