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
11:15 am
Fri June 1, 2012

The Bulltown Strutters

The Bulltown Strutters bring the street band traditions of New Orleans to their own home in Durham, NC. The 20-member group urges their audiences to join them in parade, dance, and merry-making.

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State of Things
11:19 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Citizen Journalism from China to Carolina

Bo Xilai was a fast-rising politician in China. His sudden downfall plays out like a soap opera, with stories of corruption, hidden money, and murder. This story was picked up by the international press, but the details first broke on a Chinese language website called Boxun.com, which is run out of an office in Durham, NC. Host Frank Stasio will take a look at citizen journalism, working from half a world away with Watson Meng, the founder and editor of Boxun.com, and Scott Savitt, a China journalist and translator.

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State of Things
11:20 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Remembering Doc Watson

www.sugarhillrecords.com

North Carolina music legend Doc Watson died yesterday in Winston-Salem, NC. He was 89. Watson was a guitarist and folk singer, best known for his flat-picking style on the guitar.

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State of Things
12:00 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Amazing Gifts

http://equual-access.blogspot.com

In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act opened up a host of protections for people with disabilities. Amongst its gains, it banned workplace discrimination and forced government and commercial spaces to become more accessible.

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State of Things
10:10 am
Tue May 22, 2012

North Carolina Hops & Roots Festival

www.nchopsandrootsfest.com

The North Carolina Hops & Roots Festival brings together local music, local beer, and food grown on local farms.

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State of Things
9:46 am
Fri May 18, 2012

John Edwards on Trial

As the John Edwards trial winds down, North Carolina sits back to watch the final act of a Greek tragedy: the rise and fall of one of its native sons. Edwards is charged with using more than a million dollars of political donations to hide his extramarital affair. If convicted, he faces more than 30 years in jail. Host Frank Stasio gets an update on the trial from WUNC reporter Jeff Tiberii.

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State of Things
9:39 am
Fri May 18, 2012

The Return of the Furniture Industry

For the past 25 years, North Carolina’s once-vibrant furniture industry has been dwindling. Factories have moved abroad and thousands of jobs have been lost. But now, things might be turning around. As countries like China develop a higher standard of living, it's no longer cheaper for companies to move there. Some businesses are finding it cheaper to operate in the U.S. where, conveniently, there already are empty factories and a trained workforce.

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State of Things
9:27 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands

www.crystalbrightandthesilverhands.com

On the album "Muse and Bones," Crystal Bright's voice is clear and theatrical. She plays accordion, saw, keyboards, adungu, concertina, and bombo.

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State of Things
10:51 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Who Needs Feminism?

whoneedsfeminism.tumblr.com

A group of Duke University undergraduates decided to fulfill the requirements for a group project by asking their peers on campus, "Who needs feminism?" To their surprise, the world answered them. Their project’s Tumblr blog has received more than 80,000 visits from 144 countries and 11,000 people have "liked" their page on Facebook.

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State of Things
11:07 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Meet Joe Liles

joeliles.chunkyboy.com

On the Appalachian Trail, there’s a phenomenon that hikers call “trail magic.” It refers to acts of kindness and generosity that take place between strangers on the trail.

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