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NC Now Special: Cultural Preservation

Montagnard Dega who immigrated to NC from Vietnam continue to practice & preserve their traditional weaving techniques. A woodworker & a blacksmith both promote the heritage of their handiwork. Turtle Island Preserve visitors get an immersive experience in old-world lifestyles. And one women keeps to the simple life on her small family farm.

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NC Now Special: Inspirational People

Local legend Rodney Hines, the No Hand King, who rides his bike no handed & on one wheel, is profiled in a documentary film. NCSSM Band Director Phillip Riggs is the GRAMMYS 2016 Music Educator Award recipient. Donovan Livingston's commencement address went viral. Entertainer John Leon Lewis gives back to the community with weekly performances as part of a music therapy program.

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NC Now Special: Inspirational Kids

Presley Barker is a talented guitarist with a passion for preserving traditional bluegrass. Caroline Le created a dance class focused for differently-abled youth. Ayanna Webster's personal dedication to dance led to her participation in the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics. After having heart surgery at age 9, Paige Sullivan has developed a project help other young surgery patients.

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

The Innovate NC Asheville project uses the town's wealth of weather data to inform growth & development in the climate services industry. Teamworks Communications aims to connect colleagues across diverse locations & schedules. Judge Gilbert Burnett talks about the Community Service Works Program. Photographer Bruce Roberts reflects on a lifetime of capturing iconic images.

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Innovate NC Asheville

The city of Asheville is one of the largest collectors of climate data in the world and is creating innovative ways to help entrepreneurs and large companies develop climate-related goods and services.

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Judge Gilbert Burnett

During the Greensboro sit-ins, Gilbert Burnett was interning in the 5th Judicial District where similar protests occurred. He saw that judges were overreacting & throwing kids in jail. He decided there needed to be an alternative to fines or jail time in the court system. In 1970, he and his team of probation officers set out to develop what would become the Community Service Works Program.

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Bruce Roberts

Photographer Bruce Roberts has been observing NC since he first arrived here in the 1950s. His work has been published in periodicals all over the country. A pioneer in the use of 35mm cameras & natural light, he has captured candid images of real North Carolinians, preserving stories of civil rights in the 1960s & rural health initiatives in the '70s. He also photographed a young Elvis Presley.

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Fort San Juan

In 2017 the Exploring Joara Foundation will celebrate the 450th anniversary of the founding of Fort San Juan. Spanish army captain Juan Pardo & 125 undertook a mission to forge a route to the Spanish silver mines in northern Mexico. During this expedition he built 6 forts between SC & TN. Among them was Fort San Juan located near the native village of Joara, near Morganton.

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Shrimpburgers & Memories

Shrimpburgers are still wildly popular at El’s Drive-In in Morehead City, and to some older patrons, they bring back memories of the fare – and the ambiance - at the restaurant’s predecessor from the 60s and 70s, Dom-El’s Drive In at Atlantic Beach.

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Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Archaeologists use new technology to research the Lost Colony site. Fort San Juan, near Morganton, marks its 450th anniversary. Ken Humphries makes traditional hand-carved duck decoys. Shrimpburgers have been a popular treat along our coast for decades.

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Ken Humphries: Decoy Carver

If you spend time Down East, you probably know about the region's love for decoy carving. It's a celebrated tradition, that finally made it's way to Raleigh's State Fair, thanks to boat-builder turned carver Ken Humphries

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Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Research at NCSU's School of Veterinary Medicine is helping develop a drug that could treat multiple illnesses. The Innovate NC program is working with entrepreneurs in Wilmington. A small regional festival is spearheading the Wild Caught Seafood movement. And Ralph Jensen is known both for his mustache & for his handmade duck calls.

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Innovate NC: SENC-Cucalorus Connect

As part of the Innovate NC project, the Wilmington region is combining its coastal recreation with innovation to attract entrepreneurs who are developing creative ways to capitalize on marine and life sciences.

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Wild Caught

Festivals designed to promote North Carolina’s local seafood often serve a good bit of imported seafood, as well. But one local gathering in Carteret County features ONLY what’s caught in the immediate area.

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NC Now Special: Veterans Programs

Many programs aiming to serve the military & veteran community are starting up across NC. paws4people trains service animals to aid military & civilians. Purple Heart Homes builds & re-fit homes for veterans. Veterans Coffee events provide fellowship & information. Special training helps Apex Police learn how to handle veterans in crisis. The Gary Sinise Foundation celebrates servicemen & women.

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Thursday, December 15th, 2016

The Citizens Police Academy offers day-in-the-life experiences with law enforcement officers. Engineers study the acoustics of Raleigh’s new cathedral. UNCSA's Joe Rick receives the Erskine B Bowles Staff Service Award for the UNC System. And Davy Arch works to protect, preserve, & promote the history & heritage of the Cherokee.

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Citizens Police Academy

The Citizens Police Academy offers members of the community a unique opportunity to become familiar with the operations of CARY PD during an up close and personal 12-week course. Participants are taken through day-in-the- life experiences with local law enforcement officers.

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Davy Arch | Cherokee Historian

The Cherokee people have inhabited the mountains of NC for thousands of years. Since that time, this culture has experienced many trials & tribulations. But, with their tenacity, perseverance, community involvement, & their strong passion to preserve the arts, the Eastern Band of the Cherokee have continued to thrive. Cherokee artist & storyteller, Davy Arch, works to promote that heritage.

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Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Researchers at NCSU use a magnet to better track a football in motion. Dr. Steve McKeand is the 2016 recipient of the Holshouser Award for Excellence in Public Service. Restaurateur Sammy Boyd works to make "local catch only" a workable restaurant model. And a WWII veteran looks back on Pearl Harbor 75 years later.

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Sammy Boyd: Local Catch Only

Decreasing supplies and increasing costs for serving fresh North Carolina seafood; along with the lure of cheaper, imported product; are presenting challenges to North Carolina’s seafood restaurateurs. But a few, like Morehead City’s Sammy Boyd, are carving out a niche for themselves by committing to serving local catch only.

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Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary

December 7, 1941 is one date that has been remembered by Americans for 75 years now. For one North Carolinian Veteran who was on board a ship in Pearl Harbor on that historic day, it is more than just a date on a calendar or a mention in a history book. Jeff Smith sits down with Tom Shook who grew up in Valley Cruscis, NC and lives in Winston Salem now as he reflects on that historic day.

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Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Asheville's Highland Brewing Company is one of the oldest native breweries in the NC. Johnson's Peaches has been producing fruit for more than 60 years in Candor. Counter Culture Coffee in Durham is one of the largest coffee roasters in the US. Bitty & Beau's Coffee Shop in Wilmington has drawn national attention. Plus Kings Restaurant in Kinston is still serving up southern comfort food.

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Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Black Wall Street creates conversations around diversity, technology, & entrepreneurship. The Duke Marine Lab is the first facility approved by the FAA to use drones in marine research. Fishermen & foodies alike are focusing on the potential market for "cape shark." Amy Murphy takes community service to the streets, literally, serving breakfast weekly for her "friends who live outside."

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Black Wall Street Homecoming

Black Wall Street (BWS) celebrates innovation and entrepreneurship within diverse, multicultural communities. Created in honor and as an extension of what was built during the heyday of Durham, NC’s Parrish Street, BWS creates conversations and promotes thought leadership around diversity, technology and entrepreneurship. BWS is the remix. Same vision. New day.

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NC Now Special: Cultural Preservation

From traditional crafts to lifestyles how our diverse heritage is preserved in NC.

NC Now Special: Inspirational People

The No Hand King, a Grammy winner, a commencement speaker, & an entertainer inspire us all

NC Now Special: Inspirational Kids

A musician, a dancer, a dance teacher, & a "superhero" - meet some inspiring NC youths.

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Innovate NC Asheville, Teamworks Communications, Judge Burnett, & Bruce Roberts.

Innovate NC Asheville

Innovate NC Asheville is using weather data to spark innovation in the region.

Judge Gilbert Burnett

Civil Rights protests inspired a NC judge to develop the Community Service Works Program.

Bruce Roberts

Photographer Bruce Roberts captures iconic images showcasing NC & US history.

Fort San Juan

Fort San Juan, near Morganton, was built in 1567 as part of a Spanish Army mission.

Shrimpburgers & Memories

Shrimpburgers have been a favorite treat of coastal visitors for decades.

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Researching the Lost Colony & Fort San Juan, traditional decoy carving, & shrimpburgers.

Ken Humphries: Decoy Carver

Ken Humphries uses traditional techniques to make beautiful hand-carved duck decoys.

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Aspirin of the Future, Innovate NC, Wild Caught Seafood, The Calling of the 'Stache.

Innovate NC: SENC-Cucalorus Connect

Two programs in Wilmington help entrepreneurs develop ideas in the marine sciences.

Wild Caught

Carteret County’s annual Wild Caught Festival serves ONLY fresh, locally caught seafood.

NC Now Special: Veterans Programs

Jeff Smith spotlights several programs aiding & supporting veterans in our state.

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Citizens Police Academy, Acoustic Architecture, Bowles Award recipient, Pearl Harbor 75th.

Citizens Police Academy

Citizens Police Academy offers day-in-the-life experiences with law enforcement officers.

Davy Arch | Cherokee Historian

Davy Arch works to promote & preserve the history & heritage of the Cherokee.

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Touchdown Magnet, Public Service Award Recipient, Sammy Boyd, & Pearl Harbor Anniversary.

Sammy Boyd: Local Catch Only

Restaurateur Sammy Boyd is working towards a sustainable "local catch only" business model

Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary

An NC WWII Veteran reflects on Pearl Harbor 75 years later.

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

A look back at some of our favorite restaurants & beverage makers across the state.

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

An iconic homecoming, drones aid researchers, fishermen & foodies focus on "cape shark."

Black Wall Street Homecoming

Black Wall Street creates conversations around diversity, technology & entrepreneurship.

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