Laura Lee

Assistant News Director for Talk

Laura Lee is WUNC’s Assistant News Director for Talk. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.

Laura briefly strayed from her Tarheel allegiance in 2011 to obtain a masters degree in journalism from the University of Maryland where she was an Eleanor Merrill Fellow.  Prior to WUNC, Laura worked for NPR on the Washington desk, All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation.

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The State Of Things
11:50 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Movies On The Radio: Film Noir

The Big Combo (1955)
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Smoke-filled rooms, femmes fatales and twisting crime plots are markers of a period in cinematography known as film noir.

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The State of Things
10:41 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Learn About Fracking From Expert Panel

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  Fracking- the process of extracting natural gas from deep below the Earth’s surface- is one of the most hotly debated but least understood practices.  As the state’s politicians weigh the pros and cons of introducing fracking to the North Carolina, experts present their findings. What are the environmental, economic and political factors surrounding this controversial topic?  

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Founder of UNC Southern Oral History Program Reflects On Four Decades Of Work

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall
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When Jacquelyn Dowd Hall started the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 40 years ago, documenting the lives of ordinary people was not part of most history departments.

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The State of Things
12:22 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

The Value Of Your Home Movies

Home Movie Day
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The reel of film or a stack of VHS tapes gathering dust on your shelves might seem pretty useless beyond your family.

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The State of Things
12:16 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

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The Supreme Court upheld the changes to North Carolina’s voting laws. The new measures mean today is the final day voters can register in the state. Find your voter registration information here

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The State of Things
12:37 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Hagan and Tillis Meet For Second Debate

Hagan/Tillis Debate
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The race for North Carolina's senate seat is one of the hottest and most expensive in the nation.

Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis met in their second debate yesterday. They exchanged sharp words on national security, healthcare and immigration.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Michael Bitzer, professor of politics and history and provost at Catawba College, about the debate.

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The State Of Things
12:12 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Send Us Your Submission: What Is Your Favorite Film Noir, And Why?

Two silhouetted figures in the 1955 film The Big Combo
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  The highly stylized crime dramas of the 1940's marked a very specific space in cinematic history: film noir. The genre is called "one of Hollywood’s only organic artistic movements" by the Film Noir Foundation

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Arts & Culture
11:46 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Bluegrass! 'The State Of Things' Live Video Stream, Noon

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The State of Things is broadcasting live from the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh today, 10/2/14 at noon. Watch the show here:

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The State Of Things
11:58 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Meet Thistle & Shamrock Host Fiona Ritchie

Fiona Ritchie with Frank Stasio. 9/29/14

For more than three decades, Fiona Ritchie has taken public radio audiences on a weekly journey through the world of Celtic music.

The Scottish-born host of NPR’s Thistle & Shamrock, began her radio career in North Carolina at WFAE in Charlotte. She recently collaborated with Doug Orr, president emeritus of Warren Wilson College, on a new book:  Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia (UNC Press/2014)

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The State of Things
12:06 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Appeals Court Hears Voting Laws Challenge

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In just more than month, North Carolina voters will head to the polls. But the regulations around the voting processes remain in limbo. The North Carolina legislature passed laws to change the system, including the elimination of same-day registration. But the federal government and advocacy groups have challenged those regulations for this upcoming election. An appellate court heard the arguments yesterday. Host Frank Stasio talks with WFAE reporter Michael Tomsic about the proceedings.

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