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 weather is getting cooler, and the days are shorter- signs that Fall is just around the corner.  This week on the Down East Journal, we say farewell to the warm weather season with a look back at some of the best features from summer 2013.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East, News and Ideas

Backdrops and props for theater productions are normally temporary and change frequently.  But a 155 year-old hand painted curtain at Thalian Hall in Wilmington has survived – and is thought to be the oldest stage curtain in the United States.  This week on the Down East Journal, we pull back the curtains on this rare and historic artifact.  Plus, we talk to an expert about armadillos and why they’re populations are spreading into southeastern North Carolina.

  Summer time and the living is easy, but think twice if you’re tempted to re-live one of the joys of your youth riding in the back of a pickup truck.  This week on the Down East Journal, we examine a recent fatality in our state that reminds us of the danger involved in what used to be a common sight on eastern North Carolina roadways.  Also, it’s already time to start working on your fall vegetable garden.   The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE Stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

In less than a month, Cape Lookout National Seashore is expected to announce the winning bid for a contract to be the sole operator for passenger ferry service to the park.  This week on the Down East Journal, we explore the ramifications of that plan and talk to the Park Superintendent about how the new ferry service would be implemented.  More on that story Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East, News and Ideas.

Methyl bromide gas is considered a hazardous air pollutant by the EPA.  A fumigation facility proposed for the Morehead City port wants to use the chemical to treat lumber before export.  This week on the Down East Journal, we talk about the issue in advance of a public meeting that has yet to be set. And, a local non-profit is collecting school supplies during this last tax free weekend to help children in need.  We’ll catch you up on “Stuff the Bus,” Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. 

This week on the Down East Journal, we talk about a statewide project that shares the stories of North Carolina residents by collecting their unique recipes.  And, we take a behind the scenes look at a local production of "A Raisin in the Sun." We speak with members of the cast and the director about the Magnolia Arts Center's play that begins next week.  Catch the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East, News and Ideas.

An increased use of technology coupled with a congressional mandate are being blamed for cutbacks at your local post office. This week on the Down East Journal, we'll talk about the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. And, we continue our "short and sweet" series, Just Desserts. Plus, an investigation is underway to find who is vandalizing underground water lines.

This week on the Down East Journal, we explain a federal court battle over minority voting rights in Kinston and why the Supreme Court recently denied a hearing of the case.  And, we check in with cyclist Dock Hooks, who completed his thousand mile journey from Emerald Isle to Key West for charity.  Plus, we wrap up our “Just Desserts” series with a recipe for pecan pie. It's a Down East Journal you won't want to miss....

The Down East Journal (10/8-9/10)

New Bern, NC – It's been a week since record rainfall totals left portions of eastern North Carolina underwater. This week on the Down East Journal, we travel to the hard hit areas and talk to residents and business owners as they clean up from the disaster. Plus, the MGTF Update and the Garden Journal.

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