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‘A Church Of Listening’ With Haven Kimmel And Frank Stasio

A dark creek flows by wet granite boulders teeming with orange lichen, mirroring the fall tree colors alight in the background.
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Duke Forest

After their initial conversations on “The State of Things” in 2006 and 2007, author Haven Kimmel and host Frank Stasio hit the road. Libraries invited the pair to talk about anything. It was less the topic that mattered than the atmosphere they created through their intense connection. Kimmel describes Stasio’s hosting as a “church of listening.”

Stasio credits Kimmel with orienting the show towards humanity and compassion. Their connection served as a touchstone for over a decade of Stasio’s daily interviews with politicians and artists alike. He welcomes Kimmel back to the show for his final edition of the program. Together, they consider what prevents us from truly listening to one another.

Haven Kimmel is a poet and author based in North Carolina. Raised in rural Indiana, she is known for her memoirs, “A Girl Named Zippy” and “She Got Up Off the Couch: And Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana.” She is also the author of children’s books as well as a creative retelling of the Bible’s Book of Revelation. Kimmel currently serves as an instructor of creative nonfiction at The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
 

A white fence foregrounds a cornfield and dusky sky with the sun adding a swathe of orange on the horizon.
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Kimmel grew up in Mooreland, Indiana and considers the landscape sacred.

Grant Holub-Moorman coordinates events and North Carolina outreach for WUNC, including a monthly trivia night. He is a founding member of Embodied and a former producer for The State of Things.
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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