The Man Who Built Charlotte

Hugh McColl — always brash, bold, and thinking big — reshaped the banking industry in the United States, and turned a medium-size city into a metropolis. And he’s not done yet.


Livingstone College Kicked Off a Football Tradition

A game played by Livingstone College in Salisbury and Biddle University in Charlotte — now Johnson C. Smith University — was the first football game between black colleges in United States history.


When the Water Comes: Decoration Day

Every year, an old family cemetery tucked in the woods on the northern shore of Fontana Lake becomes a gathering place. One woman, whose parents and grandparents worked this land, returns to ensure that a Southern mountain tradition carries on — rain or shine.

Arts & Culture

A Carolina Shag Reunion

At reunions in Raleigh and Atlantic Beach, the fountain of youth is a wellspring of cold beer and classic beach music.


The Women Pilots of WWII

At Camp Davis in Onslow County, members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots played an integral role during World War II, and proved that women belong in the cockpit.


Jason Brown’s Journey From Football to Farming

One of the highest-paid centers in the NFL walked away from football at the peak of his career. His new life on a farm in Louisburg, just 30 minutes from where he grew up, was much harder, and happier, than he ever thought possible.