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Elizabeth Friend


Elizabeth Friend grew up in North Carolina listening to public radio in the backseat of the family station wagon.  She has been reporting and producing at WUNC since 2016, covering everything from Army history to armadillos.  She's also the co-founder of the beloved summer event series Audio Under The Stars. In her spare time she enjoys exploring the outside world with her family, dabbling in esoteric crafts, and cheese.

  • Army Specialist Shoshana Johnson was traveling in a convoy in Iraq in 2003 when her vehicle was attacked. Iraqi forces killed 11 soldiers in her company and captured six, including Johnson. She was held for 22 days, becoming the first Black female prisoner of war in American history.
  • Most people want nothing to do with rats. They're pests, vermin with voracious appetites. But they're also clever, adaptable and so pervasive around the world, it's easy to forget that, in most places, rats are an invasive species.
  • Rats have been hitching a ride with humans around the globe for so long, it’s easy to forget that in most places they are an invasive species. These clever, voracious vermin have staked their claim on cities across six continents, but in some parts of the world, there’s a push to reclaim key places from rats and rebuild fractured native ecosystems. | Support CREEP with a donation at
  • CREEP co-host Elizabeth Friend shares a special message of gratitude to listeners and extends an invitation to be in touch ahead of the next new episode. | Support this show with a donation to
  • Feral swine — also known as wild hogs, razorbacks, or Russian boar — cause upwards of $2.5 billion in damages across the United States each year.
  • What does Babe the Pig have in common with Hogzilla? And how do we keep a porcine plague from spreading throughout the South? Farmers, trappers and wildlife experts from Western North Carolina to West Texas search for solutions to the region’s big pig problem. | Find more about animal invaders at
  • Aggressive, venomous and seemingly unstoppable, fire ants are literally the stuff of horror movies. Delve into the origin and adaptations of this resilient insect as it expands its range throughout the South. | Find more CREEP content at
  • Dig into the origins and impacts of invasive flatworms in the American South. Follow this slimy predator from the suburbs of North Carolina to Southeast Asia and over to France. | Love science stories like this one? Support this show with a donation to
  • A grotesque backyard discovery in North Carolina leads to an enthusiastic exploration of the invaders that are now our neighbors. | Learn more at
  • During her decade in the Army, Debra Gipson made a habit of speaking up for herself and others, no small feat in an organization where soldiers are taught to toe the line.