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North Carolina NOW Broadcast Schedule
(Subject to Change)
Monday, December 15th
- North Carolina Population Growth--Heather Burgiss examines what is causing the Tar Heel State to experience an influx of new residents across its borders and which metro areas are seeing the biggest boom. Heather also looks at where the new residents are coming from and what brought them to North Carolina. She also talks to community leaders to see what is being done to make sure infrastructure meets demand. (Wake Co.)
- Veterans Treatment Court--Carol Jackson travels to Lillington, North Carolina, home to the first Veterans Court in the state. Established in 2013, the court helps veterans who have been charged with a crime, in which some incidents are connected to emotional issues created while serving in the military. Rather than jail time, they get help with substance abuse and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) similar to drug treatment courts and sobriety courts. They are also mentored by other veterans. (Harnett County)
- Billy Graham Library Christmas--North Carolina NOW brings a peek of "Christmas at the Billy Graham Library" in Charlotte. Events include a live nativity that offers a glimpse into the awe of that first Christmas night, complete with live animals, horse-drawn carriage rides through beautiful light displays and sounds of carolers and festive music. (Mecklenburg Co.)
- Newsmaker: Angie Almond/MEd, RD, LDN--Gluten and Allergic Digestive Disorders Program, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center--Ms. Almond stops by to talk about ways to create and serve gluten-free alternatives during the holiday season that everyone can enjoy. Gluten is a protein found in wheat or related grains and many foods that we eat. It can be found in a large variety of foods including soups, salad dressings, processed foods and natural flavorings. Unidentified starch, binders and fillers in medications or vitamins can be unsuspected sources of gluten. People who have been diagnosed as gluten-intolerant can become ill from eating items containing gluten.
Tuesday, December 16th
- STEM for Kids--Kelley McHenry takes a look at a new approach to getting kids, especially girls and minorities, excited about a STEM career. It's a private program run by Moni Singh, an engineer born in India who has designed classes in robotics, coding, and technology with an intense hands-on approach designed to make learning fun. (Wake Co.)
- The Wright School--Heather Burgiss takes us to The Wright School in Durham, the only residential school of its kind in the state that provides mental health treatment to North Carolina's children, ages six to twelve, with serious emotional and behavioral disorders; and supports each child's family and community in building the capacity to meet children's special needs in their home, school and local community. The Wright School has been in operation for 51 years. (Durham Co.)
- Newsmaker: Rodney Shotwell Ed.D./2015 A Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year--Since 2006, Dr. Rodney Shotwell has served as Superintendent of Rockingham County Schools, and he is currently in his 25th year in public education. He and his staff have implemented various school reform initiatives to improve students’ preparation for college and careers. Dr. Shotwell was instrumental in reducing the county’s dropout rate from 7.83% to 3.89% in 2014. Rockingham County School’s economically disadvantaged students’ graduation rate also has risen 29 points during his tenure.
Wednesday, December 17th
- North Carolina Science NOW: Mystery Dino Party--Frank Graff continues his North Carolina Science NOW series by meeting with North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences researchers who discovered fossils of an unknown dinosaur during work in Utah. Using a few bones they will learn the creatures' size, diet, age and other features. The creature could become the museum's first holotype, which is the single physical example used when describing a particular species. (Wake Co.)
- T-Rex Tissue--Kelley McHenry introduces us to North Carolina State University paleontologist Mary Schweitzer who claims to have found soft tissue in a dinosaur fossil, which she says can yield the DNA of the T Rex dinosaur. Since the discovery, Dr. Schweitzer continues to look for evidence of soft tissue in other dinosaur fossils. (Wake Co.)
- WRAL Documentary: "Enough is eNOugh"--Clay Johnson examines the issue of domestic violence in North Carolina. According to domestic violence advocates, 25% of North Carolina women have been victims at some point in their lives. In an excerpt from a new documentary "Enough is eNOugh," narrated by WRAL News Anchor Gerald Owens, Clay presents a domestic violence case that shares common threads with many others. "Enough is eNOugh" airs Thursday, December 18th at 7 p.m. on WRAL-TV.
- Wake Forest Baptist NASA Research--Jeff Smith brings details of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center receiving a grant by NASA’s Space Biology Program to study how space flight can cause degeneration of skeletal joints and to test ways to prevent this damage. The research will be headed by Dr. Jeffrey S. Willey, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Medical Center. The Wake Forest Baptist study is designed to compare a group of mice kept on Earth under weightless conditions to a group that will be kept on the International Space Station for 30 days. (Forsyth Co.)
Thursday, December 18th
- North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Series: Green Industry--Donna Campbell continues her series celebrating the 100th anniversary of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service by observing a fast-growing segment of North Carolina's economy--green industry. It consists of commercial horticulture--fruit, vegetable and landscape plant production. North Carolina Cooperative Extension helps growers implement research-based production practices, investigate high-value alternative crops, develop sound business plans and explore new marketing options to ensure continued farm profitability, environmental stewardship and quality of life. (Wake Co.)
- Deep Brain Stimulation--Kelley McHenry catches up with researchers at Duke University Medical Center who are using a cutting-edge technique to help patients with mental illness and neurological disorders like Parkinson's Disease. It uses electrical pulse stimulation inside the brain that reduces tremors. (Durham Co.)
- Newsmaker: Marcie Ferris/Author, "The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region"--North Carolina Bookwatch Host D.G. Martin has a conversation with UNC-Chapel Hill Associate Professor of American Studies Marcie Ferris about her latest book,“The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region.” The book studies the relationship between food and the culture of the South over many centuries, explaining why Southerners eat the way they do and why specific foods have been proclaimed as deeply Southern.
Friday, December 19th
- Start A Snowball--Heather Burgiss profiles Start A Snowball, Inc., a non-profit organization based in North Carolina committed to empowering kids to engage in philanthropy. It began from one boy's passion for helping others. Eight-year-old William Winslow has been working to end hunger and help others for the past two years by organizing food drives at his school and community. Along with his parents they started this non-profit to help create and foster a culture of service in children across the state--and country. The kids start their own projects--small philanthropic endeavors that "snowball" and make a large and lasting impact. Start A Snowball does this by providing funding for individuals and groups to use as “seed money” to get their projects rolling. (Wake and Buncombe Counties)
- Science Gifts--Kelley McHenry takes us to the Museum of LIfe and Science in Durham. During the holidays, the museum offers "make and take" classes for kids and adults to come and do science projects that make a Christmas gift. This year the gift creation goes high tech by producing presents using a 3-D printer. (Durham Co.)
- Polar Express--Jeff Smith treks west to Bryson City Depot to climb aboard the Polar Express at the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. The little over one hour round-trip train excursion travels through the quiet wilderness and arrives at the “North Pole” to find Santa Claus waiting. The journey is set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack while guests on board enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. The Polar Express takes to the tracks now through January 4th of 2015. (Swain Co.)
- Tuba Christmas--Rob Holliday takes us to Greensboro for a unique concert involving tubas. Tuba Christmas is a worldwide event that began in 1974 to honors those who play, teach and compose music for instruments under the tuba family. (Guilford Co.)