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
12:19 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

A Rabbi's Faith Is Shaped By Grief

Rabbi Daniel Greyber
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Meet Rabbi Daniel Greyber

Rabbi Daniel Greyber has dedicated his life to God, but it is not an unquestioning devotion. Rather, his belief has been shaped by losses that led him to question and consider his faith.

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The State of Things
9:39 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Warren Buffett Buys News & Record

Changes are coming to the Triad. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway recently bought the Greensboro News & Record. And a Greensboro Performing Arts Center could be going up at some point in the near future.

Host Frank Stasio talks to WUNC Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii about the week’s news.

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The State of Things
9:35 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Artist Takes Public’s Words To The President

"I Wish to Say" at the San Diego Museum of Art: Van Tran dictates a postcard.
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Artist Sheryl Oring talks with Frank Stasio

Sheryl Oring used to be a reporter, and though she still uses one of the instruments of old-school journalism, she considers herself an artist. She takes a manual typewriter, dresses up in 1960s garb and asks people to dictate to her messages for the president.

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The State of Things
9:29 am
Tue February 5, 2013

The Carolina Chocolate Drops

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Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops performs live from the Triad Stage in Greensboro, Feb 2013

The Carolina Chocolate Drops have come a long way from their days of busking on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. They’ve already won one Grammy, and now they’re up for another.

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Deborah Hicks Escapes Appalachia, Returns As A Teacher

The Road Out: A Teacher's Odyssey in Poor America
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Deborah Hicks  grew up in an Appalachian paper mill town she hoped to escape. Her education opened doors for her to leave and travel to other parts of a country, but she returned time and again to Appalachia as a teacher. Deborah has dedicated her life to educating those that need her most - focusing on young girls in poor neighborhoods. She is the founder and director of PAGE, Partnership for Appalachian Girls' Education, in Madison County.

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State of Things
11:38 am
Wed January 16, 2013

How Does Empathy Make Us Uniquely Human?

What is this ability to step into someone else’s shoes? To imagine how they feel - and to hurt for them or be happy for them?  Host Frank Stasio is joined by a panel of experts to discuss empathy, the trait that makes us uniquely human.

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State of Things
10:44 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Meet Psychopathy Specialist Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
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In the wake of recent mass shootings, mental health has been a focus of our national dialogue. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong is a professor of philosophy with an interest in mental illness, in particular psychopathy. He studies the brains of prison inmates to try to gain some insight into the condition. Host Frank Stasio talks with Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, the Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics in the philosophy department at Duke University about his life and career, starting with the ethics of psychopathy.

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State of Things
10:47 am
Thu January 10, 2013

To the People, Food is Heaven

Audra Ang
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Audra Ang worked as a foreign correspondent for the AP in Beijing, China for seven years. And in her time there, she covered the devastating Sichuan earthquake, SARS, floods and political dissidents. But even in the most dire of moments, she always managed eat her way through. Audra Ang now lives in North Carolina. She joins host Frank Stasio to discuss her book about her experiences eating and reporting in China, “To the People, Food is Heaven: Stories of Food and Life in a Changing China” (Lyons Press/ 2012).

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State of Things
10:53 am
Wed January 9, 2013

History Detective

History Detectives
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Several months ago, the PBS show “History Detectives” contacted Cynthia Greenlee-Donnell, a graduate student in American History at Duke. They wanted her help solving a historical mystery near her mother’s hometown in South Carolina. The History Detectives wanted to trace the life of an enslaved girl named Willoughby. Host Frank Stasio talks with Duke graduate student Cynthia Greenlee-Donnell about her journey uncovering the story of Willoughby and her own family history.

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State of Things
9:31 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Meet Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding

When Pam Spaulding first got into publishing, she used an X-Acto knife and cardboard. She stayed in the field by learning how to use a computer. And now her blog — Pam’s House Blend — is a popular activist website for gay rights.

Host Frank Stasio talks to Pam Spaulding about her life, work and gay rights activism.

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