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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State of Things
11:51 am
Wed November 28, 2012

American Dervish

Ayad Akhtar
Credit ayadakhtar.com

Ayad Akhtar’s book "American Dervish" (Back Bay Books/2012) has launched a flurry of praise as an intelligent, self-assured debut novel. The main character is a Pakistani-American boy growing up in Milwaukee. Akhtar has also stirred controversy for creating idiosyncratic, even unflattering portrayals of Muslim-Americans. Host Frank Stasio is joined in the studio by Ayad Akhtar to talk about writing and identity.

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State of Things
9:40 am
Thu November 8, 2012

The Women of Film Noir

It's no secret that there's a lack of compelling roles for women in Hollywood. Often, they are confined to adoring secretaries or sex objects, but in the noir films of the 1940s and ‘50s, the femme fatale uses her cunning and sex appeal to get the better of men.

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State of Things
2:12 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Is North Carolina A Swing State?

In 2008, Barack Obama won North Carolina, marking the first time the state went for the Democratic candidate in over 30 years. In fact, in the previous couple of elections, Republicans won with solid victories. George W Bush had double digit leads over Al Gore and John Kerry. So what happened in 2008, and can it be repeated?

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State of Things
1:03 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

The Studio Ghibli Collection

When the animators of “Toy Story” got stuck, they used to watch movies by Hayao Miyazaki for inspiration. Critics often call Miyazaki the greatest animator of all time, but many people have still never heard of him. The Carolina Theatre is about to screen a series of films from Miyazaki’s production studio. It’s called the Studio Ghibli collection. Guest host Isaac-Davy Aronson is joined by Helen McCarthy, the author of "Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation" (Stone Bridge Press/1999).

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State of Things
10:34 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Loneliness as a Way of Life

harvard.edu

Just about everyone feels lonely, and yet loneliness is still so often private and difficult to articulate. Tom Dumm is a professor of political science at Amherst College and author of the book “Loneliness as a Way of Life” (Harvard University Press/ 2008).

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State of Things
10:12 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Meet Luke Powery

chapel.duke.edu

Luke Powery’s father was a minister, but Powery wanted to go a different route.

He considered pursuing computer programming, but ruled it out after one of his first classes. Eventually, his father’s calling came for him, and he didn’t resist. This fall, Rev. Luke Powery became the first black dean of Duke Chapel. He joins host Frank Stasio to discuss his career and preaching suffering in the light of hope.

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State of Things
11:01 am
Fri October 19, 2012

North Carolina Politics

When Gov. Beverly Perdue announced earlier this year that she wasn’t running for a second term, she became North Carolina’s first one-term governor in nearly 40 years. Her unexpected bowing out and the recent redistricting have combined to create a turbulent election season on the state level.

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State of Things
10:28 am
Fri October 19, 2012

The Five Point Rounders

reverbnation.com

Square dancing was popular from the late 19th century to the middle of the 20th, but it's seeing a revival in downtown Durham.

The Pinhook, a beloved bar in the local music scene, now regularly hosts Rowdy Square Dances. A band of old time musicians who call themselves the Five Point Rounders play these events, and they'll join host Frank Stasio in the studio for a do-si-do and live performance.

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State of Things
9:50 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Remembering William Friday

unc.edu

Bill Friday spent his entire adult life devoted to higher education in North Carolina, including serving as president of the University of North Carolina system for 30 years.

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State of Things
11:20 am
Fri October 12, 2012

North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame

ncarts.org

The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame recently brought Kay Byer onto its hallowed roster.

Byer was North Carolina's first female poet laureate, serving from 2005 to 2009. She spent her adult life in the mountains of western North Carolina, channeling the landscape and voices into her work. Her new book of poetry is called "Descent" (Louisiana State University Press/ 2012). Byer joins host Frank Stasio to talk about her writing.

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