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
11:58 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Meet Perry Deane Young

Writer and activist Perry Deane Young
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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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Arts & Culture
4:26 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Superhero Herald M.F. Jones Returns To The WUNC Airwaves

The Jade City Pharoah
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Jade City Pharaoh was born of the imagination of playwright Howard Craft.  Originally constructed as a community play for the Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, the concept morphed into a comic book. The State of Things host Frank Stasio saw the stage production and has turned it into a radio drama.

The main character, Herald M.F. Jones, protects the metropolis of Jade City, an American city with a strong resemblance to Durham, North Carolina.  Born and raised in the African-American neighborhood of Concrete Falls, Jones is a mortal with some exceptional abilities.

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The State of Things
6:17 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Unconventional Love On The Silver Screen: What Is Your Favorite?

The 1933 Classic King Kong
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From May-December romance to a giant ape and a blonde he can hold in the palm of his hand, love stories on the big screen take many forms.

Just in time for Valentine's Day, North Carolina State film professor Marsha Gordon and North Carolina Museum of Art film curator Laura Boyes return to The State of Things to talk with host Frank Stasio about unexpected love in the movies.

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The State of Things
12:32 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Movies On The Radio: 'You Can't Handle The Truth!' The Appeal Of The Legal Drama

Tom Cruise (left) and Jack Nicholson (right)
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For many moviegoers, Jack Nicholson's famous line in A Few Good Men is one of the most memorable courtroom scenes ever.

"You can’t handle the truth! …Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom...  I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it."

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The State Of Things
12:32 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

North Carolina's HIP Festival Makes The Old New

HIP festival
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The Mallarmé Chamber Players are bringing the North Carolina Historically Informed Performance, or HIP music festival to the Triangle this winter. The festival seeks to expose North Carolinians to the wealth of classical music created right in their backyard. Suzanne Rousso, artistic director; Stephen Jaffe, composer; Stephanie Vial, cellist; Andy Bonner, violinist; Joey McDonnell, violist speak with Host Frank Stasio about the HIP festival and classical music in the Triangle.

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

The field of contenders for the senate seat held by democrat Kay Hagan continues to grow. North Carolina Speaker of the House Thom Tillis leads the GOP primary competitors according to a new poll. And American Idol Clay Aiken considers a congressional bid against 2nd district incumbent Renee Ellmers. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the latest campaign news and the upcoming State of the Union address.

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The State of Things
12:57 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Tell Us: What Is Your Favorite Courtroom Movie Scene?

At the movies
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"You can't handle the truth!" For many moviegoers, Jack Nicholson's famous line in A Few Good Men is one of the most memorable courtroom scenes ever. But what other legal dramas from the silver screen stick in viewers minds? And why? 

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Ditching Tater Tots For Kale: The 'Cafeteria Man' Transforms School Menus

Tony Geraci
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Tony Geraci is best known as "Cafeteria Man." He is on a mission to transform menus at school cafeterias and give students healthier options. He launched a farm-to-school program in Contoocook N.H. Then he went on to make changes in larger school systems in Baltimore and Memphis.

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The State Of Things
10:52 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin On The Future Of Blue Dog Democrats

Representative Mike McIntyre announced that he will not seek another term. The blue dog democrat likely faced a difficult battle to retain his seat in the state's 7th district which was redrawn by Republican legislators in 2011. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the future for conservative democrats and other political topics in the state. 

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The State of Things
1:10 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Movies On The Radio: What Is Your Favorite Holiday Movie?

It's a Wonderful Life
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