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7:39 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Tremendous Trifles ... commentary from Joan Carris

When I was a senior in college, I took a sociology course on marriage.  It was known as a gut course, dead easy.  You could even cut class, as I did that quarter in order to go bowling with a friend.  Yet the course was useful, particularly our discussions about the innumerable tremendous trifles that pop up in every marriage or close relationship.  You know…the person who leaves toothpaste in the sink…the one who always drops dirty clothes on the floor…the partner who never replaces a toilet paper roll.  (And these are just bathroom topics.)   What are we supposed to do with all of the be

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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Greenville Police to purchase more body cameras

The use of body cameras will be expanded soon throughout the Greenville police force. George Olsen has more.

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The Down East Journal
3:40 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

The Down East Journal (11/14/14)

This week, Fort Bragg soldiers were among 100 troops sent to West Africa for a humanitarian aid mission.  On the Down East Journal, we speak with Fort Bragg spokesperson Ben Abel about how the unit will help efforts to stem Ebola and precautions in place to protect the public upon their arrival back home. Listen for the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

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ENC Features
10:58 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Improvements Could Come To Port of Morehead City

Credit NC State Ports Authority

The  Governor recently announced plans to make the port in Morehead City more globally competitive by deepening the channel to 50 feet and developing underutilized properties, such as Radio Island. 

Improvements could be coming to the state ports in Wilmington and Morehead City.  Governor Pat McCrory recently announced a 25 year vision for infrastructure investment that would deepen the Beaufort Inlet and develop underutilized properties, in an effort to make the state more globally competitive.  However, no money has been allocated for these projects. 

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ENC Features
10:44 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Greenville Non-Profit Feeding Our Four-Legged Friends

Credit http://www.petfoodpantryenc.org/

With the holidays just around the corner, non-profits like the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina are ramping up efforts to make sure that no one goes hungry this season. However, another local organization is making sure that our four-legged friends don’t go without food either. The Pet Food Pantry of Eastern North Carolina is like a food bank for pets and is based in Greenville. The Pet Food Pantry is an all-volunteer 501 (C)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free pet food through donations to families facing financial hardship in Pitt County and surrounding areas.

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ENC Regional News
11:56 am
Thu November 6, 2014

NC Teacher Turnover rate drops slightly

The state Board of Education is reporting a slight decline in the teacher turnover rate last school year. George Olsen has more.

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The Down East Journal
9:17 am
Wed November 5, 2014

The Down East Journal (11/07/14)

This week on the Down East Journal, we hear about the Governor’s plans to make the port in Morehead City more globally competitive by deepening the channel to 50 feet and developing underutilized properties, such as Radio Island.  And, the Triangle’s Red Clay Ramblers have a new CD that takes the band into the world of dance. The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

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ENC Features
7:49 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Carolina Jamboree - the Red Clay Ramblers

Carolina Jamboree - the Red Clay Ramblers

INTRO – The Triangle’s Red Clay Ramblers have been involved in a number of artistic collaborations … with Academy Award and Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright and actor Sam Shepard for two of his films and one off-Broadway play and with the late Doug Marlette on the musical based on his comic strip Kudzu, amongst others. Another collaboration took the band away from stage and screen into a different realm, and about nine years after its debut the music is now available on CD. George Olsen talked with Bland Simpson of the Red Clay Ramblers and has this.

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ENC Features
9:53 am
Mon November 3, 2014

NC Art Museum Features Small Scale Paintings

Credit North Carolina Museum of Art

"Small Treasures" is a new exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, the first major exhibition to focus on small scale paintings from the Dutch and Flemish Golden Age of art.  Mac McKee speaks with curator of northern European art and specialist in 17th century Dutch and Flemish art Dennis Weller about the exhibit which includes 66 paintings by old masters, such as Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer.

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The Down East Journal
9:41 am
Mon November 3, 2014

The Down East Journal (10/31/14)

This week on the Down East Journal, we visit a tarheel based theme park to witness new construction of what will be one of the tallest and fastest rollercoasters in the world.  We also spotlight the New River Player's local production of Dracula, and details on the current exhibit of small scale Dutch and Flemish paintings at the North Carolina Museum of Art. 

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ENC Features
12:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Coastal Scientist Finds Large Shark Populations Are Taking A Dive

Tiger shark caught in 2008

The population of large sharks have dropped significantly since the 1980s, posing a serious concern for fisheries and ecosystem management.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak to Coastal Scientist Dr. Joel Fodrie about his award winning research and the impact the decline of large sharks is having off the coast of North Carolina.  

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The Down East Journal
11:32 am
Wed October 22, 2014

The Down East Journal (10/24/14)

The population of large sharks have dropped significantly since the 1980s, posing a serious concern for fisheries and ecosystem management.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak to Coastal Scientist Dr. Joel Fodrie about his award winning research and the impact the decline of large sharks is having off the coast of North Carolina.  And, the Twin River Quilters Guild is holding their BEE BY THE RIVER quilt show in New Bern next weekend.  Those stories and more Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

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ENC Features
12:08 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

IED Training At Camp Lejeune

Marines from across the country come to Camp Lejeune, one of only three sites in the nation, to receive counter improvised explosive device training.  This week on the Down East Journal, we take a trip to the Holly Ridge facility where 18 Georgia Liaison Team troops are preparing for deployment.

This story contains sounds from military training exercise and may be upsetting to some listeners.

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ENC Features
12:00 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Ghostwalk in Downtown New Bern

Public Radio East's Mac McKee speaks with Executive Director of the New Bern Historical Society Lynn Harakal about the 24th Annual Ghost Walk which takes place October 23-25.

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The Down East Journal
2:59 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

The Down East Journal (10/18/14)

Marines from across the country come to Camp Lejeune, one of only three sites in the nation, to receive counter improvised explosive device training.  This week on the Down East Journal, we take a trip to the Holly Ridge facility where 18 Georgia Liaison Team troops are preparing for deployment.  That story on the next Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

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ENC Features
10:14 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Crab Trap Cleanup Planned For NC Coast

Credit Chris Hannant Photography

The fishing industry is being asked to help collect abandoned fishing gear from Currituck Sound to south of Oregon Inlet. 

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ENC Features
10:05 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Changes Coming In Severe Weather Forecasting

severe weather outlook map
Credit NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center

Meteorologist are changing the way they issue forecasts in an effort to better inform the public when tornados, hail and high winds threaten an area.

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Opinion
7:39 am
Thu October 9, 2014

The Only Constant is Change ... commentary from Joan Carris

Have you noticed that every decade or so, you are somebody else?  Not that you turn from being a pussycat into being a werewolf.  Nothing that drastic.  But all of us change in a variety of ways as the years fly by.  In 1984, thousands of us were reading Gail Sheehy’s book, Passages,  on this topic.  Today, when I think about my own changes, I tend to wander off to the pantry, where we keep the Bailey’s Irish Cream and the sherry and the Kahlua.

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The Down East Journal
10:57 am
Wed October 8, 2014

The Down East Journal (10/10/14)

The fishing industry is being asked to help collect abandoned fishing gear from Currituck Sound to Oregon Inlet.  This week on the Down East Journal, we talk about the cleanup project.  And, hazardous waste collection events are planned in New Bern and Bayboro this Saturday.  Details on the next Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

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ENC Features
9:43 am
Mon October 6, 2014

History of Rice Plantations In ENC

Planting Rice at Orton Plantation 1890
Credit State Archives of North Carolina

For two hundred years, rice was grown on large plantations in eastern North Carolina.  We get the backstory on this lucrative crop and we hear from a farmer who’s continuing the tradition in Chatham County.

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