Laura Candler

Web Producer

Laura moved from Chattanooga to Chapel Hill in 2013 to join WUNC as a web producer. She graduated from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in the spring of 2012 and has created radio and multimedia stories for a variety of outlets, including Marketplace, Prairie Public, and Maine Public Broadcasting. When she's not out hunting stories, you can usually find her playing the fiddle.  

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Sports
4:19 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

The Harlem Shake, ACC Style

Everyone knows that NC State, Duke, and UNC can play basketball. But how well do they dance?

The 60th ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament is underway, where North Carolina’s Big Three will compete with other conference teams for the championship.  We found videos of all three North Carolina schools performing the Harlem Shake – a dance that has made waves on the internet in recent weeks.

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Arts & Culture
3:35 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Why Phoebe Lawless Is Shocked To Be A James Beard Semi-finalist

Phoebe Lawless
Credit Lissa Gotwals

People who bake pies for a living usually do so because they love it. Not to win awards. So when Phoebe Lawless of Scratch bakery learned recently that the James Beard Foundation named her a semi-finalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef – an honor she shares with only 19 others in the country – she was thoroughly shocked.   “I certainly did not expect to find myself on the list,” she said.  Lawless learned of the honor while at home on her couch, when someone mentioned it on Twitter.  

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Arts & Culture
4:58 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Fullsteam One Of Four Breweries Nationwide To Be James Beard Semi-Finalist

Fullsteam's First Frost persimmon ale
Credit Fullsteam

Like last year, Sean Lilly Wilson of the Durham brewery Fullsteam found out that he was on the list of 2013 James Beard Award semi-finalists via Twitter.  And he thought it was a mistake.  His reaction?  “Profound disbelief,” he says.  Wilson’s Fullsteam made the semi-finalist list for the Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional Award, joining names like Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Buffalo Trace Distillery, and The Brooklyn Brewery.

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Sports
1:14 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

VIDEO: Jeff Gordon Car Salesman Prank Goes Viral

Oh, the fun you can have if you’re a NASCAR driver.  

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Arts & Culture
4:44 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

How To Cook A Corndog, James Beard-Style

Chef Aaron Vandemark of Panciuto

Even though he’s been a James Beard Award semi-finalist for three years in a row, Chef Aaron Vandemark of Hillsborough’s Panciuto was caught off guard last month when he learned that his name was on the list yet again. He was checking his email and received a congratulatory note, at first not realizing what it was for.  But that’s not too different from last year, Vandemark says. In 2012, he was alone in his kitchen cutting up lamb parts when he received a phone call from a writer in Raleigh who gave him the news.  “I’m always surprised by how informal it is,” he admits, referring to the fact that The James Beard Foundation does not notify its semi-finalists directly.

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Arts & Culture
3:30 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Appalachian Music With Old Fashioned Stage Effects

Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle
Credit annaandelizabeth.com

While many popular musicians today seek out the newest digital technology to enhance their performances, there’s a young musical duo from rural Virginia who are moving in the opposite direction. Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle call themselves simply “Anna and Elizabeth.”  Both accomplished traditional Appalachian musicians on a variety of instruments, together they have resurrected a storytelling tradition called the “crankie,” whose technology outdates their combined age (which is 50).

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Arts & Culture
4:05 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

NC Claims 13 James Beard Award Semifinalists

A dish at Lantern, a previous James Beard Award winner
Credit Lantern

The James Beard Foundation has released its annual list of semifinalists for the Restaurant and Chef Awards. On the list are 13 North Carolina eateries and chefs, 9 of which are in or near the Triangle. The James Beard Awards are considered the highest awards in the food industry. The semifinalists in North Carolina are:

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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Wed February 20, 2013

An Arcade Game That Dispenses…Beer!

Beercade: The Last Barfighter
Credit McKinney

Arcade games have long been a popular bar distraction, but Durham-based ad agency McKinney has recently taken coin-operated entertainment to a new level. Instead of inserting quarters and playing for points, two players can now insert their beer cups and battle each other for a drink. They call it the Beercade.

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Arts & Culture
4:11 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Civil War Re-enactment Group Restores Flag

26th Regiment officers with the flag
Credit North Carolina Museum of History

On May 12, 1864 during the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse in Virginia, a Union soldier in hand-to-hand combat with a North Carolina standard-bearer tore the battle flag right off its staff. The flag ripped along its left border, the color-bearer was captured and imprisoned, and the Union soldier who seized the flag was later awarded the Medal of Honor for his deed. Today, the historic flag is on display at the North Carolina Museum of History.

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Environment
4:58 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

NC Zoo Expecting Third Baby Gorilla

Acacia is expecting a baby in early summer
Credit Tom Gillespie, N.C. Zoo

    

On Valentine’s Day, the North Carolina Zoo announced that one of its three female gorillas is expecting a baby. If the pregnancy is successful, this will be the third baby gorilla born at the State Zoo in less than a year.  The two other female gorillas both gave birth last August.

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