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State Of Things Managing Editor Anita Rao Takes You Behind-The-Scenes

Liz Baier
State of Things Managing Editor Anita Rao in the studio. She shares her favorite moments from 2017, including when she filled in as guest host for the show.

2017 marked a unique moment for journalism. Headlines broke each hour, and conversations that long took place in the margins were brought to the center. With all of this barely in the rearview mirror, The State of Things staff takes turns joining host Frank Stasio in the studio to recap their favorite moments of the year.

Managing Editor Anita Rao goes first and shares moments that include a conversation about the surprising power of bird brains, the story of a mail carrier who delivered baked goods on his route, and a conversation about the past, present and future of the feminist movement. She also talks about filling in as a guest host and a memorable conversation she had with John Duberstein, widower of best-selling author Nina Riggs.

View a complete list of Anita Rao’s favorite segments below:

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist, host, creator, and executive editor of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health.
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.
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