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North Carolina NOW Broadcast Schedule
(Subject to Change)

Monday, June 29th

  • Maria's Journey Pt. 2--Maria Lundberg presents the second installment of sharing her own personal experience as a breast cancer survivor.  Maria brings us an update on her progress, and profiles others who are fighting and recovering from this disease. Breast cancer affects one in eight women in the United States.  (Florence County, South Carolina)Cancer Hope--Kelley McHenry shows how new treatments and research are providing hope for cancer patients in North Carolina.  Kelley shares the stories of two cancer survivors who are battling this disease and also serve as an inspiration and source of hope.  (Wake and Durham Counties)
  • Cancer Hope--Kelley McHenry shows how new treatments and research are providing hope for cancer patients in North Carolina.  Kelley shares the stories of two cancer survivors who are battling this disease and also serve as an inspiration and source of hope.  (Wake and Durham Counties)
  • Newsmaker: Harriette Thompson/Pianist and Record Holding Marathon Runner--Ms. Harriette Thompson, a 92-year-young cancer survivor recently entered the record books, becoming the oldest woman to finish a marathon.  The Charlotte, North Carolina resident completed the 2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego in 7 hours, 24 minutes, 36 seconds.  A classically trained pianist who played three times at Carnegie Hall, Ms. Thompson says she mentally plays old piano pieces she had performed to help her get through the 26 miles, 385 yards.  She stopped by our partner studio at UNC Charlotte to share her experience.

Tuesday, June 30th

  • Rock On Charlotte--David Hains brings us an inside tour of a new exhibit, "The Instrument That Rocked the World," at Charlotte’s Discovery Place that looks at the history and science of the guitar.  It is the instrument that dominated music during the 20th century. The exhibit is made up of 100 artifacts and more than 60 guitars.  "The Instrument that Rocked the World" is scheduled to run until Labor Day.  (Mecklenburg Co.)
  • North Carolina Folklife Institute 40th Anniversary--Clay Johnson takes a look at the North Carolina Folklife Institute as the organization recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.  The Folklife Institute's mission is to preserve and promote the diverse traditions that are part of our state's cultural identity including art, music, cuisine and customs.  (Robeson Co.) 
  • Newsmakers:  Danielle Andrews/Community Resident & Festival Organizer, Ocean City Jazz Festival and Marcus Anderson, Saxaphonist--Ms. Andrews and Mr. Anderson will stop by to give us a sneak preview of what's in store for the upcoming 6th annual Ocean City Jazz Festival on Topsail Island. This annual music showcase began in 2009 after the Ocean City Council conceived the idea of a summertime family celebration to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the community. The mission of the festival is to expose and entertain an audience of jazz enthusiasts and aspiring musicians by celebrating jazz legends and up and coming artists, as well as celebrating the rich history of the Ocean City Community.  Mr. Anderson, one of the featured musicians at this year's festival taking place on July 3rd and 4th, will give a short performance in our studio.

Wednesday, July 1st

  • North Carolina Science NOW:  Here Comes the Sea--Frank Graff continues his North Carolina Science Series by learning how North Carolina is preparing for a rising sea level.  The planning comes as a new report from the Coastal Resource Commission's Science Panel warns sea level is rising at different rates along the coast.  It also says that regardless of the rate of rise, coastal residents should expect more frequent flooding in low-level areas.  Communities along the coast are working to understand just what that means and how to prepare for it.   (New Hanover and Wake Counties)
  • Clean Water #3:  Thinking Ahead About Our Water Supply--Kelley McHenry concludes her series on water with a look at water management as North Carolina's population continues to grow--as well as water usage from the urban, industrial and agricultural sectors--while water supplies become limited.  Plans are being developed on who may be sharing water with other communities--and how rates will be determined to pay for the precious commodity.  (Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties)
  • Newsmaker: Spencer Rogers/Coastal Construction and Erosion Specialist, North Carolina Sea Grant--Mr. Rogers will join us following Frank Graff's Science Now story "Here Comes The Sea," to talk about how many North Carolina coastal communities and agencies have already taken actions to adapt to future sea level rise, usually as shorter-term planning for other coastal hazards. He will also talk about the local adaptation already in place. Mr. Rogers is a member of the Science Panel that advises the Coastal Resources Commission, and thus is among the authors of the latest sea-level rise report.

Thursday, July 2nd

  • PrecisionHawk--Kelley McHenry introduces us to PrecisionHawk, a Raleigh-based company is leading the way in managing  flight through unmanned aerial vehicles--UAV's or drones. PrecisionHawk is teaming with the Federal Aviation Administration to develop an air traffic control system for drones.  PrecisionHawk is one of only three companies in the United States that has permission from the FAA to fly these vehicles out of sight.  The company also has the backing of the world's leading provider of open source solutions--Red Hat, also headquartered in Raleigh. (Wake Co.)
  • GTCC Aviation--Katherine Johnson travels to Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, the lead school in North Carolina of a national consortium that has developed a program designed to boost the aviation industry in the Piedmont region and create employment opportunities for students.  (Guilford Co.)
  • Miracle on the Hudson--David Hains visits the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte for an event celebrating one of the most remarkable events in recent history, the "Miracle on the Hudson."  On permanent display there is the Airbus A-320, the plane that was en route to Charlotte when it landed in the Hudson River in 2009.   David brings us a behind the scenes tour of the plane and talks to a survivor of Flight 1549.  (Mecklenburg Co.)
  • North Carolina Bookwatch Excerpt:  Hal Crowther/Author, "An Infuriating American:  The Incendiary Arts of H. L. Mencken"--North Carolina Bookwatch Host D.G. Martin has a conversation with journalist and essayist Hal Crowther about his latest work, "An Infuriating American:  The Incendiary Arts of H. L. Mencken.  The book focuses on the controversial career of H. L. Mencken, considered as the most powerful individual journalist of the twentieth century.  Mr. Mencken was not only the most outspoken pundit of his day but also, by far, the most widely read--and according to many critics the most gifted American writer ever nurtured in a newsroom.  Mr. Crowther's complete interview can be seen on Friday, July 3rd at 9 p.m. on UNC-MX; Sunday, July 5th at noon and Thursday, July 9th at 5 p.m. on UNC-TV.

Friday, July 3rd


  • Jeff Smith takes an in-depth look at efforts being made by the Air Force to eliminate the 440th Airlift Wing stationed at Pope Army Air Field in Fayetteville. The Air Force Reserve unit is made up of about 1,200 people who provide a quarter of the training needed for Fort Bragg's Army Special Forces and the 82nd Airborne.  The proposal is creating concern that the removal of the only full time air wing on base would result in detrimental harm to the readiness of the units in responding on short notice.  Jeff's special will look at the history of the 440th--how the Air Force plans to support the future needs of Fort Bragg--and how local leaders are joining our state's Congressional Delegation to keep the unit in place.