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Season 2 Topics

Explore more from the communities and topics featured on Season 2 of ncIMPACT, including stories from the field and full length interviews.

Episode 1 - The Opioid Crisis

Preview: The Opioid Crisis

ncIMPACT: The Opioid Crisis
February 6, 2020, at 8 PM, on UNC-TV


Anita Brown-Graham examines the misuse of opioids among pregnant women in North Carolina. Unintentional opioid overdoses have claimed the lives of well over 13,000 North Carolina residents since 1999. And the rate of pregnant women misusing opioids has quadrupled, which can have devastating effects during pregnancy and following birth. Host Anita Brown-Graham looks into what the Cabarrus Health Alliance is doing to mitigate this opioid epidemic.

Full Episode: NC's Opioid Crisis

Extra: "I Want My Life Back," One Woman's Story

Extra: "No Other Mom Should Get the Call I Got."

Episode 2 - Integrating Communities

Preview: Integrating Communities

ncIMPACT: Integrating Communities
February 13, 2020, at 8 PM, on UNC-TV

North Carolina has one of the nation's highest rates of residents who speak only limited English. Host Anita Brown-Graham examines how the Latino Migration Project in Lee County helps the local government better engage with foreign-born groups while encouraging civic participation and leadership.

Full Episode: Integrating Communities

Extra: "In This Community, We've Felt Very Welcome"

Extra: Finding Ways to Make a Whole Community Better

Episode 3 - Veterans to Civilian Work

Preview: Veterans to Civilian Work

ncIMPACT: Veterans to Civilian Work
February 20, 2020, at 8 PM, on UNC-TV

Many North Carolina veterans struggle to find work when transitioning back to civilian life. Anita Brown-Graham looks at Craven County where the Tools for Advanced Manufacturing Program is helping them make the switch.

Full Episode: Veterans to Civilian Work

Extra: Forged by Military Service, Veterans Launch Businesses

Extra: Creating Success as Military Veterans Enter Civilian Life

Episode 4 - Forever Convicted

Preview: Forever Convicted

ncIMPACT: Forever Convicted
February 27, 2020, at 8 PM, on UNC-TV

Serving time in jail is not always the end of punishment. A prior criminal conviction can prove challenging in job searches, apartment rentals—even applying to schools. Join Anita Brown-Graham as she learns about a program that offers legal relief to those stuck in limbo.

Full Episode: Forever Convicted

Extra: "Leaving Prison & Wanting a New Start on Life"

Extra: "Lifting the Burden of Traffic Fines, Fees & Penalties"

Episode 5 - Reclaiming Youth Opportunity

Preview: Reclaiming Youth Opportunity

ncIMPACT: Reclaiming Youth Opportunity
March 5, 2020, at 8 PM, on UNC-TV

Limited education and work experience can lead young people to unhealthy behaviors resulting in depression, anxiety and isolation. On this episode, Anita Brown-Graham looks into a program in Laurinburg that helps struggling youth gain strength and self-sufficiency through entrepreneurial farming.

Full Episode: Reclaiming Youth Opportunity

Extra: "The Old Prison that Gives Positive Opportunity to Youth"

Extra: "NC Teens Change Course Thanks to New Program in Old Prison"

Episode 6 - Energy Poverty

ncIMPACT: Energy Poverty
Thursday, March 12, 2020, at 8 PM, on UNC-TV

'ncIMPACT' sees how some low-income families can cheaply weatherize their homes. Many low-income homeowners cannot afford cost-saving energy investments like weatherizing their homes. But in the Choanoke Area of Northeast North Carolina, some can weatherize their homes for cheap or sometimes for free. Anita Brown-Graham takes a look.

Full Episode: Energy Poverty

Extra: "Caroline Cuyler weatherized her home with Upgrade to Save"

Extra: "Low-income families can cheaply weatherize their homes"

Episode 7 - Healthcare Disparities

ncIMPACT: Healthcare Disparities
Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 7:30 PM, on UNC-TV

ncIMPACT visits barbers who warn against prostate cancer in African American men. Native Americans and African Americans die from prostate cancer more than any other group in North Carolina. Host Anita Brown-Graham looks at a unique partnership of local barbers in Edgecombe County working to increase awareness.

Episode"Healthcare Disparities"

Extra: "Edgecombe County barbers spread Prostate Cancer awareness"

Extra: "More African-American women are fighting breast cancer"

Episode 8 - Affordable Teacher Housing

ncIMPACT: Affordable Teacher Housing
Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 7:30 PM, on UNC-TV

ncIMPACT sees how housing costs mean some teachers can't afford to live where they work. Research indicates teacher salaries don’t keep pace with rising housing costs in many parts of North Carolina. And teachers can’t afford to live where they work. Anita Brown-Graham looks at a Dare County partnership working to solve this issue.

Episode: "Affordable Teacher Housing"

Extra: eaching in Dare County thanks to affordable housing"

Extra: "Attracting workers in Dare County with affordable housing"

Episode 9 - Rural Broadband

ncIMPACT: Rural Broadband
Thursday, April 2, 2020, at 8 PM, on UNC-TV

See how rural areas are expanding internet access and bridging the digital gap. At least 637,000 North Carolinians don’t have a minimum broadband connection recommended by the FCC. Most of these people are in rural counties. Anita Brown-Graham examines some attempts in western North Carolina to bridge the digital divide.

Episode: "Rural Broadband"

Extra: "Rural business owners thrive with expanded broadband"

Extra: "Rural broadband networks are vital to job growth"

Episode 10 - Filling the Gaps in Urban Broadband Access

ncIMPACT Filling the Gaps in Urban Broadband Access
Thursday, April 9, 2020, at 8 PM, on UNC-TV

Anita Brown-Graham asks how a Charlotte alliance is reducing Charlotte’s digital divide. There are urban areas of North Carolina with poor internet access. Income, race, age and education are some factors behind the urban Digital Divide. Anita Brown-Graham finds a Charlotte, NC alliance focused on reducing urban internet connection woes.

Episode: "Filling the Gaps in Urban Broadband Access"

Extra: "Students helping students close the digital divide"

Extra: "Seniors and others in urban areas gain in digital literacy"

Episode 11 - Work in Burke

ncIMPACT Work in Burke
Thursday, April 16, 2020, at 8 PM, on UNC-TV

Work in Burke is a unique education program that shows job seekers how to identify the right job for them. Anita Brown-Graham gets the details on this innovative local and scalable solution.

Episode " Work in Burke"

Extra "Changing students' perceptions of their new career"

Extra "Matching curriculum to careers of the futureMatching curriculum to careers of the future"

Episode 12 - Get Set Transylvania

ncIMPACT Get Set Transylvania
Thursday, April 30, 2020, at 8 PM, on UNC-TV

Get Set Transylvania helps children be healthy, safe, and ready to succeed. Anita Brown-Graham shows us how it works and it’s shaping the future of children.

Episode: ""

Extra: "Get Set Transylvania draws national attention"

Extra: "Transylvania collaborates for early childhood development"

Episode 13 - Broadband Under Quarantine

ncIMPACT Broadband Under Quarantine
Thursday, May 7, 2020, at 8 PM, on UNC-TV

Those who struggled with broadband access before the coronavirus, probably are struggling even more now. Communities across our state are working to narrow the digital divide, and, with the transition to remote learning and online classes, this work becomes even more important. ncIMPACT looks at the solutions.

Episode: "Broadband Under Quarantine"