The State of Oysters

An intense hurricane season put North Carolina’s shellfish industry into jeopardy. Today, oyster lovers can breathe a sigh of relief.

Home & Garden

Made in NC: Bryson Mountain Studio

Two craftsmen turn their love of the state’s mountain landscape into showstopping picture frames and mirrors, which won them the top prize in the Home and Garden category of the 2018 Made in NC Awards.


Toad & Wee: Thanksgiving Shake-Up

With a little elbow grease and a lot of laughter, young cooks transform jars of cream into homemade butter — and a new family tradition is born.

Decades Series

A Man For His Time

North Carolina’s wartime governor takes office with a desire to help the state he loves.


An Oysterman’s Calling

The education of oysterman and teacher Ryan Bethea started on land with one brave slurp. Now, his sustainably harvested Harkers Island oysters are prized throughout the state.


Bounty in the Marsh

Farming and fishing were a way of life on this island at the tip of Pamlico County. Then hurricanes brought rising waters. Now Lowlanders farm a new crop, one that comes from the sea.


Roots & Grooves

For three decades, the tobacco town of Kinston was known as a hothouse for musical talent. Teachers and their students dazzled audiences with their jazz, swing, and R&B jams, giving rise to a new American sound: funk.

Arts & Culture

NC Primer: High & Low

One town is the state’s highest and the other is among its lowest, but more than elevation sets these communities apart.