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
10:28 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Books to Die For

johnconnollybooks.com

In a floundering publishing industry, mystery novels are consistent best sellers. The CBS crime drama NCIS competes only with Sunday night football for top ratings on the Nielsen scale. Why do mysteries have such a grip on our imagination?

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State of Things
11:21 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Colors of Confinement

law.unc.edu

Bill Manbo’s family was just one of many forcibly relocated into Japanese internment camps during World War II. He recorded his time there on a 35 millimeter camera and eventually passed the photos along to Eric Muller, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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State of Things
10:53 am
Thu October 4, 2012

The Writing Revolution

An article in October’s issue of The Atlantic details a struggling Staten Island high school that turned itself around by implementing an intensive focus on analytic writing in subjects across the board. How did they accomplish that, and what are the implications for the rest of our nation’s struggling writing students?

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State of Things
1:58 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Meet Gary Kueber

www.scientificproperties.com

Gary Kueber went to medical school and became a doctor in Durham, but being an M.D. wasn’t enough for him. He also had a passion for architecture and turned it into his blog, Endangered Durham. He has chronicled the destruction and preservation of Durham’s historic landmarks for years.

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State of Things
10:23 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Los Restos de la Revolución

Kevin Kunishi's

In 1979, a socialist movement in Nicaragua led by a group called the Sandinistas overthrew dictator Anastasio Somoza. They set about creating a socialist government for Nicaragua, but during the Cold War era, the U.S. intervened and the CIA supplied and trained a counter-insurgency called the Contras. What proceeded was a decade-long civil war.

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State of Things
11:34 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Storytelling Festival

Donald Davis, professional storyteller

In the age of digital technology, storytelling is alive and well. In fact, many professional storytellers travel, working the festival circuit. Donald Davis is on the road 42 weekends this year, entertaining audiences with tales about identity, spirituality and everyday life.

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State of Things
11:22 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Ryan Adams: Losering, A Story of Whiskeytown

Book cover,

There’s a lot of nostalgia for the 1990s these days. The economy was on the upswing. The music industry, the publishing industry, and the newspaper industry were all in better shape than they are now. And for a time there, it looked like the Triangle region of North Carolina might be the next big thing in popular music.

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State of Things
3:48 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

ALCOA on the Yadkin River

The aluminum company ALCOA wanted to renew their license to run dams along the Yadkin River, but they are faced with resistance from Governor Bev Perdue and some county commissioners. Critics say ALCOA is harnessing power irresponsibly and, in turn, poisoning the river. ALCOA is fighting for their property and profits. Host Frank Stasio is joined by WUNC reporter and Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii with the details of this story.

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State of Things
3:24 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Trouble in Mind

www.triadstage.org

The play “Trouble in Mind" is currently in performances at the Triad Stage.  It features a rare protagonist – an older African-American woman who boldly picks apart the theatrical roles that are offered to her. Preston Lane is the artistic director of Triad Stage and the director of the production.

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State of Things
10:01 am
Thu September 20, 2012

O. Henry Turns 150

www.usps.com

The famous writer O. Henry was born William Sidney Porter in 1862 in Greensboro, NC.  He went on to write hundreds of short stories. Last week, he would have turned 150 years old, and the US Postal Service released a commemorative stamp to celebrate this anniversary. Host Frank Stasio is joined by Linda Evans, the community historian for the Greensboro Historical Museum and Stephen Hale, a local performer who has been portraying O. Henry in plays at the museum for the past nine years.

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