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Every month, The State of Things hosts a conversation about a topic in film. Host Frank Stasio talks with Laura Boyes, film curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art, and Marsha Gordon, film professor at North Carolina State University. And we want to hear from you. Submit your choices by email or tweet us with #SOTMovies.

Living A Life Of Crime On Movies On The Radio

Robert DeNiro in a suit in a casino
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Robert DeNiro in the 1995 film 'Casino.'

The latest edition of Movies on the Radio is all about gangster, mob and mafia movies. Listeners share their favorite movies focused on the world of crime, from the family business in “Married To The Mob” to the crooked cops in “Training Day.”

Host Frank Stasio talks to film experts Marsha Gordon and Laura Boyes about the mafia genre and why it is still popular with audiences today. They also discuss the history of these films and how they have evolved over time.

Gordon is a film professor at North Carolina State University. Boyes is the film curator for the North Carolina Museum of Art. She is also the curator of the MovieDiva series. Boyes is introducing the Mae West film “I’m No Angel” on March 13 at the Carolina Theatre in Durham. She is also introducing the film “Rosita” on March 15 at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.

Amanda Magnus is the executive producer of Embodied, a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships and health. She has also worked on other WUNC shows including Tested and CREEP.
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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