Frank Stasio

Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.

From there he went to National Public Radio, where he rose from associate producer to newscaster for All Things Considered. He left that job in 1990 to help start an alternative school in Washington, DC. Frank returned to NPR as a freelance news anchor, guest host of Talk of The Nation and other national programs, and host of special news coverage.

He also presents audio theater workshops for children and teachers and conducts radio journalism workshops for broadcasters in former Soviet-bloc countries. He lives in Durham.


NPR Story
12:24 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Mirrors of the Mind: Reflecting on Philosophers' Autobiographies

Author Ronald Manheimer joins us to discuss his new book 'Mirrors of the Mind' about the autobiographies of some of the world's most well known philosophers.

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 3:43 pm

Many think of philosophers like Nietzsche, Kierkegaard and Augustine as confined to dusty old anthologies and philosophy survey courses.

But retired philosophy professor Ronald Manheimer wanted to change that perspective and take readers out of philosophers' heads and into their lives. His new book, "Mirrors of the Mind: Reflecting on Philosophers' Autobiographies" (Jorvik Press/2015) delves into the lives of some of the most well-known philosophers.


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12:18 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 7:10 pm

A federal appellate court declares phone data collection by the NSA under the Patriot Act illegal.

At the same time, North Carolina Senator and Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr calls for extension of the Patriot Act which is set to expire at the end of the month. 

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12:17 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Laws Against Revenge Porn

North Carolina may join 16 states criminalizing "revenge porn."

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 1:56 pm

North Carolina lawmakers are considering legislation to criminalize revenge porn- the distribution of sexually explicit images without the subject's consent.

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12:12 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

'Renewable: One Woman's Search For Simplicity, Faithfulness And Hope'

Author and activist Eileen Flanagan

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 2:39 pm

At 49, author and environmental activist Eileen Flanagan hardly recognized herself.

Her large home, her stocks in a hydraulic fracturing company and her family's multitude of unnecessary gadgets all seemed at odds with the way she lived three decades ago as a young Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana. 

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12:03 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

The Opposite Of Twitter

At Length is an online, print-friendly magazine that celebrates long-form work.

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 4:12 pm

Media consumers now have more information at their fingertips than ever before, and there is far more news available than any one person could possibly absorb. Writers and journalists are pushed to communicate more succinctly and shorten stories in order to pique readers’ attention.

But a group of artists are trying to buck this trend with an online venue that encourages writers to do exactly the opposite. At Length is a forum for long-form, in-depth writing, art, music and photography.

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12:13 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Redistricting Reconsidered

The district plan for North Carolina as set by the 2011 General Assembly.

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 3:32 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the North Carolina Supreme Court to reconsider the controversial redistricting measures taken by the legislature in 2011. 

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12:10 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Economic State In North Carolina

A U.S. Dept. of Commerce report says high-wage jobs are on the decline in North Carolina.

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 2:23 pm

New numbers from the U.S. Department of Commerce show personal income in North Carolina is lower than the national average.

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12:32 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Movies On The Radio: What's Your Favorite Teenage Movie Moment?

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 12:29 pm

The film Boyhood was a box office hit this year. Director Richard Linklater and his team shot the film over 12 years, a feat that impressed moviegoers and critics alike. Boyhood was nominated for six Academy Awards, and Patricia Arquette, who plays the mother, took best supporting actress.

But even though the film is novel in its lengthy production, at Boyhood's core is a story told time and again throughout the history of cinema: adolescence. 

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12:06 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

From Nest To Sea And Back Again


Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill may have proof that sea turtles use the magnetic field of the earth to find their way back to their nesting places after traveling hundreds of miles at sea during adulthood.

Scientists have long suspected sea turtles use their sensitivity to magnetism to locate their hatching sites, but tracking them over long distances and time spans made the theory difficult to prove.

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12:31 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Board of Governors Panel Recommends Elimination Of Centers

UNC System Board of Governors recommended the elimination of three campus-based centers.

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 5:02 pm


 A panel of the UNC System Board of Governors recommended the elimination of three campus-based centers and on-going assessment of 13 others yesterday. 

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