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North Carolina NOW Broadcast Schedule
(Subject to Change)
Monday, July 28th
- Food Desert Truck--Carol Jackson introduces us to Anita Woodley and Demetrius Hunter--the duo responsible for Grocers on Wheels, a mobile food service that purchase/deliver affordable fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats into the heart of what are considered food deserts--places with no access to grocery stores in low-income areas. Grocers on Wheels focuses on the Southeast Raleigh/Wake County communities where customers hand select their items and get educational tips on how to prepare healthy, nutritious meals. (Wake Co.)
- Uwharrie Wine Trail--Heather Burgiss tours the Uwharrie Mountains Wine Trail consisting of four wineries along a 45 mile trek from Salisbury to Albemarle. The stops include The Old Stone Winery, a 130-acre estate with 20 acres of muscadine grapes that go into making their many wines –– including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Seyval Blanc. Uwharrie Vineyards sits on about 70 acres planted in grapes and lists six wines and offers food pairings and a picnic area. Dennis Vineyards Winery also presents a variety of Muscadine wines with a tasting room and a gift shop. Stony Mountain Vineyards features many varietal wines, including a blend of Syrah and Sangiovese, as well as a half-dozen fruit wines. The trail provides stunning views across the Uwharrie Mountains and the Yadkin Valley as well as an economic boom for the area.
- Erwin Elementary Community Garden--Kelly McCullen visits Erwin Elementary School where the students have added another "R" to the "3R's" of basic education skills to include "reading, writing, arithmetic"--and "raising crops." The school and the community have rallied together to cultivate a garden on an abandoned field. (Harnett Co.)
- Piedmont Distillers--Stephanie Bourland travels to Rockingham County to meet up with NASCAR legend Junior Johnson and the team at Piedmont Distillers. Johnson has recreated his family "moonshine" recipe and is now makingMidnight Moon with the Madison Company. (Rockingham County)
Tuesday, July 29th
- State Budget Deal--Kelly McCullen has details on the revised spending plan agreed upon by state lawmakers.
- Texas Jeans--Stephanie Bourland takes us to Asheboro, home of Texas Jeans, where the clothing is 100% made in America. The facility was originally headquartered in Texas but moved its operations to North Carolina to avoid going overseas. (Randolph Co.)
- Moon and Lola--Jeff Smith introduces us to Kelly Shatat, a pharmacist turned jewelry designer who is the owner of Moon and Lola, a small boutique that started in Apex. Now the brand is building a unique following with several stores in the Triangle. The jewelry is also available in high end stores across the country including Neiman Marcus. (Wake Co.)
- North Carolina Bookwatch Excerpt: Larry Earley/Author, "The Workboats of Core Sound: Stories and Photographs of a Changing World"--North Carolina Bookwatch Host D.G. Martin has a conversation with writer and photographer Larry Earley about his latest book, "The Workboats of Core Sound." The book explores the rich history of hand built wooden fishing boats--the builders, fishermen, families and communities connected with the workboats. Mr Earley's complete interview can be seen Friday, August 1st at 9 p.m. on UNC-MX; Sunday, August 3rd at noon and Thursday August 7th at 5 p.m. on UNC-TV.
Wednesday, July 30th
- North Carolina Science NOW Series: The Bee-utiful Bee--Frank Graff continues his North Carolina Science NOW series by observing how scientists at Bayer Crop Science's new North American Bee Care Center are working to understand the fragile state of the world's bee population, which farmers rely on to pollinate many of their crops. The scientists are also researching ways to save and increase the bee population. (Durham Co.)
- Honey Bee Adoption Service--Carol Jackson visits Carrboro and Hillsborough to look at efforts to provide "adoption services" to raise the number of honey bees in the state. The bee shortage is hurting farmers in North Carolina because bees are needed to pollinate crops such as cucumbers, apples, blueberries, watermelons, and squash. Crop loss due to the bee shortage is costing farmers across the country billions of dollars. Leaders of the beekeeping industry want more people to go into apiculture, the science of beekeeping. (Orange Co.)
- Newsmaker: Bob Geolas/President and CEO, Research Triangle Park Foundation--Mr. Geolas stops by to discuss a grant received by the RTP STEM Coalition from the US2020 organization to furtrher advance STEM monitoring events through a national competition. RTP is home to over 190 companies with 50,000 employees. The RTP STEM Coalition represents 41 corporate and educational partners from the Triangle area focused on improving science, technology, engineering and math education. It will share a $1 million prize from the US2020 organization along with six other communities. Mr. Geolas applied for the 2020 grant and was on hand in Washington, DC recently to receive the award from President Obama.
Thursday, July 31st
- Summer Ventures--David Hains visits UNC Charlotte to learn more about Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics, a cost-free, state-funded program for academically talented North Carolina residents who have demonstrated interest in science and mathematics and aspire to a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The program brings rising juniors and seniors together in a residential setting for research and intensive study. (Mecklenburg Co.)
- NCCU BRITE Center--Deborah Holt Noel visits the facility known as the "home to discoveries in biomanufacturing" to see how it is making its mark on the worldwide community, and in the lives of those who want to pursue pharmaceutical sciences as a career.
- Newsmaker: Dr. Kevin Cherry / Deputy Secretary of the Office of Archives and History, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources--Dr. Cherry joins us to talk about 2014 marking 100 years since the start of World War I. To honor those who gave their lives in the conflict, and to help North Carolinians learn more about the war, the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources will kick of an official World War 1 Commemoration on August 2nd at the Veterans monument at NC State Capital grounds. Dr. Cherry has served as a consultant for special collections for the State Library of North Carolina and also created one of the largest cultural heritage repositories ever undertaken in North Carolina – the N.C. Exploring Cultural Heritage Online (ECHO) project. He has worked in Rowan County, at UNC-Chapel Hill, and taught at East Carolina University. Dr. Kevin Cherry, previously worked for the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, D.C., where he coordinated the nation’s largest competitive grant program for libraries and archives.
Friday, August 1st
- Chris Dutcher Profile--Heather Burgiss introduces us to Chris Dutcher, a Burlington man diagnosed with Hunter Syndrome, a serious disease caused by the body’s inability to produce specific enzymes. Most people with Hunter's do not live past their teens. Chris was diagnosed at six years old and is now in his late 20's. The illness has resulted in him being 4 feet-4 inches in height with limited hearing and eyesight and reduced lung capacity. Chris founded Courage to Make a Difference, a charity to help bring awareness and acceptance of people with differences — all differences and help find a cure for Hunter Syndrome. (Alamance Co.)
- Jade City: Durham's African-American Superhero--Carol Jackson discovers a new superhero. The Jade City Pharaoh is a radio drama--the first to feature an African American superhero. It's produced in Durham, and the setting is suspiciously like Durham. The series is written by Howard Craft, and was first a stage production. The cast includes Mike Wiley, who performed all 36 roles in the internationally acclaimed feature film "Dar He: The Lynching of Emmett Till." The series is narrated and produced by WUNC's Frank Stasio. (Durham Co.)
- HandyCapable--Katherine Johnson introduces us to the HandyCapable Network. The Greensboro organization refurbishes computers for low-income families while providing on-the-job training to people with developmental disabilities. (Guilford County)
- Newsmaker: Robert Kucab/Executive Director, NC Housing Finance Agency--The N.C. Housing Finance Agency presents opportunities for North Carolinians to get in a home (becoming a homeowner) and to stay in their home (avoiding foreclosure) through two programs - the N.C. Home Advantage Mortgage program and the N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Fund --which is aiming to help 21,000 NC families struggling with unemployment to pay their mortgages. Last year alone, the agency added more than $.5 billion of affordable, privately owned homes, apartments and housing rehabilitation to the state’s supply, providing over 221,000 homes for working families, seniors and North Carolinians with disabilities and special needs.