PRE Public NewsRoom Archive



New inland & coastal flood prediction system passes first test (2008-09-29)
Tropical Storm Hanna provided an initial test for the CI-FLOW system of predicting inland and coastal flooding during tropical events.


Rise in Motorcylce Deaths (2008-09-23)
An alarming jump in motorcycle deaths occurred in 2007, making North Carolina the worst state in the nation for traffic deaths.


Bicycle Paths in ENC (2008-09-16)
Cities in ENC are proposing bike paths, while others have already implemented them.


National Park Service considers raccoon removal from South Core Banks (2008-09-11)
The Park Service considers a one-time removal of a portion of the raccoon population from South Core Banks to see if it helps survival rates of sea turtle and shore bird nests.


The Down East Journal 09/05/2008 (2008-09-09)
Diabetes is among the top ten causes of death among ENC residents, and diagnoses of diabetes are on the rise among certain ethnic groups. Also, making the transition from the military to the job market; the numbers of veterans looking for jobs in NC is growing.


The Down East Journal 08/29/2008 (2008-09-03)
The presidential election is around the corner, but are the nominees making the most of every voter demographic? The debate continues over global warming. And more ENC communities are becoming bicycle friendly.


The Down East Journal 08/22/2008 (2008-09-03)
The cost of childcare is going up in North Carolina and we'll find out why. We'll learn about the Libertarian candidate for Governor, Mike Munger.


Branding... commentary from Chuck Twardy (2008-08-28)
Remember the 1969 bestseller by Joe McGinniss "The Selling of the President?" They're at it again.. or still at it, depending upon your level of cynicism. Branding... commentary from Chuck Twardy


Michael Munger, Libertarian candidate for Governor (2008-08-27)
A profile of Michael Munger, Duke University political science professor and Libertarian candidate for Governor.


Cost of Childcare on the Rise in ENC (2008-08-26)
Like gas and groceries the cost of childcare is going up and Eastern North Carolina is seeing childcare rates topping out at over seven thousand dollars annually. Megen George has this report for Public Radio East


HIV/AIDS at Epedimic Proportions in ENC (2008-08-20)
A recent report issued by the Southern Aids Coalition discusses an alarming increase in cases of HIV and AIDS in the south. Public Radio East's Megen George recently spoke with Dr. Diane Campbell with the Brody School of Medicine. Dr. Campbell says the epidemic facing the Southern Region of the US is reflected in Eastern North Carolina.


The Down East Journal 08/15/2008 (2008-08-16)
Cases of AIDS and HIV in Eastern North Carolina are at epidemic proportions. We'll learn the reasons behind the high numbers. Explosive growth of aquatic plants in the Trent River has some concerned about the health of the river.


PRE Interviews US Senate Candidate and Incumbent Elizabeth Dole (2008-08-14)
As Election Day nears Public Radio East is bringing you interviews and profiles of the candidates. A few weeks ago we spoke with the Democratic candidate for US Senate, Kay Hagan. Now we talk with current US Senator Elizabeth Dole. Public Radio East News Director Megen George recently interviewed the republican incumbent.


Energy costs prompt shift in Wayne County Government working hours (2008-08-13)
Rising energy costs have prompted Wayne County government to put most of their workers on a 4-day, 10-hour-a-day schedule.


Just Jump in the Boat... commentary from Joan Carris (2008-08-13)
One of coastal North Carolina's favorite summertime activities sounds so easy... and then you try it...


Aquatic plant growth raises questions about the health of the Trent River (2008-08-11)
Explosive growth of an aquatic plant in the Neuse River is causing growing concern over the health of the Trent River and what it could mean for the Neuse Estuary.


The Down East Journal 08/01/2008 (2008-08-11)
Om this week's show we'll hear a profile of republican gubernatorial candidate, Pat McCrory. Researchers discover WWII wrecks of German U-Boats.


The Down East Journal 08/08/2008 (2008-08-11)
An interview with US Senator Elizabeth Dole. The republican incumbent is being challenged in the 2008 election by State Senator and democrat, Kay Hagan. And a recent increase in bear sightings in NC brought another story to the mind of reporter George Olsen.


Movie Star Dish (2008-08-11)
You would think as a freelance writer, Marion Blackburn wouldn't encounter many prima donnas. But, she spends most of her time with them.


Candidate Profile: Pat Mccrory (2008-08-08)
As election day nears Public Radio East is providing listeners with features and interviews with the candidates. Public Radio East's Jared Brumbaugh recently spoke with Charlotte Mayor and republican Gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory, and has this profile.


Senator Elizabeth Dole Talks About Energy, Immigration (2008-08-08)
North Carolina U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole emphasized her work on energy, the mortgage crisis, immigration and healthcare in a recent interview.


Divers survey wrecks of German U-Boats off N-C Coast (2008-08-01)
Divers have finished a survey of the three known wrecks of German U-boats off the North Carolina coast.


ENC Threatened by Sea Level Rise (2008-07-29)
Residents of the Albemarle - Pamlico Region are invited to share ideas and concerns about sea level rise at a series of public meetings that are being held over the next few weeks. Public Radio East's Megen George recently spoke with Sam Pearsall with the Nature Conservancy. The organization is one of several that are hosting the forums. Pearsall explained sea level rise and the threat it poses to the environment.


The Down East Journal 07/25/2008 (2008-07-26)
Sea level rise is the focus of a series of forums scheduled at various locations in ENC. We'll talk with biologist Sam Pearsall who explains the causes and threats associated with sea level rise. REgular commentator Marion Blackburn dishes on the movie stars in her life and we'll hear about the latest arts and cultural events coming up in ENC.


The Down East Journal 07/18/2008 (2008-07-25)
The state legislature has approved rules regarding storm water runoff that will go into effect next month. A new book from a Raleigh author attempts to debunk myths about the Pirate Blackbeard... and we'll hear about the latest arts and cultural events coming up in ENC.


New rules on stormwater control receive Legislative approval (2008-07-17)
The Legislature agrees on new rules controlling stormwater run-off in 20 coastal counties. The rules supersede Environmental Management Commission rules that were to go in effect August 1.


PRE Interviews US Senate Candidate Kay Hagan (2008-07-14)
Public Radio East's Megen George recently spoke with Democrat Kay Hagan a State Senator from Greensboro. She's hoping to unseat Republican Incumbent Elizabeth Dole.


The Down East Journal 07/11/2008 (2008-07-12)
An interview with Kay Hagan. The State Senator from Greensboro is hoping to unseat US Senator Elizabeth Dole in the 2008 Election. A new project is giving hope to uninsured North Carolinians in need of specialized medical care. Those stories and the Weekly Arts Calendar.


Saving the Airlines... commentary from Joan Carris (2008-07-10)
Commentator Joan Carris with a three-point plan to revive the sagging airline industry.


"The Last Days of Black Beard the Pirate" - Kevin Duffus (2008-07-10)
Kevin Duffus' new book raises questions about the accepted biography of Blackbeard.


NC Senate Candidate Critical of Rival Elizabeth Dole (2008-07-09)
North Carolina U.S. Senate candidate says the economy will be the No. 1 issue in November.


The Down East Journal 07/04/2008 (2008-07-08)
Some environmental groups are gorwing impatient with the state's regulations on hog waste. An ENC man is working to change the cost of Medicare. And we'll hear about the latest cultural events in ENC during the Weekly Arts Calendar.


Study to Chart Public Perceptions of Change Down East (2008-07-01)
There's no question that change is on the horizon and already underway for many coastal communities in Eastern North Carolina. There's also no question that area residents have strong opinions both for and against development. Researchers at Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort are launching a two-year study aimed at documenting community perceptions of development and land-use change on coastal communities Down East. PRE's Megen George speaks with the study's principal investigator, Lisa Campbell.


Local Man Wants to Change Medicare (2008-06-30)
Medicare, the government administered health insurance program for people 65 and over, is vital to many older adults in need of health care. But an Eastern North Carolina man would like to see the Medicare program re-worked from the ground up and he's working to form an organization in hopes of putting pressure on the US government to do just that.


The Down East Journal 06/27/2008 (2008-06-30)
The number of children in need of foster care in North Carolina is on the rise. We'll learn what it takes to be a foster parent. The Duke Marine Lab is beginning a two year study looking at development and change in coastal communities Down East. We'll talk with the study's author.


Studies look at possible link between hog odors and health effects (2008-06-27)
A pair of studies looked at 16 communities in eastern North Carolina to examine the possible health effects of hog odor from nearby industrial hog operations.


The Down East Journal 06/20/2008 (2008-06-26)
The Libertarian Party of NC announced it will appeal a Superior Court ruling denying their claims that state ballot access rules are unconstitutional. Greenville writer, Marion Blackburn traveled to NYC to view the original copy of Jack Kerouac's novel "On the Road". She'll share her audio diary.


Local DSS In Need of Foster Parents (2008-06-25)
Each year, thousands of children enter into the North Carolina Foster Care System. However, the number of children in need of a home far exceeds the number of foster parents who are able to offer one. Many counties in Eastern North Carolina are instituting aggressive recruitment plans in hopes of encouraging more people to become foster parents. Megen George has this report for Public Radio East.


N-C Libertarian Party appeals ballot access decision (2008-06-18)
The Libertarian Party of North Carolina is appealing a Superior Court decision denying their claim that state ballot access rules are unconstitutional.


Marion Blackburn's Jack Kerouac Audio Diary (2008-06-16)
Author Jack Kerouac is indelibly tied with the Beat Generation and best known for his work On the Road . Much myth and legend surrounds the novel, originally typed on sheets of paper known as the scroll . The truth is a bit more complex, though. Writer Marion Blackburn journeyed to New York City in February to see the original typed scroll of On the Road in person. She, and her husband Greg, traveled by train from Rocky Mount to Grand Central Station and she shares her journey with us.


The Down East Journal 06/13/2008 (2008-06-13)
The Atlantic hurricane season is underway. We'll learn about this year's storm predictions from the National Weather Service. A Charlotte organization is trying a new approach to combat homelessness. And, the Camp Lejeune based 26th MEU provides help to communities affected by flooding in Indiana.


Camp Lejeune Marines help with Indiana disaster recovery (2008-06-13)
Marines & sailors with the 26th MEU based at Camp Lejeune were in Indiana for training prior to a summertime deployment and found themselves in the middle of a local natural disaster.


The Down East Journal 06/06/2008 (2008-06-07)
A new antibody developed at ECU's Brody School of Medicine could be a breakthrough treatment for Breast and Ovarian Cancers. A fire burning in Hyde County is creating problems for neighboring communities. And we'll learn how the new Silver Alerts are working in North Carolina.


Hyde County firefighters in for the long haul (2008-06-06)
A wildfire around the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge will likely burn into July, even if firefighters gain control on the running fire.


ECU Pathologist Develops Breakthrough Antibody (2008-06-04)
A new antibody developed at ECU's Brody School of Medicine could offer hope for treatment of Ovarian and Breast Cancer. Public Radio East's Megen George recently spoke with Dr. Anne Kellogg, a pathologist who developed the breakthrough antibody.


The Down East Journal 05/30/2008 (2008-06-02)
The state community college system has been under the microscope of the NC Center for Public Policy Research. We'll learn about the findings of a comprehensive study. Your personal care products could be tied to the health of marine life. And the debate over storm water rules in NC continues.


State House bill could halt new stormwater runoff rules (2008-05-30)
A state House disapproval bill could halt the implementation of new stormwater run-off rules in 20 coastal N-C counties.


NC Think Tank Looks at Community College System (2008-05-27)
The state Community College System has been under the microscope of the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research. The non-partisan organization is releasing a four part comprehensive study highlighting key issues affecting the system and recommendations to improve upon the services offered. Public Radio East's Megen George spoke with center director, Ran Coble about the study's findings.


The Down East Journal 05/23/2008 (2008-05-27)
A partnership between ECU's Brody School of Medicine and the Pitt County Health Department could slow the transmission of HIV and AIDS in ENC. A report released last week examines not only the condition of the shipwreck of the sunken Civil War ironclad Monitor, but the waters where the shipwreck lies.


StoryCorps - Sally Woelkers (2008-05-23)
Today we hear from Sally Woelkers. She discusses her choice to marry young and have 15 children with her daughter Elsie Spencer.


Health Organizations in Pitt County Partner to Reduce Transmission of AIDS/HIV (2008-05-22)
ECU's Brody School of Medicine and the Pitt County Public Health Department have formed a partnership in an effort to slow the spread of HIV and AIDS in eastern North Carolina. Public Radio East's Megen George spoke with Pitt County Health Director, Dr. John Morrow.


StoryCorps - Angela Andrews (2008-05-22)
Today we hear from Angela Andrews. She shares her memories of her Grandmother with her boyfriend Thomas Parker.


Report lists conditions at Monitor National Marine Sanctuary (2008-05-22)
A new report examines the condition of the Monitor shipwreck as well as the ecology of its surrounding waters off Cape Hatteras.


StoryCorps - Robert Phillips (2008-05-21)
Today we hear from Robert Phillips. The 78 year old describes what it was like for him growing up in New Bern during times of segregation. Public Radio East would like to warn listeners that this StoryCorps interview contains strong language that may be considered offensive.


The Down East Journal 05/02/2008 (2008-05-19)
The NC Primary is fast approaching and we'll look at some of the tight races facing North Carolina. We'll also hear ENC residents discuss the issues that are on their minds as they prepare to go to the polls.


StoryCorps - Jack Spencer Goodwin (2008-05-19)
Today we hear from Jack Spencer Goodwin. He discusses his love of books with his friend Craig Brake.


The Down East Journal 05/16/2008 (2008-05-19)
After a tornado damaged several houses in the community of Bellgrade, the Onslow County chapter of the Red Cross is coming to the aid of displaced residents. The NC Community College System is changing its policy toward admitting undocumented illegal immigrants.


The Down East Journal 05/09/2008 (2008-05-19)
The cost of driving is on the rise. We'll hear new data from AAA Carolinas. Beaufort children's book author, Joan Carris offers her own brand of medical advice.


Onslow County Red Cross Provides Tornado Relief (2008-05-19)
The Onslow County chapter of the Red Cross is offering assistance to residents who have been displaced by a tornado that swept through the community of Bellgrade. Public Radio East's Megen George recently spoke with Joy Branham, the Executive Director of the Onslow County Chapter of the Red Cross.


The Down East Journal 04/25/2008 (2008-05-19)
Pender County is facing a water shortage. We'll find out what local officials are doing to combat the situation. Swansboro native and ECU alum, Jennifer Licko is spending time in Brazil, but hasn't abandoned her Celtic roots. We'll hear about her new CD.


StoryCorps - Francisco Castillo (2008-05-15)
Today we hear from Francisco Castillo and his 12 year old daughter Amanda. They discuss life at home while Amanda's mother serves in Iraq.


StoryCorps - Francisco Castillo (2008-05-15)
Today we hear from Francisco Castillo and his 12 year old daughter Amanda. They discuss life at home while Amanda's mother serves in Iraq.


StoryCorps - Williamston (2008-05-14)
Today we hear from Sunny Williamston and Dennis Chadwick. The two friends are Down East natives. They discuss their patience and sometimes impatience with visiting tourists.


StoryCorps - John Tunnel (2008-05-09)
The Sanitary Fish Market and Restaurant is a Morehead City institution. This is the seafood establishment's 70th anniversary. John Tunnel has been employed at The Sanitary Restaurant for over 60 years and shares his story with his friend Beth Garner.


StoryCorps - Venus Davis (2008-05-08)
Today we hear from Venus Davis. The 84 year old discusses life in Beaufort during segregation. She shares her story with her daughter Edna Davis Johnson.


StoryCorps - Brenda and Bobbie Downing (2008-05-07)
Sisters Brenda and Bobbie Downing discuss the role their faith in God has played in their lives.


Lt. Governor Beverly Purdue Campaigns in New Bern (2008-05-06)
In an effort to win any last minute votes Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Beverly Purdue made multiple stops in North Carolina on Monday... including her hometown of New Bern.


Hillary Clinton Campaigns in ENC (2008-05-06)
Jacksonville was the site of a campaign stop for New York Senator and Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. Megen George attended the rally and has this report for Public Radio East.


Barack Obama Campaigns in ENC (2008-05-06)
Thousands crowded into Minges Coliseum to hear Presidential Candidate and Illinois Sentaor Barack Obama speak. Megen George was there and has this report for Public Radio East.


StoryCorps - Steve and Connie Mullinix (2008-05-05)
Not long after the two were in engaged in 1970, Steve received orders to serve in the Vietnam War and the two were certain they would never see each other again.


3rd U-S House District candidate Joe McLaughlin (2008-05-01)
Onslow County Commissioner Joe McLaughlin is challenging Republican incumbent Walter Jones for the Republican party nomination for the 3rd U-S House district seat. currently held by incumbent Walter Jones


StoryCorps - Cora Mereness (2008-05-01)
Cora Mereness is interviewed by her son Jo Mereness and daughter Lindi Mereness. She shares her stories of dancing the jitterbug on the Atlantic Beach pavilion during the 1930s.


StoryCorps - Erma Cooke (2008-04-30)
Today we hear from Erma Cooke and her partner Heather Owens. Erma discusses what she's learned in her job as a neo-natal nurse at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune.


StoryCorps - Terri Shertzer (2008-04-28)
Terry Shertzer discusses her life in New York while her husband served in the military during World War Two. She shares her story with her grandson, Kyle.


StoryCorps - Theresa and Jimmie Lee (2008-04-24)
Today we hear from husband and wife Theresa and Jimmie Lee. The Lees have been married for nearly 24 years and say they're just as in love now as they were when they were newlyweds.


Commentary from Joan Carris (2008-04-23)
Your friendly senior citizen doctor... commentary from Beaufort children's author Joan Carris.


StoryCorps - Ella Ruth King (2008-04-23)
Today we hear from Ella Ruth King. She discusses growing up on a Tobacco farm in Eastern North Carolina.


A Thousand Curses upon Love -- Jennifer Licko (2008-04-23)
Conversation about and music from the new CD "A Thousand Curses upon Love" by Swansboro native & ECU graduate Jennifer Licko


StoryCorps - Barbara Lee (2008-04-21)
Today we hear from Barbara Lee. She grew up in the Craven Terrace housing project in down town New Bern. She shares her story with Nannette Sanders Cobb and discusses growing up during times of segregation and her ties to her community.


The Down East Journal 04/18/2008 (2008-04-21)
A new report looks at the numbers of psychiatric patients who die after being discharged from the hospital. Colorful pirate statues are popping up around Greenville... we'll find out why.


The Down East Journal 04/12/2008 (2008-04-21)
We'll hear a report on how North Carolina's primary could affect the presidential election. PRE Music Director Sefton Wiggs offers his thoughts on pianist Murray Perahia's take on Bach.


The Down East Journal 03/28/2008 (2008-04-21)
We hear how the war in Iraq is affecting North Carolina's military families. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is campaigning in North Carolina... we'll hear reaction to his stop this week in Greensboro.


The Down East Journal 02/29/2008 (2008-04-21)
The future of electricity on the coast could lie in wind energy. Wayne County has seen a significant decrease in the school dropout rate... we'll find out why. Music Director Sefton Wiggs offers his thoughts on the newest release from the Columbus University Wind Ensemble.


The Down East Journal 04/05/2008 (2008-04-21)
We hear a report on the role religion plays in politics. A new law requires the state medical board to publish information about disciplinary action taken against doctors... but some think the law hasn't gone far enough.


The Down East Journal 03/14/2008 (2008-04-21)
Driving on the beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore could be in the hands of the courts. A new piece of historical fiction examines the legend of The Lost Colony... and we'll hear a StoryCorps interview with one of the first females to join the Fleet Marine Force.


The Down East Journal 03/07/2008 (2008-04-21)
Increasing numbers of young people are registering to vote in North Carolina. We'll learn how they could affect the upcoming election. George Olsen talks with South Carolina singer/songwriter Jack Williams.


The Down East Journal 03/21/2008 (2008-04-21)
The debate continues between coastal residents and the Navy over the use of sonar training in offshore areas. The Onslow Community Ministries homeless shelter in Jacksonville could close its doors next month due to a financial shortfall.


StoryCorps - Nelson McDaniel (2008-04-17)
Nelson McDaniel discusses lessons that can be learned from the southern experience.


StoryCorps - Joan Jealous (2008-04-16)
Today we hear from Joan Jealous and Robin Smart. They discuss how a chance meeting on an airport bus resulted in a 44-year relationship.


StoryCorps - Steven Fernandez and Oscar Lopez (2008-04-14)
Marines Steven Fernandez and Oscar Lopez discuss time spent in Iraq. They say that even though their two tours have been difficult the experiences they've shared are priceless.


StoryCorps - Craig and Linnea McKenney (2008-04-14)
Linnea McKenney and her husband Craig McKenney look back on the early days of their marriage as they prepare to celebrate their 25th anniversary.


StoryCorps - Paul and Sally Kelly (2008-04-10)
Today we hear from Paul and Sally Kelly. Sally interviews Paul about his plan to hand-bike 2008 miles in an effort to raise money for wounded warriors.


StoryCorps - Justin Plakas (2008-04-09)
Today we hear from Justin Placas of Wilmington. He shares the story of when his grandfather was drafted into the air force.


StoryCorps - Leslie Rassner (2008-04-03)
Today we hear from best friends Leslie Rassner and Holly Nelson who began with a doctor patient relationship but believe it was fate that resulted in them becoming best friends.


StoryCorps - Ira Lewis (2008-04-03)
Today we hear from Margaret Anne Lewis Rose as she interviews her father Ira Lewis about life on Harker's Island.


StoryCorps - Osborne Davis (2008-03-31)
Today Pam Davis Morris interviews her father Osborne Davis they talk about his childhood in the Down East Community of Davis.


Democratic US Senatorial Forum Part 2 (2008-03-29)
Candidates running for the Democratic US Senatorial Seat met in New Bern for a forum hosted by Public Radio East and the League of Women Voters of North Carolina. Hear part two of the forum.


Democratic US Senatorial Forum Part 1 (2008-03-29)
Candidates running for the Democratic US Senatorial Seat met in New Bern for a forum hosted by Public Radio East and the League of Women Voters of North Carolina. Hear part one of the forum.


StoryCorps - Rev. Finney Greggs (2008-03-27)
Today we hear a discussion between Reverend Finney Greggs of Jacksonville and his wife Louise Greggs. Greggs tells his wife about returning from Vietnam and how he reconciles his religious beliefs with his time spent in the military.


StoryCorps - Guillermo Fargas (2008-03-26)
Today we hear from Guillermo Fargas an infantryman in the Marine Corps. Fargas is interviewed by his friend and fellow Marine Thomas Hobbs, he describes a firefight in Iraq and discusses how deployment has changed him.


StoryCorps - Jonathan Robinson (2008-03-21)
Today we hear from Jonathan Robinson, an Atlantic resident whose family's commercial fishing history dates back to colonial times. Robinson was interviewed by his friend Barbara Blake about the fishing industry during times of segregation in the south.


StoryCorps - Sandra Gaskill (2008-03-20)
Pam Davis interviews her friend Sandra Gaskill about being the wife of a commercial fisherman on Harker's Island.


StoryCorps - Graham and Megan Grafton (2008-03-19)
Today we hear the story of Graham and Megan Grafton. The two marines were living and working in Washington DC during the September 11th terrorist attacks.


StoryCorps - Heather Barlow (2008-03-18)
After growing up a member of the Plymouth Brethren, Heather Barlow enlisted in the Navy at 28. She shared her story with StoryCorps producer Jenna Weiss Berman


Onslow Homeless Shelter threatened with closure (2008-03-13)
A funding shortfall could result in the imminent closure of the Onslow Community Ministries Homeless Shelter.


Story Corps - Nick DiOrio and Patrick Fleischman (2008-03-13)
Story Corps is in Eastern North Carolina. It's the revolutionary oral history project that records the stories of everyday people across the nation. Today we hear from Nick DiOrio and Patrick Fleischman two Camp Lejeune Marines who discuss why they joined the Marine Corps.


Increasing Numbers of Young People Registering to Vote in NC (2008-03-12)
Increasing numbers of young people are registering to vote in North Carolina. However, it remains to be seen whether they'll show up when polls open on May 6th. Megen George has this report for Public Radio East.


Story Corps - Barbara Butler (2008-03-10)
Story Corps is in Eastern North Carolina. It's the revolutionary oral history project that records the stories of everyday people across the nation. Today we hear the story of Barbara Butler. Butler was one of the first women to join the Fleet Marine Force and act as a medic to marine corpsmen on the front lines. Story corps producer, Kemba Bloodworth, interviewed Butler on board Camp Lejeune.


Injunction seeks halt to beach driving on portions of Hatteras Seashore (2008-03-06)
An injunction sought by environmental groups seeks a halt to beach driving on portions of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in order to protect declining numbers of shorebirds.


The Rising Shore - Roanoke -- Deborah Homsher (2008-02-28)
New historical fiction from Deborah Homsher looks at the arrival of... and the possible fate... of the Lost Colony.


A Native of Cuba Looks Back on Castro's Rule (2008-02-27)
Fidel Castro recently resigned as President of Cuba. For thousands of Cuban exiles who escaped Castro's Communist rule, the resignation was a dream that would never come true. Ana Gonzalez-Porto was five years old when she and her family fled Cuba.


Declining drop-out rate in Wayne County (2008-02-26)
While the state drop-out rate increased in the 2006-2007 school year, Wayne County saw a decrease and their lowest rate in six years.


The Down East Journal 02/22/2008 (2008-02-23)
Our series North Carolina Voices: Diagnosing Health Care comes to a close as we look at end of life care in North Carolina. We'll learn about new school uniform requirements going into effect in Pitt County, and Joan Carris takes a look at the remaining Republican Presidential Candidates from an angle not yet covered in the media.


The Down East Journal 02/08/2008 (2008-02-22)
We continue our series North Carolina Voices: Diagnosing Health Care and look at the large numbers of North Carolinians without health insurance. And, PRE Music Director Sefton Wiggs reviews a new release of Brahms' clarinet sonatas.


The Down East Journal 01/25/2008 (2008-02-22)
We continue our series North Carolina Voices: Diagnosing Health Care and look at the strain Type 2 Diabetes patients are putting on hospitals. And we hear the final installment in a three part audio diary chronicling Marion Blackburn's trip to see the Dalai Lama.


The Down East Journal 02/15/2008 (2008-02-22)
We continue our series North Carolina Voices: Diagnosing Health Care and learn about how an ENC community is teaching children about proper nutrition. George Olsen tells us about policy changes at the NC DMV.


Commentary from Joan Carris (2008-02-21)
Joan Carris offers a take on the presidential candidates none of TV's talking heads have yet considered... astrology.


New regs for driver's licenses (2008-02-14)
New federal & state rules will bring some changes to the process of acquiring a driver's license.


Commentary from Elia Herman (2008-02-08)
What do fire engines, dead whales, and your laundry have in common? A lesson in biodiversity from Elia Herman.


Presidential Astrology... the Democrats (2008-02-01)
Commentator Joan Carris with a new angle on evaluating our Democratic presidential candidates.


How is ENC Affected by Current State of the National Economy? (2008-01-31)
America took a ride on the stock market roller coaster last week prompting fears that the nation could be headed toward a recession. Public Radio East's Megen George recently spoke with Dr. Gary Zinn a teaching professor of economics at ECU. Zinn specializes in regional economics and discussed how the current economy and a potential recession could affect Eastern North Carolina.


The Weary Wake Up -- Eliza Lynn (2008-01-30)
Conversation and music with Asheville's Eliza Lynn about her latest CD The Weary Wake Up.


The Down East Journal 01/18/2008 (2008-01-25)
On this week's show, we'll continue our series diagnosing health care and ask what can be learned from genetic testing. We'll hear part two in a three part series chronicling Marion Blackburn's trip to see The Dalai Lama, and we'll find out about upcoming arts and cultural events during the Weekly Arts Calendar.


The Down East Journal 01/18/2008 (2008-01-25)
On this week's show, we'll continue our series diagnosing health care and ask what can be learned from genetic testing. We'll hear part two in a three part series chronicling Marion Blackburn's trip to see The Dalai Lama, and we'll find out about upcoming arts and cultural events during the Weekly Arts Calendar.


The Down East Journal 01/18/2008 (2008-01-25)
On this week's show we'll continue our series North Carolina Voices: Diagnosing Health Care and ask what can be learned from genetic testing. We'll hear part 2 in a three part audio diary chronicling Marion Blackburn's trip to see the Dalai Lama. And we'll find out about arts and cultural events coming up across ENC.


Part 2: Journey to See the Dalai Lama (2008-01-23)
In part two of her audio diary chronicling her trip to see the Dalai Lama, writer Marion Blackburn makes reaches Atlanta.


Part 3: Journey to See the Dalai Lama (2008-01-23)
In part three of her audio diary chronicling her trip to see the Dalai Lama, Marion Blackburn finally sees His Holiness in person and reflects on the experience.


The Down East Journal 01/11/2008 (2008-01-14)
We continue our series Diagnosing Healthcare and look at the high numbers of North Carolinians diagnosed with diabetes. We'll hear part one in a three part series chronicling Marion Blackburn's trip to see the Dalai Lama, and we'll hear a commentary from Beaufort children's book author Joan Carris.


Commentary from Joan Carris (2008-01-14)
Joan Carris does the oxymoronic... commenting on unmentionables.


The Down East Journal 01/11/2008 (2008-01-14)
We continue our series Diagnosing Healthcare and look at the high numbers of North Carolinians diagnosed with diabetes. We'll hear part one in a three part series chronicling Marion Blackburn's trip to see the Dalai Lama, and we'll hear a commentary from Beaufort children's book author Joan Carris.


The Down East Journal 01/11/2008 (2008-01-14)
We continue our series Diagnosing Healthcare and look at the high numbers of North Carolinians diagnosed with diabetes. We'll hear part one in a three part series chronicling Marion Blackburn's trip to see the Dalai Lama, and we'll hear a commentary from Beaufort children's book author Joan Carris.


The Down East Journal 01/11/2008 (2008-01-14)
We continue our series Diagnosing Healthcare and look at the high numbers of North Carolinians diagnosed with diabetes. We'll hear part one in a three part series chronicling Marion Blackburn's trip to see the Dalai Lama, and we'll hear a commentary from Beaufort children's book author Joan Carris.


Part 1: Journey to See the Dalai Lama (2008-01-14)
Part one in Marion Blackburn's three part audio diary chronicling her trip to Atlanta to see the Dalai Lama.


The Down East Journal 01/11/2008 (2008-01-14)
We continue our series Diagnosing Healthcare and look at the high numbers of North Carolinians diagnosed with diabetes. We'll hear part one in a three part series chronicling Marion Blackburn's trip to see the Dalai Lama, and we'll hear a commentary from Beaufort children's book author Joan Carris.


The Down East Journal 12/07/2007 (2008-01-09)
We'll visit one of the state's community clinics as we continue our series North Carolina Voices: Diagnosing Health Care. Public Radio East Music Director Sefton Wiggs reviews Scandinavian music from Trio Midiaeval.


The Down East Journal 12/14/2007 (2008-01-09)
We continue our series Diagnosing Health Care and ask, where do you go for specialized health care when you have no insurance? We'll hear an interview with ARa Gregorian, the founder of the Chamber Music Festival of ENC.


The Down East Journal 12/28/2007 (2008-01-09)
We continue our series North Carolina Voices: Diagnosing Health Care and look at incorporating health care from other civilizations into western medicine. We'll hear a commentary from Chuck Twardy.


The Down East Journal 01/04/2008 (2008-01-09)
We continue our series North Carolina Voices: Diagnosing Health Care and look at the health concerns facing people of color. PRE Music Director Sefton Wiggs offers his top 10 classical CDs of 2007


PCMH Offers New Treatment for Chronic Wounds (2008-01-09)
Diabetics suffering from chronic wounds now have a new option for treatment. Pitt County Memorial Hospital's Wound Healing Center is using a new procedure incorporating oxygen therapy to bring relief to patients.


The Beat Goes On... and on and on... Commentary from Chuck Twardy (2007-12-26)
Commentator Chuck Twardy has some music he'd like to share with you... and if you'd keep it, he'd be grateful.


Christmas 2007... commentary from Joan Carris (2007-12-21)
Christmas is officially sooner rather than later, so if you typically wait to the last minute to handle your shopping, congratulations, this is your time. Commentator Joan Carris won't be joining you in your last-minute shopping frenzy, having found her gifts where the old and new live side-by-side as they should this time of year in perfect harmony.


Ordinary Seasons -- Polecat Creek (2007-12-14)
Conversation about... and music from... the CD Ordinary Seasons by the Greensboro/Asheville-based duo Polecat Creek.


The Down East Journal 11/16/2007 (2007-12-03)
We continue to report on Duke Marine Lab's Green Wave Environmental Sustainability Seminar Series and take a look at oceanic conservation. Public Radio East's George Olsen has a conversation with North Carolina Singer/Songwriter Dmitri Resnik.


The Down East Journal 11/23/2007 (2007-12-03)
Research shows rates of depression are on the rise for Latino girls in North Carolina. We continue to look at problems facing North Carolina health care and research the role job loss plays. And PRE regular commentator, Marion Blackburn carefully welcomes the Holiday Season.


The Down East Journal 11/30/2007 (2007-12-03)
A unit of Special Operations Marines has been activated at Camp Lejeune. We'll find out what it takes to join the ranks of MARSOC Marines. We'll hear the final report from Duke Marine Lab's Green Wave Environmental Seminar Series. And we'll ask just how literate are we when it comes to our health?


Special Ops Marine Unit Recruits Rennaissance Men (2007-11-30)
The concept of military special operations has been played out numerous times in books, movies, and on television. A new special operations unit based out of Camp Lejeune is putting its candidates through an intense recruitment and screening process in order to not only determine a Marine's physical ability, but mental ability as well.


Cannon Raised from Possible Queen Anne's Revenge Site (2007-11-15)
A cannon was recently raised off of North Carolina's coast. It's believed to have belonged to Blackbeard's ship The Queen Anne's Revenge. PRE's Marion Blackburn was at the cannon raising and sent us this audio postcard.


Blues guitarist Dmitri Resnik (2007-11-14)
A conversation with - and music from - Chatham County blues guitarist & vocalist Dmitri Resnik.


The Down East Journal 11/09/2007 (2007-11-13)
We continue to follow Duke Marine Lab's Green Wave Environmental Seminar Series with a look at green business practices. We'll study North Carolina's health statistics and ask the question, "What makes a state healthy?" And we'll learn about the potential benefits of minerals in make-up and skin care products.


The Down East Journal 10/19/2007 (2007-11-13)
We continue to follow Duke Marine Lab's Green Wave Environmental Sustainability Seminar Series with a look at wetland restoration. We'll find out how even in the current turbulent housing market, home ownership is an attainable dream. We'll also hear a commentary from Beaufort Children's Author Joan Carris.


Minerals Could Be Beneficial to Skin Care (2007-11-13)
Vitamins and minerals are essential for proper function of the body, and the skin is no exception. Public Radio East freelance contributor Patricia Raskin recently spoke with licensed skin care therapist Michelle Fenske about how using minerals on the skin can maximize the effects of any skin care program.


The Down East Journal 11/02/2007 (2007-11-13)
We continue to follow the Green Wave Environmental Seminar Series with a look at environmentally friendly landscaping. We'll also learn about some ghost-busters right here in ENC.


Fighting the Good Fight... for Laundry (2007-10-15)
PRE regular commentator Marion Blackburn has strong feelings about many important issues... Politics, the environment, and laundry.


The Down East Journal 10/12/2007 (2007-10-15)
As political unrest and violent conditions continue in Burma, many Burmese refugees are making their way to Eastern North Carolina to build new lives. PRE Music Director, Sefton Wiggs reviews a new classical release and we'll find out about upcoming arts and cultural events in the area.


Burmese Refugees Make New Lives in ENC (2007-10-15)
As political unrest and violent conditions continue in Burma, many Burmese refugees working to make new lives for themselves in Eastern North Carolina.


Commentary from Joan Carris (2007-10-15)
Commentator Joan Carris is a mother. Joan Carris is a teacher. Joan Carris is an author. Joan Carris is busy too busy, in her opinion.


Report Looks at Teacher Absences in NC (2007-10-15)
Do you ever wonder when you drop your kids off at school, if they're learning anything? According to a report released by the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, 46% of North Carolina's schools didn't meet expected growth outlined by the state accountability system last year. The problem may be linked to the growing rate of teacher absences.


The Down East Journal 10/05/2007 (2007-10-15)
We continue our series of reports on the Green Wave Environmental Seminal Series at the Duke Marine Lab. This week we learn about sustainable seafood. A health project in ENC is focusing on the high rates of heart disease among the African-American population. And we'll find out about arts and cultural events coming up in the area.


Down East Residents Prepare for Storm Water Hearings (2007-10-02)
Storm water is currently the largest source of pollution to coastal waters in North Carolina. The NC Division of Water Quality is currently hosting a series of meetings outlining potential changes to current storm water rules. PRE's Megen George traveled to Gloucester recently to gauge how "Down Easters" felt about the proposed changes.


The Down East Journal 09/21/2007 (2007-10-02)
Storm water is currently the largest source of pollution to coastal waters in North Carolina. The NC Division of WAter Quality began a series of public hearings on proposed changes to current storm water rules. We'll also hear a commentary from Beaufort children's book author, Joan Carris.


The Down East Journal 09/28/2007 (2007-10-02)
A mediator who specializes in intractable situations discusses the possibilities for resolving the issue of the siting of an Outlying Landing Field in North Carolina and commentator Marion Blackburn's strong feelings aren't reserved solely for big issues like the environment.


State Officials and Residents Work to Re-populate the Eastern Oyster (2007-10-02)
The Eastern Oyster has always been an important part of ENC's culture and economy. But, oyster harvests have dropped dramatically in North Carolina. To reverse this trend, state organizations and ENC residents are working to restore oyster habitats.


The Down East Journal 09/14/2007 (2007-10-02)
The Eastern Oyster has always been an important part of ENC's culture and economy. But, oyster harvests have dropped dramatically in North Carolina. To reverse this trend, state organizations and ENC residents are working to restore oyster habitats in area waters. Music Director Sefton Wiggs reviews the newest release from the Emerson String Quartet.


Nationally Recognized Attorney Discusses Ways to Resolve OLF Issue (2007-10-02)
The OLF has been a long standing issue in ENC and arises as a conflict between the Navy's need for a night time carrier landing practice field and the region's need to protect a way of life and preserve delicate environmental resources. PRE freelance contributor, Patricia Raskin recently spoke with Doug Noll, recognized as one of America's best lawyer-peacemakers. He discussed how the conflict can be resolved through collaborative and cooperative solutions between the Navy and the community.


Commentary from Joan Carris (2007-09-19)
In a varied lifetime, commentator Joan Carris has been many things a mother, a teacher, an author, to name a few but her latest experience like some of the best things was totally unexpected. Joan welcomes Life's Little Surprises.


The Down East Journal 08/24/2007 (2007-09-12)
A recent study released by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis found overall personal income rates slowed in military towns. We'll look at ENC's largest military town to see how deployments are affecting income, and PRE regular commentator Marion Blackburn deals with the dreaded seven year itch.


The Down East Journal 09/07/2007 (2007-09-12)
The state prison system is dealing with providing health care to a growing population of aging inmates, and Asheville based singer/songwriter Chuck Brodsky performs in ENC.


The Down East Journal 08/31/2007 (2007-09-12)
In the recently completed legislative session, The General Assembly made permanent a series of moratoriums banning the construction of new hog lagoon and spray field systems for handling waste at hog farms. But, with thousands of lagoons still in the state, how close are we to abolishing their use? We'll also learn about the anatomy of a hurricane.


Anatomy of a Hurricane (2007-09-12)
At the mention of a hurricane, some people in coastal North Carolina begin to worry. To others, a hurricane just means a little yard clean-up. With our proximity to the coast, it's important to know what to do, how to prepare for a hurricane, and the best way to ride a storm out. Jared Brumbaugh reports on everything you need to know about a hurricane.


"Tulips for Lunch" - Chuck Brodsky (2007-09-06)
Conversation about... and selections from... the latest release by Asheville singer-songwriter Chuck Brodsky "Tulips for Lunch."


Following the hog waste lagoon moratorium... what's next? (2007-08-28)
Now that the General Assembly has made permanent a series of moratoriums on the construction of new hog waste lagoons, what's going to replace them and how long will the current lagoons be with us?


The Seven Year Itch (2007-08-25)
Marion Blackburn's marriage experienced a milestone recently... but instead of celebrating, she spent most of the day in a quiet panic.


Deployment Linked to Income Loss (2007-08-25)
A recent study conducted by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis found deployment in military towns could be linked to income loss. We look at ENC's largest military town to see how deployment affects the economy.


Pitt County Fights Childhood Obesity (2007-08-23)
Childhood obesity is a growing problem throughout the state. Over the last 25 years the rate of obesity has doubled for children aged six to eleven. As a result children are suffering from obesity related illnesses. PRE's Ashia Majors reports on the effects of childhood obesity and what one ENC county is doing to combat it.


The Down East Journal 08/10/2007 (2007-08-23)
Obesity is quickly becoming an epidemic among children. We'll learn what one ENC county is doing to encourage better eating and exercise habits among children. We'll here a commentator from Wilmington author Andy Wood and find out what's going on in ENC during out weekly arts calendar.


Leaving the Nest (2007-08-23)
PRE Regular Commentator Marion Blackburn is starting to feel a bit lonely in her back yard.


Trenton Man America's Next Inventor? (2007-08-23)
Furney Eubanks achieved national attention for his idea, the Easy Mower. Eubanks appeared on ABC's reality show American Inventor. He says the experience has helped him take his love of inventing to the next level.


Mosquitos Descend on ENC (2007-08-23)
Summer is here and outdoor activities are in the making. Along with them comes the irritation of pesky mosquitoes. But, to effectively deal with mosquitoes, each county must know which NC species is a problem in their area. Public Radio East's Ashia Majors reports on how one county is dealing with the recent surge of mosquitoes.


The Down East Journal 08/17/2007 (2007-08-23)
North Carolina is already preparing for voting in the 2008 elections. We'll learn what the North Carolina Board of Elections is doing to insure all votes are accounted for. PRE Music Director, Sefton Wiggs reviews music from seafaring film classics. And find out what's going on in ENC during our Weekly Arts Calendar.


Vintage Postcards Document Carteret County's History (2007-08-23)
A mother and son team used their collection of vintage postcards to illustrate a book documenting the history of Carteret County.


The Down East Journal 07/20/2007 (2007-08-04)
The number of women in combat is growing. This week we'll hear about a new book by a Jacksonville author that shows what roles women are currently filling in today's military. We'll also find out what's going on in ENC during our weekly arts calendar.


The Down East Journal 07/20/2007 (2007-08-04)
The number of women in combat is growing. This week we'll hear about a new book by a Jacksonville author that shows what roles women are currently filling in today's military. We'll also find out what's going on in ENC during our weekly arts calendar.


The Down East Journal 08/03/2007 (2007-08-04)
A book by a mother and son uses vintage postcards to outline the history of Carteret County. Mosquitoes are abundant in NC. We'll learn how Carteret County is coping. Plus, find out what's going on in ENC during our weekly arts calendar.


The Down East Journal 07/20/2007 (2007-08-04)
The number of women in combat is growing. This week we'll hear about a new book by a Jacksonville author that shows what roles women are currently filling in today's military. We'll also find out what's going on in ENC during our weekly arts calendar.


The Down East Journal 07/27/2007 (2007-08-04)
A Trenton man is getting national attention for his inventions. Public Radio East Music Director Sefton Wiggs reviews a new DC from choral group, The Sixteen, and we'll find out what's going on in ENC during our weekly arts calendar.


The Down East Journal 07/20/2007 (2007-08-04)
The number of women in combat is growing. This week we'll hear about a new book by a Jacksonville author that shows what roles women are currently filling in today's military. We'll also find out what's going on in ENC during our weekly arts calendar.


The Down East Journal 07/13/2007 (2007-08-04)
This week we travel to Wanchese where creative zoning has enabled the town to maintain their culture and heritage as development increases. We'll also hear a commentary from Beaufort children's author Joan Carris.


Wanchese Zoning (2007-07-16)
Over the course of the summer, PRE is taking you to coastal towns and fishing villages faced with increasing residential and commercial development. In May we learned about the sailing community of Oriental and the give and take between native residents and transplants. In June we traveled Down East , where residents are at odds with county commissioners over development regulations. Now we travel to Wanchese, where town planners may have used zoning to protect the town's heritage.


"Band of Sisters" - Kirsten Holmstedt (2007-07-12)
"Band of Sisters" offers profiles of a dozen female soldiers... part of the largest group of women to serve during a U-S conflict.


Neuse River Ranked Among the Nation's Top 10 Most Endandgered (2007-07-12)
From the culture to the environment, the Neuse River plays a vital role in eastern North Carolina. It flows 250 miles from the Piedmont to Pamlico Sound and provides drinking water to 400,000 Raleigh-area residents. Nevertheless, a recent report ranked the Neuse as one of the 10 most endangered rivers in the nation. Ashia Majors has this story.


The Down East Journal 07/06/2007 (2007-07-07)
Over the past few years there have been considerable changes to the Medicare benefits program. One of those is the development of Medicare Advantage plans. We'll take a closer look at how the plans are shaping up. We'll also hear a commentary from Marion Blackburn, and take an in depth look into the state's drought conditions.


The Down East Journal 06/15/2007 (2007-07-06)
This week on The Down East Journal we continue our series of stories looking at small fishing villages and coastal communities that are dealing with increasing residential and commercial development. This month we travel Down East. We'll also find out what's going on in ENC during the Weekly Arts Calendar.


The Down East Journal 06/29/2007 (2007-07-06)
A recent study conducted by the National Audubon Society shows a decline in common bird species numbers in North Carolina. Several Pitt County organizations are collaborating to offer free AIDS testing, and we'll hear a music review from PRE's Sefton Wiggs.


Development Down East (2007-07-06)
Over the course of the Summer Public Radio East is traveling up and down the North Carolina coast taking you to coastal towns and fishing villages faced with the task of capitalizing on development while still maintaining their cultural identity. This month we travel Down East where residents are at odds with county commissioners over increasing development.


Legislature Advised Against Approving New Charter Schools (2007-07-06)
The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research recently conducted a study looking at the success rate of charter schools in the state. Over all their findings showed many of the schools didn't make the grade. Megen George has this report...


Common bird numbers down in NC (2007-06-29)
A study by the National Audubon Society shows a dramatic decline in the numbers of 20 common birds. In North Carolina, some species are down as much as 96%.


N-C Hunger Forum seeks 50% reduction in state hunger rate by 2015 (2007-06-13)
N-C Hunger Forum seeks a 50% reduction in the state's hunger rate by the year 2015... in line with a United Nations goal for cutting world hunger in half by 2015.


The Down East Journal 05/25/2007 (2007-06-11)
Coming up on this week's show... we'll look at trends in the current legislature. Public Radio East Commentator Marion Blackburn travels to Paris, and we'll find out what's going on in ENC during the weekly arts calendar.


The Down East Journal 06/01/2007 (2007-06-11)
Coming up on this week's show, we'll get a glimpse into a program that puts teens on the straight and narrow using a courtroom of their peers. There will also be details surrounding the high stroke rate in Lenoir County and we'll find out what's going on in ENC during our weekly arts calendar.


Trends in NC Legislature (2007-05-29)
The current North Carolina legislative session is in its waning months, but before budgets are finalized and last minute bills are approved, the NC Center for Public Policy Research has released the latest trends in the current legislature. Megen George has this report...


Paris in the Springtime (2007-05-28)
While regular commentator Marion Blackburn's husband was away for a month, she decided to take a trip of her own without ever leaving her Greenville home.


The Down East Journal 04/27/2007 (2007-05-22)
Coming up on this week's show, it's up to teachers to inspire students, but where do teachers go for inspiration? PRE Commentator Chuck Twardy remembers the late Kurt Vonnegut, and we'll find out what's going on in ENC during our weekly arts calendar.


The Down East Journal 05/04/2007 (2007-05-22)
Coming up on this week's show, ECU's Laupus Library is hosting an exhibit looking at the history of women in medicine. A series of lectures is also planned in conjunction with the event. One of which focused on how gender changed the history of medicine. We'll hear a commentary from Wilmington author Nan Graham, and we'll find out what's going on in ENC during our weekly arts calendar.


The Down East Journal 05/18/2007 (2007-05-22)
Coming up on this week's show, ENC residents, professors and nutritionists weigh in on how television and advertising influence women's perceptions of themselves. PRE Music Director Sefton Wiggs has a new music review, Regular Commentator Joan Carris welcomes Spring, and we'll find out what's going on in ENC during our weekly arts calendar.


Development in Oriental (2007-05-14)
Eastern North Carolina is growing and changing. Many waterfront communities look quite different compared with just 5 or 10 years ago. Over the course of the summer Public Radio East will take you to towns up and down the inner banks that are faced with increasing residential and commercial development. Our first stop is Oriental, the sailing capital of North Carolina.


Island Retreat for NC Teachers (2007-05-14)
North Carolina teachers give their all when it comes to educating our children, but who teaches the teachers and rekindles their creativity and inspiration? PRE's Barbara Blake talks to Alton Ballance of Ocracoke Island about a new campus for public school teachers.


History of Gender in Mediciine (2007-05-14)
During the month of May, the Laupus Library at East Carolina University's Health Sciences Building is hosting an exhibit looking at the history of women in medicine. As part of the exhibit the library is also hosting a series of speakers. The first in this series was Dr. Regina Morantz-Sanchez who discussed how gender changed the history of medicine. Public Radio East's Megen George has the story.


"The Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks" -- Carmine Prioli & Scott Taylor (2007-05-08)
A comprehensive look at the wild horses of Shackleford Banks.


The Down East Journal 04/13/2007 (2007-04-23)
Our series North Carolina Voices: Continuing College comes to a close as we measure the quality of a college education. North Carolina's high school students could be facing a more challenging set of graduation requirements. We'll also find out what's going on in ENC during our Weekly Arts Calendar. Those stories and more on The Down East Journal.


The Down East Journal 04/20/2007 (2007-04-23)
We'll learn what Pitt County Memorial Hospital is doing to prepare for a possible flu pandemic. PRE Music Director Sefton Wiggs offers his latest music review, and we'll find out what's going on in ENC during our Weekly Arts Calendar. Those stories and more on The Down East Journal.


"Searching for Virginia Dare" -- Marjorie Hudson (2007-04-17)
Conversation and readings with Marjorie Hudson on her book "Searching for Virginia Dare."


State Board of Education Introduces New High School Graduation Requirements (2007-04-17)
Advanced math and foreign language classes will soon be requirements for students attending North Carolina High Schools. Public Radio East's Megen George recently spoke with Rebecca Garland, the Executive Director of the State Board of Education.


PCMH prepares for predicted influenza pandemic (2007-04-12)
Pitt County Memorial Hospital starts to put a plan into place to care for patients during an expected flu pandemic.


ECU study indicates exercise and study can go together (2007-03-31)
A study led by an ECU sport science professor indicates brief periods of exercise can not only increase activity levels of youngsters but also increase their ability to focus on classroom study.


Navy Prepares for OLF Public Hearings (2007-03-19)
The placement of a Naval Outlying Landing Field in Eastern North Carolina is one of the most contentious issues facing the area in years. Despite heated opposition by area residents and environmental groups, the Navy maintains a site in Beaufort and Washington Counties located 5 miles from a wildlife refuge is the preferred site for the OLF, and plans to present this finding in a series of six public hearings. Megen George has the report for Public Radio East...


The Down East Journal 03/09/2007 (2007-03-19)
Recent statistics show cardio vascular disease is the number one killer of women 25 and older, however only 13 percent of women view heart disease as a threat. We continue our series, North Carolina Voices: Considering College and look at the increasing numbers of working age adults returning to college.


The Down East Journal 03/16/2007 (2007-03-19)
Over 40 years after President Johnson first defined a federal policy of affirmative action, support for race based preferences may be waning. North Carolina's orininal copy of the Bill of Rights is touring the state, and regular commentator Joan Carris's love of the printed word is put through its paces.


OLF opponents prepare for public hearings (2007-03-16)
OLF opponents expect a good turnout for public hearings starting March 19 but don't expect they'll sway the Navy's decision to locate the field in Beaufort & Washington Counties.


The Down East Journal 03/02/2007 (2007-03-15)
We continue our series North Carolina Voices: Considering College with a story of the struggles facing young Latinos. We'll meet a Camp Lejeune translator who recently ran a marathon in Antarctica. Public Radio East Music Director Sefton Wiggs offers his review of Cherubini's Requiem and we'll find out what's going on in ENC during our weekly arts calendar.


The Down East Journal 02/02/2007 (2007-03-15)
You may expect to find pockets of gang violence in the state's more urban areas, but gang activity is also happening right here in Eastern North Carolina. Last week the State Department of Insurance announced a statewide increase of insurance rates and residents along the coast could be the most affected. Those stories and more on The Down East Journal.


Snow and ENC (2007-03-07)
Although weather in North Carolina is slowly moving into the milder temperatures we're accustomed to, Public Radio East regular commentator Marion Blackburn found herself contemplating Eastern North Carolina's interest and awe at that rare form of precipitation snow.


Snow and ENC (2007-03-07)
Although weather in North Carolina is slowly moving into the milder temperatures we're accustomed to, Public Radio East regular commentator Marion Blackburn found herself contemplating Eastern North Carolina's interest and awe at that rare form of precipitation snow.


New Year's Mouse (2007-03-07)
Many of us have already finalized our list of New Year's resolutions Public Radio East Regular Commentator Marion Blackburn has as well. However, her list isn't typical. It involves a little home improvement of the rodent kind.


Lap Band Surgery Comes to ENC (2007-03-07)
Americans are among the most overweight people in the nation. Many people who reach dangerous levels of obesity turn to weight loss surgeries, such as gastric bypass. Pitt County Memorial Hospital and The Brody School of Medicine is now offering an alternative to gastric bypass surgery laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, or LAP-BAND surgery. Public Radio East's Megen George recently spoke with Dr. William Chapman, chief of minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at PCMH.


Women and Heart Disease (2007-03-07)
Recent statistics show that heart disease is the number one killer of women over age 25. One in 2-point-6 women will die of cardiovascular disease compared with one in 30 from breast cancer. However only 13 percent of women view cardiovascular disease as a threat. Public Radio East's Megen George recently spoke with Valerie Gatlin, a nurse manager at Pitt County Memorial Hospital with 18 years of experience in cardiac surgery.


The Stress of Gift Giving (2007-03-07)
The holiday season is here and although some people seem to have no problem dealing with the stresses that come along with this time of year, regular Commentator Marion Blackburn finds herself on the other end of the spectrum.


Luigi Cherubini's Requiem (2007-03-07)
Luigi Cherubini's Requiem in C Minor is a seldom played piece of music. However, Conductor Martin Pearlman and Boston Baroque have taken up the task, and Public Radio East Music Director Sefton Wiggs is pleased with the outcome.


Religion, Politics and Barbeque (2007-03-07)
At one time or another we've all heeded the old advice to avoid discussing politics or religion in mixed company. However, regular commentator Marion Blackburn has one more topic to add to that list.


Gang Violence in ENC (2007-03-07)
Wayne County recently experienced gang related violence in the form of a drive by shooting. In an effort to combat the emerging gang presence, the Wayne County Sheriff's office has formed a gang task force, which will focus on gang suppression and providing awareness to schools and the community. Wayne County Sheriff's Deputy Matt Miller is a member of the gang task force. Megen George recently spoke with Miller and has this


"A Simple Life: A Story of Sid Oakley" by Kathy Norcross Watts (2007-03-02)
"A Simple Life" tells the story of noted North Carolina artist Sid Oakley, with the emphasis on his contributions outside the art world.


Checking on the health of our waters one ferry trip at a time (2007-02-15)
The state ferry system, notable for getting people to places where roads don't go, is also a tool to monitor the same waters that they ply.


The Down East Journal 02/09/2007 (2007-02-12)
This is The Down East Journal. Coming up this week's show... New exhibits and renovations at the Cape Lookout Light House highlight the heritage of Cape Lookout National Seashore and Portsmouth Island.


The Down East Journal (02/02/2007) (2007-02-05)
Coming up this week's show, you may expect to find pockets of gang violence in the state's more urban areas,but gang activity is also happening right here in Eastern North Carolina.


The Down East Journal 01/12/2007 (2007-01-24)
Coming up on this week's show... At one time, the AIDS virus was considered a disease of epidemic proportions, now 20 years later the virus has become manageable, however, North Carolina is seeing an increase in diagnoses. And we'll find out what else is giong on in the area during our weekly arts calendar.


The Down East Journal 01/19/2007 (2007-01-24)
Coming up on this week's show... A recent study from UNC-Chapel Hill looks at the low rates of flu immunization in the U-S and what can be done. We'll talk with the founders of an Eastern North Carolina Organization that raises awareness about Parkinson's Disease, and we'll find out what's going on in the area during our weekly arts calendar.


The Down East Journal Hurricane Ernesto Edition (2007-01-24)
Ernesto blew through ENC leaving severe flooding in some area counties. We discuss the aftermath of Ernesto and hear from local residents who experienced the storm first hand.


The Down East Journal 01/05/2007 (2007-01-23)
Coming up on this week's show.... 2006 brought several stories of towns and communities in ENC who are walking the fine line between maintaining their heritage while capitalizing on the economic benefits of commercial and residential development. It's likely that 2007 will be no different. And we'll find out what's going on in ENC during our Weekly Arts Calendar.


The Down East Journal 12/29/2006 (2007-01-23)
Coming up on this week's show we speak with the directorn of the state ferry divison and will find out what's going on in ENC during our weekly arts calendar.


The Down East Journal 12/15/2006 (2007-01-23)
On this week's show we discuss the Housing Bubble. Is it affecting ENC? Regular Commentator Marion Blackburn weighs in on Christmas Gift Giving, and we'll find out what's going on in ENC during our Weekly Arts Calendar.


ENC Organization Raises Awareness of Parkinsons' Disease (2007-01-22)
Parkinson disease is a brain disorder currently affecting 1.5 million Americans. Andy Anderson is a Carteret County author and artist and living with Parkinson's disease. Anderson is also the Executive Director of Potters for Parkinsons, which raises awareness for those living with the disease. Public Radio East Free-lance reporter Patricia Raskin speaks with Andy Anderson and his wife Marlene to discuss why founded the group.


AIDS in North Carolina (2007-01-18)
Over 20 years ago, the AIDS virus was first discovered in the United States. Since then, AIDS diagnoses have gone from epidemic proportions, to being considered a manageable disease. However, that doesn't mean the virus isn't dangerous. Although the overall amount of diagnoses per year has leveled off the AIDS virus is increasing among minority populations both in urban areas and right here in Eastern North Carolina. Megen George reports


NCDOT Names New Ferry Director (2007-01-18)
During the past year, the North Carolina Ferry Division has been faced with some hurdles. Megen George speaks with Jack Cahoon. After serving as interim Ferry Division Director, he's now been oficially named to the post.


UNC-CH study examines low flu vaccination rates (2007-01-18)
A UNC-CH study examines low flu vaccination rates and what factors encourage people at-risk to get immunized.


Andrew and Joe: A Discussion with Two Marines (2007-01-03)
It's challenging enough to serve in the military and face deployment, but what about a second or third deployment? How do our military personnel, many under the age of 21, shoulder the stress and responsibility? PRE's Barbara Blake talks to two marines from Camp Lejeune on the eve of their second deployment.