Under the Dome

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

DEI politics in higher ed, the upcoming NCGA se...
Host Dawn Vaughan and higher education reporter Korie Dean talk about a possible bill that could defund DEI programs at N.C. public universities.
19 min
Immigration and the return of the ICE-sheriffs ...
This week we’re previewing immigration coverage and an upcoming bill that would require NC sheriffs to collaborate with ICE.
17 min
Trump and Biden target NC for 2024 wins and a n...
Host Kyle Ingram and politics team reporters discuss why Trump and Biden are setting their sights on NC.
18 min
Rep. Maria Cervania on life as a freshman Democ...
Host Dawn Vaughan interviews Democratic N.C. Rep. Maria Cervania.
28 min
What primary results mean for the NCGA short se...
Under the Dome podcast host Dawn Vaughan and guest WUNC’s Colin Campbell preview the upcoming short session.
18 min
Primary results in NC court races and what it m...
The state politics team breaks down post-primary analysis of the N.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeals primary elections, as well as General Assembly races.
19 min
Bonus Episode: Surprises, upsets and takeaways ...
In this post-primary bonus episode, Charlotte Observer and News & Observer politics reporters share their biggest takeaways from Election Night.
24 min
NC Primary Day is here: Frontrunner fundraising...
We discuss the latest fundraising numbers for frontrunners and what it means for the general election.
18 min
Republican gubernatorial candidate Dale Folwell...
Host Dawn Vaughan interviews Republican Dale Folwell.
19 min
Josh Stein talks labor issues, his opponents, a...
Listen to what Attorney General and North Carolina gubernatorial candidate Josh Stein has said about the election and his opponents.
15 min
Breaking down NC's upcoming primary: Endorsemen...
The N&O's Kyle Ingram talks to D.C. correspondent Danielle Battaglia and The Charlotte Observer's Kendrick Marshall and Mary Ramsey about the NC primary.
17 min
What we found in campaign finance reports, plus...
Host Dawn Vaughan and the team talk about campaign money, the border and more.
19 min
Goings-on at UNC-Chapel Hill, NC elections bill...
This week, we cover the latest news out of UNC and discuss recently enacted elections bills. Plus, an all-Oscars edition of Headliner of the Week.
16 min
The people's business: Inside The N&O’s reporti...
Avi Bajpai joins host Dawn Vaughan to break down how The News & Observer requested and reported on state lawmakers’ emails.
18 min
What gridlock in Congress could mean for govern...
Start your week in #ncpol with host Dawn Vaughan and McClatchy D.C. correspondent Danielle Battaglia.
19 min
Primary primer: What to expect in NC primary ba...
Under the Dome host Dawn Vaughan and The N&O State politics team talk about the upcoming primary in North Carolina.
18 min
The 10 moments we’ll remember from 2023 in NC p...
Wrap up your year in #ncpol #ncga with The N&O’s Under the Dome top 10 political moments.
21 min
Parallels with Florida seen in political influe...
Dawn Vaughan talks with reporters Korie Dean and Makiya Seminera about political influence at UNC.
19 min
Who’s in and who’s out for Congress as candidat...
Dawn Vaughan talks with Danielle Battaglia about congressional candidates.
18 min
Filling up on NC candidates filing for election...
Start your week in #ncpol #ncga with our News & Observer Under the Dome podcast. We talk about the latest candidate news for the 2024 election.
18 min
Big leadership changes in local government, hou...
In The News & Observer’s Under the Dome politics podcast, host Dawn Vaughan talks with local government reporters about new mayors and key issues.
20 min
Higher ed meets politics, plus the latest on st...
On this new episode, UNC political appointments, HBCU funding and Council of State races.
18 min
U.S. Rep. Deborah Ross talks about new congress...
Rep. Deborah Ross shares her perspective on the new GOP electoral maps and the latest House Speaker drama in D.C.
17 min
A conversation with a Johnston County freshman ...
Host Dawn Vaughan interviews Republican state Sen. Benton Sawrey of Johnston County in his Legislative Building office.
18 min
Power, the environment and new state laws after...
News & Observer reporters Dawn Vaughan, Kyle Ingram and Adam Wagner talk power, the environment and new state laws after veto overrides.
19 min