Eric Hodge

Host, "Morning Edition"

Eric Hodge hosts WUNC’s broadcast of Morning Edition, and files reports for the North Carolina news segments of the broadcast. He started at the station in 2004 doing fill-in work on weekends and All Things Considered.

In August 2004, he took over the Morning Edition slot where he enjoys the challenge of bringing North Carolina news to listeners each weekday. Eric moved to Carrboro from New York City in 2000. He worked for the BBC and XFM radio while living in London, England. He has also run his own music marketing company, worked for major record labels in both New York and London, and worked on the Grammy Award nominated Harry Belafonte project, "The Anthology of Black Music."

Eric grew up in Michigan, trained at the Broadcast Center in St. Louis with CBS's KMOX radio and worked at a variety of stations in the Midwest and upstate New York.

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This week's year-end episode of Criminal shares some listener stories about spooky visitors.
Julienne Alexander / CRIMINAL

The Criminal podcast often examines the back story of infamous crimes. But one popular story remained a mystery, and made some of your skin crawl. This week's year-end episode of Criminal shares some listener stories about spooky visitors. 

A picture of James Carter of the Blind Boys of Alabama
Stuart Sevastos / Wikimedia Commons

The Blind Boys of Alabama have been singing gospel music for seven decades – through a world war, the civil rights movement, moon landings and the invention of the Internet. They've gone from their beginnings at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind all the way to the White House where they've sung for three presidents.

Now, the Grammy award winners are back at it with a new recording called Almost Home. Original member James Carter took time out from a series of events in Durham recently to talk about his life's work.

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

On this special holiday episode, Eric Hodge chats with Robert Earl Keen about his classic song 'Merry Christmas From The Family.'

Keen says he wrote the song simply to amuse himself, but when he started playing it around for friends he knew he had something.

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A drawing of fingerprints.
Julienne Alexander / Criminal

In the latest Criminal podcast, we hear about the notorious wrongful conviction of Willie Grimes, who was arrested in Hickory in 1987 on rape and kidnapping charges and spent more than two decades in prison.

A picture of Hiss Golden Messenger's M.C. Taylor
Elise Tyler / Merge Records

Hallelujah Anyhow is the new record from Hiss Golden Messenger.  Its 10 songs help shine a light on what M.C. Taylor calls the dark clouds he's designed to see. 

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

On this episode, Eric Hodge chats with Durham's Sylvan Esso about their song "Slack Jaw" from their Grammy-nominated album What Now.

Amelia Meath says the song is about being a human and being sad. She wanted to write about these universal and common feelings without coming off as 'whiny,' and Slack Jaw is the result. 

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

On this episode, Eric Hodge talks with the Canadian singer/songwriter Leif Vollebekk about his song 'Elegy' from the album Twin Solitude.

Vollebekk explains his editing process. He says that the four minute 'Elegy' was originally a 15 or 2o minute jam until the right drum beat came to him.

Secrets and Séances
JULIENNE ALEXANDER / CRIMINAL

In this week's Criminal podcast, we hear the story of a Scottish woman named Helen Duncan, who was put in jail during World War II for practicing witchcraft. The British government believed she was a threat to national security.

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

On this episode, Eric Hodge sits down with Mandolin Orange to revisit their song 'Wildfire,' which recently passed 10,000,000 streams on Spotify.

A drawing of plants under a microscope.
Julienne Alexander / Criminal

Botanists know all about plants, whether they're working in a forest or on a farm, but they can also identify plant matter after it's begun digesting. It turns out, that can be a pretty useful skill in solving murder cases. That's the topic on this week's Criminal podcast.

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Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

On this episode, Eric Hodge chats with Raleigh's The Veldt about their song "Token" from the album The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation.

PONCE, PUERTO RICO -  North Carolina National Guard SSG Joe Rodriguez carries donated water and MRE's for Nani Soto in a distribution center in a sports arena in the Southern town of Ponce, the 2nd largest city in Puerto Rico, on October 20, 2017.
Angel Valentin / For WUNC

Last week marked one month since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, and conditions remain primitive on much of the island. About one million people remain without running water and three million are without electricity.

Hillsborough's Yep Roc Records is celebrating its 20th anniversary this weekend with a series of concerts in Hillsborough and Carrboro. Label co-founder Glenn Dicker sat down with Morning Edition host Eric Hodge to talk about the history of the label and to give us a run down of this weekend's events.

Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso
Courtesy of Shervin Lainez

After a year on the road, Durham-based duo Sylvan Esso has gathered pals for a concert and campout near home this weekend. They'll join tUnE-yArDs, Wye Oak, Helado Negro and Well$ at Shakori Hills Saturday.

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

On this episode, Eric Hodge chats with Tift Merritt about her song "Stitch Of The World" from the album of the same name.

Before discussing her creative process, Merritt says that "Stitch Of The World" is a song about freeing yourself from burdens.

Listen to the episode here:

A drawing of floodwaters
Julienne Alexander / Criminal

Destructive flooding is sometimes seen as an "act of God," but one Illinois man is serving time in prison for causing the Mississippi River to inundate a town in Missouri. We hear his story in this week's Criminal Podcast. Phoebe Judge hosts the show.

A picture of Michael Rank at a keyboard.
Missy Malouff

Michael Rank is a singer-songwriter based in Chatham County.  His last few records sounded very rootsy, with fiddle and other acoustic instrumentation. Drum machines and electric wah-wah guitar reign in the gritty soul record, Another Love. Rank's new music is being compared to D'Angelo, Prince and Curtis Mayfield.

The Be Loud! event poster,
Be Loud! Sophie Foundation

The Be Loud! Sophie Foundation is holding its annual celebration at the Cat's Cradle this weekend in Carrboro.

Tift Merritt's latest album cover
Alexandra Valenti

Tift Merritt is throwing a party Saturday night at the North Carolina Museum of Art. M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger, Eric Slick of Dr. Dog, and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig from Mountain Man will be there. So will someone who calls himself the Suitcase Junket.

A picture of Jenn Wasner
Courtesy of Paley Fairman

Jenn Wasner is best known as half of the Baltimore-based band Wye Oak. But for the past few years, she's been quietly working away at her own music under the banner Flock of Dimes

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

On this episode, Eric Hodge chats with John Moreland about his song "Lies I Chose To Believe" from the album Big Bad Luv.

Moreland's catalog is filled with songs that tug at your heartstrings, and "Lies I Chose To Believe" is no different. He says the key to writing an emotional song like this one is to not over think it.

Canadian-born Leif Vollebekk spoke with WUNC Morning Edition Host Eric Hodge about his latest album "Twin Solitude."
Courtesy of Leif Vollebekk

Leif Vollebekk was born in Canada, but his music is influenced by his travels to France, Iceland and New York. Now he calls Montreal home. 

John Paul White
Allister Ann / Sacks and Co.

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

This time Eric Hodge sits down with John Paul White to talk about his song "What's So" from the album Beulah.

Fleet Foxes

It's been six years since the last release from Fleet Foxes.  The Seattle-based band's first two records met with critical and commercial success, selling more than 2-million copies and winding up on many a critic's best of list.  The music found a home with a large and loyal fan base, but more than half-a-decade is a long wait. 

Julienne Alexander/Criminal

We don't often get to hear the police speak candidly, but this week's Criminal episode offers the personal perspective of former Dallas Police Chief David Brown. He was chief during the 2016 shooting of Dallas police officers days after protests of the police-involved shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

Chatham County Line
Patrick Shanahan / Yep Roc Music Group

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

On this episode Eric Hodge talks with John Teer and Dave Wilson of Chatham County Line about their song 'Moving Pictures Of My Mind' from the album Autumn.

Speaking about the song, Dave Wilson says he was trying to connect the classic old movie sound to the modern experience.

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Courtesy Merge Records

The Durham-based band Mountain Goats' fourth release on Merge Records a tribute to Goth music, including some of the bands that didn't quite make it. The new album is simply titled Goths. Songwriter and singer John Darnielle joined Eric Hodge in the WUNC studios to talk about the album. 

Criminal: All The Time In The World

Jun 2, 2017
Julienne Alexander/CRIMINAL

This week's Criminal podcast takes us on a trip to explore the depths of human decomposition at a so-called body farm. Phoebe Judge tells us about her visit to the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University.

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

On this episode Eric Hodge talks with Sam Herring of Future Islands about their song 'Doves' from the album Singles.

Herring says 'Doves' is a song that took some time for the band to get right.

Listen to the episode here:

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

This time Eric Hodge sits down with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver to discuss his song 'Perth' from the album Bon Iver, Bon Iver.

Vernon describes 'Perth' as an awakening. It's a song about being born and also losing a loved one.

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