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Ringing In 2020 With Producer Amanda Magnus’ Highlights From 2019

roller derby skaters in the middle of a jam
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Producer Amanda Magnus, number 10, playing roller derby in Madison, Wis. in 2016. She chose a segment about the sport as one of her favorites on The State of Things in 2019.

2019 was a big year for the state of North Carolina: lawmakers held the second-longest legislative session in the state’s history, the city of Durham celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding, and a major hurricane hit the coast in September. State of Things producers were busy covering these stories and many more.

Show producer Amanda Magnus shares her favorite segments from the past year with host Frank Stasio. Her highlights include conversations about wildlife in the state, like a segment about black bears with North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission biologists Colleen Olfenbuttel and Justin McVey. She also reflects on a conversation about infertility from our series “Embodied” all about sex, relationships and health. And she shares why she loved producing a segment about how roller derby is pushing the boundaries of inclusion in sport — it is partly because Magnus AKA A Magnitude 10 used to play roller derby herself when she was living in Madison, Wisconsin.

Listen to all of Amanda Magnus’ favorite conversations from 2019:

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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