Laura Lee

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.


NPR Story
3:52 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

The Brain And Body Relationship

Human brain

Today's program is a rebroadcast of The Mysterious Relationship Between Brain And Body.

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3:15 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Movies On The Radio: What Is Your Most Memorable On-Screen Kiss?

Casablanca Kiss

There can be no doubt Hollywood loves the kiss. New York Times film critic A.O. Scott examines the history of lip-locking on the silver screen in his recent piece, A Brief History of Kissing in The Movies.

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12:03 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Movies On The Radio: Best And Worst Of 2014


Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 3:23 pm


The Oscar nominations were announced earlier today with Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel topping the list with nine nominations each.  As the stars prepare to hit the red carpet, listeners take a look back at the best and worst films of 2014.

From Boyhood to Interstellar, Host Frank Stasio talks with North Carolina Museum of Art film curator Laura Boyes and North Carolina State University film professor Marsha Gordon.

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12:35 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Livestream From Museum Of Natural Sciences

NC Museum Natural Sciences

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 3:01 pm

The State of Things is broadcasting live from the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

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11:51 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Coastal Commission Predicts Sea Level Rise

Cape Hatteras

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 5:09 pm

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.

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11:41 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Dinosaurs: Lessons For The Present


Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 5:12 pm

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.

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12:25 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

A Generation Of Change

Generation of Change

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 3:48 pm

  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.

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12:21 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Political Junkie Ken Rudin: Opening Of 114th Congress

Ken Rudin

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 3:19 pm

  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.

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2:01 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

What Movies Of 2014 Did You Love? Hate?

Gone Girl Premiere at the 52nd New York Film Festival, October 2014

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 3:04 pm

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.

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12:22 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

The State Of Things Producer Picks: A 2014 Look Back With Laura Lee


Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 1:18 pm


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