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North Carolina NOW Broadcast Schedule
(Subject to Change)
Monday, November 24th
- Voices Together--Kelley McHenry sits in a unique class at Broadview Middle School in Burlington where music is being used to strengthen speech and social bonding for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Voices Together is the largest provider of music therapy services in North Carolina special education classrooms. The program has shown so much promise that Duke University is funding a research study to determine how Voices Together helps children develop better social and communication skills. (Alamance Co.)
- Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour--Heather Burgiss and Videographer Mike O'Connell visit private historic homes in downtown Wilmington as part of the "Old Wilmington by Candelight Tour" as they are beautifully decorated for the Christmas season. All structures on the unique self-guided tour are in the three hundred block area that composes the Historic District of Wilmington, as listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (New Hanover Co.)
- Western Carolina University Band/Macy's Parade--Jeff Smith heads west as the Western Carolina University's "Pride of the Mountains" Marching Band is making final preparations to participate in the 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. The band not only has the honor of being one of only ten marching bands in the New York City parade but the 505 member ensemble gains additional prestige by actually leading the parade. (Jackson Co.)
- Newsmaker: Lenard Moore/Poet, Playwright, Essayist and NC Award Recipient--Whether writing about jazz musicians, the smell of war or the music of elm trees, Mr. Lenard Moore concisely transports the reader to each specific time or place. His power with the economical use of words is best illustrated in the haiku, a Japanese form traditionally of three lines totaling 17 syllables. He mastered the form so well that he became the first Southerner and the first African American to be president of the Haiku Society of America. He is winner of the Haiku Museum of Tokyo Award and executive chairman of the North Carolina Haiku Society. Currently a professor at the University of Mount Olive, he organizes its literary festival and teaches and mentors young writers. Mr. Moore adds another accolade as the recipient of the North Carolina Award, the state's highest civilian honor.
Tuesday, November 25th
- Former NC Senator Lee/STEM Academy--Carol Jackson visits an extraordinary school program in Durham that focuses on training and encouraging young African-American males to develop skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics--STEM for short. The program was initiated by former two-term Chapel Hill Mayor and North Carolina State Senator Howard Lee. Two of the STEM Academy schools are in Durham and Mr. Lee plans to expand the academies to other cities. (Durham Co.)
- North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Series: New Agriculture/Niche Marketing--Donna Campbell continues her series on the 100th anniversary of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service by taking a look at agriculture niche farming. A niche farm creates or grows a specific product that few people are producing; for example, lavender, truffles, shiitake mushrooms, goat cheese, and pasture-raised beef and poultry. Product marketing is based on several factors such as resources, land size, proximity to populations with disposable incomes and how much the product is needed. (Orange, Chatham and Guilford Counties)
- Excerpt: "The Lost Years of Zora Neale Hurston"--North Carolina NOW presents a preview of a documentary featuring celebrated Harlem Renaissance writer, folklorist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. "The Lost Years of Zora Neale Hurston" focuses on her philosophies as well as her productive and often overlooked work during the last decade of the American literary icon's life. Considered at times controversial, Ms. Hurston first rose to prominence with "Mules and Men" in 1935 and cemented her reputation soon after with her 1937 masterwork, "Their Eyes Were Watching God." "The Lost Years of Zora Neale Hurston" airs on Tuesday, November 25th at 10:30 p.m. on UNC-TV.
Wednesday, November 26th
- North Carolina Science NOW: Science from the Bottom of the World--Frank Graff continues his scientific trek as part of his North Carolina Science NOW series by taking us to the coldest and driest continent on earth and its impact on the Carolina coast. Researchers from the UNC Coastal Studies Institute are in Antarctica studying how melting glaciers affect the salinity of sea water, marine life, ocean currents and water temperatures. (Dare Co./Antarctica)
- North Carolina Arboretum Series: Winter Lights Pt. 1--Scott Campbell and Chris Cassels continue their series on the North Carolina Arboretum by introducing us to a new event taking place this holiday season. “Winter Lights” is The Arboretum's first ever night time light exhibit throughout its gardens. Scott and Chris take a look behind the scenes at the work that goes into the design and set up of this large scale display. (Buncombe Co.)
- Pop Up Chorus--Heather Burgiss warms up her vocal cords and travels to Durham to participate in the "Pop Up Chorus." It's the only chorus where you can show up--or be a "no show" when you want if you’re too busy. There is no audition, no weekly commitment, just show up and sing. The group meets on Mondays and practice songs like indie rock, and music from the 60′s, 70’s and 80’s. (Durham Co.)
Thursday, November 27th
NORTH CAROLINA SCIENCE NOW SPECIAL #1--HISTORY
- Frank Graff takes us through the archives of his North Carolina Science NOW Series to find examples of how North Carolina scientists are using science to rewrite...history.
- Digging For History--Frank goes exploring near Morganton where an archaeology team from Warren Wilson College is digging for historic pay dirt in a farm field. Preliminary evidence indicates that the remains of a Spanish fort dating back to 1567 have been found. The discoveries may prove that the British weren't the only ones attempting to colonize the New World and discover gold. (Burke Co.)
- Looking for Lincoln--Frank introduces us to UNC-Asheville New Media Professor Christopher Oakley. Tuesday, November 9, 2013 marked the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address. Professor Oakley is part of the Virtual Lincoln Project, which involves computer animation technology to discover a never before seen image of Lincoln at Gettysburg. The image was actually discovered by Professor Oakley. (Buncombe Co.)
- Art in a New Wavelength--Frank discovers an interesting use for the laser beam--not for "Star Wars" but for "artwork." The laser can be used to not only restore and preserve works of art but also determine if an art piece is phony. (Wake and Durham Counties)
Friday, November 28th
NORTH CAROLINA SCIENCE NOW SPECIAL #2--NEW TECHNOLOGIES/CREATURE HABITATS
- Frank Graff gathers several pieces from his North Carolina Science NOW Series to show how North Carolina scientists are using new technologies to better understand creatures and their habitats.
- Box Turtles--Frank observes scientists at UNC Greensboro who are studying the habitats and life cycles of box turtles. Ironically, the study, which also includes collaborations with five other agencies and volunteers, could last 75 to 100 years. The state turtle isn't endangered, but threatened, and the study is designed to put preventative measures in place before there is a problem. (Guilford Co.)
- Fish Tagging--Frank heads to the coast where scientists at UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University's Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST) are tagging large and small fish to help them study the health of offshore habitat, the health of the commercial fishing industry, and sea currents. (Carteret Co.)
- Lionfish--Frank presents a report on the lionfish, an invasive species that has a voracious appetite. Lionfish females can lay 2 million eggs per year, and the influx of the species is causing a serious threat to the commercial fishing industry of grouper and snapper. Frank looks at what researchers have found out about the invasion and how it can be controlled--or "cooked." (Carteret Co.)