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.

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Sun February 9, 2014

Are Internet Sweepstakes Gambling? Wake County Says Yes

Credit Pete Labrozzi via Flickr, Creative Commons

Gambling is illegal in North Carolina. But there is a gray area: It's called an "Internet sweepstakes." And contrary to it's name, such sweepstakes are often not on the Internet. They are operated in small shops, often in strip malls, across the state.

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Arts & Culture
5:01 am
Sat February 8, 2014

Why Did Dozens Of Santas Gather At Golden Corral In Durham, NC Recently?

Santa Charlie Easton
Credit Eric Mennel

Content Advisory: If Santa is real to your kids, this story may not be suitable for them.

It was a normal night at the Golden Corral Buffet and Restaurant off Highway 65 in Durham, North Carolina. Men and women just getting off of work were there to have their dinners, with families taking advantage of the all-you-can-eat dessert line.

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The State of Things
3:13 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

The Science Of Superheroes

When comic book authors set out to construct their superheros, how do they factor in the believability of those characters’ powers?  And no matter how fantastic those powers may be, what is the importance of a good story in comic books?  Suveen Mathaudhu is a professor at NC State who studies the science of superheroes.  Host Frank Stasio talks with Mathaudhu and comic book creator Howard Craft.

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The State of Things
12:43 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Transforming The University Into A Research Powerhouse

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski has spent two decades transforming the University of Maryland, Baltimore County into one of the most innovative research institutions in the country.  His devotion to helping minority students advance in the world of science and mathematics gained him a role as a trusted advisor to President Obama on educational issues. Host Frank Stasio talks with Dr. Hrabowski about his life, his work and STEM programs in higher education.

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The State of Things
12:34 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Political News Update

  A federal judge struck down a North Carolina law that required abortion providers to show pregnant women ultrasounds. Governor McCrory announced he does not support an appeal of the ruling but Republican legislators are calling on Attorney General Roy Cooper to push forward with an appeal. Plus, what will be the political implications for moving the presidential primary date? And new unemployment figures are released: how does North Carolina fare? Host Frank Stasio talks with News & Observer political reporter John Frank.

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Here & Now
4:33 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

What Santa Does When Christmas Is Over

The Golden Corral sections off a private room to protect Santa’s identities from children. (Eric Mennel/WUNC)

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 4:34 pm

Content Advisory: If Santa is real to your kids, this story may not be suitable for them.

It’s a month after Christmas, and in parts of the nation, the Santas are gathering for some rumination. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Phoebe Judge of WUNC has the story of what professional Santas do when Christmas is over.

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Arts & Culture
1:22 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

PopUp Chorus: 'The Best Damn Thing To Do On A Monday Night'

A chorus of teens sings Everybody Hurts by REM. this was another one of Lauren Hodge's chorus projects.
Credit Still from YouTube video

Beginning tonight, a new musical endeavor begins at Motorco Music Hall in Durham. The "PopUp Chorus" is a chance for anyone to be a part of a musical chorus, with no commitment and no auditions.

The program organizer is Lauren Hodge. (And yes, that name is familiar, Lauren is married to WUNC Morning Edition host, Eric Hodge.) The chorus will be directed by Seamus Kenney. Kenney says that the ad-hoc chorus will build on the skills of the participants. "If you can sing this harmony, huzzah, huzzah, we'll add a harmony to this. I just love leading people and music."

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Arts & Culture
10:56 am
Thu January 23, 2014

'La boheme Has A Very Special Place In My Heart'- Acclaimed Director In Triangle

North Carolina Opera dress rehearsal.
Credit Curtis Brown Photography

Crystal Manich is known for the magic she works with plywood, duct tape, stage levels, lights, and costumes. She's a theater director, with a passion for opera.

In opera, the stories are big, and the staging matters. One time she directed a production of Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman." "It is an amazing and complicated opera to put together," she says. In one scene, the Dutchman is singing an aria while a ghost crew works on the ship.

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Arts & Culture
12:38 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Mike Daisey Talks Guns And The Art Of The Monologue With Phoebe Judge

Mike Daisey
Credit Ursa Waz

"The truth is I don't always want the audience on my side. That's not a very dynamic state. A better state is where some are on your side, some are skeptical, some are listening intelligently and are very present, others are reflecting - there's a mixture. That's what creates the atmosphere where something unexpected can happen." - Mike Daisey

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Environment
3:27 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Sacred Animal, White-tailed Deer, Heads To New Home On Cherokee Lands

White-tailed deer are sacred to many Native Americans
Credit NH Public Television/Nature Works

Starting this month a group of white tailed deer will be transported from Morrow Mountain State Park onto 56,000 acres of reservation lands of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

It's a project sponsored by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Cherokee Fisheries and Wildlife Management Program.

The move will help augment the reservation's population of deer which has been declining over the years.

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