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North Carolina NOW Broadcast Schedule
(Subject to Change)

Monday, July 21st

  • Mushrooms 'n More — Katherine Johnson introduces us to Eric Dunlap, a small business owner in Haw River who took the challenge of being laid off and created a career of sprouting shiitake mushrooms. Mushrooms 'n More is now recognized as one of Central Carolina's premiere provider of locally grown mushrooms. (Alamance Co.)
  • High Rock Farm — Heather Burgiss travels to Gibsonville to visit High Rock Farm. The farm, built in 1807, was once used as a stage coach stay. The house also had a tavern and served as a post office. High Rock Farm is the largest working and producing chestnut orchard in the mid-Atlantic. It has over five hundred chestnut trees, four hundred pecan trees and a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables. (Alamance and Guilford Counties)
  • Gregory Farms and Vineyards — Bryan Mims visits Gregory Farms and Vineyards in Angier, North Carolina.  Located on a 120-acre century old working farm, this vineyard provides not only a picturesque view along three waterfront locations but also provides wine connoisseurs an opportunity to sample from seven award winning muscadine wines. (Harnett Co.)

Tuesday, July 22nd

  • NC State Food Recycling Program — Kelley McHenry shows how North Carolina State University recycles everything from their cafeterias--not only the food, and plastics--they even compost used pizza boxes. The university partners with a recycling company founded by a former NC State student. (Wake Co.)
  • Excerpt: "Whole Hog" — North Carolina NOW presents a segment from an online multimedia project that examines the energy implications within North Carolina's hog industry. "Whole Hog" was produced by "Power a Nation," a group of undergraduate and graduate students from the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication who report on the political, human, economic, and scientific tensions and relationships involving US energy with the goal of engaging citizens and inspiring informed decision-making.
  • Newsmaker:  Kelly Creedon/Editor-In-Chief and Videographer,  "Whole Hog" — Ms. Creedon stops by to talk about the efforts in creating the multimedia documentary "Whole Hog." Produced by "Powering A Nation," a group of six UNC fellows, the “Whole Hog” project consists of “written pieces, video stories and graphic design elements” that investigates the energy effects of North Carolina's hog industry. “Powering A Nation” has been active for six years, creating projects that examine various aspects of the energy issue in America. This is the first project the team has undertaken with a North Carolina-specific focus.

Wednesday, July 23rd

  • North Carolina Science NOW Series: Oh Shuck! — Frank Graff continues his North Carolina Science NOW series by following scientists who are working to determine what conditions lead to an increase in dangerous bacteria levels in oysters. They hope to develop a warning system for oystermen which would possibly delay a harvest for a day or two, rather than shut down an area for weeks at a time.
  • WRAL Documentary: "Hungry for Answers" — Clay Johnson examines the causes and consequences food insecurity, a condition in which people do not have reliable access to affordable healthy food. North Carolina has the tenth highest rate of food insecurity in the nation where about one in four children and one in five adults are affected. This segment is narrated by WRAL News Anchor Debra Morgan. The complete documentary, "Hungry for Answers," airs on WRAL-TV Thursday, July 24th at 7 p.m.
  • ALS Thinking Cap — Kelley McHenry investigates research taking place at Duke University to give patients who have A-L-S, or Lou Gehrig’s disease a unique way to communicate that involves a computerized "thinking cap" that can read and respond to thought impulses. (Durham Co.)

Thursday, July 24th

  • North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Series: Local Foods — Donna Campbell continues her series on the 100th anniversary of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service by taking a look at the role of the organization within the local food movement.  North Carolina is one of the top twelve states in the country for local farmers markets, and consumer interest has increased in obtaining fresh products directly from the farm. Donna goes on a special tour that focuses on local foods called "Know Your Farm." (Rowan Co.)
  • Flavor, NC Excerpt — North Carolina NOW presents an excerpt of Flavor, NC the place folks can savor the flavor of the best in North Carolina agriculture from the great bounty that is created to concocting tantalizing dishes to tickle the tastebuds.  Join host Lisa Prince on Flavor, NC Thursdays at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on UNC-TV and Wednesday nights at 8:30 p.m. on UNC-EX.
  • North Carolina Bookwatch Excerpt: Alena Graedon/Author, "The Word Exchange" — North Carolina Bookwatch Host D.G. Martin has a conversation with author Alena Graedon about her debut novel "The Word Exchange."  The setting is New York City in the very near future, where the main character Anana Johnson is working with her father, Doug on the last printed edition of a dictionary.  Before the job is completed, Doug turns up missing. While Anana searches for her dad, a highly contagious, sometimes fatal virus called “word flu” has moved from computers to their users, corrupting not only written language but also spoken words with gibberish. Ms. Graedon's complete interview can be seen on Friday, July 25th at 9 p.m. on UNC-MX; Sunday, July 27th at noon and Thursday, July 31st at 5 p.m. on UNC-TV.

Friday, July 25th

  • "Cotton" Ketchie Profile — Bob Garner travels to Mooresville and introduces us to "Cotton" Ketchie, whose career evolved from salesman to artisan. Mr. Ketchie has a passion for preserving the our state's historic heritage through photographs, paintings, pottery – and even playing music. (Iredell Co.)
  • KidZNotes/Branford Marsalis — Heather Burgiss sits in on a performance session sponsored by KidZNotes, a non-profit organization that gives children in lower-income schools in Durham and Raleigh access to free music lessons all year long--and the youngsters get to keep the instruments. This years summer camp had a special appearance by Grammy award winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis. (Durham Co.)
  • Butterflies for Holocaust Children — David Hains meets with school children in Charlotte as they take a field trip to the learn about the Holocaust and to participate in an ongoing art project that commemorates the 1.5 million children who lost their lives in the concentration camps. The children hear from a Holocaust survivor and then create a ceramic butterfly that is incorporated into an outdoor sculpture that commemorates the children who died. (Mecklenburg Co.)
  • Newsmaker: Susan Morgan Leveille/Weaver, 2014 NC Heritage Award Recipient — Ms. Susan Morgan Leveille immersed herself in the culture of weaving from a young age. She first sat at a loom to weave at age seven and quickly grew to be a skilled craftsperson. Her family lineage made her destined for equal skill as a teacher, scholar, and advocate of the fiber arts tradition in Western North Carolina. Ms. Leveille’s great-aunt, Lucy Morgan, founded the Penland School of Craft and devoted herself to reviving weaving traditions in North Carolina’s mountains. Through association with Penland, the Mountain Heritage Center, and numerous schools and colleges, Ms. Leveille has continued to strengthen and disseminate the art of weaving over the last four decades.