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Letters from Home

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!

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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.

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Episode 803 

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 in her work as a taxidermist, and their studio space abounds with a shared fascination for wildlife. Learn more about Raver's artwork online.

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.

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