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North Carolina NOW Broadcast Schedule
(Subject to Change)
Monday, March 16th
- PEDS Expansion--Jeff Smith travels west to Burke County to find out more about the $16 million expansion of PEDS in Hildebran, North Carolina. PEDS, the maker of brands such as Peds, Medi-Peds, and Growing Socks, is one of the leading manufacturers and distributors of hosiery products in the world. The expansion is expected to result in the creation of 205 new jobs in Hildebran by the end of 2018. (Burke Co.)
- Greensboro South Elm Street Rebirth--Kelly McCullen visits Downtown Greensboro's "South End" District as it experiences an economic revival. Small businesses and property developers see potential in the once semi-forgotten part of the city especially around South Elm Street where existing infrastructure is being used to preserve undeveloped land and create greater quality of life benefits for the area. (Guilford Co.)
- Mati Energy--Heather Burgiss introduces us to Duke graduate Tatiana Birgisson the Founder and CEO of Mati Energy, an all natural energy drink company. The successful business began after she took her taste for tea and brewed an all natural energy drink in her dorm room kitchen. The beverage is now carried in 100 Whole Foods and other stories across the southeast. Ms. Birgisson, who graduated in 2012, lived on campus at Duke's "InCube," a university-funded residential apartment for undergraduates interested in entrepreneurship. (Durham Co.)
- Newsmaker: Anita Brown Graham/Director, Institute for Emerging Issues--Ms. Brown-Graham stops by to give us a recap of the 2015 Emerging Issues Forum, that celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. Topics addressed included how technology innovation is changing how we live and do business in North Carolina and strategies for responding to the huge impacts good and bad--and rapid technology innovation. The Forum also outlined critical decision points for economic developers and policymakers in communities of all sizes.
Tuesday, March 17th
- Surry Sonker Trail--Katherine Johnson tours the Surry Sonker Trail located in the heart of the Yadkin Valley wine region. Eight stops make up the the trail where visitors can savor the flavor of sonker, a staple for many in Surry County. Sonker is similar to a pot pie or a cobbler made by blending fruit and dough and sweetened with sugar or molasses. (Surry Co.)
- Sauces--Bob Garner goes in search of unique sauces created in the Tar Heel State that are served with meals in North Carolina--and other countries. There are hundreds of sauces in the state ranging from sweet to packing heat--and one sauce that comes with its own slaw. Bob's segment represents part of his collection of unique North Carolina cuisine based on his book, "Foods That Make You Say Mmm-mmm." (Nash, Wake, Gaston and Forsyth Counties)
- Newsmaker: Jonathan Jones J.D./Director, North Carolina Open Government Coalition--Dr. Jones brings his perspective about Sunshine Week. March 16th through the 20th has been declared Sunshine Week across North Carolina. Sunshine Week celebrates transparency in government and calls attention to its importance in a democracy.
Wednesday, March 18th
- North Carolina Science NOW: It Takes Just a Byte-- Frank Graff treks forward with his North Carolina Science NOW series by examining how lines of data on a screen make something happen in a video game. North Carolina is the gaming industry’s east coast hub. Changing technology, innovation, interactive gaming and e-learning all combine to transform a line of data on the screen into what is known as serious gaming. (Wake Co.)
- Big Data--Stephen Ward and Bradley Bowen show us how Big Data is being used by energy, banking, heathcare and retail industries to make more effective and efficient decisions towards improving customer or patient services. The Queen City is poised to become a major Big Data Center and UNC-Charlotte is already preparing professionals in the field. (Mecklenburg Co.)
- Newsmaker: Don Tapscott/Co-Author, "The Digital Economy--20th Anniversary Edition, Macrowikinomics and Wikinomics--Heather Burgiss has a conversation with Mr. Tapscott, one of the featured speakers at the 2015 Emerging Issues Forum. Marking its 30th anniversary, the forum focused on "Innovation Reconstructed." Mr. Tapscott talks about his concerns that the speed of emerging technology in the digital age is moving so quickly that it may be surpassing society's capacity to comprehend it. He suggests the need for control of the technology to shape it for our own benefit.
Thursday, March 19th
North Carolina Arboretum Series: Bent Creek Institute--Scott Campbell and Chris Cassels continue their series on the North Carolina Arboretum. In this segment they explain how The Arboretum's Bent Creek Institute is developing an international reach when it comes to commercialization of natural products from North Carolina. The North Carolina Biotechnology Center is also involved in the efforts. (Buncombe and Durham Counties)
- UNC Series: North Carolina Research Campus--Rick Sullivan visits the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, another facility connected with the University of North Carolina. The more than a million square feet of state of the art lab and office space brings corporations, universities and healthcare organizations together to share a joint mission to improve science, discovery and product development as it relates to human health, nutrition and agriculture. The facility conducts studies of plants, fruits and vegetables to create more nutritious crops and explore their potential to prevent and treat diseases like cancer, Atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and other metabolic disorders. UNC's presence on-campus includes North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina A&T State University, and Appalachian State University. (Cabarrus and Rowan Counties)
- Newsmaker: Charle' LaMonica/Director, UNC World View--Ms. LaMonica stops by to discuss the mission of UNC World View It is a public service program at UNC-Chapel Hill that offers a variety of global education resources, including professional development and recommends educator materials for K-12 and community college educators across the state. Ms. LaMonica will also talk about two upcoming World View programs focusing on Latin America and the Middle East.
Friday, March 20th
NORTH CAROLINA NOW SPECIAL: WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM AT BENNETT COLLEGE
- Producer Erica Starke-Knight presents scenes from "Sisters in Song," a concert held recently at the Annie Merner Pfeiffer Chapel on the campus of Bennett College in Greensboro. "Sisters in Song" is a joint collaboration of Bennett College and Atlanta's Spelman College that was held in recognition of Women's History Month. Erica also has a conversation with current Bennett College President Rosalind Fuse-Hall, Former Bennett College President Johnnetta B. Cole and Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum about the roles their respective institutions have had and continue to perform in empowering and inspiring young women.