Catherine Brand

Host, "All Things Considered"

Fed up with the frigid winters of her native state, Catherine was lured to North Carolina in 2006. She grew up in Wisconsin where she spent much of her time making music and telling stories. Prior to joining WUNC, Catherine hosted All Things Considered and classical music at Wisconsin Public Radio. She got her start hosting late-nights and producing current events talk shows for the station's Ideas Network. She later became a fill-in talk show host and recorded books for WPR's popular daily program, Chapter A Day. 

Catherine is just as comfortable on stage as she is behind the microphone. She holds a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She enjoys using her musical background in her work with the North Carolina Symphony. For the past several seasons, she has hosted a pre-concert program called Meet the Artists. Catherine adores being a being a mom and loves spending time exploring the natural world with her beautiful little girl, Wren.   

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Environment
5:18 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Harp Seals Dying as Ice Shrinks

A harp seal pup on unstable ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence Canada
Credit Stewart Cook/International Fund for Animal Welfare

Warmer temperatures in the North Atlantic over the last several decades have resulted in significantly higher mortality rates of baby harp seals. A new study out of Duke looked at satellite data of ice conditions in the Gulf of St Lawrence, a major breeding region and compared them to yearly reports of dead seal pups that washed up on shore. Lead researcher David Johnston is a scientist at the Duke University Marine Lab:


David Johnston:  These animals have evolved to take advantage of the advan tages of ephemeral surfaces like ice.

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Science & Technology
11:09 am
Wed November 2, 2011

NC State Device Monitors Floods, Droughts

North Carolina has seen its fair share of both flooding and drought over the past several years. One of the problems has been getting accurate information, especially in rural areas. Francios Birgand is a biological engineering researcher at N.C. State. He led the development of the 'Gauge-Cam'. He says he and his team wanted to explore the possibility of using wireless imaging technologies to help track water flows in streams and rivers.

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Environment
7:05 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Currituck Promotes Oyster Shell Recycling

Officials in Currituck County are trying to restore oyster populations by getting consumers to recycle the shells. The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has set up receiving areas at the Barco and Moyock Recycling Centers. The agency's Patricia Smith is asking residents and restaurants to take shells to one of those two designated sites:

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Business & Economy
5:45 pm
Tue May 24, 2011

Old is New Again for Cooperative Extension Service

The state extension's division of Family & Consumer Sciences is celebrating 100 years of service. What was first called 'Home Demonstration' and later 'Home Economics' has undergone many changes since 1911. Carolyn Dunn is the state's associate program leader for Family and Consumer Sciences. She says in many ways, the program has come full circle.

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Environment
6:37 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

Black Bears Spotted in Central NC

Black Bear
Credit National Park Service

  People from Greensboro to Garner have been spotting black bears in recent days. Officials say it's the time of year juveniles typically venture out of their home habitats in search of a new place to live. Colleen Olfenbuttel is a biologist with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. She says bear sightings in the Triangle and Triad are becoming more frequent.

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Science & Technology
6:47 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

New App for Visiting State Parks

Visitors to the North Carolina State Parks can take advantage of a new smart phone app. The Pocket Ranger Mobile Tour Guide can be downloaded from the iTunes Store and Android Market. It includes maps for parks and campgrounds and a social networking tool that allows users to share experiences in real time. 
The State Parks' Charlie Peek says it's the first app of its kind to offer so many features. 

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Military
9:22 am
Mon April 4, 2011

Beach Time For Warriors

A new project aims to give combat veterans and their families some rest and relaxation on the beach. Kevin McCabe is one of the founders of the Cape Hatteras Wounded Warriors project. Its main goal is to provide Purple Heart recipients with vacation getaways on Hatteras Island. McCabe says the idea was born out of a desire to give something back to those who have served their country.

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Business & Economy
5:08 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Ferry Improvements Coming for Cape Lookout

Cape Lookout Lighthouse
Credit National Park Service

Ferry Service on the southern end of the Cape Lookout National Seashore will be getting an upgrade. Officials are planning new passenger service to the Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout Lighthouse from either Beaufort or Morehead City. Wouter Kaytel from the National Park Service says the NPS plans to join forces with either of the two communities to streamline services and offer contracts to potential vendors. A public meeting will be held tomorrow night to gather feedback from residents.

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Health
4:55 am
Fri February 25, 2011

Eldercare Home Launches in Chapel Hill

A Chapel Hill neighborhood is welcoming Orange County's first eldercare home. There's a special ceremony today to mark the opening. Paul Klever is executive director of Charles House Association, the non-profit sponsoring the home. Klever says residents of the Heritage Hills neighborhood actually approached them when they first heard about the idea:

Health
4:00 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

UNC Forum Focuses on Agent Orange

A panel of local and national experts were scheduled to address the legacy of Agent Orange at a public forum February 16th in Chapel Hill. The toxic herbicide was used by the U.S. government to remove tree cover in the jungles of Vietnam, so the enemy wouldn't be able to hide as easily. Nancy Leterri is executive director of Children of Vietnam. She says the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs allows compensation for anyone who had 'boots on the ground' in Vietnam and who suffers from disabilities including certain cancers, Parkinson's Disease...

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