Under the Dome

Twice each week, the Under the Dome team at The News & Observer bring you the most in-depth analysis of topics in state government and politics for North Carolina. Learn more at newsobserver.com/dome

News
Government
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Closer look: The case of Dontae Sharp
Closer look: The case of Dontae Sharp
14 min
2
The week ahead: July 19th
The week ahead: July 19th
22 min
3
Closer look: A Conversation with U.S. Rep. Debo...
Closer look: A Conversation with U.S. Rep. Deborah Ross
28 min
4
The week ahead: July 12
The week ahead: July 12
15 min
5
What happened June 30: The day Nikole Hannah-Jo...
What happened June 30: The day Nikole Hannah-Jones was finally granted tenure at UNC
29 min
6
The week ahead: July 5
The week ahead: July 5
16 min
7
Closer look: Is a budget compromise possible?
Closer look: Is a budget compromise possible?
17 min
8
Closer look: The governor's powers
How, and why, North Carolina's legislature wants to limit the governor's powers
18 min
9
Closer Look: Election laws in North Carolina
Closer Look: Election laws in North Carolina
25 min
10
The week ahead: June 14
The week ahead: June 14
14 min
11
Closer Look: A 'dumpster fire' of a school year?
Closer Look: A 'dumpster fire' of a school year?
21 min
12
The week ahead: June 7
The week ahead: June 7
6 min
13
Closer look: North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson
Closer look: North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson
23 min
14
The week ahead: May 31
The week ahead: May 31
20 min
15
Closer look: Pandemic immunity for nursing home...
Closer look: Pandemic immunity for nursing homes and other health care facilities
20 min
16
The week ahead: May 24
The week ahead: May 24
14 min
17
Closer look: Firefighters seek help from the le...
Closer look: Firefighters seek help from the legislature
18 min
18
The week ahead: May 17
The week ahead: May 17
9 min
19
Closer look: The looming redistricting process
Closer look: The looming redistricting process
20 min
20
The week ahead: May 10
Here's what's happening in North Carolina politics this week.
15 min
21
Closer look: Deregulating the practice of some ...
A dive into a deregulation bill supported by a vast majority of North Carolina lawmakers.
20 min
22
Closer Look: Ground View of Protests
Closer Look: Ground View of Protests
25 min
23
Closer Look: The Improvement Association - The ...
Closer Look: The Improvement Association - The Final Chapter
27 min
24
The week ahead: April 26
Here's what's coming in North Carolina politics this week.
9 min
25
Closer Look: The Improvement Association - Chap...
Closer Look: The Improvement Association - Chapter Four
24 min
26
Closer Look: The Improvement Association - Chap...
Closer Look: The Improvement Association - Chapter Three
23 min
27
The week ahead: April 19
Here's what's coming in North Carolina politics this week.
9 min
28
Closer Look: The Improvement Association - Chap...
Closer Look: The Improvement Association - Chapter Two
23 min
29
Closer Look: The Improvement Association - Chap...
Closer Look: The Improvement Association - Chapter One
20 min
30
The week ahead: April 12
News & Observer political reporters discuss what's coming up this week in North Carolina politics.
15 min
31
Closer look: Nursing home visitors and "Cliffor...
Closer look: Nursing home visitors and "Clifford's Law"
13 min
32
The week ahead (sort of): April 5
The bills NC lawmakers want to pass this year
17 min
33
Closer Look: Where NCAA sports and public polic...
Closer Look: Where NCAA sports and public policy intersect
31 min
34
The week ahead: March 29
The week ahead: March 29
19 min
35
Closer Look: Persistent problems at NC DHHS lea...
Closer Look: Persistent problems at NC DHHS leave unsafe doctors treating patients
17 min
36
The week ahead: March 22
The week ahead: March 22
14 min
37
Closer Look: The Reopening of North Carolina Sc...
Dawn Vaughan talks with EducationNC reporter Alex Granados about schools reopening, and what the past year has been like for educators, students and elected officials as they managed major changes in public education during coronavirus.
21 min
38
The week ahead: March 15
Here's what you need to know about what's coming up this week in North Carolina's General Assembly.
10 min
39
Closer look: Changing the game for kids with au...
Rep. Zack Hawkins talks about what the impact of an autism bill would have on families.
11 min
40
The week ahead: March 8
News & Observer politics reporter Will Doran walks listeners through potential N.C. General Assembly topics ranging from school reopenings to the regulation of jello shots and alcohol-infused ice cream.
12 min
41
Closer Look: NC bars struggle to survive COVID ...
Zach Medford of the N.C. Bar and Tavern Association discusses the unique challenges posed to his industry by government restrictions in North Carolina.
23 min
42
The week ahead: March 1
12 min
43
Closer look: Biden's EPA nominee, NC's Michael ...
A look at President Joe Biden's nominee for the Environmental Protection Agency
20 min
44
The week ahead: Feb. 22
10 min
45
Closer look: About an oversight agency being di...
A look at an oversight agency inside North Carolina's General Assembly that's being eliminated.
11 min
46
The week ahead: Feb. 15
11 min
47
Closer Look: The latest data from the 2020 elec...
What election precinct data tells us about the state of politics North Carolina.
15 min
48
The week ahead: Feb. 8
13 min
49
Rural Broadband: NC's Billion-Dollar Challenge
24 min
50
Preview: The N&O's New Under The Dome Podcast
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