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.

We speak with highly praised and often used background singer Lisa Fischer about her Oscar award winning documentary "Twenty Feet From Stardom" and her performance in Raleigh on Saturday, July 26th.

Public Radio East is a media sponsor for the 11th Annual Chamber Music Festival in New Bern next week.  Classical Music Host Finley Woolston spoke with festival organizer and Greenville native Jennifer Lucht about the event.

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This week on the Down East Journal, we talk to the North Carolina Symphony's Senior Director of Statewide Development about their holiday pops concert happening next week in downtown New Bern. And, we start our "short and sweet" holiday series, "Just Desserts."