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In more than 14 years as the leading voice on WUNC's signature program "The State of Things," veteran broadcaster Frank Stasio hosted countless memorable shows. Stasio interviewed famous and regular folk alike, had conversations about history, film, culture and race, and shined a light on all the issues and communities across North Carolina.

Earlier this year, WUNC announced that Frank Stasio, the host of The State of Things for more than 14 years, would be retiring at the end of 2020. This news, in part, resulted in WUNC’s decision to conclude broadcasts of The State of Things at the end of the year.

Several hundred protesters returned Tuesday afternoon to downtown Graham, in Alamance County for an Election Day "peaceful push to the polls" march. The demonstrators engaged in a largely "silent" march, and were encouraged to stay on sidewalks and not engage with law enforcement. 

Families across North Carolina are preparing to start a new school year in the midst of an ongoing pandemic. Most public school students are starting school online, but each school district around the state is doing things a little bit differently under guidelines released by Gov. Roy Cooper in July.

School starts in just a few weeks, and no matter what districts across North Carolina do to re-open, this year will look different.

How are kids coping with plans for the fall? What concerns do teachers have about remote learning, and about their own safety? And how is the pandemic hitting school budgets?

Public radio stations from around the state are coming together for a back-to-school special. We check in with mental health experts, education officials and others to find out how North Carolina is handling the fall semester.

The governing board of North Carolina's largest county by population voted on Monday to make Juneteenth a paid county holiday for its workers.

Thousands of teachers wearing red gathered Wednesday in North Carolina's capital ahead of a march and rally to demand better pay and more resources for public schools in the conservative, tax-cutting state.

With messages such as "Respect Public Education" on their shirts and signs, as many as 15,000 teachers from around the state were expected to participate in the march starting at 10:30 a.m.


The United States has been at war for more than a decade and the men and women that protect our country overseas are not the only people making sacrifices. Tens of thousands of children have watched as their parents get deployed into dangerous conflict zones and have been dealing with the reality that they may never come back or that they may return as someone different.