Exploring North Carolina: Season 6

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Season 6

Episode 601: Fishy ScienceFish

If you ever thought that catching fish was just luck, think again! In North Carolina, both commercial fishermen and recreational anglers are supported by a talented group of fishery biologists who work to maintain quality habitat and abundant fish stocks. Whether you fish for trout in the mountains, largemouth bass in inland reservoirs, or anadromous fish in coastal rivers, you are being helped by "fishy science." Get to know some of the best scientists in the business on this episode of Exploring North Carolina.

Episode 602: Our Place in SpaceSpace

Over 60 years ago, a Harvard professor was quoted as saying that North Carolinians were among the most "astronomically ignorant" people in the America. To prove him wrong, John Motley Morehead built his famous planetarium in Chapel Hill. Outside Brevard in the Pisgah National Forest there is an equally impressive facility--the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute--where scientists and students can study the wonders of the universe. With these two facilities leading the way, learn why the people of North Carolina are now among the most "astronomically intelligent" in the nation.

Episode 603: Lawson's JourneyLawson

In 1701, an English adventurer and scientist named John Lawson left Charleston, South Carolina, on a journey of discovery that would eventually take him to the North Carolina coast near present-day Bath. His recorded observations of American Indians, plants, animals, and topography give us one of the best and most complete records of Colonial North Carolina. John Lawson was also one of the founders of North Carolina's first two towns, Bath and New Bern. In this episode, historians from North and South Carolina discuss why John Lawson may be the least known, and yet, most important, of our early citizens.

Episode 604: The Green GiftChapel Hill

Almost all North Carolinians know the names Michael Jordan, Charles Kuralt, and John Motley Morehead. All are synonymous with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There are, however, two other names--Morgan and Mason--without whom the University would not be the same. Both men provided an extraordinary "Green Gift"--including the North Carolina Botanical Gardens. Whether you bleed Tar Heel Blue, or cheer for another school, you'll enjoy getting to know the Morgans and Masons.

Episode 605: Women in Science

Scientist and author Rachel Carson is considered by many to be the founder of the modern environmental movement. Her book, Silent Spring, sounded the trumpet for the regulation of pesticides and was the impetus for important legislation relating to clean air and water. Today, all fields of science and science education in North Carolina and across the nation are occupied by talented women and men. In this important episode of Exploring North Carolina, meet scientists and educators on the front lines of discovery in the field, laboratory, and classroom.

Episode 606: Beauty with Six LegsNature

Nature is filled with beauty in many forms, both plant and animal. Many of us are awed by spring wildflowers and the birds of the Carolinas, but beauty also comes with six legs--the butterflies and moths of the order Lepidoptera. In this episode of Exploring North Carolina, enjoy a rare introduction to many beautiful moths and butterflies, and learn why they are important players in the ecosystem around us.

Episode 607: Wilderness Next DoorPark

State and national parks are important to North Carolina and the quality of life we enjoy. Many of us, however, do not have easy access to large parks and wild places.

As this state grows, and more people live in an urban environment, it is critical that greenways and parks are set aside. Such public lands in and near our towns and cities are not only important for recreation and environmental education, but equally important for the economic vitality.

Join us as we explore North Carolina’s urban parks and greenways—"wilderness next door."

Episode 608: Gone to SeedSeed

Have you ever considered the numerous ways in which seeds are distributed? Some seeds are carried by birds, while others are carried by the wind on tiny parachutes. Some seeds have wings like a helicopter, and others hitch a ride on passing animals.

Seeds come in every size and color, and are hidden inside fruits and bean pods. In the form of nuts from trees and grains from various grasses, seeds provide nourishment for much of the animal kingdom.

After this episode of Exploring North Carolina you will have a new appreciation of those acorns feeding squirrels and blue jays in your yard, and for the popcorn you eat at the movie theatre. You will be thankful that the plants around us have "gone to seed."