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
12:01 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

The Hidden Diaries Of A Young Jewish Woman

Photograph of Etty Hillesum from the Jewish History Museum of Amsterdam.
Credit http://fy.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etty_Hillesum

Writer and performer Susan Stein brings to life the literature of Holocaust victim Etty Hillesum

  Out of the varied horrors of the Holocaust, a body of literature survives.  The most famous voice belongs to Anne Frank.  At 15-years-old, she wrote, “I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”  It's hard to believe that anyone, even a child, can be so big-hearted. 

Less well-known is the voice of an adult woman, Etty Hillesum.  And her writing is finally getting its day in the sun.

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The State of Things
11:05 am
Wed March 6, 2013

The Life And Times Of Sir Walter Ralegh

Bronze statue of Sir Walter Ralegh outside the Raleigh Convention Center.
Credit Jeffrey L. Cohen via flickr.com

Professor Christopher Armitage parse fact from fiction on the life and times of Sir Walter Ralegh

  Sir Walter Ralegh has never set foot in North Carolina. He’s certainly never seen the city that was named for him. But there he is. Airports and cemeteries bear his name; statues of his likeness are all around town. Why does Ralegh have such a hold on the popular imagination?

Host Frank Stasio will try to parse fact from fiction with his guest Christopher Armitage, a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Armitage is working on a book, “Literary and Visual Ralegh: Writings of and Visual Reproductions of Sir Walter Ralegh” (Manchester University Press).

The State of Things
3:11 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

What Is A Library In Today’s High Tech Age?

James B. Hunt Library
NCSU.edu

A conversation about libraries in today’s high tech age

The James B. Hunt Library at North Carolina State University is a revolution in information storage.


At the Hunt, robots fetch the books. Two million volumes are folded into one ninth of the space they would have taken up in a conventional library because room for humans to walk through the aisles is unnecessary.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

How Will The Sequester Impact North Carolina?

A panel of experts join host Frank Stasio to discuss the news of this week

 No grand bargain has been reached between the White House and Congress on a budget, leaving some North Carolinians wondering how hard the sequester will  hit the state.

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Ron Rash's Dark Stories From Appalachia

Ron Rash's latest collection of short stories is 'Nothing Gold Can Stay.'
Credit Harper Collins Publishers

  Author Ron Rash has been chronicling the Appalachian way of life for nearly two decades. His poetry and fiction have earned him wide acclaim and a position alongside other esteemed writers from western North Carolina. He joins host Isaac-Davy Aronson to discuss his latest book of short stories: “Nothing Gold Can Stay” (HarperCollins/2013).

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The State of Things
12:45 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Empathy's Failings And Surprises

What is this ability to step into someone else’s shoes? To imagine how they feel, to hurt for them or to be happy for them? 

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The State of Things
11:17 am
Mon February 18, 2013

A Philosopher Studies the Brains of Psychopaths

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong


Mental health is a focus of national dialogue in the wake of mass shootings around the country. What makes people kill, seemingly without remorse?

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The State of Things
10:19 am
Fri February 15, 2013

The Old Ceremony

Credit www.oldceremony.com

The Old Ceremony is well-known to music lovers in the Triangle.

The band has been playing together for eight years and now their new album “Fairytales and Other Forms of Suicide” will receive an international release. Host Frank Stasio will be joined by the Old Ceremony as they talk about the evolution of their music over the years.

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Thu February 14, 2013

The Relationship Between Faith Communities and People With Disabilities

Credit 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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The State of Things
12:29 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

The Science Behind Paying Attention

Credit cathydavidson.com

Why Attention Is Important

  Is a teacher lecturing in front of a classroom effective?  Is it possible that the way we teach our children is outdated?

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