The WRAL Daily Download is an in-depth conversation about a single news story. WRAL covers news across North Carolina every day, but this podcast focuses on one story at a time, bringing context to each conversation. The in-depth, localized podcast takes you into the latest stories from Raleigh, Durham, and the entire Triangle region on North Carolina. This is community news aimed at keeping you informed about the more subtle stories that are happening around you. Hosted by WRAL News journalists, episodes post weekdays by 4:30am.
Rising Cost of Higher Education
Anyone with a child in college or a child who is on the way to college knows that that cost of higher education has gone up dramatically. The WRAL Investigates team, reporter Cullen Browder and producer Randall Kerr, took a look at how this trend is affecting public institutions of higher learning in North Carolina. In this episode, Randall walks us through what they found and what it means for students who want to go to college, but don’t think they can afford it.
Shootings Put Holiday Shoppers on Edge
Shootings, including mass shootings, are becoming so common that many of us are numb to them, chalking them up as just one more tragedy that we can’t prevent. Recently, we’ve seen an increase in these incidents happening in popular stores and around shopping areas. This is making many people uneasy as we head into one of the busiest shopping seasons of the year. Security expert James Demeo breaks down some of the recent incidents and talks about how communities can regain a sense of safety.
Raleigh car thefts hit 10 year high
Vehicle thefts are up, and data from the Raleigh Police Department shows where those thefts are reported. It might not be where you think, so lock your car doors! Plus: A bit on how we use data, every day, to make news bubble up from the information that surrounds us.
The future of North Carolina’s congressional districts
North Carolina elected an evenly split congressional delegation this month, sending seven Democrats and seven Republicans to the U.S. House of Representatives. That balance is expected to change after state legislators draw new congressional voting districts. WRAL State Government Reporter Bryan Anderson explains which districts could flip in favor of Republicans in the 2024 elections.
"Durham Under Fire," the two Durhams
On the WRAL Daily Download this week, a special podcast companion series to the WRAL-TV documentary "Durham Under Fire." In this final episode, WRAL Investigative Documentary Reporter Cristin Severance talks with Durham Mayor Elaine O’Neal, Council Member Mark-Anthony Middleton, District Attorney Satana Deberry, and former sheriff Mike Andrews. They explore the impact gun violence in a city that is described as both “ascendant” and “violent” -- and share their ideas on how the Bull City can rise … for all.
"Durham Under Fire," on patrol
On the WRAL Daily Download this week, a special podcast companion series to the WRAL-TV documentary "Durham Under Fire." As Durham grapples with increased gun violence, WRAL Investigative Reporter and Documentary Producer Cristin Severance rides along on patrol with two Durham police officers who grew up there. With candor, they describe how shootings in Durham have impacted them personally, why they’re so committed to their work, and how they try to disrupt cycles of violence. This is the second episode of the companion series to the WRAL-TV documentary “Durham Under Fire.” An additional episode called "Kids in The Crossfire," featuring families impacted by gun violence, can be found in the WRAL Doc Podcast feed. Watch the full documentary at WRALDocumentary.com and on WRAL’s YouTube page, where you can check out more documentaries from WRAL’s award-winning team.