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Meet Al Buehler

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Today, Duke University’s athletics program is world famous for basketball, but back in 1955 when Al Buehler came to Duke to coach the cross country team, football was the school’s big sport. The teams were all men and all white.

Coach Buehler had a big hand bringing in black and female athletes. He has coached Duke through six ACC championships and trained five Olympians, two of whom went on to win medals. Buehler also distinguished himself as a coach by his ability to touch the lives of his athletes off the field. He is the subject of a new book and documentary by Amy Unell called “Starting at the Finish Line: Coach Al Buehler’s Timeless Wisdom.” Host Frank Stasio will be joined by Buehler and Unell to talk about the coach’s life and legacy.

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.
Shawn Wen joined the staff of The State of Things in March 2012 and served as associate producer until February 2014.