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.
The non-profit Coastal Coalition for Substance Abuse and Prevention was formed in 2007 after a United Way survey of community leaders in 2006 revealed the most important health issues in Carteret, Craven, Jones and Pamlico revolved around substance abuse. Onslow County later joined the initiative because of their high number of alcohol related car crashes. Programs from this non-profit seek to curb substance abuse and are ongoing. Today, Mac Mckee talks to Shirin Scotten with the Coastal Coalition for Substance Abuse and Prevention about the organization, its goals and a public education
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…
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. We explore the ramifications of that plan and talk to the Park Superintendent about how the new ferry service would be implemented.
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. We explore the issue in advance of a public meeting that has yet to be set.
A local non-profit is collecting school supplies during this last tax free weekend to help children in need
Back to school shopping has long been a tradition for Americans. Students are given a list of necessary materials to complete the school year. While this preparation for the first day of school can be a source of excitement for some, how do the students whose families can’t provide these items manage? Darlene Brown, the executive director of Craven County Partners in Education, has organized a fundraising event aimed at helping students in need.
What started off in 2010 with a few local kids and a tripod-mounted camera has developed into a full-blown production studio for young film enthusiast. Lee Jenkins has more.
Carteret County’s Teen Film Club now has 24 regular members from Havelock to Beaufort, aged anywhere between twelve and nineteen. So far, the club has produced a small TV show and a six episode miniseries called “The Persistence of Time.” As the name would imply, the miniseries deals time travel, explains Club Founder Melissa Bennett.