Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Jeff Smith rides along with an air ambulance crew. Frank Graff learns how the EPA is monitoring our air to keep us healthy. Erica Starke-Knight meets a family with a long history of traditional boatbuilding. And John Litschke takes us to a family farm that draws on its heritage while working toward a more sustainable future.

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Air Ambulances

When someone gets hurt in an accident you call for medical help & an ambulance. But if that emergency is far from a medical center, a medical helicopter team must come in & transport the patient. This is especially an issue in our more rural areas of the state where no trauma centers are within quick driving distance. Jeff Smith introduces us to one team that serves rural areas of our state.

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Hickory Nut Gap Farm

Traveling the backroads of the Blue Ridge in Buncombe County, it’s easy to see what draws people to this area called Hickory Nut Gap. It’s also home to a farm that has shared that name since 1916 & has always led by example. Jamie & Amy Ager are the newest generation at its helm, & they continuing to exemplify good stewardship of the land & to work toward a sustainable future.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

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.

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Urban Ministries Garden

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.

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Make A Difference Food Pantry

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.

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Thursday, June 16th, 2016

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.

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Bipolar Girl Rules the World

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.

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Common Thread

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.

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Pop Ferguson Profile

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.

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Thursday, June 9th, 2016

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.

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2016 University Award Tom Ross

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.

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Dough Bowl Maker

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.

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Duke Chapel Restoration

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.

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Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

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.

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2016 O. Max Gardner Award: Dr. David Shapiro

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.

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Teamworks Communication

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.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

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.

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Duck Dance Farm

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.

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Thursday, May 19th, 2016

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.

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Learning Is Fun Together

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

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NCSU 1983 Championship Team

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.

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My Home NC: Goat Lady Dairy

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.

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Thursday, May 12th, 2016

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.

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Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Air ambulances, air monitoring, traditional boatbuilding, & sustainable farming on NC Now.

Air Ambulances

When someone gets hurt & is far from a medical center, a medical helicopter comes to help.

Hickory Nut Gap Farm

Hickory Nut Gap Farm is building on its history as it works toward the future.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Meet musician Joe Kwon, visit two unique food pantries, & learn about biofuel research.

Urban Ministries Garden

A group of volunteers has found a new way to help to the hungry in their community.

Make A Difference Food Pantry

12 year-old Kenzie Hinson is the founder & operator of the Make a Difference Food Pantry.

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

An art therapy project becomes a personal mission for one young NC woman.

Bipolar Girl Rules the World

Filmmaker Dawn Dreyer creates an animated documentary about coping with mental illness.

Common Thread

Volunteer weavers recycle donated materials into new products to raise money for charity.

Pop Ferguson Profile

Legendary bluesman Pop Ferguson works to promote & preserve traditional music.

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Visit Kings Restaurant, meet a woodcarver who makes traditional bowls, & much more.

2016 University Award Tom Ross

Former UNC System President Tom Ross receives the 2016 University Award.

Dough Bowl Maker

JP Madren carves & sells his wooden dough bowls & also teaches others how to make them.

Duke Chapel Restoration

In May 2016, Duke reopened the iconic chapel after a year-long, $19 million restoration.

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Zika research at UNCC, speech therapy program at WCU, a tour of the restored Duke Chapel.

2016 O. Max Gardner Award: Dr. David Shapiro

WCU's Dr. David Shapiro is the 2016 O. Max Gardner Award recipient.

Teamworks Communication

A former Duke Football player has developed an application for team communication.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Visit the FARM Cafe & Duck Dance Farm, plus check out a new communications app.

Duck Dance Farm

A family farm is making a name for themselves by raising rare & endangered ducks.

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

History is honored, brought to life, & inspiring research; & profiling a historic career.

Learning Is Fun Together

L.I.F.T. nights help teach parents how to engage in their student’s learning process.

NCSU 1983 Championship Team

Ernie Myers talks about the NCSU "Cardiac Pack" team's 1983 NCAA title-winning season.

My Home NC: Goat Lady Dairy

Goat Lady Dairy is NC’s largest and oldest goat cheese creamery in the state.

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

A look at healing through music, research, service animals, & working on the family farm.

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