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
11:48 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Home Movie Day Returns To Raleigh

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A worldwide celebration of amateur filmmaking returns to the Triangle this weekend.

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The State of Things
11:02 am
Tue October 15, 2013

UNC Chancellor Carol Folt Takes The Helm

Carol Folt is the first female Chancellor of UNC Chapel Hill.
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On Saturday UNC Chapel Hill inducted its first female chancellor, Carol Folt.

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The State of Things
10:53 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Poetry Meets Dance

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The poet Lightsey Darst found inspiration for her new book “Dance” (Coffee House Press/ 2013) from some unlikely sources: the Zodiac, Dante, the Guinness Book of World Records and Vogue magazine. 

In dance, Darst finds a metaphor for Hell, Earth, and Paradise.  Host Frank Stasio speaks to Lightsey Darst about dance, writing and her latest work.

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Politics & Government
5:33 am
Wed October 9, 2013

State Lawmakers Grill Health And Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos

Lawmakers listen as state health department officials testify.
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The head of the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, Aldona Wos, and other department leaders were grilled by lawmakers at an oversight committee meeting Tuesday in Raleigh.

Lawmakers and some members of the public questioned the department’s hiring policies, new payment systems and future plans for the state’s Medicaid program.  Wos fielded tough questions from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle all day.

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The State of Things
10:28 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Lifelong Folklorist Unearths Stories From The South

Bill Ferris' new book, The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists, presents 40 years of interviews and photographs.
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Writer Bill Ferris talks about his latest book The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists (UNC Press/ 2013)

For decades, Bill Ferris documented Southern African-American folklore.  His latest book The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists presents material from 40 years of interviews with writers, scholars and artists who reflected southern culture in their work.

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Duke Energy's Rate Hike Stirs Controversy

Duke Energy provides electricity for most of North Carolina since the 2012 merger.
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Energy and environment reporter Bruce Henderson updates us about the controversy over the Duke Energy rate hike

  

Attorney General Roy Cooper is challenging a rate hike by Duke Energy. The North Carolina Utilities Commission approved the increase of 4.5 percent by Duke Energy last week.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Wed October 2, 2013

A Dad Who Loves Telling Stories Becomes A Published Author

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John Stanley has been telling stories to his twin boys since they were old enough to listen.

When his children started reading chapter books, he kicked his storytelling up a notch and started writing a book. Stanley's debut work, "Mickey Price: Journey to Oblivion" (Tanglewood Press/ 2013), features children traveling to the moon. Host Frank Stasio talks with John Stanley about penning his first book.

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The State of Things
12:37 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

A Nuclear Near-Miss In Goldsboro

The hydrogen bomb hangs from a tree in Faro NC.
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A panel of experts and survivors expound on the event when two hydrogen bombs were accidentally dropped in Goldsboro in 1961

During the Cold War, many Americans lived in fear of a nuclear attack from the Soviet Union. But the United States experienced one of its closest brushes with nuclear disaster on its own soil. On January 23, 1961 a B-52 bomber accident caused two hydrogen bombs to drop over Goldsboro, North Carolina.

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The State of Things
9:25 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Raleigh Throws Its Doors Wide Open

The city of Raleigh hosts the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival this weekend.
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A panel discussion about Raleigh's growth and development

  

Thousands of bluegrass fans will pour into downtown Raleigh this week for the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival. 

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The State of Things
11:11 am
Tue September 24, 2013

New Program Offers Hope For Domestic Violence Survivors

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One in four women in America will experience intimate partner violence in her lifetime according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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