WPTF Afternoon News

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Find out what the latest news is in the afternoon with stories from around the Triangle, and the world, that matter to you.

Podcast episodes

  • Michael Gerhardt Discusses the Fallout from Biden’s Exit from the Race \ 7-22-2024

    Michael Gerhardt Discusses the Fallout from Biden’s Exit from the Race \ 7-22-2024

    President Joe Biden has announced his withdrawal from the presidential race, significantly altering the dynamics of the upcoming election against Republican nominee Donald Trump. This decision follows a lackluster debate performance, prompting many Democrats to urge Biden to step down from his bid for a second term. Biden has thrown his support behind Vice President Kamala Harris, who is now committed to securing the party's nomination. What does this mean for the Democratic National Convention next month? Michael Gerhardt, UNC Professor of Constitutional Law, joins Jeff Hamlin to explore the next steps for the Democratic Party and the broader implications for the election.

  • Jason Moody Discusses Gabriel and the Guardians at GalaxyCon Raleigh \ 7-22-2024

    Jason Moody Discusses Gabriel and the Guardians at GalaxyCon Raleigh \ 7-22-2024

    Jason Moody, the creative mind behind the captivating fantasy series "Gabriel and the Guardians," joins Jeff Hamlin to discuss his journey and inspiration. As GalaxyCon descends upon Raleigh, Moody shares how ancient Hebrew texts influenced his work, drawing parallels to how "Lord of the Rings" was inspired by Northern European legends. Dive into the rich tapestry of "Gabriel and the Guardians" and discover the powerful themes and imaginative narrative that make this series a must-watch.

  • Biden’s Exit: Steven Greene on the Future of the 2024 Presidential Race \ 7-22-2024

    Biden’s Exit: Steven Greene on the Future of the 2024 Presidential Race \ 7-22-2024

    In a stunning turn of events, President Joe Biden has withdrawn from the 2024 presidential race following a challenging debate with Donald Trump. This unexpected decision, announced just months before the election, has sent shockwaves through the political landscape. Join us as we delve into this historic moment with Steven Greene, a distinguished Political Science professor from N.C. State. Professor Greene provides expert analysis on the implications of Biden's exit, the endorsement of Vice President Kamala Harris, and the future of the Democratic campaign. Tune in to understand what this means for the upcoming election and the broader political climate in America.

  • Wake County Roundup: Jim Weaver: Navigating Tech Challenges in North Carolina \ 7-19-2024

    Wake County Roundup: Jim Weaver: Navigating Tech Challenges in North Carolina \ 7-19-2024

    Jim Weaver, North Carolina's Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer, joins Morrisville Town Councilman and political commentator, Steve Rao, and also WPTF's Anthony DeHart on this edition of Wake County Roundup. Secretary Weaver sheds light on a recent tech outage impacting state services, explaining the nature of the disruption and the state's swift response to restore operations. He further discusses North Carolina's robust cybersecurity measures, the importance of maintaining strong partnerships with third-party providers, and the ongoing efforts to enhance the state's digital infrastructure. Tune in to understand how North Carolina is navigating the complexities of modern technology and safeguarding its services against future threats.

  • Steve Rao Discusses JD Vance's Speech and historic appearance by Usha Vance \ 7-18-2024

    Steve Rao Discusses JD Vance's Speech and historic appearance by Usha Vance \ 7-18-2024

    Steve Rao from the Morrisville Town Council joined Jeff Hamlin on WPTF to discuss JD Vance’s speech and Usha Vance’s historic appearance as a potential second lady. Rao also shared insights on the Democratic Party's concerns over Joe Biden's 2024 candidacy, predicting significant developments within the next ten days. He suggested that Governor Roy Cooper might be a strategic vice-presidential pick if Vice President Harris runs for president. Rao emphasized the critical role North Carolina could play in the upcoming election.