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
12:10 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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12:11 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Nursing Injuries In Asheville

The X-ray of nurse Tove Schuster's spine shows the metal cage and four screws her surgeon used to repair a damaged disk in her back.

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 5:45 pm

A little-known epidemic has swept through hospitals across the country: thousands of nursing staff suffer debilitating back and arm injuries every year. 

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11:57 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Looking At Appalachia

Ronald Sowder cuts Tom Fitzsimmons hair in Hinton, Summers County, West Virginia.
Ryan Stone Looking at Appalachia

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 3:49 pm

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty. The images of the Appalachia region from that period created stereotypes of its people and land for the rest of the country.

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12:02 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

"When You Step Into The Room You Are Family": The Life Of An NC Nurse

Nursing Agency in Mooresville, NC.

Note: This is a rebroadcast of a show that aired May 5, 2014. 

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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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