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Monday, December 2, 2013
- Chimney Rock State Park--Dr. Tom Linden begins a three part series examining environmental issues affecting North Carolina state parks. He travels to Chimney Rock in Western North Carolina to learn how a public/private partnership at Chimney Rock State Park is balancing the demands of tourism with the need to preserve one of the state’s most famous natural attractions. The series is produced by students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill. (Rutherford Co.)
- North Carolina Dance Theatre--David Hains tours the North Carolina Dance Theatre in Charlotte, the state's first and oldest professional dance troupe. has been doing just that for more than four decades. David takes us behind the scenes and onto the stage to show why the theatre has been going strong for more than four decades--as well as introduces us to the man who has been guiding its growth for the last 17 years, French-born ballet master Jean Pierre Bonnefou. (Mecklenburg Co.)
- Newsmaker: Elizabeth Spencer/Author, "Starting Over: Stories"--North Carolina Bookwatch Host D.G. Martin has a conversation with Elizabeth Spencer, the iconic author who has been called the "Grand Dame of Southern Letters" about her latest book, "Starting Over: Stories." In these writings, Ms. Spencer exposes the human aspects of what appears to be a happy family life by revealing deep emotional fault lines and unseen fractures that lie just beneath the surface. One of her most famous works is the novella Spencer’s novella “The Light in the Piazza,” which became a film in 1962 and became a Broadway play in 2005, winning six Tony Award. During her more than 60 year writing career, the award-winning author has also written eight novels, seven short story collections, a memoir and a play.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
- UNC Series: UNC Wilmington--Rick Sullivan takes us to the coast in his continuing series on the University of North Carolina by visiting UNC Wilmington. Founded in 1946 as Wilmington College, the institution evolved into the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 1968-69. The university offers bachelors degrees in 52 majors, 38 masters degrees and doctorates in Marine Biology and Educatinal Leadership and Administration. For 2014, UNCW has been ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the "Best in the Southeast" as well as one of the "Best Top 15 Universities in the South" by U.S. News and World Report. (New Hanover Co.)
- Pilot Mountain State Park--Dr. Tom Linden continues his series on the impact of environmental issues on North Carolina's state parks. He visits Pilot Mountain in the northwest part of the state to look at how officials are monitoring regrowth of plant life at the park--one year after a controlled 200-acre burn jumped fire lines and extended to 600 acres before it was extinguished. Dr. Linden talks with park officials, biologists and the local town manager about lessons learned from the incident. (Surry and Yadkin Counties)
- Newsmaker: Tift Merritt/Singer-Songwriter-Guitarist--North Carolina native Tift Merritt talks about her career and the influences on her music. Her latest 10 song acoustic album "Traveling Alone," was released September 17, 2013. Her style is described as "country soul," being compared to the likes of pop singer Dusty Springfield and country singer Bobbie Gentry. Ms. Merritt performed this past August at the North Carolina Museum of Art Park Theatre and the show was taped by UNC-TV. The performance will air Tuesday December 3rd at 8 p.m. and she will be in our UNC-TV studio live that evening as part of our Winterfest pledge drive.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
- North Carolina Science NOW Series: Real Star Power--Frank Graff looks to the skies in this segment of North Carolina Science NOW as he takes a trek with a group of amateur and professional astronomers led by the Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society. They meet every year at a park in Staunton River, Virginia, for a week of study. This year, the Staunton River Start Party is studying Comet Ison, which some scientists predict could be as bright at the moon--or just fizzle out as it moves closer to the sun. (Halifax County, Virginia)
- Dismal Swamp State Park--Dr. Linden concludes his environmental series on North Carolina state parks. Dr. Linden heads towards the coast to Dismal Swamp State Park, northeast of Elizabeth City to see how state and federal officials are bringing water back to the swamp, more than 200 years after settlers started draining the unique ecosystem. One of the ongoing challenges is keeping Atlantic White Cedars growing two years after a massive fire wiped out most of the remaining stands of this majestic tree. (Camden Co.)
- Newsmaker: Beth Wood/North Carolina Auditor--State Auditor Beth Wood discusses with Legislative Week in Review Host Kelly McCullen about claims that her audit of Medicaid was changed to fit Governor Pat McCrory's statement that Medicaid is "broken." Auditor Wood says she nor anyone in her office used the term “broken.”
Thursday, December 5, 2013
- North Carolina Community College System: Western Piedmont Community College--Rick Sullivan treks to the mountains in Morganton to visit Western Piedmont Community College. WPCC offers 35 programs of study that include Accounting, Civil Engineering Technology, Digital Effects and Animation Technology, Mechanical Engineering and Nursing. The 58 campuses of the North Carolina Community College System are collectively celebrating its 50th anniversary. (Burke Co.)
- Gourd Museum--Heather Burgiss takes a tour of the Gourd Museum in Angier, North Carolina. The Museum was established in 1964 by Marvin and Mary Johnson on their homestead in the Kennebec Community just opposite of the Fuquay-Angier Airport and was relocated to the Angier Municipal Building in 2006. The exhibits consist of gourd designs from around the world from miniature to mammoth. The facility has been visited by gourd lovers from every continent. (Harnett Co.)
- Newsmaker: John H. Lucas, D.H.L./Educator/2013 North Carolina Award Recipient--Dr. John Lucas is an advocate for youth, school funding and social justice. For more than 60 years, Dr. Lucas, now 93-years-old, was an education administrator and leader. He took on the difficult challenge of integrating the white North Carolina Education Association and the black North Carolina Teachers Association, proposing what came to be known as the "Lucas Concept." He proposed that a completely new organization be formed rather than force either group into an existing structure--and in 1970, the North Carolina Association of Educators was created. He was elected to the first school board of the newly merged school system in Durham County and has served as president of Shaw University. Lucas Middle School in Durham and other community institutions bear his name.
Friday, December 6, 2013
NORTH CAROLINA NOW SPECIAL: SCIENCE EDUCATION
- North Carolina NOW takes a look at how the Tar Heel State is leveraging its technical and scientific know-how on the education front to ensure that students are well prepared for the global society.
- Science Education--Kelley McHenry shows how North Carolina is creating specific science-oriented schools in order to create higher science test scores and a desire for students to enter a science career. (Durham Co.)
- NRC Investigative Labs--Heather Burgiss takes us to the Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh where hands on exhibits and labs give visitors the opportunity to become resident researchers. (Wake Co.)
- UNC-G/NC A&T Nanotech Center--Stephanie Bourland reports on a huge collaboration between North Carolina A & T State University and UNC-Greensboro that focuses on research at a molecular level. The research is taking place at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering at the Gateway University Research Park in Greensboro. (Guilford Co.)
- Tracking the Gaze--Kelly McCullen travels to East Carolina University to learn more about a study that examines the relation between vision, cognition and language by collecting eye-tracking data from individuals viewing art work. (Pitt Co.)