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New Bern, NC – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But for those diagnosed with breast cancer, every month centers on the disease. There are questions about various treatments, where to find support, and what products are available to improve quality of life. Those questions and more can be answered by the Breast Cancer Resource Directory of North Carolina, a book created by 14-year breast cancer survivor Jamie Konarski Davidson. Public Radio East's Megen George recently spoke with Davidson.

Smyrna, NC – A teacher from Down East Carteret County has received a national honor and was recently whisked off to New York to accept her award. Freelance Contributor Barbara Blake recently spoke with Margie Misenheimer about being named National Marine Educator of the Year.

New Bern, NC – More and more North Carolina families are making the decision to educate their children at home. As these numbers rise, so does the amount of students that go onto college. However, there are many gray areas in the college admissions process when it comes to home schoolers.

New Bern, NC – Barriers to alternative medicine is the focus of a house committee appointed during the 2006 legislative session by house speaker Jim Black. Representative Earline Parmon heads up the committee which will evaluate and study the various types of alternative and complementary medicines practiced in the state. Public Radio East's Megen George spoke with Representative Parmon who says the Public's desire for knowledge about alternative medicine prompted legislators to take a closer look.

New Bern, NC – Some Eastern North Carolina Counties are eligible to recieve loans to pay for repairs and damage due to Tropical Storm Ernesto. Public Radio East's Music Director, Sefton Wiggs reviews a new release of Brahms Piano Concerto #2.

New Bern, NC – On Tuesday Governor Mike Easley announced that the federal Small Business Administration has approved disaster declaration for Duplin, Jones and surrounding counties to in order to help pay for repairs and other expenses related to Tropical Strom Ernesto. Public Radio East's Megen George recently spoke with SBA Spokesperson Kathy Cook about the loan process.

New Bern, NC – Fall is here and many people are already preparing for the holidays. However, Public Radio East Regular Commentator Marion Blackburn is gearing up for something else. Her favorite television shows are beginning their new seasons.

New Bern, NC – Public Radio East Regular Commentator Marion Blackburn divulges her guilting pleasure. We meet the keynote speaker at the Third Annual Eastern North Carolina Homecoming, Author Michael Parker. And, find out what's going on in ENC with our weekly arts calendar.

New Bern, NC – Thousands of inactive reserve troops are preparing for deployment to iraq, however frontline troops are the only shortage the military is facing. Several rural Eastern North Carolina towns are taking part in a program to harness their strengths in a revitalization effort, and we meet the Carolina Emergency Massage Response Team.

Precious Piano Pieces

New Bern, NC – INTRO - Seemingly insignificant events can propel a good writer forward. Witness the story of Michael Parker and his fourth-and-most-recent novel. George Olsen spoke with the author and UNC-Greensboro creative writing professor who delivers the keynote address at the Third Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming at ECU in Greenville this Saturday and has this.

August 25th 2006 – We conclude our series North Carolina Voices Studying High Schools and evaluate the numbers game that education has become. In 2002 a Beaufort resident undertook the task of creating a 100-day trek taken in 1608 by captain John Smith. George Olsen tells us about the modern day journey. And... we'll find out what's going on in ENC with our weekly arts calendar.

September 8th 2006 – A week ago Tropical Storm Ernesto swept through Easter North Carolina. Some counties are still dealing with flooding resulting from the storm's heavy rains. Also, North Carolina based band Someone's Sister performs in the area this weekend. George Olsen speaks with the folk duo.

"Landfall Along the Chesapeake" - Susan Schmidt

New Bern, NC –
INTRO - In 2002 a Beaufort resident undertook the task of re-creating with a few modern twists a 100-day trek taken in 1608 by Captain John Smith, circling the Chesapeake Bay as he helped to establish the first English colony in the New World. George Olsen has more.

Susan Schmidt can boil down her reasons for her journey to one which many a sailor would recognize.

New Bern, NC – It's August and although summer is winding down, the heat is overbearing, and it seems the days get longer and longer. However, Marion Blackburn has good feelings and fond memories for the month, and offers her cure for August.

New Bern, NC – It's August and although summer is winding down, the heat is overbearing, and it seems the days get longer and longer. However, Marion Blackburn has good feelings and fond memories for the month, and offers her cure for August.

New Bern, NC – It's August and although summer is winding down, the heat is overbearing, and it seems the days get longer and longer. However, Marion Blackburn has good feelings and fond memories for the month, and offers her cure for August.

NC – Coastal communities and waterfront towns up and down the East Coast are facing a similar problem. How do you cash in on the economic boost resulting from commercial and residential development while still protecting the tradition and cultural heritage of the area? Fishing villages and coastal towns in Eastern North Carolina wrestling with the issue.

July 28, 2006 – INTRO - About 150 years after its initial stop in New Bern, a piece of Civil War history is coming back to New Bern for good. George Olsen has more.

It's not the size of the piece that's inspiring excitement among those associated with Tryon Palace.

01:33 It's a Civil War drum. It's 13 X 16 inches, so it's not a huge drum.

It's what it has to say literally, well, sort of about its past and present.

07/17/06 – Although you may categorize July as the summer month for barbecues, fireworks, and weekends spent at the beach, regular commentator Marion Blackburn thinks of it more as the month for weddings, catfights, and moonshiners.

New Bern – INTRO - Work this week on Bald Head Island seeks to answer one of the most basic questions surrounding sea turtles. George Olsen has more.

09:20 Just think about standing on the beach and looking out you know there are turtles out there but where are they?

"Ocracoke in the '50's" - Dare Wright

George Olsen

New Bern, NC – INTRO - A book by a noted children's author that pays tribute to the history and people of Ocracoke Island has just been released almost 50 years after the fact. George Olsen has more.

Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, this funny and romantic comedy soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters including: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight "mission doll," out to reform the evildoers of Times Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer; Nathan Detroit, her devoted fianc?, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.

Greenville, NC - June 2006 –

I waited for the second CD from The 5 Browns before deciding to write a review. Impressive as their first disc was, there were several questions I needed answered about the talented five siblings before I could fully embrace their rise to classical stardom.

The Cumberland Wind Quintet's latest offering is the only CD there is that includes transcriptions of three of Gustav Mahler's songs and a tribute to early Grand Ole Opry icon "Uncle" Dave Macon, complete with quintet members trading some of Dave's corny, corny jokes.

May 2006 –

Rep. Stephen Laroque challenged results of 10th district Republican primary

George Olsen

Kinston, NC – INTRO - Last month the Lenoir County Board of Elections upheld a challenge from the May primary by 10th District state Representative Stephen Laroque. They forwarded their findings to the state Board of Elections the first step in a possible second election. George Olsen has more.

Jennifer Baer

New Bern, NC –

Public Radio East's morning classical music host, Finley Woolston, has put together a "who's who" of Eastern North Carolina musicians for an afternoon concert you won't want to miss.

New Bern, NC –

Join Public Radio East on Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. for Finley and Friends, A Benefit Concert at Orringer Auditorium on the campus of Craven Community College.

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