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
8:26 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Gamers Who Play Together Stay Together

New research shows gamers might not all be loners, after all.
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The widely held notion – that people who play computer games are loners – might not be true after all.  A new study from North Carolina State University finds that gamers are expanding their social lives and often wind up meeting the people they compete against. 

Nick Taylor is an assistant professor of Digital Media at NC State, and worked on the study.  He says the findings were consistent regardless of the types of games being played.

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Arts & Culture
9:03 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Pittsboro Memorial Will Honor 9/11 First Responders

New York Fire Department Deputy Chief Joseph Curry calls for rescue teams at Ground Zero three days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Credit Petty Officer 1st Class Preston Keres / US Navy

Pittsboro will break ground today on a memorial to 9/11 first responders. 

Organizers say town and Chatham County officials will take part, along with anyone who wants to bring a shovel. 

The site will feature a beam from the base of one of the twin towers that collapsed after the attack on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001. 

Jody Allen is the president of the Chatham County First Responders Foundation Corporation.  He said the beam will point from the site in downtown Pittsboro toward ground zero in New York City.

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Arts & Culture
12:04 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

'Too Much Pork For Just One Fork' And 3 More Great SCOTS Song Titles

Southern Culture on the Skids

Southern Culture on the Skids are Chapel Hill's legendary "bards of downward mobility." If you have no idea what we're talking about, you're in for a treat:

Here's some of our top four favorite song/album titles:

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Politics & Government
7:40 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Remembering Senator Martin Nesbitt

Credit NCGA

State Senator Martin Nesbitt will be laid to rest today near his hometown of Asheville.  The Democratic leader of the Senate died last week of stomach cancer after more than three decades in the legislature. WUNC's Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones and WCQS news director David Hurrand joined Eric Hodge to talk about Sen. Nesbitt's legacy.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Joshua Starmer's 'Song Of The Month' Is A Cool Collection

Joshua Starmer
Credit Carol Bales

Joshua Starmer is a songwriter, a singer and a cellist. He can play just about anything, we suppose. At the end of 2012, he decided to spend 2013 writing and recording a song a month.

"It almost derailed every month. The very first month was make or break it. I was working on a song I thought was really good until January 28." Then Starmer, notes, he decided that song was about the worst he'd ever heard, and he scrambled to write something else.

The result is a remarkable collection.

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Arts & Culture
11:47 am
Fri February 28, 2014

The Masks, The Beads, The Horns: It's Mardi Gras in Durham

The band Boneslinger will play at the Mardis Gras event.
Credit Boneslinger

Mardi Gras kicks off this weekend in both New Orleans .. and Durham, NC. Durham's celebration has been growing over the last couple of years. There will be a big parade on Fat Tuesday (March 4) starting at the bronze bull on CCB Plaza at 6 p.m., followed by eight bands performing on five stages.

The weekend begins though, with a celebration called "Hey Pocky Way- A Mardis Gras Primer."

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Sports
8:48 am
Mon February 17, 2014

UNC-Duke Rivalry Heats Back Up After Snow Day

Rivals Duke and UNC Basketball will face off Thursday after winter weather canceled their last match-up.
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Last week's winter storm canceled the men's basketball game between fierce rivals North Carolina and Duke. 

Meetings between coaches, athletic directors and the Atlantic Coast Conference resulted in the contest being rescheduled for this Thursday night in Chapel Hill.  That means both teams will be playing four games in eight days. 

The Tar Heels beat Pittsburgh over the weekend while the Blue Devils got past Maryland.  Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told Sirius-XM it's a challenging week.

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Environment
9:04 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Proposed Rules Would Change Sand Distribution In OBX

The National Park Service will consider new rules that would change where dredged sand is distributed.
Credit NOAA

The Army Corps of Engineers is proposing changes to dredging rules in and around Beaufort Inlet on the Outer Banks. 

Right now, sand dredged to keep the inlet open is dumped on the shoreline of the town of Atlantic Beach and at Fort Macon State Park. 

Trace Cooper is the mayor of Atlantic Beach.  He says his town needs the sand to protect six-billion-dollars worth of investment.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

The Indigo Girls' Amy Ray: Her New Album Is A Little Bit Country, And A Lot North Carolina

Amy Ray, art from her new album
Credit Amy Ray

Amy Ray is likely best known as a member of the duo the Indigo Girls. She has a solo career as well and this week the Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter released her first country record.  It's called "Goodnight Tender" and it has tons of North Carolina connections. It was recorded at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville.  There are local musicians involved, like the brothers from Megafaun.

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Pollinators
8:57 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Study: Native NC Bees Are More Efficient Pollinators

A new NC State study found that honey bees are more plentiful than smaller native bees, but less efficient pollinators.
Credit David Tarpy

Researchers at North Carolina State University have come up with a system to evaluate the efficiency and importance of different species of pollinators. 

The study's authors say insects are the primary pollinators of crops.  The researchers developed their system by looking at the behavior of bees in North Carolina blueberry fields. 

Hannah Burrack is an associate professor of entomology at NC State and a co-author of the study. 

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