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
2:17 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Music Fridays: The Erin Nenni Band

Erin Nenni Band CD
Credit Erin Nenni Band

Singer-songwriter Erin Nenni and guitarist Scotty Miller performed as an acoustic duo until late last year when they decided to form the Erin Nenni Band. They play tomorrow night at The Pour House in Raleigh, but first they talk with host Frank Stasio and perform live in studio.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Tue December 10, 2013

DOT Secretary And SELC Director Debate Bonner Bridge

SELC's Derb Carter (left) and NC DOT's Tony Tata in the WUNC Durham Studios for The State of Things. Engineer Robin Copley adjusts the microphones.
Credit Carol Jackson / WUNC

Derb Carter, director of the Chapel Hill office of the Southern Environmental Law Center and Tony Tata, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation discuss the Bonner Bridge controversy

The North Carolina Department of Transportation closed the Bonner Bridge last week, leaving Hatteras residents with few options for transportation to and from the mainland. In the wake of the closing, politicians have accused environmentalists of delaying construction of a replacement bridge. Activists say the blame is misplaced and the Department’s delays are at fault. 

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The State of Things
2:14 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Ken Rudin Reflects On Mandela's Legacy

As the world mourns the passing of South African President Nelson Mandela, political expert Ken Rudin reflects on Mandela’s legacy. He’ll also offer an update on the race for the United States Senate seat currently held by democrat Kay Hagan. Host Frank Stasio talks with Political Junkie Ken Rudin about the latest in the world of politics.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Raleigh Native Rocks Project Runway

Justin LeBlanc teaches fashion and design at North Carolina State University and he was a finalist on the Lifetime reality series "Project Runway"
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When Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn told contestants on Season 12 to “make it work,” North Carolina State University students saw a familiar face.

Justin LeBlanc teaches fashion and design at North Carolina State University and he was a finalist on the Lifetime reality series this year. As the first deaf contestant in the show’s history, LeBlanc made headlines not only for his design skill, but for showing that his deafness did not hinder his ability to achieve.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Lee Smith Explores History Through Fiction

Credit Algonquin Books

  

In her latest novel, Chapel Hill author Lee Smith tells the story of Asheville's Highland Hospital, a pioneering mental institution that once housed Zelda Fitzgerald.

"Guests on Earth" (Algonquin/2013), reveals this real-life history through the prism of fiction, all while exploring the relationship between creativity and madness. Frank Stasio talks with Lee Smith about her new book.

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The State Of Things
10:39 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Video: Live From Downtown Raleigh Nov. 22

Frank Stasio hosting 'The State of Things' from Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh
Credit NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Today, The State of Things is broadcasting live from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Look below to watch the program live. 

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The State Of Things
10:30 am
Fri November 22, 2013

The Intersection Of Science And Public Policy

Fossil Fair at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
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Science is a place where facts and objectivity reign supreme while politics is a blend of perspectives and opinions. So what happens when science and public policy collide?

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The State of Things
12:28 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Fracking In Western North Carolina?

Worker oversees the process of mixing water with fracking fluids to be injected into the ground in Bakken, North Dakota.
Credit Joshua Doubek, via Wikipedia

 

Jon Elliston, investigations and open government editor for Carolina Public Press; and John Murawski, reporter for the News and Observer talk about fracking in Western North Carolina

  Experts have been looking at the piedmont and coastal plain as a potential fracking zone. 

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

The Clothesline Muse

The Clothesline Muse is a new multi-discipline theater project.
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Vocalist Nnenna Freelon and visual artist Maya Freelon Asante describe their new multimedia performance, The Clothesline Muse

  

In the past, the clothesline was a place where a community’s women met to hang laundry. 

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The State Of Things
10:20 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Political Junkie Ken Rudin Talks North Carolina Politics

Ken Rudin
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United States Senator Kay Hagan faces a tough battle to keep her seat in 2014. Some polls indicate Hagan’s lead over several Republican challengers is diminishing. GOP Strategist Karl Rove travelled to the state this week to raise money for one of those challengers: North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis.

Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the Senate race and other North Carolina politics.

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