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Ken Rudin, the Political JunkieKen Rudin has a problem: he is hooked on politics. The political junkie regularly joins The State of Things for Friday discussions about the political world in North Carolina. Ken’s experience spans three decades of political coverage, most recently at NPR.From the latest congressional news to behind-the-scenes views on the campaign trail, Ken offers political insight, historical analysis and trivia. More information, including his weekly scuttlebutton puzzle, can be found at his website.

The Political Junkie Celebrates Cokie Roberts And Reviews The Week’s Biggest Stories

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Cokie Roberts, one of the founding mothers of NPR, died this week.

The journalism community is in mourning over the loss of veteran broadcaster Cokie Roberts. Considered one of the founding mothers of NPR, Roberts blazed trails for women in journalism while helping to set the tone and standard for the emerging field of public radio.

Political Junkie Ken Rudin credits Roberts with his long-time position at NPR as a political editor. He joins host Frank Stasio to share stories about her life and legacy. Rudin also recaps the biggest stories of the week including Saudi Arabia’s assertion that wreckage proves that Iran “unquestionably sponsored” the attack on its oil facilities which cut oil production in half. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calls it an “act of war” while Trump tweeted a threat to increase sanctions against Iran.

This will likely be the first crisis to be handled by Robert O’Brien, the newly appointed national security adviser. The Political Junkie will also tackle the race for 2020. A new poll released by NBC and the Wall Street Journal finds presidential hopeful Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren closing in on former Vice President Joe Biden while California Sen. Kamala Harris loses the most steam among candidates. Ken Rudin and Frank Stasio take on these topics and more.

Dana is an award-winning producer who began as a personality at Rock 92. Once she started creating content for morning shows, she developed a love for producing. Dana has written and produced for local and syndicated commercial radio for over a decade. WUNC is her debut into public radio and she’s excited to tell deeper, richer stories.
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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