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North Carolina NOW Broadcast Schedule
(Subject to Change)

Monday, February 23rd

  • My Home is NC:  Lexington/Squar-N-Aders--Heather Burgiss begins a new continuing series called "My Home is NC," that profiles Tar Heel Towns--their unique traditions and community connections.  She introduces us to the Squar-N-Aders, a group in Lexington, NC that has been practicing the art of square dancing since 1969.  Their mission is to spread the joy of this traditional dance to the masses or at least the borders of Davidson County.  This club has become a large part of the fabric of the community.  (Davidson Co.)
  • Barbecue--Bob Garner guides us back into some smoke and history surrounding the historic, iconic dish of North Carolina barbecue (Lexington and Eastern) by visiting places such as Lexington, Goldsboro, Ayden and Winston-Salem. Bob's latest piece is based on his new book, “Foods That Make You Say Mmm-mmm,” none are more historic, better known or more popular in our state than barbecue.  (Davidson, Wayne, Pitt and Forsyth Counties)
  • Newsmaker:  The Most Reverend Michael Burbidge/Bishop, The Diocese of Raleigh--Bishop Burbidge will join us to talk about the construction of their new cathedral and the history of the Diocese that celebrated its 90th anniversary in December of 2014. On Saturday, January 3, 2015 Bishop Burbidge celebrated the Rite of Blessing and Groundbreaking for the new Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral that is projected to be completed in 2017.  At the ceremony, the Principal of Cardinal Gibbons High School, gave a presentation detailing the evolution of the Nazareth property that was purchased in 1896. Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral will replace Sacred Heart Cathedral in downtown Raleigh,  which with a capacity of about 300 is the second-smallest cathedral in the country after Juneau, Alaska, according to Bishop Burbidge.  The new cathedral is the mother church for the 54-county diocese and will seat about 2,000 people. The construction cost is approximately $41 million, compared to an estimated $75 million - $90 million that church officials proposed for the cathedral campus in 2011.

Tuesday, February 24th

  • NC Now Special: E-Learning for Educators — The Distinguished Leadership in Practice program, developed by the NC Principals & Assistant Principals' Association in partnership with the NC Dept. of Public Instruction, provides leadership development for school principals who are working to create high achievement at every level of their schools. Heather Burgiss shows us how the program gives educators across the state new tools for success.

    Wednesday, February 25th

    • North Carolina Science NOW:  Eyes in the Sky--Frank Graff continues his North Carolina Science NOW explorations by introducing us to Wake Forest University biology professor Miles Silman who is using air drones to create photomosaics to use in ecological monitoring.  The professor's work with drones include research in the Peruvian rain forest and the recent coal ash spill in North Carolina.  (Forsyth Co.)
    • The Produce Box--Jeff Smith makes a stop by The Produce Box, a Raleigh-based company that provides home delivery of fresh local and regional fruits and vegetables in the Triangle, Wilmington, Charlotte and the Triad.  Starting in 2007 through the efforts of stay-at-home mom Courtney Tellefsen to support local farmers, The Produce Box has grown to assist more than 40 farmers and 60 artisan food businesses across the state.  The staff has grown from Ms. Tellefsen working out of her garage to 200 moms and dads helping deliver boxes.  (Wake Co.)
    • Brunswick Stew--Bob Garner takes us to Scotland Neck, North Carolina to savor the flavor of Brunswick Stew.  Although the northeastern quadrant of North Carolina has more or less adopted the dish as its own, Brunswick stew is thought to have originated in Brunswick County, Virginia, just across the border from North Carolina.  Bob's piece is the latest in a series of stories based on his new book, “Foods That Make You Say Mmm-mmm.”  (Halifax Co.)

    Thursday, February 26th

    • North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Series:  Youth and 4-H--Donna Campbell continues her series celebrating the 100th anniversary of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. This time she focuses on the impact of 4-H on youth. Although 4-H continues to hold on to its agricultural roots, the organization is also adapting to train youngsters in the STEM academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  (Wilson Co.)
    • The Fitness File #2--Derek Long continues his new series called "The Fitness Files," a multimedia project designed to improve public health in North Carolina. "The Fitness Files" will provide information, tools, inspiration, and opportunity for people and families to find their level of fitness and maintain it.
    • Newsmaker: May Chen/Student and Co-Chair, Minority Health Conference--Ms. Chen will join us to talk about UNC's Minority Health Conference, the longest running student-led conference in the nation. When it was first launched in 1977 by the Minority Student Caucus, the major objectives of the conference were to highlight health issues of concern to people of color, but has been broadened to be inclusive of other minority populations.  The conference has grown every year since its inception, and now attracts over 500 attendees annually. This year's conference will focus on the impact of socioeconomic factors on minority health, with an emphasis on health disparities in the aftermath of the recession. The conference will take place on Friday, February 27, 2015 at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill.

    Friday, February 27th


    Heather Burgiss presents a North Carolina NOW special that compares Asheville's Biltmore Estate to the award winning PBS series Downton Abbey. She learns how the historic home has been restored and tours two special Downton Abbey-related exhibits.

    • Dressing Downton Exhibit--Heather takes us behind the scenes of the "Dressing Downton" exhibit on display at the Biltmore House from now through May 25, 2015.  More than 45 costumes from the popular PBS Masterpiece series "Downton Abbey" ranging from servants’ uniforms to lavish evening gowns can be seen.  The award-winning costumes represent the styles of the day during world events such as the sinking of the Titanic, World War I and the Jazz Age.  (Buncombe Co.)
    • Biltmore and Downton Comparisons--Heather shows the uncanny comparisons of what went on in the Asheville mansion to the activities portrayed in the very popular PBS program Downton Abbey. The lives of the Vanderbilt family at the Biltmore and scenes involving the Crawley family across the pond in England in the early 1900's regarding food, clothing, servants and setting are quite similar. (Buncombe Co.) 
    • Biltmore Restorations--Heather documents the restoration of the grand hall and sitting room where the Vanderbilts once displayed some of their grandest artwork.  She follows the restoration team and curators as they return these areas of the home back to its original splendor. The area was recently used as an exhibition hall.  (Buncombe Co.)
    • Carolina Meadows Downton Photos--Heather views the photo collection of "Downton Meadows," a project created by residents of Carolina Meadows, a continuing care retirement community in Chapel Hill. The photographs portray scenes from Downton Abbey--and some of the participants have a striking resemblance to the characters in the series.  (Orange Co.)