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
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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NPR Story
11:57 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Land Of Enchantment

N.C. author Liza Wieland

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 4:06 pm

For North Carolina author Liza Wieland, three separate narratives converged to her new book, Land of Enchantment.

The novel traces the experiences of three multiracial women in three different parts of the country. The characters share common themes around love, loss, racial identity and art. 

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11:52 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Dissecting Inequality

Duke professor William "Sandy" Darity studies the economics of social inequality.

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 3:53 pm

The term “social inequality” points to disparities in economics. 

But in reality, social inequality means inequities in many spheres: health, law, education and culture. Dissecting Inequality: Disparity and Difference in the 21st Century, a conference at Duke this week, explores the reasons for social inequality and the scientific approaches to addressing it.

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12:04 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait

Composer and musician Jenny Scheinman wrote the score for a film comprised of 70-year-old archival footage.

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 2:39 pm

North Carolina photographer Herbert Lee Waters created more than 200 films of people in communities across North and South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.

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12:08 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Employee-Owned Businesses

Publix is one company with an employee stock ownership plan.

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 4:23 pm

In many workplaces, "the boss" is a board or group of investors.

But in a growing number of businesses, employees are taking ownership. Some use an employee stock ownership plan, or ESOP, and others use a cooperative structure.

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NPR Story
12:15 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Death Rides The Rails

A train carrying crude oil derailed causing a massive explosion in the Canadian town of Lac-Mégantic in July 2013.

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 3:19 pm

Today's segment is a rebroadcast of Death Rides The Rails.


Railroads across America carry hundreds of billions of dollars of toxic materials every year. 

The body charged with regulating the industry, the Federal Railroad Administration, admits it inspects less than one percent of railroad activity. What risks does shipping hazardous materials on the railroads create? 

Host Frank Stasio talks with reporter Marcus Stern. His work, Boom: North America’s Explosive Oil-By-Rail Problem, examines regulatory responses to oil train explosions and the nation's aging railroad infrastructure. The work is a collaborative effort of Inside Climate NewsThe Weather Channel and The Investigative Fund.

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12:12 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Understanding And Treating PTSD In The Military

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 4:22 pm

Today's segment is a rebroadcast of Understanding And Treating PTSD In The Military.


Nearly one in five veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

That’s a sobering statistic for the researchers and psychologists who are trying to understand and treat PTSD. It also means more veterans than ever are suffering from PTSD’s debilitating symptoms.

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12:05 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

What Animals Tell Us About Love And Relationships

Wild Connection by Jennifer Verdolin

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 3:29 pm

Today's segment on What Animals Tell Us About Love And Relationships is a rebroadcast. 

After a bad end to a long-term relationship, animal behavior expert Jennifer Verdolin decided to look to the animal kingdom for new insight on dating. 

She dug into animal behavior literature and applied her findings to the dating world. She approached each new date as if she were an animal trying to find a mate. Her new book, Wild Connection: What Animal Courtship And Mating Tell Us about Human Relationships (Prometheus Books/2014), compares the courtship rituals and mating behaviors of animals to their human equivalents. 

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12:28 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

J.B. Buxton's Journey In Education

J.B. Buxton

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 3:05 pm


J.B. Buxton began his career in education in an unlikely place: South Africa.

As a Morehead Scholar from UNC, Buxton taught in a South African school as apartheid began to crumble. The experience shaped Buxton's perspective on education and launched his long career in education policy.

He served as education advisor to Governor Easley and as Deputy State Superintendent of the North Carolina Schools. Buxton now leads the move for a charter school to serve Southeast Raleigh's neediest students.

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12:01 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

David Joy's 'Where All Light Tends To Go'

David Joy's new book tells the story of a young man working for his father's meth ring in rural North Carolina.

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 4:04 pm

Jacob McNeely grew up in the mountains of North Carolina.

A life of crime as an employee of his father's meth ring is the only one he has ever known. But a violent event and a reunion with his first love offer McNeely the possibility of escape. 

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