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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Science & Technology
2:00 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

New Smartphone App Provides Guide To Outer Banks Beaches

Take Me to the Beach helps people find the right beach in the Outer Banks.
Credit Inductice Ideas LTD

Have you ever visited the North Carolina coast only to have a hard time finding the right public beach access? That’s the situation that Sara Brubaker found herself in when she moved to the Outer Banks three years ago. So Brubaker got in touch with the app development company Inductive Ideas LTD to find a solution to the problem.  The result is a new smartphone app called Take Me to the Beach, a guide to Outer Banks beaches that provides information about public access, beach amenities, lifeguards, and distances from beaches to food and drink.

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Science & Technology
2:00 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Duke Study Finds Blue Whales Are Affected By Military Sonar

Duke researcher Ari Friedlaender attaching a suction-cup tag to the back of a blue whale off the coast of southern California.
Credit Courtesy of Ari Friedlaender; NMFS Permit 14534

New research from Duke University looks at how whales are impacted by military sonar used in underwater training exercises.  The study was conducted off the coast of California and found that whales might avoid important feeding sites when exposed to mid-frequency sonar routinely produced at a nearby military training site.

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Arts & Culture
1:38 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

SLIDESHOW: Raleigh Bartender Learns Ancient Art Of Distilling Pisco

Mandolin bar manager John Anton at Tacama Winery in Peru. He was part of a group of bartenders that traveled there to learn how to make a Peruvian liquor called pisco.
John Anton

In early April, Mandolin bar manager John Anton hopped on a plane to Lima to meet up with seven other bartenders from across the country. Each had won a national cocktail contest sponsored by Campo de Encanto, the makers of an ancient Peruvian liquor called pisco. The prize was a trip to Peru to learn how the spirit is distilled. When the group stepped off the plane, they were immediately greeted by the owner of the company and a bottle of pisco. It was 4:30 a.m.

Pisco is an old drink, made in Peru since the 1600’s. It’s distilled from grapes instead of grains, and it’s traditionally aged in clay containers that impart no color. The result is a smooth, clear spirit that some liken to grappa. Similar to wine, Anton claims “you can really taste where it came from,” due to the quality that the grapes impart.

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

1,000 Blue Butterflies Hatching At Museum Of Life & Science

Blue Morphos are about the size of your palm.
Museum of Life and Science

It sounds like a dream—a thousand iridescent butterflies fluttering around in a glass atrium—but this month you can experience it for real at the  Museum Of Life and Science’s Magic Wings Butterfly House. Starting today, the Butterfly House’s one thousand Blue Morpho butterflies will begin hatching from their chrysalises and living out their two to three week adult stage among the House’s other insects and tropical flora.

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Science & Technology
3:43 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

NC State Researchers Figure Out How To Steer Cockroaches Via Remote Control

A roach hooked up to a computer controlled by video game software.
Credit Alper Bozkurt

Do you ever wish that you could control roaches? That technology has now been developed, thanks to researchers at North Carolina State University. 

Unfortunately, it requires catching the roaches first.

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

UNC Researchers Unearth Ancient Biblical Mosaics In Galilee

Close-up of a female face mosaic unearthed at Huqoq in 2012 by Jodi Magness and her crew.
Jim Haberman

A group of researchers led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Religion Professor Jodi Magness has unearthed a group of significant mosaics at an ancient synagogue in Galilee. The mosaics, which consist of hundreds of tiny stone cubes, depict scenes from in the Bible and have been dated to the fifth century.

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Arts & Culture
2:51 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Mad Men Monday: Season Finale Breakdown With Duke's Hartman Center

An ad for Chanel No. 5 from 1968.
Hartman Center, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

The season finale delivered many memorable moments that will keep us guessing until next year. Stan tells Don that he wants to be the one that goes to Los Angeles to open a satellite office that will service the Sunkist account. After a bad phone conversation with Sally, Don gets drunk at a bar when he is supposed to be at work. Later he wakes up in jail. Pete is horrified to find out that his mother is lost at sea. She married Manolo on a cruise and it is presumed that he threw her overboard in order to inherit her money.

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Politics & Government
10:45 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Civitas’ Moral Monday Arrestee Database Elicits Critical Responses

The 'Pick the Protester Game' on the Civitas website.
Credit screen shot of Civitas website

The  Civitas Institute posted an online database of Moral Monday/Witness Wednesday arrestees yesterday on its website, prompting a flood of responses and online commentary. The database includes demographic breakdowns of 382 people by political affiliation, age, race, and employment, and even includes a “Pick The Protester Game" in which the user must match a piece of demographic information with one of three mugshots.

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Arts & Culture
3:09 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Mad Men Mondays: Duke's Hartman Center Locates Archival Ads From Episode 12

A Nixon-Agnew billboard from 1968, like ones the Mad Men characters would have seen.
Hartman Center, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

Don stays home from work feigning illness and drinking too much, as he mourns what happened with Sally. Ken goes hunting with two Chevy executives and accidently gets shot in the face. Betty tells Don that Sally doesn’t want to visit him anymore and that she wants to go to boarding school. Ted and Peggy’s fondness for each other becomes apparent to others in the office. Harry calls Don to tell him that Sunkist has approved a large media budget.

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Politics & Government
1:29 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Former NC Governor Holshouser Dies

Former NC Governor Jim Holshouser.
Credit The family of Jim Holshouser

Former North Carolina Governor Jim Holshouser has died.  Holshouser's family says he died this morning at a hospital in Pinehurst.  A native of Boone, he was North Carolina's first Republican governor in the 20th century, serving from 1973 to 1977.  Holshouser received an undergraduate degree from Davidson College and a law degree from UNC Chapel Hill. 

While in office, Holshouser created a UNC Board of Governors and supported the expansion of public school kindergartens. He also established rural health clinics and added to the state parks system.

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