North Carolina Now and Then

Premiering Jan. 16, 2014 at 9:30PM on UNC-TV!
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North Carolina Now and Then

On January 17, 1994, UNC-TV launched a bold experiment – to produce a nightly Monday-through-Friday public affairs program that would cover the important issues and people throughout the state of North Carolina in the depth for which public television is known. A small cadre of staff members set out to cover a large and diverse state with limited resources, but armed with a vision. Now, 20 years later, North Carolina Now remains UNC-TV’s flagship program.

To celebrate this milestone, UNC-TV has assigned veteran producer Bobby Dobbs to create a weekly series that will mine the North Carolina Now archives to highlight the reports and interviews that reveal the history of the past two decades as it unfolded year by year. While the on-screen graphics and hairstyles may have changed over the past 20 years, North Carolina Now’s determination to cover the state from the mountains to the coast and bring its most important stories home to you is as fresh and timely as it was from the day it went on the air. North Carolina Now and Then will premiere on Thursday, January 16 at 9:30PM, continuing as a regular weekly series for 20 weeks – one episode for each year the series has existed!


Episode Guide

1994 / Brodcast Date: January 16, 2014
Celebrate 20 years of North Carolina Now by taking a look back at 1994. Visit Asheville's Grove Park Inn and take a hike along the Appalachian Trail. Go back to a time when Lifesaving Stations along the coast were a necessity, go panning for gold in Cabarrus County, visit Tryon Palace and don't miss Bob Garner's first ever barbecue feature from Lexington Barbecue.

1995 / Brodcast Date: January 23, 2014
Take a look back at 1995 through the cameras of North Carolina Now. Visit the gardens of the Biltmore Estate. Remember the dark chapter in Cherokee history known as the Trail of Tears. Hear some Durham-style blues, take a ride on a ferry, and reminisce about the days of the tobacco barn.

1996 / Brodcast Date: January 30, 2014
Take a look back at 1996 through the cameras of North Carolina Now. Visit historical Beaufort. See what it's like to ride the horse trails of the Uwharrie National Forest. Visit the largest open-face granite quarry in North America, and go underground at Linville Caverns.

1997 / Brodcast Date: February 6, 2014
Take a look back at the year 1997 through the cameras of North Carolina Now. Come on an historical tour of Bath, North Carolina's oldest town. Learn about the history of the State Fair. Find out how NASCAR got its start, and experience the Highland Games.