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Behind The Glass With Producers Katy Barron and Laura Pellicer

State of Things Producers Katy Barron and Laura Pellicer share some of their favorite conversations from 2016.

For the final episode of our annual "Producer Picks" series,  veteran producer Katy Barron, and a rookie, The State of Things' newest producer, Laura Pellicer reflect on the stand-out stories from 2016. Barron and Pellicer are the behind the scenes actors that find fresh voices, make editorial decisions, and get the show to air every weekday. For this segment they step in front of the microphone to share their favorite segments they had a hand in producing. Barron's picks run the gamut from public education to art house film. Pellicer's picks explore race, exuberant guests, and a local musical gem. 

Links to the complete audio for all the highlighted segments can be found below: 

Katy Barron's Picks:

Laura Pellicer's Picks:

Producer Katy Barron chats about her favorite segments, from public education to an art house film.
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Producer Katy Barron chats about her favorite segments, from public education to an art house film.

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Laura Pellicer is a producer with The State of Things (hyperlink), a show that explores North Carolina through conversation. Laura was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, a city she considers arrestingly beautiful, if not a little dysfunctional. She worked as a researcher for CBC Montreal and also contributed to their programming as an investigative journalist, social media reporter, and special projects planner. Her work has been nominated for two Canadian RTDNA Awards. Laura loves looking into how cities work, pursuing stories about indigenous rights, and finding fresh voices to share with listeners. Laura is enamored with her new home in North Carolina—notably the lush forests, and the waves where she plans on moonlighting as a mediocre surfer.
Katy Barron
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.