License Plate Special

A North Carolina artist recycles license plates, builds custom guitars, and sells them to celebrities and Tar Heels alike.
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Barns Reborn

For 10 years, Roger Dinger looked past old barns as he surveyed land for development and tried not to think about the buildings turning to dust. Today, he salvages their wood and hardware and turns them into works of art in his Siler City workshop.
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Window to the World

Dr. Larry Mellichamp uses the earth’s plants as his compass. Wherever they take him, he always returns to Charlotte where he condenses the continents into one greenhouse.
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The Narrator’s Arc

Few people enjoy hearing a good story more than Jeff Polish. But when the Chapel Hill resident created The Monti, a live storytelling venue for amateurs, he had no idea how much he would learn just by listening to himself.
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The Story of Hardee’s

Burger chain founder Wilber Hardee abandoned his namesake brand soon after launching it, but he never ventured far from the burger business.
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Bamboo Country

At Haiku Bamboo Nursery in Hendersonville, Keiji and Stefani Oshima nurture the plant that brought them to this place — they care for it, prune it, tame it, and bring out its strongest qualities.
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The Cup Guy

Art Cozart sketches his masterpieces on the unlikeliest, but most convenient, of places — his coffee cup.
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First Step

In 1920, Lillian Exum Clement couldn’t vote, but that didn’t keep her from winning a landslide election that made her the first female member of North Carolina’s General Assembly.
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Pops Peterson: Impressions of a Life Well Spent

He works every day, and he plays every day. He’ll try almost anything, and he’ll never change some things.
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Her Spirit Lives On

Martha Mason always relied on her friends for support, but today, her life gives them inspiration.
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King of Trash

Manteo’s Carl Walker wants everybody to bring him their trash. Because he knows that most of it is not really trash — it’s just ready to become the next thing.
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