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North Carolina NOW Broadcast Schedule
(Subject to Change)

Monday, May 25th

       NORTH CAROLINA NOW SPECIAL:  BARBECUE

  • 21st Century BBQ--Bob Garner takes a look at the nearly 350 year old art of barbecue in the Tar Heel State to find out if the traditional or high tech approach is the preferred choice in preparing pork. (Johnston, Orange and Wake Counties)
  • Midwood Smokehouse--Bob continues his barbecue treks by visiting the Midwood Smokehouse in Charlotte.  The restaurant is unique in that it not only represents traditional North Carolina barbecue, but it also provides a tantalizing mini-tour of most of the significant barbecue destinations in the United States.   (Mecklenburg Co.)
  • Newsmaker:  Bob Garner/BBQ Guru--North Carolina NOW original and barbecue expert Bob Garner stops by our studio to present the sights...and smells of original Tar Heel barbecue such as Eastern and Lexington--as well as some new additions that are becoming part of the North Carolina barbecue tradition.  Of course Bob brings the unique sides and desert to make the meal complete.

Tuesday, May 26th

  • Charlotte Light Rail Extension--Steve Reynolds and J.P. Graf present an update on North Carolina’s first light rail line.  The 9.6 mile Lynx Blue Line opened in 2007 by the Charlotte Area Transit System or CATS and the City of Charlotte.  According to city officials the line has created success in both ridership and real estate development.  The Lynx Blue Line is now being extended--adding another 9.3 miles that will serve University City and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Construction of the next phase is expected to be completed in 2017.  (Mecklenburg Co.)
  • QUEST:  ELF's--David Huppert visits Organic Transit, a Durham-based company that produces the "ELF," a combo bicycle/car that allows the user to use pedal power--or solar electric power as an alternate approach of getting around town. David's story was produced by UNC-TV in collaboration with San Francisco public media station KQED as part of their QUEST series that utilizes public media platforms, educational resources and extraordinary partnerships to explore the state of science. QUEST includes television coverage, radio collaborations, an interactive website and unique educational resources.   (Durham Co.)
  • Special Olympics Plane Pull--Jay Cartwright and Bob Gunter bring us highlights from the 2015 Plane Pull that was held at Raleigh Durham International Airport to benefit Special Olympics North Carolina.  Seventy teams from across the state participated to support nearly 40,000 registered Special Olympics athletes in North Carolina.  The event raised more than $90,000.  The 2015 Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games take place May 29th-31st in Raleigh and Cary and will bring together nearly 1,500 athletes for competition in six sports.  (Wake Co.)
  • Rhodhiss Moon Flag--Jeff Smith takes a look at the North Carolina/NASA connection with a visit to Rhodhiss in Caldwell County.  He finds out that the material of the American flag that astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin placed on the first visit to the Moon in 1969 was woven at Burlington Mills in Rhodhiss.  NOVA will present "FIRST MAN ON THE MOON," an intimate portrait of Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the moon, through interviews with Armstrong's family and friends on Wednesday, May 27th at 9 p.m. on UNC-TV.  (Caldwell Co.)

Wednesday, May 27th 

  • North Carolina Science NOW:  Soil Science--Frank Graff gets dirty in this segment of his North Carolina Science NOW series as he examines how compost, or decaying organic material, is being used to bring new life to soil.  (Durham and Chatham Counties)
  • UNC Core--Heather Burgiss introduces us to UNC Core, a service provided by UNC Chapel Hill that assists military service members achieve their education goals through online coursework.  Active duty service members can be admitted to take courses without acceptance and the course credits can be transferred to any institution within the UNC System that has a Bachelor of Arts completion program.  (Orange and Onslow Counties)
  • Livestock Conservancy Farmer Veterans--Linda Patterson presents a unique trend that shows veterans transitioning from the field of battle to the field of agriculture.  The Pentagon reports that 45 percent of veterans were reared in rural areas--and some of them have chosen to assist the Livestock Conservancy based in Pittsboro in to raise endangered or heritage breeds of poultry and livestock. (Hoke, Franklin and Chatham Counties)
  • Excerpt/"Exploring NC"--North Carolina NOW brings a preview of the "Exploring NC" episode called "Works in Progress."  It features gorges in North Carolina that are considered some of the most spectacular in eastern America.  Destinations include Linville Gorge in Burke County, often called the "Grand Canyon of North Carolina;" Hickory Nut Gorge east of Asheville; Nantahala Gorge in Swain County and Gorges State Park in Transylvania County.  "Exploring NC" airs on Thursday, May 28th at 8:30 p.m. on UNC-TV.

Thursday, May 28th

  • Friday Fellow Profile:  Dr. Sharon Elliott-Bynum--Kelley McHenry introduces us to Dr. Sharon Elliott-Bynum, the Executive Director of CAARE, Inc. in Durham, the city's first free-standing free health clinic.  CAARE offers a wide variety of health services including blood pressure screenings and other tests.  The medical staff at CAARE consists of volunteers providing support for more than 14-thousand visitors a month.  Dr. Bynum is a William C. Friday Fellow, recognized as an individual who exemplifies leadership traits displayed by the late UNC President William Friday, with a goal to move issues forward to benefit the future of North Carolina.  (Durham Co.)
  • Excerpt:  High Point University Presents:  Tom Brokaw--North Carolina NOW presents an excerpt from “High Point University Presents a Conversation with Tom Brokaw and Nido Qubein.”   Hosted by High Point University President Nido Qubein, Mr. Brokaw talks about his career as a journalist who covered the fall of the Berlin Wall and penned the term “The Greatest Generation,” which refers to the generation who grew up during the Great Depression then went on to fight in World War II.  He also discusses some of the dark moments he faced when battling cancer.  The program airs on Thursday, May 28th at 10 p.m. on UNC-TV.
  • Newsmakers:  Minda Brooks/Program Director, Wildacres Leadership Initiative and Alyson Grine/Defender Educator, UNC School of Government and William Friday Fellow--Ms. Brooks will join us to talk about the 20-year anniversary of the William C. Friday Fellowship through the Wildacres Leadership program. Ms. Grine, appointed by the UNC Board of Trustees as the Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Term Distinguished Lecturer for Teaching Excellence, is a 2013 fellow and will join us to talk about her work and her experience in the leadership program.  At an elevation of 3,300 feet, Wildacres is situated on 1,600 acrea atop Pompey's Knob, a mountain near the Blue Ridge Parkway in Little Switzerland, North Carolina.  To celebrate Wildacres 50th Anniversary, the Wildacres Leadership Initiative was established in 1995.  Its mission is to broaden the scope of Wildacre's influence on North Carolina and its citizens for the next 50 years and beyond.  The founders and staff of the initiative created the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations to prepare emerging leaders for the challenges of the 21st Century.  With the humanities as its focus, the Fellowship provides a forum for Fellows of differing ideologies, vocations and ethnic backgrounds to work together.

Friday, May 29th

  • Tintype Photography--Carol Jackson and Mike O'Connell introduce us to modern day photographer Chris Morgan whose unique snapshots are not created by cell phones but through a photographic process that uses a camera from the Civil War era.  The technique is called "tintype" or "wet plate" photography–and it dates to the late 1800s.  (Wake Co.)
  • Raymond Hawkins Profile--Katherine Johnson presents* the talents of music sensation Raymond Hawkins, a recent graduate of the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.  A native of South Carolina, Hawkins has been playing the organ since the age of six, winning events locally and regionally.  He comes from a long lineage of organists including his father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  (Forsyth Co.)
  • Martin Sher/Vice President and General Manager Martin, North Carolina Symphony--Mr. Sher stops by to give us a preview of the Rex Healthcare Summerfest 2015 series. This year marks the 15th anniversary of this family friendly event held at the Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary that runs from May 23rd - July 9th. The festival includes a variety of activities for people of all ages to enjoy, including great music, contests, instrument zoos and picnics and more. Opening night kicks off Memorial Weekend with an all-American program featuring an encore performance of Gershwin’s incomparable Rhapsody in Blue and Dvořák’s ever-popular New World Symphony. The Finale Thursday, July 9th, will feature a concert presented by the North Carolina Symphony that showcases talents of the Hot Sardines, an electrifying band from Manhattan that is captivating audiences world-wide.