Will Michaels

Will Michaels is a fan of news, sound and story. He started as an intern at WUNC when he was a student at the University of North Carolina. As a part of his internship, he worked for a semester on the daily national show, The Story with Dick Gordon. Will concentrated on radio while at college, studying under veteran NPR reporter Adam Hochberg. He anchored the student news reports, and then came full-time to WUNC. He was the Morning Edition producer for a couple of years for the station, rising before the sun to help morning host Eric Hodge gather and present the news. He is now working on WUNC's North Carolina Teacher Project.


NPR Story
11:46 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Hits From This Week's Headlines In North Carolina

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 2:47 pm

Another battle over abortion regulations played out in Washington this week. This time, the conflict was within the Republican Party over a bill in the House that would have banned abortions beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) led the opposition, but put her support behind a new measure that would cut all federal funding for the procedures.

Meanwhile, a North Carolina judge heard arguments about new proficiency standards for public schools. He's considering whether they meet the constitutional mandate of a "sound, basic education."

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12:12 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Making The Internet 'A Safer Place'

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 2:45 pm


President Obama used last night’s State of the Union address to position himself as a champion of the middle class.

He called on Congress to raise taxes for the wealthiest Americans to pay for services like child care and rising health costs.

But he also took a minute to ask Congress to pass a bill that would beef up this nation’s cybersecurity.

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12:34 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Duke Call To Prayer Becomes Call To Conscience

Duke University decided not to allow for a Muslim call to prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower.

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 2:50 pm

Duke University said earlier this week that it would allow a weekly Islamic call-to-prayer from the bell tower of Duke Chapel.

Christian preacher Franklin Graham condemned the decision and called on donors to cease their financial contributions to Duke.

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4:21 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

'The Rinaldi Flying Circus,' An Eclectic Family Band

The Rinaldi Flying Circus' first album, 'Old Hat'

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 6:19 pm

Stacey, Joe, Mike and Rob Rinaldi say their brand of rock and roll ranges from dirty blues to driving rock and tear-jerking ballads.

Along with drummer Aaron Cummings, the Greensboro family band plays a vintage rock sound with an eclecticism that lives up to their name.

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4:19 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Greensboro's David Roderick Explores America Through Poetry

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 11:50 am

Greensboro poet David Roderick's newest collection, The Americans (University of Pittsburgh Press/2014), examines the social aspects that define the country.

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12:02 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

What The Reynolds/Lorillard Merger Says About Tobacco In North Carolina

One of Reynolds' most lucrative acquisitions is Newport cigarettes, Lorillard's best-selling brand.

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 11:53 am

Reynolds American and the Lorillard Tobacco Company are expected to approve a $27.4 billion buyout at shareholders' meetings later this month. The move is part of a new generation of smoking where rolled cigarettes are giving way to e-cigarettes, raising the question of whether tobacco will actually be a part of Tobacco Road in the future. Host Frank Stasio talks with Richard Craver, reporter for the Winston-Salem Journal, and Andrew Brod, economics professor at UNC-Greensboro, about the evolution of the tobacco industry in North Carolina.

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12:00 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Dan Ariely Exposes The Flaws In Our Decisions

Dan Ariely poses in his "pain suit," which he used to test pain and pleasure.

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 10:05 pm

Dan Ariely works in contradictions. He studies behavioral economics and points out that humans are logical but irrational beings.

How do we assign monetary value to a thought or an idea? How do we decide when a lie is more valuable than the truth? Are we really in control of the decisions we make on a daily basis?

At the crossroads of psychology and economics, Ariely has made it his life’s work to study the idea that some of our best intentions can lead to our most irrational behavior.

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12:01 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

'The State Of Things' Producer Picks: A 2014 Look Back With Will Michaels

Will Michaels

Originally published on Tue December 30, 2014 1:08 pm


This week, staff members from The State of Things are sharing their favorite shows of 2014.

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12:55 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Gov. McCrory's Financial Disclosures In Dispute

Gov. Pat McCrory

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 3:26 pm


An investigation by the Associated Press says Gov. Pat McCrory failed to disclose some his dealings with Tree.com, a licensed mortgage broker in North Carolina.

The governor was a board member of the Charlotte-based company when he took office, and the report says McCrory did not properly fill out financial statements that would have suggested a conflict of interest.

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12:36 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Bladenboro Hanging Death Leaves Unanswered Questions

Bladenboro, N.C.

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 4:28 pm


In August, 17-year-old Lennon Lacy was found dead in the small town of Bladenboro, N.C, hanging by his neck from a swing set.

Local police say Lacy killed himself, but Lacy's family says suspicious circumstances have raised questions about whether Lacy's death was a suicide or a lynching.

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