Phoebe Judge

Host / Reporter

Phoebe Judge is an award-winning journalist whose work has been featured on a numerous national radio programs. She regularly conducts interviews and anchors WUNC's broadcast of Here & Now. Previously, Phoebe served as producer, reporter and guest host for the nationally distributed public radio program The Story. Earlier in her career, Phoebe reported from the gulf coast of Mississippi. She covered the BP oil spill and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for Mississippi Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio. Phoebe's work has won multiple Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press awards. Phoebe was born and raised in Chicago and is graduate of Bennington College and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.


The State of Things
12:05 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

SCOTUS Takes Another Look At Obamacare

Supreme Court building, Washington, DC, USA. Front facade.

The U.S Supreme Court will take up a case this week that potentially puts half a million North Carolinians at risk of losing their subsidized health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

In King v. Burwellthe high court will examine whether the federal government can assist in paying insurance premiums for all Americans or if it can only offer funds in states that have created their own health care exchanges.

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The State of Things
11:52 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Guns And The Civil Rights Movement

A new book by Charles E. Cobb Jr. that explores the role of guns in the civil rights movement.


2015 marks the 50th anniversary of key moments in the civil rights movement, including Bloody Sunday and the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Tue March 3, 2015

What Makes A Food Quintessentially North Carolinian?

'Mmm-mmm:' The 'Barbecue Man,' Bob Garner
Credit John F. Blair Publisher


Known in North Carolina as the "Barbecue Man," Bob Garner shares his love of the state's favorite food through recipe books, restaurant reviews, and regular segments on UNC-TV's North Carolina Weekend, where some foods get his stamp of approval: "Mmm-mmm."

But his newest book takes readers on a culinary trip around the state from the little-known Neuse River Fish Stew and Ocracoke Fig Cake to the classic Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Texas Pete hot sauce and Mount Olive pickles.

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The State of Things
12:31 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

UNC Board of Governors Close Academic Centers

Protesters disrupt UNC board debate about poverty center.

Over the protests of students, the UNC Board of Governors moved forward with tuition and fee increases, as well as the controversial decision to close three academic centers in UNC system.

Guest host Phoebe Judge talks with WUNC reporter Dave Dewitt about the decisions and the outcries from faculty and students about the Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity at UNC Chapel Hill; the Center for Biodiversity at East Carolina; and the Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change at North Carolina Central.

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

A Lifetime Of Diplomacy: Ambassador Thomas Pickering

Ambassador Thomas Pickering
Credit Wikipedia


Ambassador Thomas Pickering began his career in the foreign service more than 40 years ago. He has served as ambassador to many countries including Jordan, El Salvador, Israel, Nigeria, India and the Russian Federation.

He served as the United States ambassador to the United Nations and as undersecretary of state for political affairs at the State Department. Recently, Ambassador Pickering led the department panel’s investigation into the 2012 attack in Benghazi.

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Chapel Hill Shooting
3:49 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

The Chapel Hill Shooting: Mapping The Social Media Response

University of Georgia students and faculty standing in solidarity with the victims of the Chapel Hill shooting.
Credit @athens4everyone / Twitter

In the days since the triple homicide of Chapel Hill residents Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha, two hashtags have surged through social media feeds: #chapelhillshooting and #muslimlivesmatter.

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Chapel Hill Shootings
3:41 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

#MuslimLivesMatter - Qatar Responds To Chapel Hill

Demonstrators in Qatar march on Sunday February 15, 2015.
Credit SilverEnvelope / Twitter

Several thousand demonstrators took part in a march in Qatar on Sunday to show solidarity with the families of the North Carolina victims Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, and her 19-year-old sister Razan Abu-Salha.

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2:06 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

#ChapelHillShooting: BBC Tracks Down Man Who Started The Hashtag

Credit BBC

On Tuesday, three individuals were murdered near the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  All three were Muslim. 

Almost immediately, the story began spreading across the world, gaining international traction with #MuslimLivesMatter and #ChapelHillShooting. 

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5:42 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Historical Marker in Greensboro Causes Controversy

KKK members take weapons from the back of a car prior to the shooting between them and members of the Workers Viewpoint Organization/Communist Workers Party on Nov. 3, 1979.
News & Record file photo

In 1979 a clash between white supremacist groups and protestors in Greensboro left five dead and 12 badly injured.   The incident gained national attention and over the past 36 years the city has undergone a number of programs to try and provide some reconciliation.  But a new move by the North Carolina Highway Advisory Marker Committee is drawing some controversy. 

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Politics & Government
4:56 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

'North Carolina Cannot Leave Rural Counties Behind'

Laurinburg, Scotland County, N.C.
Lance McCord Flickr/Creative Commons

The North Carolina Legislature is back in town and ready to get to work for the year.  During this "long session" lawmakers will likely take up a number of important topics including Medicaid and teacher pay.  But what do you do if you represent a county that is oftentimes overlooked?

Representative Ken Goodman does just that.  Goodman represents Scotland County which is in one of the poorest parts of the state.

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