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
12:05 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

The Legislature Overrides McCrory's Vetoes

NC Legislative Building.
Credit Dave DeWitt

This week, the General Assembly overrode two of Governor McCrory’s vetoes on high profile measures. One measure requires drug testing for certain welfare recipients and the other loosens restrictions for seasonal workers. Host Frank Stasio speaks with WUNC's Capitol bureau chief Jessica Jones about the response to legislature's moves. In other political news, the State Board of Elections ruled yesterday on two controversial decisions by local elections boards. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC’s Raleigh bureau chief Dave DeWitt about the decisions. 

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Movie Series Looks At History Of America's Music

America's Music is a film and performance series at the North Regional Branch of Wake County Libraries.
Credit http://www.wakegov.com/libraries/events/Pages/americasmusic.aspx

Music and Art Professor Jonathan Kramer discusses his collaborative film project, 'America’s Music'

America’s Music is a film and performance series that traces the soundtrack of a nation. The program features documentary screenings and discussions about the history of 20th century American popular music from blues to Broadway and bluegrass to rock 'n' roll. 

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The State of Things
11:43 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Doris Duke's Shangri La Comes To Durham

The Nasher Museum brings Doris Duke's Islamic art collection in Hawaii to North Carolina.
Credit Doris Duke Foundation

Experts discuss Doris Duke’s 'Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art'

Doris Duke, heiress to the American Tobacco Company fortune, built a sprawling estate in Hawaii in the 1930s. She named her secluded getaway Shangri La and she spent the rest of her life filling it with Islamic art. After her death, Shangri La was opened to the public.

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The State of Things
11:06 am
Tue August 27, 2013

The Duke Professor Who Secretly Wrote Romance Novels

Credit http://www.katharineashe.com / http://www.katharineashe.com

Duke Professor Katherine Dubois talks with Frank Stasio about writing romance novels.

In Katharine Ashe's latest book, "I Married the Duke," the heroine Arabella takes passage on a ship through the English Channel and meets a rough and tumble sailor who is not what he seems. 

Secret identities and characters in disguise are some of Katharine Ashe's favorite tropes.  Perhaps because the writer herself is not what she seems.

Ashe has received acclaim and popular success as a romance novelist.  But she leads a second life as Katharine Brophy Dubois, a visiting assistant professor in the History Department and Religion Department at Duke University.

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The State of Things
11:29 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Connecting The Dots On the News Roundtable

A baby olinguito in La Mesenia Reserve in Colombia.
Credit Luis Mazariegos

A panel of experts discuss a wide range of issues and their common threads

A new carnivore was discovered in Latin America.  Bradley Manning was sentenced for leaking government secrets while Edward Snowden was on the run for a similar crime.  And a look back at the March on Washington sparked a conversation about civil rights in the Middle East.  Host Frank Stasio discussed a wide range of issues and their common threads with the news roundtable.

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The State of Things
11:19 am
Fri August 23, 2013

From Louisiana To Hollywood

The Lost Bayou Ramblers play songs from their new album Mammoth Waltz on The State of Things.
Credit Lost Bayou Ramblers

Last year's independent film Beasts of the Southern Wild was a surprise box office hit.  The movie garnered four Oscar nominations and near universal acclaim. The soundtrack to the swampland fantasy prominently featured the music of The Lost Bayou Ramblers, a band born in Louisiana’s Cajun country. Host Frank Stasio talks with band members Louis Michot, Andre Michot, Cavan Carruth and Pauly Deathwish about their blended sound and the film. 

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The State of Things
11:22 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Why Adults Love A Spelling Bee

Norman Rockwell’s Cousin Reginald Spells Peloponnesus (Spelling Bee)
Credit Google Art Project

Last May, a 13-year-old boy won the Scripps National Spelling Bee with the word “knaidel.”  The Yiddish word, which means dumpling, was a controversial selection. But these bees are not just for kids. Adults enjoy the opportunity to wax nostalgic while showing their spelling skills. Flyleaf Books and the University of North Carolina Humanities Program are hosting an Adult Spelling Bee on Friday at 6:30pm.

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Researcher Documents The Use Of Music In War

Cover of the book 'Sounds of War: Music in the United States during World War II'.
Credit Philip E Pascuzzo/National Archives / Oxford University Press

    

World War II was fought not only with guns and bombs but also with strings, brass, and percussion.

The American government used classical music as part of the war effort to demonstrate the cultural dominance of the Allies. The military also used songs to rally American troops.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Mon August 12, 2013

The Mysterious Relationship Between Brain And Body

A picture of the human brain
Credit creative commons / creative commons

Scientist Staci Bilbo helps decipher the mind body relationship

Scientists generally understand that healthy bodies and healthy minds are related, but the interaction between the two isn’t as clear.

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The State of Things
11:53 am
Wed August 7, 2013

NC Gay And Lesbian Film Festival Preview: Black Community Grapples With Gay Rights

Yoruba Richen a director, producer and writer of 'The New Black.'
Credit Luke Rattray

  

In November 2008, Barack Obama was elected president of the United States. That same night, Proposition 8 was passed in California, banning gay marriage in the state. 

Obama won by an astounding 24 points in California, leading some to ask if the mobilization of black voters was the critical factor in the passage of Proposition 8. 

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