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Joe Kwon, the high-energy cellist for the North Carolina grown, American folk rock band, The Avett Brothers talks about music, family, friends, & food. Researchers at RTI are developing fuel from plants. Urban Ministries of Wake County planted a garden to supplement their food bank. And pre-teen Kenzie Hinson of Goldsboro started a food pantry to help people in her community.
Every day people in North Carolina depend on the services and food banks of Urban Ministries. In Wake County, a group of volunteers have found a way to lend some extra help to the nutritional needs of the community and it is right on the grounds where hungry citizens pick up their next meal. Jeff Smith takes a look at the men who tend to Urban Ministries Gardens.
At 12 years old, Goldsboro resident Kenzie Hinson is many things: a clogger, a golfer, a swimmer. But the rest of her free time is spent on something quite incredible–feeding hundreds of hungry people in Wayne, Sampson and Johnston counties each week. Kenzie Hinson is the founder and operator of Goldsboro’s Make a Difference Food Pantry.
Filmmaker Dawn Dreyer creates an animated documentary Bipolar Girl Rules the World about coping with mental illness. Researchers develop a substance that's harder than diamonds & cheaper to make. A weaving studio recycles scrap material into products that are sold to support area charities. And Pop Ferguson & his son Clyde work to preserve & promote traditional blues music.
During her two-decade struggle with mental illness, Dawn Dreyer's drawings evolved into a comic strip about a superhero called Bipolar Girl and Kacey the Wonderdog, and then eventually, an animated doc Bipolar Girls Rule the World.
In a corner brick building in downtown Sanford, volunteer weavers are tending to their looms creating bags, blankets and towels from donated materials to raise money for charities across Lee County. Jeff Smith introduces us to this volunteer group called Common Thread.
88 year old bluesman Pop Ferguson is a legend in his own right. One of the last practioners of traditional blues in Western NC, Pop has been playing since he was a child. Nowadays, Pop & his son Clyde have one mission in mind- reconnect todays culture with the heritage of what Pop calls the traditional “gut bucket" blues.
Kings Restaurant in Kinston is a favorite among locals & tourists alike. A Charlotte engineering firm is working to bring electricity to areas in need. Former system president Tom Ross is the 2016 University Award recipient. Plus a woodcarver uses traditional techniques in making hand-carved bowls.
Since 1979, the UNC Board of Governors has recognized illustrious service to higher education through the University Award--the highest distinction bestowed by the University. This year's awardee is an academic product and former system president of the university. Mitchell Lewis presents the 2016 University Award recipient, Tom Ross.
Every Year at the State Fair artisans bring their specialty goods to the Heritage Circle. One of those artists is JP Madren. He hand carves and sells his wooden dough bowls while teaching the audience how he started making them for his wife and Mother as gifts. Jeff Smith caught up with Mr. Madren and learns his story as they make a bowl from a tree.
On May 11, 2016, Duke University reopened the iconic chapel after a year-long, $19 million restoration. The undertaking included extensive work on the ceiling, roof, woodwork and stained glass windows. Julian Abele, the first African American graduate of the architecture program at U Penn in 1902, was the chief architect and designer of this beautiful gothic structure.
UNC Charlotte researchers track the Zika Virus. Western Carolina University speech pathologist Dr. David Shapiro receives the 2016 O. Max Gardner Award. Britt Boyette of Wilson makes beautiful instruments at his Salem Street Drum Company. Duke Chapel reopens after a year-long restoration project.
Each year the University of North Carolina System recognizes outstanding faculty and staff for their enhancements to the region they serve. This years Oliver Max Gardner Award winner is a speech Pathologist from Western Carolina University. Jeff Smith introduces us to Dr. David Shapiro who is professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
One of the most influential ways to maintain leadership in an organization is good communication. Many times communication is harder to grasp when team members are scattered across multiple locations and schedules. That is why one former Duke Football player developed an application for team communication.
The F.A.R.M. Cafe feeds all who come regardless of their ability to pay. Duck Dance Farm raises endangered ducks & teaches environmental & homesteading classes. Plus a former Duke football player creates an app to help teams & organizations communicate.
A Burnsville family has taken on a unique brand of farming with animals that you may not find on a typical farm. Duck Dance Farm raises rare species of ducks and also provides a destination for campers, hikers, and anyone who just wants to enjoy nature.
The NCSU 1983 National Championship basketball team, known as the "Cardiac Pack," is celebrated at the White House. The LIFT program shows families that Learning Is Fun Together. A new high-tech marine research tool is at work along our coast. History is preserved at the Alamance Battleground Center. Plus Campground Kathy has spent her career serving guests at Carowinds' Camp Wilderness.
L.I.F.T. (Learning Is Fun Together) educational outreach initiative in Catawba County is designed to bring together parents, students and their educational team through activities, food, fellowship and community partnerships. The mission of the program is to teach parents how to effectively engage in their student’s learning process in order to ensure their success both in and out of the classroom
After 33 years, the 1983 NC State Wolfpack National Championship basketball team got to visit the White House as a team for the first time to celebrate one of the greatest college basketball games of all time. The members of the team met with President Obama & Vice President Biden. Jeff Smith sat down with Ernie Myers who was a Freshman Forward on that championship team.
My Home, NC goes behind the scenes at the largest goat cheese creamery in NC, the Goat Lady Dairy. The creamery gets its name from a nickname given to late founder/co-owner Ginnie Tate, who use to ride around town with her goats in her pickup truck. Locals dubbed her "The Goat Lady". Now her brother & his family continue the legacy she began with quality cheese & a growing goat herd.
Singer John Lewis is energizing nursing homes & senior care facilities all over Charlotte. New studies show seniors with hearing loss may be a greater risk of dementia. Paws 4 People trains service dogs for children and veterans. Goat Lady Dairy is NC’s largest & oldest goat cheese creamery in the state with a strong family legacy.
Paws 4 People is a non profit group based in Wilmington, NC that trains service dogs for children and veterans. The program coordinates with UNC-W to have students train the final two semesters of the dogs specialization for clients. The program was founded in 1999 when the owner was 12 years old. Now Paws 4 People and Paws 4 Veterans services are available nationwide.
Like any skilled performer, John Leon Lewis can read the tone of the room. But what sets him apart, besides his powerful voice, is the audience he's singing to. His concert venues are nursing homes and senior care facilities. Mr. Lewis’ reason for selecting this particular crowd is a personal one. His mother, who had been suffering from dementia, passed away in 2003 at a nursing home in Charlotte.
Purple Heart Homes helps wounded veterans purchase, manage, & adapt homes to aid them in their lives after service. A group of High Point University students made an amazing discovery while stargazing. Tim Gardner is makes world renowned banjos with traditional techniques. Eustace Conway promotes NC heritage & simple living on his Turtle Island Preserve.
Meet musician Joe Kwon, visit two unique food pantries, & learn about biofuel research.
A group of volunteers has found a new way to help to the hungry in their community.
12 year-old Kenzie Hinson is the founder & operator of the Make a Difference Food Pantry.
An art therapy project becomes a personal mission for one young NC woman.
Filmmaker Dawn Dreyer creates an animated documentary about coping with mental illness.
Volunteer weavers recycle donated materials into new products to raise money for charity.
Legendary bluesman Pop Ferguson works to promote & preserve traditional music.
Visit Kings Restaurant, meet a woodcarver who makes traditional bowls, & much more.
Former UNC System President Tom Ross receives the 2016 University Award.
JP Madren carves & sells his wooden dough bowls & also teaches others how to make them.
In May 2016, Duke reopened the iconic chapel after a year-long, $19 million restoration.
Zika research at UNCC, speech therapy program at WCU, a tour of the restored Duke Chapel.
WCU's Dr. David Shapiro is the 2016 O. Max Gardner Award recipient.
A former Duke Football player has developed an application for team communication.
Visit the FARM Cafe & Duck Dance Farm, plus check out a new communications app.
A family farm is making a name for themselves by raising rare & endangered ducks.
History is honored, brought to life, & inspiring research; & profiling a historic career.
L.I.F.T. nights help teach parents how to engage in their student’s learning process.
Ernie Myers talks about the NCSU "Cardiac Pack" team's 1983 NCAA title-winning season.
Goat Lady Dairy is NC’s largest and oldest goat cheese creamery in the state.
A look at healing through music, research, service animals, & working on the family farm.
Paws 4 People trains service dogs for children & veterans.
Singer John Lewis is energizing nursing homes & senior care facilities all over Charlotte.
Outfitting homes for veterans, researching stars, making music, & preserving NC heritage.
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