The Fight Over the 440th: A North Carolina Now Special

Jeff Smith takes an in-depth look at the 440th Air Lift Wing at Pope Army Air Field - which has a long history with the 82nd Airborne & Fort Bragg. In 2014, the US Air Force announced plans to deactivate the unit. Jeff takes us behind the scenes & to the front lines of the grass roots effort to save the only full-time Air Force Wing on the base.

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Frank Graff learns how drones can be used to help scientists & rescue crews. Kelley McHenry continues her series on water with a visit to a water treatment plant. We mark Teacher Appreciation Week with a conversation with Robyn Fehrman from Teach for America. And a preview of Jeff Smith's new special on the 440th Air Lift Wing.

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Kelley McHenry looks at how a water treatment plant cleans & delivers water to our homes. Dr. Tom Linden learns about historic canoes found under the water of Lake Phelps in Pettigrew State Park. And third-generation beekeeper Leigh-Kathryn Bonner joins us to talk about the importance of honey bees in our eco-system.

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Monday, May 4th, 2015

We begin a series looking at the mental health system in our state. Plus we tour a special exhibit about illusion & magic. And we catch up with the UNCSA Cirkus Theatre Project as it nears completion.

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Friday, May 1st, 2015

The UNCSA Cirkus Theatre Project student teams continue to work on their original scenes. Cotton Ketchie's career has spanned a multitude of art forms. Shelby Stephenson is NC's new poet laureate. And a Durham man also knows the importance of reading.

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Thursday, April 30th, 2015

NC lawmakers work to finish bills on this Crossover Day. Ultimate Disc leagues & teams are forming in our state. BMX is also gaining popularity in NC. Author Cat Warren talks about her new book on dogs & their sense of smell. Plus Tar Heel Traveler Scott Mason meets a woman who tames wild mustangs.

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Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Scientists & officials study ways to reduce storm-water runoff. A recent conference looked at ways to clean our air. And two upcoming conferences aim to connect older citizens in our state with the resources they need.

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

GTCC's Quick Careers Program helps students make career transitions. CPCC's partnership program with Groninger USA LLC trains students for manufacturing careers. PEDS expands its manufacturing plant in Burke County. And Jack Cecil talks about innovative support for job growth at the annual Emerging Issues Forum.

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Monday, April 27th, 2015

Heather Burgiss continues her My Home is NC series with banjo-maker Tim Gardner & Grammy-winning banjo musician David Holt. Thomas Todd profiles metalsmith Jimmy Sink & his intricate ironwork. Plus we talk with the co-producer & one of the featured participants of a new documentary on Montagnard immigrants in NC.

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Friday, April 24th, 2015

CCCC's Sustainable Farming program brings farmers into the classroom & takes students into the fields. The Livestock Conservancy in Pittsboro works with elementary students on a chick hatching project. And the Conservators Center protects and promotes wildlife.

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

The Know Your Farm tour connects local farmers with area consumers. US Rep. Renee Ellmers talks about her work during the current Congressional session. And David Wohl & Lucas Stone preview the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America's upcoming Take Steps fundraising walk.

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US Rep. Renee Ellmers | NC 2nd Congressional District

US Representative Renee Ellmers is in her second term representing North Carolina's second Congressional district. Jeff Smith recently caught up with Congresswoman Ellmers in her Washington DC office to talk about the items on her agenda during this 114th session of the U.S. Congress.

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Natural microbes can complement traditional fertilizers to help farmers maintain their fields. Google & Appalachian State are co-sponsoring the NC Gravity Games this weekend. The NC Zoo helps preserve & protect wildlife from around the world. The Greensboro Science Center is hosting a special event to support wildlife conservation efforts.

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

A new documentary looks at the life & work of former Gov. Jim Hunt. Governor Hunt talks with us about his work with the Emerging Issues Forum. We talk with US Sen. Thom Tillis. And author EC Hanes talks about his new book.

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US Senator Thom Tillis | (R) North Carolina

Jeff Smith has a conversation with US Senator Thom Tillis in Washington. NC's newest Senator on Capitol Hill is serving on the Special Committee on Aging, Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry, Committee on Armed Services, Committee on the Judiciary & Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Sen. Tillis talks about what he has been working on since becoming a member of the 114th US Congress.

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Monday, April 20th, 2015

A look at international adoption through the eyes of one NC family. The Durham Bulls are one of the best-known minor league baseball teams in the country...& they're hosting a special event as part of the NC Science Festival.

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Friday, April 17th, 2015

The Hackathon brings talented programmers together to create new computer programs. Dr. Cat Warren talks about the "science of the sniff" & the power of a dog's sense of smell. Plus Carowinds unleashes its new roller coaster - Fury 325.

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Thursday, April 16th, 2015

How the NC Arboretum is a tourist draw as well as an economic engine for the region. Andrew Rodgers previews the 17th annual RiverRun International Film Festival. Dr. David Holley talks about the Greensboro Opera's participation in the NC Science Festival with a performance of the opera "Galileo Galilei."

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NC Arboretum | Tourism

In addition to its roles in research & economic development, The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville attracts thousands of visitors to Western North Carolina & travelers along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We continue our series on The Arboretum with a look at the substantial tourism draw it has for the region & the state.

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

We took a behind-the-scenes look at what makes Carolina clay such a good pottery material. We tour the NC Folklife Institute as they celebrate their 40th anniversary. Plus Kelly Witter talks about cutting edge environmental research at EPA.

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

NCSU's Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi is recognized with an O Max Gardner Award. Kelley McHenry brings the topic of fetal surgery to the Tar Heel state with a profile of one family that underwent the procedure at UNC Hospital. And author Kim Church talks about her new book.

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Monday, April 13th, 2015

UNC Charlotte professor Pinku Mukherjee is a 2015 O. Max Gardner Award recipient. Susan White previews this week's NC Coastal Conference. And Emory Ortiz previews the Catapult Physics event taking place tomorrow as part of the NC Science Festival.

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Friday, April 10th, 2015

A Chapel Hill Boy Scout troop takes on a unique fundraiser for a special charity. The Asheville Symphony draws large crowds to its inaugural Amadeus Festival. Jeanne Milliken Bonds talks about the Federal Reserve of Richmond's work to support & grow communities & the workforce. And Adrienne Roethling previews the NC Science Festival event The Roots of Our Nutrition.

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Thursday, April 9th, 2015

FSU's performing arts department prepares students for careers in the arts. The UNCSA Cirkus Theatre Project continues as the student teams go through their 1st Gateway review. Dr. Elizabeth Johnson & Dr. Marianne Wardle give us a preview of Seeing Color: Art, Vision & The Brain. And author Earl Swift talks about his new book.

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The Fight Over the 440th: A North Carolina Now Special

A look at the fight over the 440th Air Lift Wing.

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

How drones are being used to help scientists & rescue crews.

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

We begin a series on clean water with a visit to a water treatment plant.

Monday, May 4th, 2015

An in-depth look at the mental health system in NC.

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Student teams develop original scenes in the UNCSA Cirkus Theatre Project.

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

An update on NC lawmakers' work during this legislative session.

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

The city of Durham works on a project to reduce storm-water runoff.

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

The GTCC Quick Careers Program is helping students train for new jobs.

Monday, April 27th, 2015

A look at the importance of the banjo in NC music & heritage.

Friday, April 24th, 2015

A special program at CCCC uses successful farmers to teach students.

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

A special tour helps consumers get to know their local farmers.

US Rep. Renee Ellmers | NC 2nd Congressional District

A conversation with Congresswoman Renee Ellmers.

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Scientists are using naturally-occurring microbes to help farmers.

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

A new documentary profiles former Gov. Jim Hunt.

US Senator Thom Tillis | (R) North Carolina

A conversation with US Senator Thom Tillis.

Monday, April 20th, 2015

A Raleigh family adopts 6 siblings from Latvia.

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Computer "hackers" gather for an event to HELP businesses.

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

The NC Arboretum draws tourists from near & far.

NC Arboretum | Tourism

The NC Arboretum draws tourists from near & far to visit our state.

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Master potter Ben Owen III shares the science of good clay.

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

NCSU's Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi receives an O Max Gardner Award.

Monday, April 13th, 2015

UNCC's Dr. Pinku Mukherjee receives an O. Max Gardner Award.

Friday, April 10th, 2015

A Chapel Hill Boy Scout troop puts the pedal to the metal for charity.

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

A look at arts education at two UNC campuses.

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