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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Transportation
9:25 am
Thu September 12, 2013

NC DOT Moving Forward With 540 Extension Plans

The NC DOT is considering 17 possible routes for the 540 extension from Holly Springs to Knightdale.
Credit ncturnpike.org

Commuters south and east of Raleigh can weigh in on the final section of highway 540. 

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Health
2:32 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Duke Institute Looks For New Ideas In Access To Medicine

Credit Duke Medicine

A gathering in Durham today marks the launch of the Duke Institute for Health Innovation.  Leaders in healthcare, education and government will participate in the 'Summit on Transformative Innovation in Health Care.' 

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Military
4:30 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Veterans Group Raises Money For Facility Providing Vet Services

A veterans group is raising money for a facility that will offer veterans services.
Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

A group of young veterans in the state is working to make the transition to civilian life easier for former members of the military.  Veterans Leadership Council of North Carolina Cares is raising money to rehabilitate buildings at the John Umstead Property in Butner.  John Turner, executive director of the organization, says when it's completed the facility will provide mental health services, physical rehabilitation and job training for homeless and at risk vets. 

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Last Motel
5:47 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

Mandolin Orange On Last Motel

L-R: Jeff Crawford, host Eric Hodge, Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz. Mandolin Orange appear on 'Last Motel' on Sunday Aug 18 at 6 p.m.
Credit Al Wodarski / WUNC

Mandolin Orange is a Chapel Hill-based duo combining the talents of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz. Mixing elements of folk and traditional elements with rock n roll and country music, their music is predominantly acoustic-based featuring guitars, mandolins, fiddles mixed in with various other instruments. Both Emily and Andrew grew up in North Carolina and their roots show in their songs.

Mandolin Orange have just released their latest.  It's called "This Side of Jordan." 

Andrew and Emily along with bassist Jeff Crawford dropped by the WUNC studios, checked into Last Motel, and chatted with Eric Hodge for Sunday's broadcast. They play some tunes in-studio from their new album.  You can hear the full interview and conversation Sunday night August 18 at 6 p.m. Here's a highlight:

Mandolin Orange chat with Eric Hodge during 'Last Motel' about their new album 'This Side of Jordan.' They play a song from that new release just out.

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Military
5:00 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Outer Banks To Honor Runaway Slaves

An underground railroad historical marker, like this one from Ohio, will be dedicated at the site.
Credit HystericalMark via Flickr, Creative Commons

A little known part of Civil War history will be honored today on the Outer Banks.  A marker will honor a group of slaves who fled to the area in August, 1861 on their way north to freedom.  About 100 slaves helped Union troops load ships and build fortifications after the capture of forts Hatteras and Clark in return for food and shelter. 

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Health
9:43 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Study Links Childhood Poverty To Smoking

A Duke University study found a link between poverty and smoking in adolescents.
Credit Valentin Ottone via Flickr, Creative Commons

Researchers at Duke University have been studying the affect of poverty and parenting on substance abuse in adolescents.  The findings suggest self-control for teens is influenced by economic status earlier in life.  The study shows children growing up in poverty are more likely to smoke as adults. 

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Arts & Culture
4:57 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Country's Oldest Known Inland European Settlement Unearthed In Western NC

The remains of Fort San Juan.
Credit Robin Beck

A group of archeologists has discovered the remains of the oldest known European settlement in the inland U.S.: a 16th century Spanish fort in western North Carolina. 

Fort San Juan was the largest of six forts built between 1566 and 1568 by explorer Juan Pardo. It’s located five miles north of Morganton at a site that was believed to be an Indian settlement. 

Robin Beck is an assistant professor of archeology at the University of Michigan and was part of the discovery team.  He says the site has something in common with North Carolina's more famous early settlement.

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Education
9:54 am
Mon July 22, 2013

LGBTA Center Opens On NC Central Campus

North Carolina Central University
Credit NC Central

A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Center recently opened on the North Carolina Central University campus. School officials say the goal of the facility is to establish a safer and more inclusive environment for all students. Tia Marie Doxey, Director of Student Life Assessment at the university,  says there have been some emotional moments there so far.

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Last Motel
3:25 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

The Indigo Girls Live On Last Motel

The Indigo Girls with Eric Hodge live on Last Motel, at Manifold recording.
Credit Manifold Recording

This summer, the Indigo Girls played a show at Manifold Recording in Pittsboro, streamed live on WUNC’s Last Motel with Eric Hodge. During their time on stage, they played a range of songs and also spoke about their lives and musical careers. 

The Last Motel live stream features portions of this concert as part of the program rotation from now until Sunday, July 14.

Here are a few highlights from the show:

On playing with a symphony orchestra:

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Science & Technology
8:42 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Duke Study: Brain Connects Emotions To Monetary Value

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Researchers at Duke University say the same area of your brain that puts a dollar value on an item also places an emotional value on that item. 

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