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
12:36 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

The Era of Design in North Carolina

DoubleTake Magazine
Kristen Capp Photo Essay Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

In some ways, Molly Renda is an invisible artist. But it is likely you have seen her work. Renda is a graphic designer whose art appears all over the Triangle in magazine covers, logos and books.

Heightened consumer demand for design drives companies to focus resources on graphics, packaging and branding.  Host Frank Stasio talks with Renda about the art and growth of design.

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The State of Things
11:58 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Sex Trafficking In North Carolina

Assistant district attorney Lindsey Roberson and Sheila Simpkins, assistant residence manager of Magdalene talk about the sex industry in North Carolina

This segment of The State of Things discusses issues that may be disturbing to some of our younger or more sensitive listeners.  

North Carolina ranks as one of the top 10 states for human commerce in the sex industry. Beginning October 1st, those convicted of trafficking in North Carolina will face harsher punishments under two new laws. 

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The State of Things
11:13 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Cookbook Series Takes A Tour Of Southern Cuisine

Bill Smith is the chef at Crook's Corner
Credit John F. Blair

  

In the South, food has purposes beyond sustenance and certain items like biscuits, buttermilk, and bacon are sacred. 

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The State of Things
11:13 am
Tue September 17, 2013

What Young Readers Want

John Claude Bemis is the 2013 Piedmont Laureate for Children's Literature
Credit http://www.piedmontlaureate.com/2013piedmontlaureate/biography.html

Autors John Claude Bemis and Frances O'Roark Dowell talk about writing for young readers

    

John Claude Bemis is the first ever Piedmont Laureate for Children’s Literature.  In the post-Harry Potter age, more critics consider children’s books valuable works of literature with a reach that extends beyond young audiences. 

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Roundtable Examines Issues Of the Week

Branford Marsalis, Arlie Petters, and Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abenyi join the State of Things for the roundtable conversation.
Credit Laura Lee

Distinguished guest join our weekly roundtable

On this week’s roundtable, a jazz great, a leading string theory mathematician and an accomplished writer share their diverse perspectives on the latest headlines. They’ll discuss a range of issues from the latest Middle East update to the challenges facing minorities in higher education. 

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The State of Things
12:06 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

The Evolution of the Music of Branford Marsalis

Jazz great Branford Marsalis joins the State of Things to speak about his work.
Credit Palma Kolansky

Host Frank Stasio talks with Branford Marsalis about the evolution of his music

Grammy-award winning artist Branford Marsalis is one of the world’s leading jazz artists. In a career spanning more than three decades, the saxophonist has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music across an array of genres. 

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Education
12:03 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Winston-Salem And Forsyth County Education Update

Winston-Salem Journal education reporter Arika Herron give us an update

In the wake of a school shooting at Carver High School in Winston-Salem, parents and students are raising concerns about school safety. The school board will discuss the matter at their meeting this evening. Also, new healthy food guidelines are causing some schools to drop out of the federal school lunch program. But Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County Schools are finding success in the new system. 

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Bruce Lee Brings Together Black and Asian-American Audiences

Beyond The Chinese Connection Contemporary Afro-Asian Cultural Production
Credit http://www.upress.state.ms.us/books/1570 / University of Mississippi Press

English professor and author Crystal Anderson expounds on her new book 'Beyond The Chinese Connection: Contemporary Afro-Asian Cultural Production'

    

In the 1970s, Kung Fu movies took America by storm and Bruce Lee became a household name.  Lee turned into an unexpected icon for African-American audiences, and his image especially resonated with black males.

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Husband and Wife Musicians Find Their Sound In The Lowland Hum

Daniel and Lauren Goans of Lowland Hum
Credit http://lowlandhum.com/ / Lowland Hum

    

Daniel Levi Goans is an experienced singer-songwriter with three solo albums. His wife Lauren used to sing harmony to his songs, but then they decided to become true collaborators, writing together under the band name Lowland Hum. Host Frank Stasio talks with the couple about their work and their new album Native Air.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Gross Ghost Haunts The Triangle

Gross Ghost plays the main stage at the Hopscotch Music Festival in 2013.
Credit Soleil Konkel

Gross Ghost plays live in the studio

Before Mike Dillon and Tre Acklen formed the band Gross Ghost, they were friends and roommates.  They lived in a rural area on the outskirts on Raleigh and started creating music to combat boredom and cabin fever. Five years after the start of their friendship, they are releasing their second album, Public Housing.  

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