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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After Innocence: Exoneration in America
4:30 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

After Innocence: 27 Years In Prison, Exoneree Now Works To Free Others

Charles Chatman spent 27 years in prison an innocent person.
Credit David Persoff

One of the longest prison sentences ever served by an innocent person was done by Charles Chatman of Dallas County Texas. Chatman, a black man, was wrongfully convicted of raping a white woman in 1981 and sentenced to 99 years in prison. He served nearly 27 years before he was exonerated in 2008. Although he went before the parole board multiple times during his sentence, he was never granted parole because he never admitted guilt.

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Arts & Culture
1:22 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Mad Men Mondays: Episode 11 Recap With Duke's Hartman Center

A Purina cat food ad from 1968.
Hartman Center, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

The title of last night’s show,"Favors," accurately sums up a major theme seen in the episode.  Many characters need or give favors, though not without consequences.  The SC&P staff realizes that they are competing for two similar clients, Sunkist and Ocean Spray, so one will have to be resigned. While talking to Peggy, Pete’s mother claims she is in love with her nurse Manolo, and implies that their relationship is sexual. Sylvia and Arnold are afraid because their son Mitchell is reclassified 1A by the draft after dropping out of school and sending back his draft card in protest.

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After Innocence: Exoneration In America
1:00 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

After Innocence: ‘How Many More Is It Going To Take?’

Exoneree Damon Thibodeaux
Credit David Persoff

Damon Thibodeaux has a lot to be angry about. In 1997, when he was 22 years old, he was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent the next 15 years on death row, terrified of dying for a crime he did not commit. But he’s trying not to dwell on that.  At 38 years old, he’s focusing on the years he has in front of him.

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After Innocence: Exoneration In America
5:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

After Innocence: Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder, Exonerated Days Before Execution Date

Exoneree John Thompson
Credit David Persoff

John Thompson was a 22-year-old father of two when the New Orleans police broke down his door to arrest him. What happened next was like a nightmare. He was taken to the homicide division, where he listened to a cassette tape of a man he knew accuse him of murder. The acquaintance had sold him a gun recently, which turned out to be the murder weapon. Then, other people around the neighborhood started coming forward with additional, unrelated crime reports and pinned them on Thompson. A neighbor said that he looked like the man who robbed his children. He became a suspect for an unsolved armed robbery that had occurred weeks earlier.

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Arts & Culture
2:30 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

NC Ballad Singer Sheila Kay Adams Named National Heritage Fellow

Sheila Kay Adams
Credit Kim Dryden, courtesty of Sheila Kay Adams

Mention the name Sheila Kay Adams to any traditional old time musician and you’re likely to elicit a reverent response.  In the world of American ballad singers, Adams remains one of the pillars of tradition, drawing on her Madison County roots to perform and teach the old style of singing and banjo playing passed down in her family for generations.  This week, her lifetime of nurturing and sharing traditional music earned her a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Sports
2:00 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

New Look For The Carolina Hurricanes

Eric Staal in the Carolina Hurricanes' new uniform.
Credit Carolina Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes have spent 15 years in the same uniform, but next season that all changes. Today the PNC arena, the team unveiled a new design for its home and road dress. While the signature red and white colors and the identifying logo remain the same, the style is cleaner and more modern.

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Mad Men Mondays: A Look At Episode 10 With Duke's Hartman Center

A 1968 ad for Carnation instant breakfast, from Duke's Hartman Center archives.
Hartman Center, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

The riots and politics of the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago continually weave in and out of Episode 10, through media and discussions. The partners begin discussing changing the agency's name.  Don, Roger and Harry travel to Los Angeles for client presentations, including Carnation. Harry drives Don and Roger to a party in the Hollywood Hills.  Starlets and stoned hippies roam poolside. Don is invited to share a hit from a hookah. His hallucination ends with him seeing himself face down in the swimming pool. He comes to on the deck, wet and coughing, with a soaked and out-of-breath Roger telling everyone he's fine.

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

'Homeland' TV Series Filming In Raleigh Next Week

The TV series Homeland will film in Downtown Raleigh June 3-4.
Credit Homeland

The critically-acclaimed TV series “Homeland” heads to Downtown Raleigh June 3-4 to film scenes for season three. The Showtime series normally shoots in and around Charlotte. Earlier this week, the show filmed a scene in The Charlotte Observer newsroom. (The News & Observer created a slideshow of the newsroom filming.)

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Arts & Culture
2:25 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Mad Men Tuesday: Episode 9 With Duke's Hartman Center

A Winston Menthol ad from 1968.
Hartman Center, Rubenstein Library, Duke University

This is a weekly column written by the Hartman Center, part of Duke University's Rubenstein Library that studies advertising history. Each Monday they dig through their archive to find ads for items referenced in the latest Mad Men episode. Here is this week's column (originally posted on their blog) written by Jacqueline Reid Wachholz and the Hartman Center.

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Arts & Culture
7:48 am
Fri May 24, 2013

The Crankie Comes To NC: What It Is And Why People Freak Out When They See One

Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle singing the ballad 'Lord Bateman' with a crankie they made.
Credit Laura Candler

Anna and Elizabeth play music and tell the story of their crankies.

When traditional Appalachian musician Anna Roberts-Gevalt first showed ballad singer Elizabeth LaPrelle a crankie, Elizabeth was speechless.

“I really freaked out,” LaPrelle said. She was astounded not only because she had never seen one before, but also because it was such a powerful tool for storytelling.

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