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The State of Eugenics In North Carolina

For more than 70 years, programs around the United States forcibly sterilized tens of thousands of American citizens.

While many states scaled their programs  back after World War II, North Carolina ramped up their sterilization efforts. The state’s program became one of the largest and longest lasting eugenics programs in the country. The new documentary “The State of Eugenics” traces the history of the program, focusing specifically on efforts by journalists, scholars and politicians in the past two decades to bring justice to eugenics victims.

Host Frank Stasio previews the film with filmmaker Dawn Sinclair Shapiro.It screens at Wake Forest University on Thursday, January 12 at 5 p.m. and premieres nationwide on January 29.

Watch the trailer:

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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