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Frank Graff checks in with researchers at Duke who are creating self-healing muscles, learns how special software can test new medicines, finds out about new ways to help us all eat our fruits & veggies, & learns why the soybean is considered the miracle crop.
Jeff Smith learns about NASA's connections to UNC-CH's Morehead Planetarium, profiles Pinehurst Director of Golf Ben Bridgers, meets blind musician Shannon Williams, & tags along with Harnett Central students who are training to be firefighters as he looks back at his favorite stories from 2014.
From the historic grandeur of the Biltmore Estate & its similarities to Downton Abbey, to the traditional craftmanship of Dr. Grabow Pipes, to a legendary musician sharing his talent with children, & the adorability of baby lion cubs at the NC Zoo, Heather Burgiss shares some of her favorite stories from 2014.
Chef Kathy Leflerr of Katt in the Kitchen shares some traditional - & some non-traditional - holiday meal ideas. Historian Alastair Bruce shares some of the historical etiquette & protocol that he teaches the cast & crew in his role as a consultant to Downton Abbey.
From a new way to protect hemlock trees, to how acorns gauge the health of the forest, to preserving the history of NC's plants, to tracking the nighttime movements of wildlife, Frank Graff takes science out of the lab & into the field to see what researchers are learning as they study the natural world.
We check out several NC-based businesses for some good holiday gift ideas including jewelry from Moon & Lola, bow ties from High Cotton, tasty treats from the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, & special excursions combining food & history from Creative Mountain Food Tours.
The Start A Snowball program helps youth develop charitable-giving projects. The Museum of Life & Science helps museum visitors create special holiday gifts. The Polar Express is running on the Great Smoky Mountain Railway. And Tuba Christmas events share the sounds of the season across the country.
Deep Brain Stimulation is being used to help patients with mental illness & Parkinson's. The NC Cooperative Extension is helping farmers learn how to be good environmental stewards. And author Marcie Ferris talks about her new book - The Edible South.
A look at the issue of domestic violence in NC. Scientists study released-discovered fossils of an unknown dinosaur. Another researcher looks into DNA from a T-Rex fossil. And Wake Forest Baptist is working with NASA to study the impacts of space flight on the human body.
The STEM for Kids program engages students in learning. The Wright School provides mental health treatment & education to children & families with emotional & behavioral disorders. And Dr. Rodney Shotwell is the 2015 NC Superintendent of the Year.
NC communities experience strong growth & plan for future infrastructure. Veteran's Treatment Courts provide help & mentoring to veterans charged with charged with crimes. Registered Dietitian Angie Almond talks about how to account for food sensitivities in our holiday meals & gift-giving. And the Billy Graham Library's annual Christmas celebration is underway.
A year ago, Harnett County opened the very first Veteran's Treatment Court in North Carolina. Under the program, if a veteran has been charged with a crime, they can be assigned to a special court that is designed to give them support rather than punishment. Producer Carol Jackson has this profile of one of the first graduates of the system, Tommy Rieman, who graduated a few weeks ago.
We tour holiday light displays at the NC Arboretum, the Charlotte Motor Speedway, & "Christmastown" itself, McAdenville. Plus UNCSA Music Director Christopher Lees gives us a preview of the school's annual production of The Nutcracker.
Frank Graff looks at the science of health in this NC Science Now special.
Jeff Smith shares some of his favorite stories from 2014.
Heather Burgiss looks back at her favorite stories from 2014.
Holiday meal ideas & a look at the history of table etiquette.
UNC Chapel Hill's all-female a capella group performs "I'll Be Home For Christmas."
Nnenna Freelon & The John Brown Jazz Orchestra perform "Swingle, Jingle Bells."
The Asheville Bluegrass band & Bobby Hicks play "Christmas Time's A-Comin'."
Nnenna Freelon & the John Brown Jazz Orchestra perform "I'll Be Home For Christmas."
Steel drum musician Mickey Mills plays a medley of popular Christmas songs.
Cellist Shana Tucker performs "Amazing Grace"
Steel drum musician Mickey Mills performs "O Come, All Ye Faithful"
Bluegrass band the Tony Williamson Trio performs "Winter Wonderland."
Web Exclusive: Bluegrass band the Tony Williamson Trio performs "Frosty the Snowman."
Opera singer Victoria Livengood performs "O Holy Night."
Web Exclusive: Opera singer Victoria Livengood performs "Mary, Did You Know?"
Frank Graff explores the natural world in this Best of Science Now special.
Some last-minute gift ideas that support NC businesses.
An 8-year-old NC boy is encouraging youth to become philanthropists.
Researchers study deep brain stimulation for mental illness & neurological disorders.
A new documentary looks at the issue of domestic violence in our state.
A special program teaches kids STEM skills through robotics & game design.
A look at population growth in our state & how communities are dealing with it.
Veteran's Treatment Courts provide help & mentoring to veterans charged with crimes.
The Arboretum's Winter Lights display is drawing visitors from far & wide.
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