Down East Journal

Fridays, Noon - 12:30pm on both networks; Saturday at noon on The News and Ideas Network
  • Hosted by Hosted By: Jared Brumbaugh
  • Local Host Jared Brumbaugh

The Down East Journal is PRE's weekly news magazine program. Each week the program
features a variety of news, information, and feature stories with a focus on Eastern North Carolina.

This week on the Down East Journal, we hear some of my favorite stories.  We take a road trip around eastern North Carolina to visit some of the best spots for whole hog, wood smoked  barbecue.  We hear about a 19th century settlement called Diamond City that was once on the east end of Shackleford Banks.  And, we learn about the dialect and vocabulary of Harkers Island. 

On the next Down East Journal, rip currents have been making headlines this week with the death of a teen in Emerald Isle.  To help keep you and your family safe this summer, we speak with local officials and emergency responders about rip current safety and how to break the grip of the rip.  And, hear what’s in store for the 57th annual Old Homes and Gardens Tour. 

This week on the Down East Journal, the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will add another vessel to their fleet.  The new ferry is being built in Swansboro and will take passengers between Hatteras and Ocracoke Village.  And, the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina is expanding a federal supplemental food program to reach senior citizens in Onslow County. 

This week on the Down East Journal, we look back at Operation Bumblebee, a highly classified missile testing program on Topsail Island during the late 1940's.  And, a bird watching trip takes place this Sunday at the North River Preserve in Otway.  The restored wetland area serves as a habitat for more than 240 bird species. 

This week on the Down East Journal, the Opioid Epidemic is hitting eastern North Carolina hard.  We focus on Carteret County. Plus, is it time to take away the keys?  How to broach the subject with older adults who put other drivers at risk.  And, the 3rd Annual Top Shelf Fishin' Festival is next Friday in New Bern where 50 Wounded Warriors and Disabled Veterans will enjoy a day of fishing on local waterways.

This week on the Down East Journal, we focus on the town of Beaufort and the unique stormwater challenges it faces.  Local scientists are involved in a three year effort to identify how runoff from the town impacts local waterways.  And, we hear what's in store for the 2nd Annual Funk Festival in Kinston next weekend.  

This week on the Down East Journal, Cape Lookout National Seashore is going green.  A new solar project is providing renewable power to the lighthouse, keepers quarters and utility systems on the remote barrier island. Plus, with the official start of hurricane season only a couple of weeks away, we have predictions and preparedness tips for 2017.  And, what's in store for the Beaufort Music Festival next weekend.

This week on the Down East Journal, people with Parkinson’s disease have a promising new treatment.  We go to Oriental where tandem bikes are being used to help slow the progression of this neurodegenerative disorder.  Plus, there are deserts in eastern North Carolina, food deserts, areas with limited accessibility to fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods.  We talk about locally affected areas and how folks in Kinston and Greenville are trying to turn that around.  And, an upcoming theater performance called Warrior Women tells the story of being female on active duty in the military

This week on the Down East Journal, we detail a new citizen science program that aims to document alligator encounters throughout eastern North Carolina. Plus, we talk about the siege of Washington and the role colored troops played in that historic battle. And, a free lecture in Oriental next week highlights the unique architecture of pre-Civil War homes in Pamlico County.  

This week on the Down East Journal, many residents and business owners in New Bern are opposed to the idea of parking meters in the downtown area.  City officials weigh in and talk about revitalization in the colonial capital.  And, we speak to an East Carolina University researcher about a six-month study focusing on African Americans' higher rate of diabetes in comparison to other populations. 

This week on the Down East Journal, it’s been six months since Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc here in eastern North Carolina.  We talk about recovery and buyouts in Lenoir and Craven counties.  Plus, we visit local strawberry farms experiencing an early season. Also, a new report this week ranks the Neuse and Cape Fear Rivers in the top ten endangered rivers in the United States.  And, the first ever Science Storytelling Show takes place in Kinston next week. 

This week on the Down East Journal, we visit Kinston as empty lots are transformed into small-scale farms, community gardens and recreation areas. We speak to the teenage entrepreneur who started the Adopt-A- Vacant-Lot program.  Plus, the plan for solar farms here in eastern North Carolina to become more pollinator friendly.  Also, end-of-life decisions can be difficult to talk about with family, friends, and physicians. But healthcare professionals say these conversations are necessary to have well in advance for the physical and mental well being of patients.

This week on the Down East Journal, disparities are becoming apparent on what role tourism and property value plays in how schools are funded.  We detail a new study which finds stark gaps in school funding between rural areas inland and wealthier counties along the coast. Plus, we get an update on the Carolina Museum Of The Marine project in Jacksonville from its new Executive Director.  And, artifacts from Blackbeard’s flagship the Queen Anne’s Revenge will be on display next weekend.  There’s an open house event at the conservation lab in Greenville. 

This week on the Down East Journal, we highlight a non-profit group in eastern North Carolina helping kids learn the game of golf and important life skills.  Plus, an update on plans to develop the mainland property at Hammocks Beach State Park in Swansboro.  And, how to get involved in a citizen science project helping meteorologist measure precipitation amounts across the region. 

This week on the Down East Journal, traffic stop etiquette could become part of North Carolina’s Driver Education Program.  We outline House Bill 21.  Also, pick a peck from your own backyard. We detail the State’s Under Dock Oyster Culture Program.  And the New York Theater Ballet comes to eastern North Carolina for a free performance. 

This week on the Down East Journal, we detail North Carolina House Bill 251 which would allow concealed carry permit holders to have guns on some college campuses. We get reaction from local schools and students.  Also, from Hurricane Matthew recovery to keeping beachgoers safe this summer, we talk about how state and local governments are depending on drones for emergency response.  And, we hear what's on the menu for Taste of Coastal Carolina in downtown New Bern next week. 

This week on the Down East Journal, we revisit the soon to be built Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The project is top priority for many state and federal lawmakers and a point of contention for environmentalists.  More on a 100+ mile walk along the pipeline's route through eastern North Carolina from Robeson County to the Virginia Border.  Also, some people in eastern North Carolina are choosing stem cell therapy as an alternative to surgery to alleviate chronic pain.  We weigh the risk and benefits of the minimally invasive and experimental procedure.

Minor League Baseball is back in eastern North Carolina as opening day for the new Down East Wood Ducks is less than two months away. This week on the Down East Journal, the historical impact of baseball from the City of Kinston and new hopes for success after a six season drought without a team to call its own. Also, proposed shrimp trawling limits move forward at the coast.  And, we talk about a statewide mammal survey already underway in eastern North Carolina. 

This week on the Down East Journal, we speak to Goldsboro based historians investigating an obscure but important aspect of the region’s history – former slaves who fought for freedom.  And, a preview of what’s in store for season 14 of the Carolina Chamber Music Festival in New Bern.  

It’s a Valentine’s edition of Down East Journal this week.  Did you know North Carolina is in the top ten best states for lovers?  Plus, it’s Singing Valentines with the Southern Gentlemen Barbershop Chorus.  And, we speak to North Carolina based Burke Uzzle about his 50+ year career as a photographer, including his latest work: "Perceptions and Recognitions" - photographs of local, African-American residents. 

Whales and other marine mammals are believed to be impacted by seismic testing.  But what about fish?  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak to a local researcher who recently published the first study ever documenting how fish behave before and during seismic testing.  Plus, individuals struggling with sickle cell disease may be on the cusp of a breakthrough after an international drug trail ended last year.  One of the most active test areas was eastern North Carolina.  And, what to expect at the Antique Show and Sale next weekend in New Bern. 

More than three months after Hurricane Matthew, residents in Lenoir County are still displaced from their homes.  This week on the Down East Journal, we go to Kinston where local nonprofits teamed up  to help flood victims.  And, we explain what could be causing an increase in the number of whale strandings along our coast.

This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with commercial fishermen and conservationist at odds over a petition that would change the way commercial shrimp trawling takes place along our coast. Plus, Pitt County Emergency Services is launching a pilot program meant to prevent ER visits and bolster health and wellness in one of its most underserved areas.  And, we speak with the Artistic Director for the American Music Festival about the next performance, which pays homage to cellist Pablo Casals. 

This week on the Down East Journal, NCDOT's 10-year transportation plan lists more than 1,400 infrastructure projects across the state. We focus on major highway improvements in eastern North Carolina and the impact they may have for the region's commuters and visitors.  Plus, a large scale sea grass study – the first of its kind - is underway at the coast.  And, the Craven Literacy Council is holding a tutor training workshop for people who want to help adults improve their literacy skills.

This week on the Down East Journal, local governments are preparing to craft their budgets for the next fiscal year.  We focus on Pitt County's capital improvement plans.  And, it's chamber music in Greenville as East Carolina University holds their winter workshop concerts.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been set aside for recovery following Hurricane Matthew and subsequent flooding.  This week on the Down East Journal, we examine where that money will help eastern North Carolina.  Plus, what Christmas in the colonial capital of North Carolina was like in the 18th century.  And, the Tar River Swing Band performs a concert of Christmas music next week.

This week on the Down East Journal, we examine how cold temperatures affect sea turtles and manatees passing by the North Carolina coast as they head south for the winter.  Plus, hospitals in eastern North Carolina are still dealing with the impacts of a nationwide drug shortage while learning how to work around it.  And, the ninth annual Christmas Candlelight Tour takes place in Beaufort.

It’s been 75 years since the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  This week on the Down East Journal, we detail a program in Goldsboro detailing the surprise attack, and the effect it had on Wayne County residents who survived. And, a new study shows that North Carolina has some of the lowest prices for ecstasy in the United States which could make it a hot spot for the production and sale of the illicit drug. 

This week on the Down East Journal, we speak to Superintendent Pat Kenney about the future of Cape Lookout National Seashore.  He’s leaving eastern North Carolina next year for a job at Yellowstone National Park.  And, how to keep the conversations civil this holiday season if they steer toward politics.

The election is over but all results aren't final.  This week on the Down East Journal, officials are counting provisional ballots in the canvass.  We'll talk about how that process will work in Craven and Wilson counties.  Plus, the environmental impact of Hurricane Matthew on the Neuse River and the Pamlico Sound. And, it's conversation with local celebrity chef Vivian Howard.  Just in time for the holidays, she released her first cookbook, "Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South."

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