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To the Hoop: A Greensboro Gallery Explores The Universality of Basketball

From its creation in the late 19th century, basketball captured America’s attention. What began with James Naismith and two peach baskets evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry with its reach extending beyond sports to marketing and fashion. 

But the love for basketball is also evident on a much smaller scale, like a backboard and hoop nailed to a suburban telephone pole. That omnipresence is what curator Emily Stamey hoped to capture in the “To the Hoop” exhibition at Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro. Host Frank Stasio talks with Stamey about the exhibition. They are also joined by two artists whose work is featured in the exhibit: sculptor and multidisciplinary artist Andre Leon Gray and photographer Bill Bamberger. The exhibit is on view through June 7, 2020.


Josie Taris left her home in Fayetteville in 2014 to study journalism at Northwestern University. There, she took a class called Journalism of Empathy and found her passion in audio storytelling. She hopes every story she produces challenges the audience's preconceptions of the world. After spending the summer of 2018 working in communications for a Chicago nonprofit, she decided to come home to work for the station she grew up listening to. When she's not working, Josie is likely rooting for the Chicago Cubs or petting every dog she passes on the street.
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.