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Season 8

Episode 801

What It Was, Was Football - Asheboro illustrator Rich Powell, known for his work in Mad Magazine and his comic strips, Wide Open and Dixie Drive, draws new life out of Andy Griffith's classic monologue about a country deacon's first football game. See more of Powell's artwork on his website, or read about What It Was, Was Football in this article from Our State Magazine.

Letters from Home - Serah Haley and Erinn Diaz bring their passions for singing and dance--and honoring our nation's veterans--to Letters from Home, a living tribute to the music and patriotic spirit of the 1940s. For more information about "America's Bombshell Duo," visit their website.

The Story of Virginia Johnson - Inspired by his wife's North Carolina mountain childhood, J. Larry Keith wrote The Story of Virginia Johnson, an original song which he performs with the Lonesome Road Band. Learn more about Keith and his band online, and follow them on Facebook!


Episode 802

Keeper of the Vine - Meet Jack and Estelle Wilson of Roanoke Island, caretakers of the "Mother Vine," one of the oldest scuppernong grape vines in existence. More information is available online.

A Defiant Spirit - Salvage divers Tim Ferris and Bob Weihe were used to uncovering secrets in the water, but when they founded Blue Ridge Distilling Company, they discovered a revolutionary process for making whiskey. Now, their signature spirit--appropriately named "Defiant"--has earned its place at the forefront of North Carolina's distilling resurgence. Learn more at the Defiant Whiskey website

A Muse in Wilmington - Explore Thalian Hall, a center for both art and politics in the city of Wilmington. The building houses not only government functions, but a stunning theater, where historic figures such as Oscar Wilde and Frederick Douglass have graced its stage. Visit their website to find out more.


Episode 803

Dirt to Shirt - Follow the creation of Mindful Supply Company T-shirts, from a local cotton harvest to fabric dying and printing. The North and South Carolina suppliers involved at each step of the process form Cotton of the Carolinas, committed to strengthening the regional economy through transparent, responsible textile production. For more information, visit Mindful Supply Company, Cotton of the Carolinas, and TS Designs on the web.

Fins and Feathers - Duane Raver has brought fish and birds to life with beautifully detailed illustrations for over 70 years. Today, he still draws and paints alongside his daughter, who finds her own artistic fulfillment as a taxidermist, and their studio space abounds with a shared fascination for wildlife. Learn more about Raver's artwork online.


Episode 804

Hunt Library: The Library of the Future - This striking example of architecture, interior design, and technological advancement on NC State's Centennial Campus revolutionizes the concept of the university library, especially with its famous "bookBot." More information is available online

The Lockwood Folly - Bland Simpson traces the path of the local seafood industry as he journeys down the Lockwood Folly River. Learn more about the river and the surrounding towns in this article from Coastal Review Online.

One Moment, One Meeting - Inside an authentic tea house at Duke Gardens' Culberson Asiatic Arboretum, traditional Japanese tea gatherings encourage visitors to appreciate life's smallest moments of beauty. To register for a gathering or learn more about the arboretum, visit Duke Gardens' website. More information about the Urasenke tradition of tea is also available online.


Episode 805

The Mineral City - The little town of Spruce Pine sits at the epicenter of geologic history, where the earth's plates collided. Join geologist Alex Glover on a field trip with his geology class from Mayland Community College as they explore this fascinating part of our state. Find out more about Spruce Pine online.

Becoming Clyde - Known as "North Carolina's Mark Twain," Clyde Edgerton spins a good yarn, as well as a tune. The celebrated author reveals his many identities--artist, father, educator, musician--and the inspirations behind his fiction unique to our state. Learn more about Clyde's work on his website.


Episode 806

Unconditional Love - Whether torn to shreds by a pet, or loved to pieces after years of cuddling, stuffed animals find intensive care in the loving hands of Sally Winey. Find out more about Winey Bears' repair services online.

Dressed for Success - Meet Kissie Stroup, an entrepreneur bravely entering a crowded food market with handmade salad dressing. Learn more about her business, Little Black Dressing, online.

Atlantic Beach Pie - Crook's Corner chef Bill Smith can't make enough of this addictive coastal dessert that has made waves all across the state. For more information about Bill and his restaurant, visit the Crook's Corner website.


Episode 807

The Secret of the Tomb - Join two cousins in Ocean Isle as they discover the final resting place of their ancestors, the prominent Gause family, and the intriguing history behind it. More information is available online.

The Sweetest Sound - With special guest David Holt, see how the hammered dulcimer finds its home on the Blue Ridge thanks to artisan Jerry Read Smith. Learn more on his website.


Episode 808 - Premieres September 12th

Surrounded by Silence - Jane Fernandes, President of Guilford College, has never let her deafness limit her, and now she's found a home at a Quaker school that values contemplation and silence. Read more about her story online.

What Say You - Walt Wolfram, Director of the North Carolina Language and Life Project, introduces us to the some of the unique dialects of North Carolina and makes his yearly pilgrimage to Ocracoke Island. Read more about North Carolina dialects in the book Talkin' Tar Heel.