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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A self-contained sewage recycling system being designed by Duke and Missouri engineers.
Duke University

Two years ago, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation launched a research competition called “Reinvent the Toilet,” challenging researchers to create a sewage disposal system that requires no electricity and could be used in developing countries. Marc Deshusses, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, pitched an idea to the Foundation and won $100,000 to take it further.

Vijay Dey at the White House Kids' State Dinner on July 9.
Mei Dey

Twelve-year-old Chapel Hill resident Vijay Dey took a special trip to the White House last week after being selected as one of 54 nationwide winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a program sponsored by food website Epicurious and Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative. The Challenge asked young chefs to submit a healthy recipe that meets the USDA’s MyPlate standards, meaning half of the dish is comprised of fruits and vegetables. They also were encouraged to submit the story behind the dish.

Dey’s winning recipe was for Spring Rolls, a dish he said was inspired by his grandfather. “My grandpa makes that recipe and I thought it tasted really good,” Dey said. “And it fit with the MyPlate food group categories.”

WUNC was ranked the number 5 public radio station in the country.
Laura Candler

A new report by The Media Audit names WUNC one of the top five public radio stations in the country. The report used cume ratings – the estimated number of people who have listened to the station during a given period – to determine stations’ popularity. WUNC was ranked number five, with nearly 17 percent of adults in the market listening to the station in the past seven days at the time of the report.

The Indigo Girls with Eric Hodge on Last Motel, at Manifold recording.
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:

Ira Glass and the This American Life producers celebrate their 500th episode this weekend.
Adrianne Mathiowetz

UPDATE: Hear Episode #500 on the TAL website.

If you are a This American Life listener, get ready to celebrate. The popular radio show is reaching a milestone this weekend, broadcasting its 500th episode. To celebrate, Ira asked each of the show’s producers to recall their favorite moment—whether that be a single phrase or an entire story—and talk about that moment during a special, behind-the-scenes, “best-of” episode airing this weekend.

Protesters gather outside the legislative building to protest the abortion bill passed by the Senate Wednesday morning.
Jessica Jones

There are a range of facilities in North Carolina where a woman can get an abortion: a stand-alone clinic, a physician’s office, an ambulatory surgical facility, a hospital, and a hospital-affiliated clinic or health center. According to a report released by the Guttmacher Institute in 2011, the most common abortion providers in the state are stand-alone clinics, which are licensed by the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

Most clinics that provide abortions also offer a range of other services related to reproductive health.  In addition to clinics, all hospitals and obstetrics/gynecology doctors are legally licensed to perform abortions, although not all do.

How would House Bill 695 affect abortion providers in NC?

On July 3, the North Carolina Senate passed a bill (HB 695) that, if signed into law, would likely shut down all 15 clinics that provide abortions in the state. It would not affect the one abortion-performing ambulatory surgical center in Asheville, nor would it threaten hospitals or hospital-affiliated women’s health centers.

The falling forward motion the baseball pitcher affects the amount of force applied to the ball.
Adrian Bejan

Scientists have known for years that the athletes topping the podium in speed sports, like swimming and running, have grown taller over the past century. Now, new research from Duke University shows that athletes in a range of other sports, including certain team sports, are following a similar trend.

Office of Pat McCrory
NC Governors Office

Governor Pat McCrory said that he will veto a bill that places stricter regulations on clinics providing abortions unless state lawmakers make significant changes to the bill. McCrory's office released a statement this morning saying “major portions of the bill are of sound value,” however he would block the measure unless the legislature amends it to include provisions his administration outlined yesterday.

This male baby gorilla was delivered by C-Section at N.C. Zoo Sunday Acacia. A name has not yet been chosen.
Aaron Jesue

UPDATE: The North Carolina Zoo announced on Wednesday that the baby gorilla born to mother Acacia has died. They say that the cause is uncertain, although it is possible that the mother may have accidentally rolled over onto the the infant in her sleep.

Blue Ridge Community College hopes to offer a degree in craft beer brewing starting this fall.
Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr, Creative Commons

Many college students become immersed in beer culture when they go to college, but it’s usually not in the classroom. That might be about to change at three North Carolina colleges hoping to offer degrees in craft beer brewing next year.

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