How safe is your beach?  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak to the State Recreational Water Quality Program Manager about testing the water at more than 200 locations, from Corolla to Sunset Beach.  And why sometimes, they have to issue a swimming advisory.  Plus, we take an audio tour of a new exhibit in New Bern detailing the history of the Tuscarora Nation with 15 rare maps.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on New and Ideas. 

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This weekend, Toy Trains of Belhaven, a popular Christmas exhibit in Washington County, will showcase a miniature winter wonderland dotted with buildings, villagers, lights and tracks.  But the star of the show is a collection of tinplate toy trains running through the elaborately decorated holiday villages.  Mikel Peterson has more on the elaborate set up that's sending young and old alike to the "Birthplace of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway."

The saying what goes around comes around is true for marine debris and plastics that end up in the coastal waters of North Carolina and eventually wash up on beaches or are ingested by fish, sea turtles and other aquatic animals.  A traveling exhibit makes a stop in Morehead City December 1st through the 4th to raise awareness of the impact marine debris has on wildlife.  Jared Brumbaugh speaks with professor at University of North Carolina's Institute of Marine Sciences Dr. Rachel Nobel about the exhibit and the featured artist.

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. 

The North Carolina Museum of Art has it’s first-ever design exhibition, featuring the largest and most diverse group of Porsche automobiles ever on display in a U.S. art museum.  The exhibit features 22 cars from the 1930’s to present day.  This week, I spoke with Director of Publications and co-curator for Porsche By Design Barbara Wiedemann about the featured cars and how the idea for the exhibit came about.