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. She 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
11:04 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Take Me Out To The Ballgame: Opening Day In NC

Durham Bulls Athletic Park
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The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. - Terrance Mann, Field of Dreams

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The State Of Things
12:11 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Former President Jimmy Carter Issues "A Call To Action"

President Jimmy Carter
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When President Jimmy Carter took office in 1977, women’s issues and gender equality dominated headlines.  Since leaving the Oval Office, President Carter has continued his work to end sexual discrimination and the abuse of women through his organization, The Carter Center.

The 39th president spoke with The State of Things host, Frank Stasio, about his new book, “A Call To Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power” (Simon & Schuster/2014).

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The State of Things
6:38 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

NC Teacher Compensation

  The North Carolina Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force met yesterday. They will make recommendations for the legislature to consider in the upcoming short session. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC's education reporter Dave Dewitt about the latest.

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The State of Things
12:16 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Science Is Funny. No, Really.

Science Comedian Brian Malow
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For many comedians, the biggest dream is a packed house at a famous comedy club. But for science comedian Brian Malow, the dream is a room packed with science and engineering types, laughing at jokes only the geekiest among us might understand. Host Frank Stasio talks with Malow, curator of the Daily Planet at the Museum of Natural Sciences.

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The State of Things
1:07 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

  

Patrick Cannon resigned from his position as Charlotte Mayor after being arrested on public corruption charges this week. Political Junkie Ken Rudin tells us about other public corruption cases in politics. Host Frank Stasio talks with Rudin about the charges and other latest developments in North Carolina politics.

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The State of Things
12:27 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Syrian Pianist Helps Children In Conflict

Malek Jandali
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For Syrian pianist Malek Jandali, music is about more than art and entertainment. It is a mechanism for social change, particularly in the context of conflict.

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The State Of Things
12:15 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Art Therapist Works With Incarcerated Patients

Labyrinth created by inmates at Butner medical facility
Sue Etheridge

For nearly a quarter of a century, art therapist Sue Etheridge has worked with mentally ill and chronically ill patients. But it is not just in a hospital; her work takes place behind bars. Etheridge provided art therapy at the medical facility at the federal prison in Butner, North Carolina. And now she works with the incarcerated at Central Prison in Raleigh. Host Frank Stasio talks with Etheridge about her work and an award she received for her efforts from the Dalai Lama.

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The State of Things
5:00 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Today In Coal Ash: Federal Testimony And A Chatham County Investigation

A Duke Energy power plant and coal ash ponds outside Asheville, North Carolina.
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Guest host Phoebe Judge talks with Jeff Tiberii, WUNC's Greensboro bureau chief about a Federal investigation of Duke Energy and DENR

  

A federal grand jury has been impaneled to hear evidence about the relationship between Duke Energy and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). At the same time, that state agency is investigating the discharge of water by the utility at a site in Chatham County. Guest host Phoebe Judge talks with WUNC's Jeff Tiberii about the latest developments on The State of Things today.

First, the court proceedings:

The highly criticized relationship between Duke Energy and DENR is the focus of the federal investigation. The U.S. Attorney's office is demanding that Duke Energy and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources hand over records of wire transfers, receipts and any items of value that might have passed between the two.  Twenty current and former state employees have been called to testify before a grand jury about their relationship with Duke Energy. The company and state utility commission also received subpoenas. 

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The State Of Things
12:55 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

The Book Was Better Than The Movie...Or Was It?

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"The book was so much better than the movie." It is a refrain we have all heard. But sometimes the film version exceeds the expectations of the written tale.

Marsha Gordon, film professor at North Carolina State University and Laura Boyes, film curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art, return to The State of Things to talk with host Frank Stasio about literary adaptations in film.

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The State Of Things
11:52 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Movies On The Radio: Films That Traumatized In Childhood

Wicked Witch
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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.

Host Frank Stasio talks with North Carolina State University film professor Marsha Gordon and North Carolina Museum of Art film curator Laura Boyes about the movies that traumatized you as a child.

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