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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Cape Hatteras
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Scientists and even politicians agree: sea levels along the North Carolina coastline are rising. But the Coastal Resource Commission’s Science Panel says the rise varies in different spots along the state’s 300 miles of oceanfront property. Their draft report outlining the change was just released. The panel is the same body that made the prediction of a 39-inch sea level rise back in 2010. The report prompted Republican lawmakers to throw out the findings and order a new report. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC environmental reporter Dave Dewitt about the latest.

Styracosaurus
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Dinosaurs can be fascinating exhibits in a museum. But what is their relevance to modern life? A new exhibit at the Museum of Natural Sciences looks at the biology of dinosaurs.

Generation of Change
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  A new film documents the life and work of leaders in North Carolina from 1920-1972. Former UNC System President Bill Friday and Governor Terry Sanford are just two of the generation of leaders who wielded tremendous influence on politics and education in the state.

UNC-TV will broadcast the film, A Generation of Change, Thursday at 10 pm. Host Frank Stasio talks with producers Steve Channing and Rebecca Cerese about the work. 

Ken Rudin
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  Today marks the start of the 114th Congress --  the most diverse in the nation’s history. What are the legislative priorities for the upcoming session? Is there a place for compromise in a sharply divided political climate? What role will the North Carolina delegation play? And will House Speaker John Boehner retain his leadership post?  Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the new congressional session.

Gone Girl Premiere at the 52nd New York Film Festival, October 2014
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From Boyhood To Gone Girl, 2014 had many blockbuster movies. What is your favorite and why? Answer the survey and leave your contact information if you are interested in the possibility of being on the show.

2014
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This week, The State of Things staff share some of their favorite moments of 2014. Producer Laura Lee looks back at several memorable moments including the conversation with former President Jimmy Carter and the Movies on the Radio series. Host Frank Stasio talks with Laura Lee about her picks from 2014. 

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Langston Hughes
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This show is a rebroadcast from December 23, 2013 

  Originally a play by poet Langston Hughes, Black Nativity made its contemporary debut on the big screen. The film follows a teenager who travels to Harlem to spend the holidays with his estranged relatives.  Executive producer Joy Goodwin is a professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Host Frank Stasio speaks with Goodwin about Black Nativity

It's A Wonderful Life
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Note: This program is a rebroadcast from December 23, 2013.  

From Elf to Home Alone and Love Actually to A Christmas Story, the tradition of a holiday film is as vital to some people as singing carols or decorating a tree. Host Frank Stasio talks with Marsha Gordon, professor of film studies at North Carolina State University, and Laura Boyes, film curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

 

Ken Rudin
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With the start of the legislative session fast approaching, lawmakers begin to announce their proposals for the new year. One state representative says banning racial profiling tops the list. Political Junkie Ken Rudin gives us the latest on that and other politics around the state.

Durham Police at Jesus Huerta protest in December 2013
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Across the nation, protestors have taken to the street to call for reforms in police action. The protests come in the wake of  two grand juries declining to indict police officers who killed Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

From the coast to the mountains, activists in North Carolina have joined the movement calling for greater police accountability.

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