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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Arts & Culture
8:52 am
Tue September 30, 2014

World Of Bluegrass Will Draw Thousands To Raleigh

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Fans of bluegrass music are in Raleigh this week for the World of Bluegrass Festival and conference. 

The gathering is organized by the Nashville-based International Bluegrass Music Association.  The event is part business conference, part music festival.  

Nancy Cardwell is the IBMA's Executive Director.  She said some of the world's finest musicians are in attendance, too.

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Arts & Culture
9:41 am
Mon September 29, 2014

The IBMAs Are 'Living In Raleigh Now'

Chatham County Line wrote "Living In Raleigh Now" to commemorate the International Bluegrass Music Festival's move from Nashville.
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The world's premier bluegrass music event is all this week in Raleigh. The International Bluegrass Music Association's annual gathering and Festival used to be in Nashville but moved to Raleigh a year ago.  

Tens of thousands of people attended last year and city officials say visitors spent more than $10 million on food, hotels and entertainment.    

The organization has since decided to put down roots and committed to holding the event in Raleigh for the next six years.  

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Health
8:38 am
Mon September 29, 2014

EPA Hosts Chemical Safety Summit in RTP

The EPA says many chemicals people used are do not require much testing.
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The Environmental Protection Agency is hosting a chemical safety data summit in Research Triangle Park today and tomorrow. 

Unless a chemical is being used as a food additive, a drug, a pesticide or one of a few other specialized uses, EPA officials say there's not a significant amount of testing required. 

Russell Thomas is a director at the EPA.  He said there are hundreds of new chemicals introduced into the environment each year.

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Arts & Culture
11:39 am
Thu September 25, 2014

'The Most Natural Thing': The Wood Brothers Play Tonight In Saxapahaw

The Wood Brothers are playing in Saxapahaw tonight.
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Brothers Chris and Oliver Wood went their separate ways after growing up in Boulder, Colorado. 

Oliver headed to Atlanta where he formed the band King Johnson which combined, blues, R&B, funk and country. 

Chris traveled to New York to continue his studies on jazz bass and went on to form the instrumental Medeski, Martin and Wood

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Health
8:13 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Bill Gates Boosts NCSU's Sweet Potato Research

NC State University is studying how to boost sweet potato crops in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is giving millions of dollars to North Carolina State University to research sweet potatoes.  The grant is aimed at developing new breeding tools to improve crop production in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Craig Yencho heads the university's sweet potato breeding program and is the project director.  He said sweet potatoes already feed millions of people in the region.

"It's a very hardy crop," said Yencho. "It can resist drought and heat very well.  It can be grown in a really wide range of soil types and it produces a lot of food per acre.”

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Music
10:23 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Hiss Golden Messenger's Modern Appalachia

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M.C. Taylor wasn't born in North Carolina, but he sure sounds like he was. 

The California native moved to the Tar Heel state about seven years ago to continue making music as Hiss Golden Messenger. 

The songs contain some of the basic ingredients of Appalachian music, but combine those elements in unpredictable ways, creating a sound that is both steeped in tradition and completely modern.

Taylor's new recording is called "Lateness of Dancers."  He plays an album release show at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro Saturday night.

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Environment
9:19 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Hurricane Season Reaches A Quiet Peak

Hurricane Arthur caused damage on the Outer Banks in July.
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Historically, today marks the peak in the Atlantic hurricane season. 

There have been four named storms so far and three of those were hurricanes.  Hurricane Arthur caused damage to eastern North Carolina when it came ashore along the Outer Banks in July.  

Richard Bandy is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Newport.  He said forecasts for a below normal season are proving accurate. 

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Arts & Culture
1:34 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

How To Make Music That's Professional Yet Intimate? Michael Rank Has An Idea

North Carolina singer-songwriter Michael Rank

Michael Rank has recently released his fourth album of new material in two years.

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Transportation
9:38 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Alternate Route For Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry Becomes Permanent

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A new, longer ferry route between Hatteras and Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks is now permanent. 

Officials from the U.S. Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers and the North Carolina Department of Transportation made the announcement Monday. 

Tim Hass of the state Ferry Division says the original shorter route continues to be a problem.

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Big Star's Third
6:55 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Big Star's Third: An All-Star Celebration Of A Hugely Influential Band

L-R: Jody Stephens, host Eric Hodge, Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris and Chris Stamey in the WUNC Studios
Credit Al Wodarski / WUNC

What music critics have said for years about The Velvet Underground could easily apply to Big Star, too: they were much more influential on later bands than the sum total of all the records they sold. Bands ranging from R.E.M. to Wilco to Cheap Trick to Teenage Fanclub to Dum Dum Girls all cite the influence of and appreciation for Big Star. A cover version of Big Star's "In The Street" served as the theme song for the popular TV sitcom That '70s Show.

Some thirty musicians (including Mike Mills of R.E.M. fame) are banding together Friday night in Carrboro, NC, to pay tribute to this seminal band by staging orchestrated versions of two of their albums.

  • Where: Cat’s Cradle, 300 E. Main St. Carrboro, NC.
  • When: Friday August 22 Doors at 8 p.m. Show at 9 p.m.
  • Tickets: via Cat's Cradle

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