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Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen has the best breakfast in NC. Two Brewmasters honor their city with their new craft beer. Art & engineering come together in the field of Mechatronics. Godwin Manufacturing earned the town of Dunn the nickname Dump Truck Body Capital of the World. Plus Dancer Ayanna Webster may be young but she's already performed on the world stage.

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Booneshine Brewing Company

The town of Boone is becoming a hub for craft brewing in the mountains of North Carolina. Tim Herdklotz and Carson Coatney own a brewery that takes it’s name from the town and an old time mountain brewing tradition — The Booneshine Brewing Company.

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Truck Company

In 1966 Patrick "Pat" Godwin Sr. decided to leave his job as a driver for Pepsi Cola and start a welding business. For nearly 50 years Godwin Manufacturing has evolved into one of the country’s premier maker of dump truck bodies.

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Reflections of A Dancer

Ayanna Webster attends the NC School of Science and Math, but when she’s not hitting the books she’s hitting the dance floor. She began dancing as the youngest dancer at the Walton Children’s Theater and last summer she found herself in Los Angeles sharing the stage with Stevie Wonder during the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics.

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Thursday, February 4th, 2016

"The Chicken Lady" makes it her mission to serve the homeless in Greensboro. Researchers at UNCW are studying the human face for medical insights. The NC Ski Industry rebounds from an unusually warm start to the winter season. Plus the Phonomenal Dumpling Truck serves Asian cuisine that earned it the title of America's Best Food Truck.

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Winter Ski Industry

Every year thousands of winter enthusiasts travel to the high country of our state to experience the snow. This year has been abnormally warm so there has been less snow to enjoy.

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Thursday, January 28th, 2016

The Lewis Family Boatbuilders are 2016 NC Heritage Award recipients for their preservation of traditional boatbuilding. Hunters For The Hungry donates their game meat to the needy. Glenn & Dorsey Hunt's Original Collard Sandwich is a Lumbee tradition & a culinary landmark. Researchers study the mysterious Carolina Bays. The Greensboro Science Center is helping to preserve the Brazilian Maned Wolf.

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Lewis Family Boatbuilders

The Lewis brothers build boats that will last forever and their family represents the continuation of a tradition that remains a living occupation for many Harkers Island residents. Their traditional handicraft has earned them recognition as 2016 NC Heritage Award recipients.

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Hunters For The Hungry

Hunters For The Hungry is a non profit organization that works with the North Carolina Wildlife Federation to take excess deer killed legally by hunters and donates them to food banks and food pantries across the state. Jeff Smith has the story of how this program works and who it helps.

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Maned Wolves

Zoos demonstrate commitment to stewardship of the animal kingdom through participation in the Species Survival Plan, a program aimed at maintaining a healthy gene pool among endangered species who live in captivity. As an outcome of these efforts, one animal at the Greensboro Science Center has received a new possible mate.

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Marty Kotis

Following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps, Marty Kotis chose the path of real estate and restaurant development at an early age. He's come a long way since his first job as a dishwasher at age 11.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Monthly coffee events bring veterans together across the state. Marty Kotis brings ideas from his travels home to the Triad. Researchers study the air we breathe. And scientists, tourists, & locals alike are fascinated by the Brown Mountain Lights.

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Veterans Coffee

When you've been through war, it's sometimes hard to readjust to life back home. Finding those friendly ears, with a common experience can be difficult, but some are finding that friendship over a cup of coffee and donuts.

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Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Napoleon Hill uses paint to capture the character of communities with his custom murals. Montagnard immigrants preserve their heritage through their traditional weaving. Former NFL player Jason Brown has traded his cleats for trowels as he takes over his family farm. Researchers look into the many possible uses for sand dredged from the ocean floor. Plus Rodney Hines inspires as the No Hand King.

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Montagnard Dega Weavers

Calling themselves Dega, more Vietnamese Montagnards settled in North Carolina than in any other state, due to their fellowship with Special Forces units during the Vietnam War. 2016 NC Heritage Award Recipients H Jue Nie & H Ngach Rahlan moved to NC 20 years ago, bringing their backstrap looms & an immeasurable knowledge of the designs and techniques that make their weaving traditions unique.

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First Fruits Farm

Being a professional athlete often comes with a big salary. But one North Carolina native made the choice to give up a lucrative career in the NFL to take a different path – one that centers around community service, faith, and one of our state’s core occupations…farming. Producer Katherine Johnson introduces us to Jason Brown, who is fulfilling a personal mission through his First Fruits Farm.

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No Hand King

Rodney Hines of Raleigh is known for riding around downtown Raleigh with one wheel in the air and no hands on the handlebars. A documentary film featuring his record breaking ride along highway 12 was made by local film maker Patrick Shanahan.

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January 7th, 2016

Heather Burgiss introduces us to Ralph Jensen,aka "the stache," who is known for his hand-made bird calls. Erica Starke-Knight meets the new chancellor at UNCW. Jeff Smith takes us to the family-run Barkley's Mill. Thomas Todd meets another farmer whose unique crop is earning him great renown. And Frank Graff learns how the Biltmore Estate has been making itself sustainable since it was built.

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The Call of the 'Stache

Beneath dusty blocks, rough timber cutouts, and a handlebar mustache worn white as the driven snow, Wilmington woodworker Ralph Jensen can be found hard at work making his world-renowned game calls. Hear the story of his undeniable calling carved from deep regional roots.

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Chancellor Jose "Zito" Sartarelli

A native of Brazil, UNC Wilmington's new Chancellor Dr. Jose V. “Zito” Sartarelli brings with him 35 years of professional business experience. But it's the valuable lessons he learned growing up on a farm that he applies (utilizes) on a daily basis to foster a mindset of leadership, teamwork and perseverance for his students and staff members at this coastal institute of higher learning.


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Stoned Happy Grits

At Stone Cross Farm in Weaverville, the Barkley family think they have found the best ingredient for grits and it starts with hand harvesting heirloom white corn. Then they slow grind their corn in a water powered mill to produce Stoned Happy Grits.

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From Tobacco to Prawns

In Cedar Grove, Joe Thompson and his family have successfully transformed his farm from agriculture to aquaculture. Where he used to grow tobacco, he now raises prawns.

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A Self-Sustainable Estate

George Vanderbilt pushed the technology envelope when building Biltmore and strived to make his estate self-sustainable. His descendants still stay on the cutting edge of technology and kept his dream of self-sustainability alive even after 120 years.

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Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Scientists use new research tools to help protect the black sea bass. Nearly 40 years ago officials envisioned a statewide trail, Dr. Tom Linden shows us just how far the Mountains to the Sea Trail has come. The Port of Bath marks its 300th Anniversary. Bob Garner learns how to prepare shrimp - just in time for the holidays. Plus a look at the new School Accountability Standards.

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Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Vist Sunrise Biscuits, Booneshine, UNCA, & Godwin Manufacturing, & meet a young dancer.

Booneshine Brewing Company

A new brewery in the High Country honors its town with its new beer.

Truck Company

How Dunn became the Dump Truck Body Capital of the World.

Reflections of A Dancer

Dancer Ayanna Webster may be young but she's already performing on the world stage.

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Community service, scientific research, winter sports, & a winning food truck.

Winter Ski Industry

A look at ski resorts' efforts to weather an unseasonably warm winter.

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Family traditions preserve heritage; research & charity provide help for the future.

Lewis Family Boatbuilders

The Lewis Family's boatbuilding skill made them 2016 NC Heritage Award recipients.

Hunters For The Hungry

Hunters for the Hungry works with the NC Wildlife Federation to donate meat to the needy.

Maned Wolves

The Greensboro Science Center is working to save the Brazilian Maned Wolf.

Marty Kotis

Developer Marty Kotis works to revitalize Greensboro.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Stories of community support, community engagement, community legends & heritage.

Veterans Coffee

Monthly gatherings provide support & education for veterans.

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

A look at several ways people & places are reinventing themselves across our state.

Montagnard Dega Weavers

2016 NC Heritage Award recipients practice & preserve an old family tradition.

First Fruits Farm

Former NFL player Jason Brown returned to his home state to fulfill a personal mission.

No Hand King

Rodney Hines unique cycling style made him the No Hand King.

January 7th, 2016

This Episode features: Bird Calls, Grits, Prawns, Science at Biltmore & Chancellor of UNCW

The Call of the 'Stache

Heather Burgiss introduces us to Ralph Jensen who is known for his handmade bird calls.

Chancellor Jose "Zito" Sartarelli

Erica Starke-Knight introduces us to the new chancellor of UNCW, Jose Sartarelli.

Stoned Happy Grits

Jeff Smith takes us to the family-run farm of Barkley's Mill in Weaverville.

From Tobacco to Prawns

Joe Thompson converted his farm to raise prawns & ended up growing a big business.

A Self-Sustainable Estate

The Biltmore Estate has worked to maintain sustainability since it was built.

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Biologist seek to protect the black sea bass & its fishery.

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