Susan Davis

Producer, The State of Things

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Thu April 28, 2011

Community Chorus Project

Lauren Hodge, Terry Rhodes and Pat Parker join host Frank Stasio to talk about the magic of group performance.

Lauren Hodge is an unapologetic fan of the television show “Glee.” She cheers whenever those plucky kids decide to put on a show and she thinks the show's success is based on the sense of community and belonging that kids feel when they work together to stage a performance. Hodge’s enthusiasm for young people working in concert also drives her newest effort called the Community Chorus Project. She and her collaborators, Terry Rhodes and Pat Parker join host Frank Stasio to talk about the magic of group performance.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Meet Lou Lipsitz

Lou Lipsitz
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Lipsitz joins host Frank Stasio for National Poetry Month to talk about the connection between poetry and therapy.

Lou Lipsitz spent 30 years as a professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and several more as a psychotherapist. Lipsitz is also a poet, often combining the art of teaching and counseling with his writing. His new collection of poems is called “if this world falls apart” (Lynx House Press/2011).

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The State of Things
12:22 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

Cooking In The Moment

Andrea Reusing - ''Cooking in the Moment''

Reusing joins host Frank Stasio to discuss her new book.

Andrea Reusing's Chapel Hill restaurant Lantern is loved and respected by sophisticated foodies from around the world. So it's a bit of a surprise that her first cookbook is not full of recipes from Lantern’s menu. Instead, the book is a seasonal guide to a year's worth of unintimidating, easy-to-shop for, easy-to-make, fresh, local meals.

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The State of Things
11:06 am
Mon April 18, 2011

Meet Donald Davis

Donald Davis
Credit www.blairpub.com

Davis joins host Frank Stasio to discuss how ministering and storytelling go together and what it's like to grow up in the mountains and retire by the sea.

Donald Davis was born and raised in Waynesville, North Carolina. His people go back in Haywood County to the 1700s on both sides. He left home to attend Davidson College and Duke Divinity School. He was a Methodist minister for years before retiring to become a full time storyteller. He now lives on Ocracoke Island and spends most of the year traveling the country visiting festivals and leading workshops in the fine art of oral communication. Davis has committed some of his stories to paper in the new book, "Tales From a Free-Range Childhood" (John F. Blair/2011).

The State of Things
11:51 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Staying Blue

Gibbons Ruark - Staying Blue

In honor of National Poetry Month, Ruark joins host Frank Stasio to read a selection of poems and talk about why he chose to retire in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Raleigh-based poet Gibbons Ruark grew up the son of a United Methodist minister, moving from town to town in eastern North Carolina. He graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his master's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He taught at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro before settling into a position at the University of Delaware for 37 years, but he never stopped writing about his North Carolina home. His work immortalizes hybrid magnolias and sun lit porches. Ruark is the award-winning author of eight books of poetry, including the most recent, "Staying Blue" (Lost Hill Books/2008).

The State of Things
12:08 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Full Frame Film Festival Opens

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Deirdre Haj and Sadie Tillery join host Frank Stasio to talk about the festival's economic impact on Durham and which of this year’s films have buzz.

Starting today, film-makers and film lovers descend on Durham, North Carolina for the annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Participants can feast their eyes on over 100 films, listen to panel discussions and partake of Durham’s abundant Southern hospitality. Full Frame is one of the only festivals in the world dedicated to nonfiction films. It started in Durham 14 years ago and has grown to international prominence. Deirdre Haj, the festival’s executive director, and Sadie Tillery, director of Full Frame’s programming, join host Frank Stasio in the studio.

The State of Things
11:01 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Reporting The Civil War

A group of journalism students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been spending time studying how reporters covered the war during the four years of conflict.

The media are all over today’s 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, but a group of journalism students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been spending time studying how reporters covered the war during the four years of conflict. Frank Fee, associate professor of journalism and mass communications at UNC, and UNC students Caitie Forde-Smith and Jessica Hayes join host Frank Stasio to share what they found out about media production and usage during the Civil War.

The State of Things
12:37 pm
Fri April 8, 2011

KidzNotes

Kidznotes

Katie Wyatt, the Executive Director of KidzNotes joins host Frank Stasio to discuss El Sistema and the KidzNotes program.

KidzNotes provides under-served children free classical, orchestral music training to combat poverty and build character. It operates in Durham and is based on the El Sistema model from Venezuela, which has been transforming the lives of Venezuelan school children through classical music since 1974.

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The State of Things
11:52 am
Thu April 7, 2011

Imperfect Birds

Anne Lamott

Host Frank Stasio talks to Anne Lamott about the scourge of drugs, the hardships of adolescence and the endlessly inspiring American family.

Anne Lamott is famous for her revealing, poetic, funny books about motherhood, faith and America. Nearly everything she writes is autobiographical, including her newest book, “Imperfect Birds” (Riverhead Books/2010), which is out in paperback and features a teen named Rosie who goes from being a likable, model student-athlete to lying, stealing and using drugs.

The State of Things
10:59 am
Mon March 28, 2011

Meet Jeff Polish

Credit www.themonti.org

Jeff Polish joins host Frank Stasio to talk about how the idea for The Monti developed and his plans for future storytelling projects.

Jeff Polish had a lonely childhood. He moved around a lot and had to dodge his mother's overbearing anger. Jeff learned early to say little and have an active inner life. When he left home for college, Jeff discovered that friends came easily when he told stories. The inner narratives he had been constructing for years paid off socially. He went on to earn a PhD in genetics and has happily taught high school for years.

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