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.

The new US 70 bypass project should shave some time off your drive to the beach.  But residents are concerned with the impacts to homes and business in the path of the proposed route.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with NCDOT officials who outline the project and address concerns.  And, you don’t normally associate manatees with North Carolina, but an increase in sightings have been reported this summer.  We talk to a Carteret County man about his recent encounter.  

This week on the Down East Journal, re-enactors and historians are gearing up for Saturday’s Bentonville Battlefield artillery living history program.  We’ll tell you what’s in store.  And, a newly commissioned art installation is taking shape in downtown Kinston celebrating eastern North Carolina’s tobacco heritage.  Those stories and more, Friday at noon on all of the Public Radio Stations on the Down East Journal.

It’s a fact, an avian flu outbreak would cripple our local economy.  This week on the Down East Journal we explore local frustration over the new NC Farm ID requirement concerning backyard chickens.  Some residents are scoffing at the penalty free obligation, regarding it an invasion of privacy.  But state agriculture officials are warning of a worst case scenario. Both sides make their case – Friday at noon on all of the Public Radio Stations on the Down East Journal.

To view the NC Farm ID form, go to http://www.ncagr.gov/ncfarmid/ 

You’ve seen the videos, heart stopping close calls for students and bus drivers.  This week on the Down East Journal, how local school systems are beefing up safety protocols as kids head into the new school year.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on New and Ideas. 

Scientists were on an expedition more than a hundred miles off the coast of North Carolina when they accidently discovered a centuries old shipwreck.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with the expedition leader about their rare find and the artifacts that lie more than a mile below the ocean’s surface.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on New and Ideas. 

How safe is your beach?  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak to the State Recreational Water Quality Program Manager about testing the water at more than 200 locations, from Corolla to Sunset Beach.  And why sometimes, they have to issue a swimming advisory.  Plus, we take an audio tour of a new exhibit in New Bern detailing the history of the Tuscarora Nation with 15 rare maps.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on New and Ideas. 

A new community shelter recently opened in Greenville, providing safe housing for more than 60 residents.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with Executive Director Bob Williams about the high-tech 2.2 million dollar facility and their mission to help the less fortunate in Pitt County.  Also, we hear an update on the construction of the high rise bridge from Morehead City to Beaufort.  And, a native of Lenoir County whose efforts in multiple American wars, including as a major figure in the state during the Civil War, have been lost to history has his story told by a fellow nativ

It’s a “growing” problem.  Large floating mats of red algae continue to wash up on some parts of the coast choking out native plants and animal species. This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with North Carolina Coastal Reserve Research Biologist Byron Toothman about the impacts of this quickly-growing, invasive seaweed and how it’s altering our coastal ecosystem.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on New and Ideas. 

Here at the coast, false distress calls have landed a Beaufort man prison time and a hefty fine.  This week on the Down East Journal, how the Coast Guard handles fake mayday calls and the costly impact it has on their operations.   Plus, we visit a summer camp where teens learn “hands-on” how emergency responders are trained to handle crisis situations. The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

Recent events have led to an interest in the 50 shark species that call our coast home.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with Assistant Professor at the Institute of Marine Sciences Dr. Joel Fodrie about how this apex predator is actually an integral part of the coastal ecosystem.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.  

This week on the Down East Journal, we take part in drone testing with the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort.  From tracking sea turtles off our coast to collecting information about marine debris, drones are proving beneficial to coastal scientists.  And, traffic congestion around Camp Lejeune has police cracking down on motorist blocking a major intersection. 

This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with the Chairman of Intersal, the company engaged in a legal battle over Blackbeard's flagship, The Queen Anne's Revenge.  And, an art exhibit in Greenville reimagines abandoned parts of the city.  Plus, we highlight a complex program aimed at understanding, predicting, and mitigating the impacts of hurricanes and tropical storms.

As Marine Corps bases across the nation try to reduce their carbon footprints and operating costs, Cherry Point and Camp Lejeune have started tackling the issue from the bottom up. This week on the Down East Journal, we hear how a team of Unit Energy Managers identify, initiate and improve individual energy practices at the unit level. The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.  

The economy of Ocracoke Island is based primarily on tourism.  So, news that visitation is down has prompted the Ferry Division to support the idea for a new passenger only ferry from Hatteras. The move should help minimize congestion for visitors and generate revenue for the isolated village.  The Down East Journal airs Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.  

The protests we see today echo a movement that was felt in eastern North Carolina more than 50 years ago.  This week on the Down East Journal, we examine the history of Standard Drug #2 in Kinston, a location recently added to the National Register of Historic Places.  The property’s racially segregated lunch counter was the site of two sit-ins during the Civil Rights movement.   The Down East Journal airs Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.  

This week on the Down East Journal, we explore how law enforcement officers in eastern North Carolina are using body cameras, from urban areas to rural towns.  And, we visit the Veterans Organic Garden in New Bern and talk to disabled former service members who are growing crops for the community. The Down East Journal airs Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.

 

Overcrowding at public schools is a growing issue across the state and here in the East.  This week on the Down East Journal, we explore the impact of overcrowded schools in Pitt and Onslow counties and how they are addressing the issue.  And, efforts are underway to replace a valuable nautical marker and data collecting buoy in Onslow Bay.  The Down East Journal airs Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.  

Though early in the regulatory process, companies who want to explore for potential oil and gas reserves off the Carolina coast are already receiving a lot of criticism. This week on the Down East Journal, we sample comments from a recent public hearing in Morehead City and speak to the International Association of Geophysical Contractors about pending surveys. The Down East Journal airs Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.  

This week on the Down East Journal, we explore the history of Hammocks Beach in Swansboro, a popular recreation area for African Americans before desegregation.  The State Park announced this week its acquiring 300 acres to help make it a year round attraction.  Plus, the Wings Over Wayne Airshow takes place in Goldsboro next month.   The Down East Journal airs Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.  

This week on the Down East Journal, Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort is involved in research using drones to document marine debris on beaches around the world.  We discuss the RACE FOR WATER project, how plastics impact the environment and how similar drone technology eventually be used along the coast of North Carolina. The Down East Journal airs Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on all of the News and Ideas stations. 

This week on the Down East Journal, a new method to rapidly test shellfish for harmful bacteria has been discovered in eastern North Carolina.  We talk to lead researcher Dr. Rachel Nobel about the kit they’re developing, which yields results in just a couple hours instead of days.  And, we detail the State Transportation Improvement Program which seeks to ease congestion at a local military base and complete the expansion of Highway 17 to a four lane between New Bern and Jacksonville.

  This week on the Down East Journal, we say goodbye to legendary North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith.  And, we meet with the new director of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Damon Waitt talks about his passion for native plants.  Those stories and more on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.

This week on the Down East Journal, we talk to the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for the Division of Student Affairs at East Carolina University about a recent allegation of rape at a fraternity on campus.  More on Greek life in the east and the new awareness effort aimed at fraternities and sororities at ECU on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.

This week on the Down East Journal, we examine a new draft report indicating eastern North Carolina’s susceptibility to sea level rise.  Researches weigh in on last month’s draft report indicating a more than five inch increase in some areas over the next 30 years.  What would that do to areas like Morehead City and the Outer Banks?   Hear the first airing of the Down East Journal Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And the re-broadcast Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.  If you’ve missed a Down East Journal installment, hear it online at

The Graveyard of the Atlantic has buried thousands of vessels over the past centuries.  Now pieces of a shipwreck, possibly from the 1800s, have emerged from the deep.  This week on the Down East Journal, more on the large pieces of timber washing ashore near Cape Lookout.  And, new clues to the fate of the “Lost Colony.” The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

This week on the Down East Journal, the local African American community Dryborough  is close to getting national recognition as a historic landmark.  And, a call for volunteers to help pack more than 17,000 meals during a Stop Hunger Now event in Winterville.  We have more  this week on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

This week on the Down East Journal, a conversation with the next North Carolina poet laureate Shelby Stephenson.  We hear about his plans to bring a greater appreciation for reading and writing of poetry to the state.  And, students with Craven Early College take their poetry from the classroom to the stage. We visit during an open mic night event in New Bern.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

This week on the Down East Journal, we hear an update from the Greenville non-profit Restore One as they break ground this Fall on the first shelter in the country for male victims of human trafficking.  And, we follow-up on the results from this summer’s use of new imaging technology by conservators working with artifacts recovered from the Beaufort Harbor wreck site of the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship the Queen Anne’s Revenge. The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

 The largest solar farm east of the Mississippi will break ground soon in northeastern North Carolina.  This week on the Down East Journal, we explore the Capital Partners Solar Project, which will provide power to universities in Washington DC.  And, the statewide Juneteenth tour, showcasing North Carolina’s copy of the 13th amendment takes place at Tryon Palace this Saturday.  Those stories and more, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And, Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

  This week, Public Radio East collaborates with students at East Carolina University’s School of Music to change the way Down East Journal sounds.  More on that story, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And, Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

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