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.

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11:46 am
Fri December 12, 2014

The Rise and Fall of "The Killer"

The cover for Rick Bragg's new biography of Jerry Lee Lewis, "Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story."

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 4:17 pm

    

When many people think about the legends of rock and roll music, they think about The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, and so on.

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12:02 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

NC Author Gains Fans With Supernatural Plots

By Jason Mott

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 2:23 pm

  

Author Jason Mott hails from Bolton, North Carolina- a town with a population of 700. The characters in Mott’s novels come from smalltown America as well. Mott’s narratives gained wide popularity for their supernatural situations like the return of lost relatives or children with healing abilities. Host Frank Stasio talks with New York Times bestselling author Jason Mott about his novel The Wonder of All Things (Mira/2014), his debut novel's adaptation into an ABC television series and his sudden rise to fame.

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12:51 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Meet Hana Pichova - Choosing Her Own Path

Hana Pichova is a UNC professor and author that escaped communism 35 years ago and she's been making the most of her opportunities ever since.

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 2:38 pm

Hana Pichova grew up under a totalitarian regime in Czechoslovakia during the 1970s. 

For Pichova, opportunities for learning and discovery were rare under the control of the communist government.

At 18, she and her parents fled to Switzerland. Pichova decided she wanted to  immigrate to America. Unbeknownst to her parents, she went to the German border to seek political asylum. When they learned of her move, they decided to follow her, despite their reservations. 

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1:05 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

It’s a Hopscotch Hodgepodge!

Hopscotch Design Fest is the newest part of Raleigh's Hopscotch Music Fest.

This year marks the fifth anniversary of Raleigh’s Hopscotch Music Festival and the event is bigger than ever. 

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12:37 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Possible Outcomes Of North Carolina Turning Down Medicaid Expansion

North Carolina will be missing out on $51 billion from Mediciad because they chose not to expand coverage.

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 3:55 pm

    

Lawmakers in North Carolina decided to not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. 

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12:49 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

The Battle For Labor Unions In North Carolina

Keith Ludlum is the president of UFCW local 1208 and led the charge for unions in North Carolina slaughterhouses.

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 3:24 pm

  

In 2008, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union and Smithfield Foods in Tar Heel, NC reached an agreement to end a 16-year fight for better worker conditions. 

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12:42 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Asheville’s Just Economics Impact on Workers

Just Economics is trying to get a living wage for working class in Western North Carolina.

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 3:26 pm

  The Asheville nonprofit Just Economics has been pushing for local businesses to pay a living wage. 

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12:11 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Durham City Council Considers Police Recommendations

Durham City Council hears recommendations from City Manager on how to improve police and community relations.

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 4:26 pm

  The Durham Police Department has been accused of racial profiling, which led the Human Relations Commission to recommend changes in policy and procedure in May.

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4:19 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Movies On The Radio: Who Is Your Favorite Character?

Movie Critics Talk About Favorite Movie Characters

When you were a child, did you imagine being Superman? 

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3:56 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Durham Filmmakers Debut Sci-Fi Film At Gay And Lesbian Film Festival

Scene from "Frequency" (in picture actresses Lisa Gagnon and Meredith Sause).

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 12:57 pm

 People rarely associate gay and lesbian films with the science fiction genre. But a Durham-based production company, KVWorks, created a sci-fi lesbian web series. 

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