photograph by Matt Ray Photography

How do you get to North Carolina’s hard-to-reach places? With a podcast, of course. In the first two seasons of Away Message, host Jeremy Markovich took listeners to the most remote spots in the state — up an 1,800-foot-tall television tower and out on a former Coast Guard light station 32 miles from shore. He also gave listeners a dose of hidden history: a civil rights movement born on a golf course, the frantic search for our state’s priceless copy of the Bill of Rights, and the long-lost audiotape that revealed the origins of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “dream speech.”

The third season will feature even more remote places, lost artifacts, overlooked people, and forgotten stories. Here’s a sneak preview, featuring a strange political fight, the effort to find a mythical creature, the story of the woman whose artwork may be in your pocket right now, a rescue in this state’s most rugged place, and the backstory you never knew about the man who ended the biggest manhunt in North Carolina history:



Listen at or subscribe by searching for “Away Message” on your favorite podcast app, like Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, and more. It’s the best way to get lost without, you know, actually getting lost.

New episodes begin April 15, 2019.

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