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
11:58 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Meet Al Buehler

Members of the men's track team pose with Coach Al Buehler.

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 12:31 pm

Today's show is a rebroadcast of an interview with Duke University coach 

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Domestic Garden

John Hoppenthaler's new book of poems is an exploration of age and marriage.

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 4:58 pm

When John Hoppenthaler wrote his newest book of poetry, Domestic Garden (Carnegie Mellon University Press/2015), he was experiencing change in his personal life.

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NPR Story
12:14 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Born To Run And Natural Born Heroes

Author Christopher McDougall

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 5:17 pm

The myth of the modern hero is someone with exceptional abilities and extraordinary strength.

But author Christopher McDougall says becoming a hero is just a matter of tapping into the body's capability for natural movement. 

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NPR Story
12:33 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Ken Rudin, the Political Junkie.

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 2:34 pm

A controversial bill that would have outlawed any state action that might burden one's exercise of religion is dead in the North Carolina House. 

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NPR Story
12:26 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Bastard Film Encounter

Bastard Film Encounter 2015

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 3:52 pm

  Romantic comedy, horror, and documentary are all genres of films found on Netflix that provide neat boxes for categorization. But what about the films that don’t fit squarely into a category? 

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NPR Story
12:40 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Meet TROSA Founder Kevin McDonald

Kevin McDonald is the founder of TROSA.

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 9:29 am

Throughout his youth, Kevin McDonald was searching for a sense of belonging.

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NPR Story
12:07 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

LGBTQ Rights In The Methodist Church

Rev. Gil Caldwell (far right) with Martin Luther King, Jr.

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 4:43 pm

In 2007, Methodist Reverend Frank Schaefer performed the marriage service for his son Tim's wedding.

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NPR Story
11:32 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Movies On The Radio: Teen Movies

James Dean

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 9:59 am

The movie Boyhood took home multiple awards this year. The film made a big splash because it was filmed over 12 years. But the theme is one that has dominated the silver screen for decades: adolescence. From the brooding Jim Stark in Rebel Without A Cause to a frustrated Carmen in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, the trials and tribulations of youth create vibrant material for Hollywood.

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NPR Story
12:06 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Curious Worlds: The Life And Art Of David Beck

Olympia Stone's film 'Curious Worlds' follows artist David Beck.

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 4:57 pm

Artist David Beck carves, sculpts, paints and creates playful and imaginative creatures from dragonflies to elephants.

Much of his art is miniature, in contrast to the sculptures of many of his contemporaries. He has been praised as a “master craftsman and ingenious mechanic.”

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NPR Story
12:13 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 3:08 pm

Governor Pat McCrory and state Senate leaders clashed this week over how to distribute sales tax revenues.

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