The Down East Journal

The Down East Journal
12:50 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

The Down East Journal (03/20/15)

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.

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The Down East Journal
2:23 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

The Down East Journal (03/13/15)

This week on the Down East Journal, we profile the soon-to-be-built North Carolina Civil War History Center in Fayetteville.  They’re seeking 100 stories from each of North Carolina’s 100 counties for their archive.  And, we learn about the auditory phenomenon called “musical ear syndrome.”   The Down East Journal, Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on all of the News and Ideas stations.

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The Down East Journal
9:17 am
Tue March 3, 2015

The Down East Journal (03/06/15)

Eastern North Carolina is in line for railroad improvements that will streamline the movement of goods. This week on the Down East Journal, we detail the draft North Carolina Rail Plan and talk with officials about a proposed intermodal facility.  And, a memorial honoring the Montford Point Marines broke ground last week in Jacksonville. 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.

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The Down East Journal
11:42 am
Thu February 26, 2015

The Down East Journal (02/27/15)

A gravesite mystery at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island has been solved.   This week on the Down East Journal, the life and legacy of Richard Etheridge, keeper of the nation’s first all-black lifesaving station.   And, a living history program in Kinston commemorates the Battle of Wyse Fork and the final days of the CSS Neuse.  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.

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The Down East Journal
9:03 am
Thu February 19, 2015

The Down East Journal (02/20/15)

This week on the Down East Journal, more than 300,000 acres of North Carolina waters have closed to shellfishing.  We talk about the budget-tightening decision and how it will affect local fishermen.  And, we preview “Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage” a theatrical symphony performance just for kids.  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.

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The Down East Journal
3:27 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

The Down East Journal (02/13/15)

  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.

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The Down East Journal
2:44 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

The Down East Journal (02/06/15)

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.

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The Down East Journal
3:35 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

The Down East Journal (01/30/15)

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

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The Down East Journal
1:11 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

The Down East Journal (01/23/15)

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. 

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The Down East Journal
8:35 am
Wed January 7, 2015

The Down East Journal (01/09/15)

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. 

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The Down East Journal
11:12 am
Wed December 17, 2014

The Down East Journal (12/19/14)

East Carolina University broke ground on its sixth dental clinic this week, and two more are opening this winter.  This week on the Down East Journal, an overview of the clinics and how they’re improving access to oral healthcare in underserved areas of North Carolina.  And, we speak with Tryon Palace about their Saturday Christmas candlelight tour.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

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The Down East Journal
2:23 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

The Down East Journal (12/12/14)

Black bears are thriving in eastern North Carolina...20 thousand strong in the state.  This week on the Down East Journal, we talk to wildlife officials about where bears are plentiful and why they’re growing bigger in the eastern part of the state.  Plus, a historic weekend tour in Edenton celebrates the holidays by opening the Wessington House for the first time in six years.  Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

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The Down East Journal
1:02 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

The Down East Journal (12/05/14)

Some homes at North Topsail Beach are in trouble. Electricity, water and sewer have been disconnected at 20 structures due to erosion.  This week on the Down East Journal, details on how a project that starts next week could help slow the tide.  And, a free Christmas tour of the antebellum plantation Somerset Place happens Sunday.  We have a preview.  We spotlight eastern North Carolina, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

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The Down East Journal
12:19 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

The Down East Journal (11/28/14)

This week on the Down East Journal, the results are in from the latest wild turkey observation survey.  We speak with wildlife biologist Chris Kreh about the annual report and about North Carolina’s rebounding turkey population.  And, we highlight a free event commemorating the 92nd anniversary of the Great Fire of New Bern in 1922.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

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The Down East Journal
3:20 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

The Down East Journal (11/21/14)

We’re talking turkey on this week’s Down East Journal. We speak with the mayor of Turkey, North Carolina about the small Sampson County town and how it got its name.  And, a celebrated local chef shares a special holiday recipe for your Thanksgiving table.  Listen for the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

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The Down East Journal
3:40 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

The Down East Journal (11/14/14)

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. 

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The Down East Journal
9:17 am
Wed November 5, 2014

The Down East Journal (11/07/14)

This week on the Down East Journal, we hear about the Governor’s plans to make the port in Morehead City more globally competitive by deepening the channel to 50 feet and developing underutilized properties, such as Radio Island.  And, the Triangle’s Red Clay Ramblers have a new CD that takes the band into the world of dance. The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

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The Down East Journal
9:41 am
Mon November 3, 2014

The Down East Journal (10/31/14)

This week on the Down East Journal, we visit a tarheel based theme park to witness new construction of what will be one of the tallest and fastest rollercoasters in the world.  We also spotlight the New River Player's local production of Dracula, and details on the current exhibit of small scale Dutch and Flemish paintings at the North Carolina Museum of Art. 

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The Down East Journal
11:32 am
Wed October 22, 2014

The Down East Journal (10/24/14)

The population of large sharks have dropped significantly since the 1980s, posing a serious concern for fisheries and ecosystem management.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak to Coastal Scientist Dr. Joel Fodrie about his award winning research and the impact the decline of large sharks is having off the coast of North Carolina.  And, the Twin River Quilters Guild is holding their BEE BY THE RIVER quilt show in New Bern next weekend.  Those stories and more Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

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The Down East Journal
2:59 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

The Down East Journal (10/18/14)

Marines from across the country come to Camp Lejeune, one of only three sites in the nation, to receive counter improvised explosive device training.  This week on the Down East Journal, we take a trip to the Holly Ridge facility where 18 Georgia Liaison Team troops are preparing for deployment.  That story on the next Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

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