For two hundred years, rice was grown on large plantations in eastern North Carolina. We get the backstory on this lucrative crop and we hear from a farmer who’s continuing the tradition in Chatham County.
A small schoolhouse for African American children reopened September 27th as a museum showcasing photos of teachers and students, a teacher's desk, a chalkboard and a bookcase that served as the library. Mac McKee speaks with Vice President for the Historic Jarvisburg Colored School Association Vivian Simpson to get an idea on what life was life for students prior to desegregation.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation is paving the way to develop bicycle and pedestrian paths across the state. This week on the Down East Journal, more on the grant plan and how Emerald Isle’s bike path is paying off 10 years later.
As you’re traveling around eastern North Carolina, you may notice individuals or groups of people picking up trash along the highway. That’s because the statewide Fall Litter Sweep is underway. This week, I spoke with marketing specialist with the North Carolina Department of Transportation Julia Cassedante about the cleanup campaign and about how you can get involved.
Conservators with the Queen Anne’s Revenge project have utilized new x-ray technology to further efforts to preserve artifacts brought up from the Beaufort Harbor wreck site of the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship. George Olsen has more.
Literally thousands and thousands of artifacts have been brought up off the ocean floor since the 1996 discovery of the Queen Anne’s Revenge. Some of the items that come up are easily identifiable. Others… not so much.
Sea turtle nesting season along the North Carolina coast is usually three and a half months long, May to mid-August. Although sea turtle nests are still being counted, the number of nests along our coast this year is down. As of Wednesday Sept. 10th, there were 554 nests counted so far. The average is about 750 nests annually. Jared Brumbaugh speaks with State Sea Turtle Biologist with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Matthew Godfrey about why the numbers are so low and how they collect their information on sea turtle nests.
A site in Jacksonville that remembers the lives lost during the 1983 bombing of the barracks in Beirut, Lebanon is in the process of renovation. Kelly Batchelor has more on the Beirut Memorial tree replacement.
This weekend, the North Carolina Paddle Festival takes place at Hammocks Beach State Park in Swansboro. It’s a celebration of paddle sports in eastern North Carolina, including kayak and paddleboard races, fun paddles, kid’s activities and more. Mac McKee speaks with NC State Park Ranger Jacob Vitak about this year’s event.
In Jacksonville two former elementary school teachers have ambitious plans to open a new children museum. Co-Chair of the Zing Zumm Museum board Liz Owens discusses with Public Radio East’s Mikel Peterson how the museum went from being just an idea to reality.
Large bodies of water like the Pamlico Sound absorb carbon dioxide like a sponge. But when a tropical storm or hurricane hits, it agitates the water releasing extensive amounts of CO2 into the air. We speak to a coastal scientist about the harmful effects of “burping estuaries.”
Large bodies of water like the Pamlico Sound absorb carbon dioxide like a sponge. But when a tropical storm or hurricane hits, it agitates the water releasing extensive amounts of CO2 into the air. This week on the Down East Journal, we speak to a coastal scientist about the harmful effects of “burping estuaries.” And, we’ll talk about plans for a new children’s museum in Jacksonville. The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.
If you enjoy live classical music in an intimate setting, the 12th Annual Carolina Chamber Music Festival takes place September 9th through the 13th in downtown New Bern. Public Radio East's Mac McKee speaks with Director Jennifer Lucht about this year's events.
Officials in North Topsail Beach called a special meeting just last week to address the loss of 900 feet of dunes. It’s thought that winter storms and two hurricanes are the cause of erosion. But there may be another contributor. A team of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Sciences recently published results of a multi year study conducted in Onslow County that found sea level anomalies, or periods of higher-than-normal water levels, can cause extensive erosion. This week, I spoke with Ph.
Over the past 30 years, black bear populations in North Carolina have increased fivefold. We talk about new hunting policies in place to help stabilize their numbers.
According to NC’s Wildlife Resources Commission, Eastern North Carolina’s black bear population has made a comeback. Today, the population sits at just over 10,000, compared to the paltry 2,000 three decades ago.
“The increase in the bear population has been occurring since the early 1980’s.”