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.


The State of Things
11:53 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Movies On The Radio: Films That Traumatized In Childhood

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Note: This is a rebroadcast of a show from Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

For many, The Wizard of Oz is a happy tale of Dorothy and her little dog Toto skipping along the yellow brick road.

But for some, the Wicked Witch and the flying monkeys were the visions of nightmares.

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Meet Perry Deane Young

Perry Deane Young
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Note: This is a rebroadcast of a show from Monday, February 3, 2014.

Journalist and writer Perry Deane Young has covered some of the biggest stories in recent decades. From the civil rights movement to the Vietnam War and from the Moral Majority to Moral Mondays, Young witnessed and documented key moments in American history. Host Frank Stasio talks with the North Carolina native about his life, his experiences and his writing.

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The State of Things
12:12 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

  The race for North Carolina’s Senate seat takes new twists and turns. Incumbent Kay Hagan seeks to balance the interests of the state Democratic Party members while challenger Thom Tillis tries to broker a budget deal in the North Carolina legislature. Host Frank Stasio  talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the intricacies of the Senate race, plus the latest in North Carolina politics.

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Dinner Party During Lunch Hour

Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano, hosts of The Dinner Party
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  Public radio gives you news, politics and entertainment. But what about advice that will make you the star of your next social gathering?

The podcast-turned-show Dinner Party Download gives listeners the arts and culture information, music lists and etiquette advice to ensure dinner party success. Host Frank Stasio talks with Dinner Party Download hosts Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam about the evolution of the show and they offer etiquette advice to listeners.

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The State of Things
12:30 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Behind The World Cup

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In just two days, the World Cup Final will mark the end of a month-long tournament where 32 teams from across the globe faced-off to determine the world champion of football. The fandom for the World Cup runs deep. For the month, even those with little interest in the sport become fiercely loyal fans. The event reveals larger themes about society and culture. Host Frank Stasio talks with Duke professor Laurent Dubois who edits the Soccer Politics blog and writes about soccer for several publications.

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The State Of Things
12:19 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

State Senators Walk Out Of Budget Negotiations

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Republican senators walked out of budget negotiations this morning at the General Assembly this morning. The move followed House Republican Senior Chairman Nelson Dollar's call for educators to speak to the joint body.

"One of the reasons why we felt it was important to bring folks forward is that if these are going to be public meetings, let's have some public input," Dollar said. 

But Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown said Representative Dollar overstepped when he called for outside testimony.

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The State Of Things
9:50 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Red, White And Blue On The Silver Screen

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Tomorrow, across the nation, Americans will celebrate our independence with parades, barbeques and fireworks. Some will celebrate the holiday with an annual viewing of their favorite patriotic film.

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The State Of Things
12:13 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Supergluing Your Face For Science

Julie Urban, scientist at the Museum of Natural Sciences, shows host Frank Stasio how to view face mites under a microscope.

A project at the Museum of Natural Sciences pulls samples of face mites from subjects’ faces which can be examined under a microscope.

The research is one of several projects that bring scientists and North Carolina teachers together through funding from the National Science Foundation.

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The State Of Things
12:06 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Reflections From Former Chapel Hill Mayor Howard Lee

Buttons from Howard Lee's campaign for Congress
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When Howard Lee was elected as mayor of Chapel Hill in 1969, he made history. Lee was the first African American elected to run a majority white city in the south since Reconstruction. The post marked the beginning of Lee’s long career in public service. Host Frank Stasio talks with Howard Lee and political junkie Ken Rudin.  A timeline from UNC-TV traces Lee's long career in North Carolina politics and policymaking.

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The State Of Things
11:48 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Meet Geri Dawson: Expanding The Field of Autism Research

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When Geri Dawson was a graduate student in psychology, she chose an obscure field: autism. Little was known about the disease at the time. More than three decades later, diagnoses have increased dramatically and Dawson is a leader in the field.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Dawson, director of the Duke Center for Autism Diagnosis and Treatment, about her career and the state of autism research and treatment.

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