On the next Down East Journal, Onslow County residents vote next week on a bond referendum to allocate 75 million dollars for security upgrades, major maintenance projects and the replacement of two schools built in the 1920’s. And, we speak with the “poet of the violin” Joshua Bell about his performance at East Carolina University next Sunday. The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.
The common blue green algae found on local waterways has bloomed into an unprecedented event in the Taihu basin. We speak with North Carolina scientist Dr. Hans Paerl about his research trip to China and what we can do to prevent cyanobacteria from proliferating in eastern North Carolina.
This week, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Services awarded North Carolina, three other states and two Caribbean nations 8 million dollars for coastal projects. The North Carolina Coastal Federation received $35,000 to work with fisherman to create new oyster reefs from recycled crab pots. Public Radio East’s Mac McKee has this.
This week, we speak with acting State Health Director Dr. Robin Cummings about the new, statewide telepsychiatry program starting in January, and how East Carolina University will be involved with the program.
Last week, we heard an in-depth conversation about the future of telemedicine in eastern North Carolina and how new technology could be used to provide access to specialized healthcare for people living in rural and underserved areas of the state, such as Bertie, Beaufort, Duplin, and Edgecombe.
Diabetes is a growing concern for North Carolinians, especially for people who live in the eastern part of the State where studies have shown diabetes cases are rampant. East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine is looking to curb the obesity rate by offering people who live in rural areas access to health care specialists using new telemedicine methods. Today, Public Radio East’s Mac McKee talks to the Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health Dr. Doyle Cummings about how the video conferencing technology works, and how it will be implemented in eastern North Carolina.
After being vacant for two years, the iconic Turnage Theater will soon open its doors again for theater performance and live musical entertainment. We talk to the executive director of the Beaufort County Arts Council about the non-profit's plan for the century old venue for the arts.
INTRO – It’s not quite a comeback for the Cleveland County-based band the Acoustic Syndicate. They hadn’t been in a studio since 2004, they haven’t regularly toured in that time either… but they never quite got all the way out with occasional shows here and there over the last several years. Now they’re back in a big way… new tour, new CD… and again willing to consider the bright lights with the knowledge they can always contentedly return to the farm. George Olsen has this.
For the first time in 17 years, the federal government has shutdown. And, as a result, National Forests across the country are closed, workers are furloughed, and government benefit programs that help needy families are being shuttered. Public Radio East’s Jared Brumbaugh reports on the impact of the government shutdown on military bases in eastern North Carolina.
We speak with Mary Ester Baker, the Regional Development Officer for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina about this weekend's "Kitchens of New Bern" fundraiser tour and about the non-profit's effort to feed hungry people in our area.
As we head into a cooler weekend, cyclists of all stamina levels are hoping the great weather holds out for the 2013 Cycling for the Coast fundraiser. Public Radio East is a proud media sponsor for the North Carolina Coastal Federation's latest fundraiser. Today, Public Radio East's Mac McKee speaks with Federation spokesperson Sarah Phillips about the many ways you can take part in helping promote education and issues important to eastern North Carolina's delicate coastal habitat.
We hear the latest on the Highway 70 bypass project in Kinston and how it might impact a historic battleground site.
Officials are now in the process of deciding the best way to facilitate construction of a new bypass on Highway 70 in Lenoir County with the least amount of impact to a historic Civil War battleground site. Lenoir County Commissioner J. Mac Daughtry is also chairman of the Lenoir County Transportation Committee. He says the highway project is intended to make travel to the coast quicker, and transport of goods across the state easier.
This week, fisherman and divers in the Carolinas are learning about the invasion of lionfish and how to deal with them. The environmental non-profit REEF is holding free classes to teach people about lionfish collecting and handling, lionfish biology, and ecological impacts. I spoke with communications and affiliate program manager Keri Kanning about the workshop and about how lionfish came to be a problem for North Carolina's native fish population.
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.
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.
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. 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.
Riding in the back of a pickup truck can conjure up memories from childhood…