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We tell stories — and build community — about the people, culture, and future of coastal North Carolina. 


North Carolina Shrimping: Facing an Existential Crisis
Hosted by Rend SmithFeaturing Johanna F. Still  of The Assembly Music by  PenguinMusic – Better Day from Pixabay.For the coastal Carolina shrimping industry the challenges are mounting.  The economics aren’t adding even when they bring home a good catch.  Johanna F. Still, who covers the coastal region reflects on a recent story she wrote titled Shrimpin’ Ain’t Easy.Support the
19:01 4/14/24
Shoresides Weekly News Round Up
This is the SHORESIDES Weekly News Roundup.  We look at the top stories impacting the coastal region.  According to a recent release from the University of North Carolina Wilmington their ,Watson College will introduce a Bachelor of Science degree in Workforce Learning and Development.The Port City Daily reports that North Carolina Works will host a multi-employer job fair this October 18th from 10- 2. in collaboration with the Cape Fear Workforce Development Board. The in-person event will be held at 1994 South 17th St in Wilmington, North Carolina. Cape Fear Community College reports that they have received a 30,000-dollar donation from the Assistance League of Greater Wilmington. The support will provide vital aid for nursing students funding 1,000 dollar scholarships for 30 students, offering them the opportunity to further their education and embark on fulfilling careers in healthcare.A film about the singer, Joan Baez, I Am A Noise will be screening this October 23rd to 25th at Thalian Hall. The film is an unusually intimate psychological portrait of a legendary folk singer and activist. Support the
02:16 10/17/23
Shoresides Weekly News Round Up
This is the Shoresides Weekly News Roundup for October 9th, 2023. We look at the top stories impacting the coastal region. According to a recent story in the News & Observer the insurance company Nationwide has recently decided not to renew 10,000 insurance policies in Eastern North Carolina.The Port City Daily reported that Wilmington's rapid population growth is transforming various aspects of the region, including housing, employment, and demographics. According to UNCW's regional economist, Professor Guettabi, the Cape Fear region is experiencing significant growth, with Brunswick County being the fastest-growing in the state, followed by Pender County as the third fastest and New Hanover County as the 14th fastest.The Shoresides team was recently read a report by American Progress titled  How To Fix Americans’ Diminishing Access to the Coasts. The report highlights the need to protect Americans’ right to work and recreate on the coasts by requiring that publicly funded projects provide and improve public access.North Carolina State University Profesor Emeritus Mike Walden has recently written about the our states manufacturing section.  He explains that North Carolina has witnessed a significant decline in manufacturing jobs, with almost half of the state's factory jobs disappearing since 1990, but offers some solutions to moving the dial. Support the
04:50 10/9/23
3 Chambers Festival coming to coastal region
We speak with documentary filmmaker Chris Everett about his upcoming 3 Chambers festival.  A festival that digs into the intersection of Black culture, hip-hop, martial arts, and anime through by presenting artistic events.  It takes place in Wilmington, North Carolina in October. Support the
57:41 9/14/23
Loneliness in New Hanover County North Carolina
Loneliness is tough, and it has real consequences for our health and life span.  The pandemic certainly didn’t help with social isolation and broken routines. We went out into New Hanover County, North Carolina to learn how people experience loneliness and what we can do about it.  One thing we learned is that loneliness actually has a physical and neurological impact on your body.  Take a listen and check out some of the helpful tips we share.  Support the
09:49 8/8/23
A Day in the Life: Mayor Sharon Harker
"Here we are in 2022 and we're still hearing those milestones being made. Yes, it is sad that you still have the firsts still being done. But what's rejoiceful is that it's coming..." Shoresides does a day in the life of a mayor. In this episode, we follow Beaufort, North Carolina Mayor Sharon Harker as she does what she does best. Host Sheresa Elliot and Mayor Harker  dig into what's top of mind for folks in Carteret County and what it means to Mayor Harker to be the first Black mayor of Beaufort.  Support the
26:19 7/12/22
'We All Need a Place to Live'
In Carteret County, North Carolina finding affordable housing is getting tougher.  Forty percent of renters and twenty-two percent of households report that they are having a tough time with the rising cost of housing. In this episode, we dig into why there is so little affordable housing in the coastal region and what the future of making a home here is going to look like. We chat with Lynne Griffin, a local realtor who recently helped accomplish the largest survey on housing in our county. And we hear from two county residents on how the shortage is affecting their lives.  While the situation is tough there are steps we can take for affordable housing. Sources: Carteret Housing Survey, North Carolina Housing Coalition: Carteret ProfileSolutions: County leaders can take the following actions: 1) Set a goal 2) Policy changes 3) Development assistance 4) Bonds for affordable housing and 5) A home repair and repair prevention program or first time buyer program.Support the
13:57 4/13/22
Wellness Check: Carteret County
As a mental health crisis surges nationwide, we examine how folks in the coastal North Carolina county of Carteret are affected. Three local therapists provide us with insights into handling the emotional challenges linked to the pandemic. Shoresides is a local news podcast by and for Carteret County, North Carolina. Serving the coastal region and beyond.Support the
26:04 1/27/22
Black Leaders in Columbus County Work Toward Equity in COVID-19 Vaccinations
Today, producer Brea Hampton takes us back to a COVID-19 vaccine drive that happened in Tabor City, Columbus County in March. She speaks with Ashlei McFadden, who's been aiding vaccination efforts - like the drive in Tabor City. McFadden says that vaccines intended for Tabor City's Black community went to white folks from outside of the area. In this episode of Shoresides News, Hampton talks to Black leaders across Columbus County - Ashlei McFadden, Curtis Hill, Jeremy Simmons, and Shawn Manor - to help us understand the barriers to equity in vaccination efforts and what they're doing to overcome them. Produced by Brea Hampton and Laura Bratton in collaboration with Ashlei McFadden, Curtis Hill, Jeremy Simmons, Shawn Manor, and Wallyce Todd. Music:Where We Are by KetsaI Recall by Blue Dot SessionsSupport the
11:57 6/8/21
Andrew Brown & What's Happening in Elizabeth City, Now
Shoresides spoke with community organizer and Elizabeth City local Quentin Jackson about what is happening in Elizabeth City as the community  responds to the police killing of Andrew Brown.Support the
18:44 4/28/21
Is It Enough?: Reflecting On 2020's Attempts At Cultural Remediation And The Gullah/Geechee Nation
Though unaffiliated with Gullah/Geechee culture, a number of restaurants and food brands in Charleston, South Carolina used their name for decades. This year, several of these businesses finally underwent rebranding.In 2020, we've heard story after story on mainstream media outlets about businesses, music groups, and other institutions and entities renaming themselves in attempt to remediate the harms of cultural appropriation their brands inflicted. Across the nation, people bid farewell to Uncle Ben's boil-in-bag rice and Aunt Jemima syrup bottles. News cycles often see stories as neatly contained in plots with clear beginnings and ends, but this narrative has a long history rooted in systemic racism and continues to evolve. In this episode of Shoresides News, producer Kayla Guilliams spoke with Queen Quet, Chieftess and Head-of-State for the Gullah/Geechee Nation, and Akuah Page, co-founder of Geechee Experience, a millennial led cultural movement that works to empower the Gullah Geechee community. Quet and Page discuss how they perceive recent efforts to reduce the harms of systemic racism in coastal South Carolina such as rebranding. And, in this era of remediation, demands for reparations, and calls for the removal of oppressive symbols like confederate monuments - they answer a critical question - does replacing symbols go far enough? Support the
07:24 12/22/20
First Time Voters In Brunswick County
The Shoresides Team spoke with first time voters ages 30, 18, and 41 at the polls in Brunswick County, North Carolina about why they voted this election season. Here's what they had to say...Support the
01:45 10/31/20
¿Por qué es importante votar?
"Nos hemos ganado ese derecho a ser votantes y que es un privilegio ejercerlo, y así como ha sido una responsabilidad, es un privilegio que vale la pena ejercer." Victoria Garcia Velazco es la fundadora de VIDA Familiar Latina Magazine y Vida Translations. Ella  está estudiando para su maestría en trabajo social en la universidad de Carolina del Norte de Wilmington (UNCW). Ella nos dice por qué es importante votar y recursos con información de votante.Support the
04:34 10/27/20
Voting Information For People Who Are Currently And Formerly Incarcerated
Have you been convicted of a felony or currently incarcerated and want to learn about your eligibility to vote in North Carolina?If you have been convicted of a felony or are currently incarcerated, you are eligible to register and vote under the following circumstances...¿Has sido condenado por un delito grave o actualmente estás encarcelado y deseas conocer tu elegibilidad para votar en Carolina del Norte?Si has sido condenado por un delito grave o estás actualmente encarcelado, eres elegible para registrarte y votar en las siguientes circunstancias ...Support the
06:28 10/26/20
Early Voting Information For Coastal North Carolina
Want to vote early in coastal North Carolina? Here's how.¿Quieres votar temprano en la costa de Carolina del Norte? Escucha este anuncio. Support the
02:52 10/26/20
Schools as Hurricane Shelters during Covid-19
Amanda White, high school Chemistry teacher and president of New Hanover Association of Educators, lets us in on educator efforts to ensure a safe start to the school year. She also discusses the worries teachers have with schools being used as shelters from Hurricane Isaias, with sick or symptomatic people not being turned away, when they're being asked to teach from those same classrooms in a few days. Support the
05:37 8/6/20
Sustaining the Movement for Black Lives in a Small, Southern Town
Sheresa Elliot, 31, of Beaufort, NC speaks about how her job as a therapist is informing her work as she continues to organize for Black Lives Matter in Beaufort, NC. Elliot had never worked on social justice issues before she organized nearly 500 people for Black Lives Matter protests within her town of about 4,000 last month. Elliot now is facilitating virtual town hall discussions with the Beaufort Police Department. Support the
07:21 7/21/20
Wilmington's Lowercase Leaders
Lily Nicole and her fellow protesters in Wilmington, North Carolina are getting organized. They started an activist group called the lowercase leaders, and they've got a permit to protest on the steps of city hall every day, from 8 in the morning to 9 at night, until June 6th of 2021. Nicole describes how the protests have evolved and lists some of the lowercase leaders' goals. She says they're staying motivated through the fatigue and emotion; they're harnessing their community's energy. And one thing is clear - the protesters are here for the long haul.Support the
03:33 6/26/20
Complacency, George Floyd, and a Transformation
"I used to not want to offend people. As a pastor, I want to be compassionate. I want to understand both sides, but I've found myself in the past few weeks, just really specifically in a clear and concise way, say, this is why I think this is racist." As the director of Walking Tall Wilmington, Randy Evans seeks to create interpersonal relationships with individuals experiencing poverty. After experiencing two very different protests, Evans speaks about how his thinking has changed.Support the
05:03 6/23/20
Columbus County: A Series of Disasters
In the last 10 years, disasters like Matthew, Florence, and now COVID-19 have changed the fabric of Columbus County, North Carolina and its community. Wallyce Todd and Gerry Lenahan work at Community CPR, a nonprofit focused on disaster relief in the city of Whiteville - its county's seat. They talk about how their county is faring through the pandemic, while still working to support hurricane survivors. Gerry voices concerns over the hurricane season ahead and how it will affect people whose income has been affected by COVID-19.Broadcast from the Working Narratives studio, this series compiles community stories about COVID-19 from coastal North Carolina.Support the
04:35 6/12/20
PSA: Free COVID-19 Testing
This is an important message from the New Hanover Disaster Coalition: There is free testing for COVID-19 in New Hanover County.  All you have to do is call  910-798-6800 to talk with a nurse to setup an appointment.  That is 910-798-6800 to set up a free COVID-19 test in New Hanover County.  Support the
00:39 5/12/20
White Stocking Resident Still Out of Home: Hurricane then COVID-19
Jacqueline Hand has been repairing her home in from Hurricane Florence since September 2018. During those two years she has stayed with family, gone through the FEMA trailer program and then bought a travel trailer of her own – all while her home was still being repaired. Now, because of Covid-19, the nearly two-year repair process is on further hold.Support the
04:52 5/6/20
The House That Couldn't Breathe
It’s been nearly two years since Hurricane Florence flooded the Maple Hill neighborhood in Pender County, NC. But Arlisha Hill's home is still far from repaired. Hill was ready to resume life as normal. She moved back into her partially repaired home this March – thinking construction would continue and she'd be living in a fully repaired home soon. Then, COVID-19 came. Construction on her home was brought to a halt in order to protect the volunteers and workers. Broadcast from the Working Narratives studio, this series compiles community stories about COVID-19 from coastal North Carolina.Support the
04:48 5/6/20
Kelly & How Food Insecurity is Changing
Kelly Spivey speaks about how she has seen the food insecurity conversation change during  COVID-19. Kelly's Community Pantry started to take the shame out of asking for help with groceries. The pantry is a public, unmanned neighborhood food cupboard providing free canned and boxed items. Now Spivey acts as a community organizer around food issues in her tight-knit town.Broadcast from the Working Narratives studio, this series compiles community stories about COVID-19 from coastal North Carolina.Support the
04:55 5/1/20
COVID-19 & Beach Town Economies
The mayor of Atlantic Beach, Trace Cooper, is preparing for a summer unlike he’s ever seen before. Cooper speaks to how the pandemic could disrupt – or boost – his small beach town's tourism economy. Cooper describes COVID-19 as a "one-two punch" for a coastal town still recovering from Hurricane Florence. Broadcast from the Shoresides' studio, this series compiles community stories about COVID-19 from coastal North Carolina.Support the
03:43 4/22/20
Grocery Store Clerk Discusses Progression of COVID-19
Chris Lamoreaux is a grocery store cashier in Morehead City, NC. Lamoreaux lives with his mother, who has an autoimmune disease. After work, Lamoreaux now self-quarantines in his bedroom. The national PPE shortage means that no gloves are available to Lamoreaux for handling customer cash at his register. Broadcast from the Working Narratives studio, this series compiles community stories about COVID-19 from coastal North Carolina.Support the
02:24 4/20/20
Fast Food COVID-19 Special
A fast food manager in coastal North Carolina discusses how her team has put their health and safety at risk during the coronavirus pandemic - to serve milkshakes and french fries. She says her team feels unsafe and scared, and their concerns aren't being taken seriously. Broadcast from the Working Narratives studio, this series compiles community stories about COVID-19 from coastal North Carolina.Support the
04:46 4/20/20
Jeff Mills, 72, talks about how the coronavirus pandemic compares with the HIV/AIDS outbreak in the 1980's and his life experiences as an activist. Mills has lived in Wilmington, North Carolina with his partner since 2013. Before moving to the southeastern U.S., Mills spent over fourty years in the San Francisco Bay Area. He's a living example of crucial moments in our history: he protested the Vietnam War, he was an activist during the HIV/AIDS outbreak, and he continues to fight for LGBTQ rights in coastal North Carolina. Broadcast from the Working Narratives studio, this series compiles community stories about COVID-19 from coastal North Carolina.Support the
03:47 4/10/20
Hair Salon Owner Discusses COVID-19
Le'Shawna Brunson-Smith says the stimulus bill won't be much of a help making up for the incoming she's losing during the coronavirus. Brunson-Smith is the owner of Ladies Hair Design on Castle Street in Wilmington, North Carolina. Since Governor Cooper ordered the shut-down of hair salons, she's been out of work. To make up for lost income, she's exhausting every avenue available to her. And little things - cooking with her daughters and seeing positive social media posts - are giving her hope.Broadcast from the Working Narratives studio, this series compiles community stories about COVID-19 from coastal North Carolina.Support the
02:41 4/9/20
Instacart: Lifeline for Neighbors
Rebecca is normally a grade school teacher second, but with schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, she's delivering groceries for Instacart. Broadcast from the Working Narratives studio, this series compiles community stories about COVID-19 from coastal North Carolina. Support the
02:16 3/29/20