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:
This tiny city block in downtown Greensboro once had a gigantic reputation. Not so much for its charbroiled beef patties — though they, too, were plentiful — but for its colorful characters and their wild shenanigans.
In the 1950s, as Americans hit freshly paved roads in shiny new cars during the postwar boom, a new kind of restaurant took shape: the drive-in. From those first thin patties to the elaborate gourmet hamburgers of today, North Carolina has spent the past 80 years making burger history.