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Season 7

Episode 701

Mule Rider - Join adventurer Bernie Harberts on a journey by mule cart, sharing his personal philosophies as he turns heads and visits old friends in Eastern North Carolina. More information about Bernie can be found at Riverearth.com.

To the Lighthouse
- After years of effort, work to restore the Bodie Island lighthouse has concluded, and visitors will once again be able to access this important landmark. The National Park Service provides more information about this historic landmark online.

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Episode 702

Lighter than Air - In the flatlands just south of Elizabeth City looms a monolithic monument to a mostly forgotten chapter of World War II. We will visit the giant Weeksville hangar that harbored Lighter than Air control craft and learn how they helped turn the tide in the Atlantic. More information about the air station is available online.

Mrs. Hanes' Moravian Cookies
- Travel to Clemmons, and meet the remarkable family behind Mrs. Hanes' Moravian Cookies. The company's website provides more information.

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Episode 703

Orchids in the Garden - Learn how the beautiful but finicky orchid finds an ideal environment at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont. Visit their website and browse their Flower & Plant Archive.

Scenes from 64
- Follow artist Chris Wilson as he travels Highway 64 with grand ambitions. Explore his work further online at his website

The Southern Wild
- Spend an emotional summer with the gorillas at the North Carolina Zoo. The Forest Glade section of the zoo website contains more information on their exhibit.

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Episode 704

Elizabeth Keckly - Enslaved person Elizabeth Keckly was removed from her family as a teenager and forced to re-locate to Hillsborough, NC, tragic circumstances which could not crush her remarkable spirit and instead emboldened her to buy her own freedom and eventually settle in Washington, DC, as dressmaker and confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln. Find out more about Keckly at the Burwell School Historic Site's website.

Great American Photographer
- In the '60s and '70s, Pulitzer Prize winner Matthew Lewis watched that defining era through his camera lens, and, now, after settling in Thomasville 20 years ago, he has become a hometown North Carolinian and a portrait of the American working spirit. Read more about his work in this article from Our State magazine.

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Episode 705

East Fork Pottery - Passionate artist Alex Matisse reveals the thoughts and emotions behind his work as he creates pottery with an aesthetic that fuses pre-industrial traditions. Visit East Fork Pottery's website for more information.

Sweetheart Stream: The Lumber River
- Join Bland Simpson on a literary journey down the Lumber River. The Lumber River Conservancy and the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation provide more information about this historic Sweetheart Stream.  

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Episode 706

The Krüger Brothers - Meet the Krüger Brothers, German immigrants who followed the sound of the music they loved all the way to North Carolina. Learn more about the band by exploring their website.

An Illuminating Personality - With a playful love of fireworks and a meticulous process, pyrotechnician Jeff Hale creates magic in the sky with his dazzling displays. For more information, visit his company's website.

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Episode 707

Dorton Arena - Follow the journey of this architectural wonder, from a simple concept drawing to a world-renowned icon of the NC State Fair and practical design innovation. More information about Dorton Arena's history is available online.

Wild Horses - Learn about the uncertain fate of the famous Corolla horses and the people trying to save them. For information on conservation efforts, visit the Corolla Wild Horse Fund's website.

The Flag Man - Explore the history of our Star Spangled Banner with John Andringa, also known as the “Flag Man,” and his collection of over 130 flags. Visit the Capitol Fourth website for more information on the history of the American flag.

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Episode 708

Poems for Everyone - Experience poet Amy Bagwell’s vision of immersing the public in poetry through murals and news racks in Uptown Charlotte. To learn more about the Wall Poems of Charlotte and read full-length versions of featured texts, visit the projects's website

Hart Square - Travel to Hart Square, an oasis of nineteenth-century life in modern Catawba County, where Dr. Robert Hart explains his dedication to not only preserving the largest collection of historical log structures in the United States, but bringing that history to life. More information about Hart Square and its annual festival is available online.

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