Podcast: Shoresides

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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…

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Sustaining the BLM Movement in Small, Rural Beaufort, NC

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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PSA: Free COVID-19 Testing

A public service announcement about COVID-19 testing in New Hanover County, NC.

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The House, It 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 April – thinking construction would continue and she’d be living in a…

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White Stocking Resident Still Out of Home: Hurricane then COVID-19

Jacqueline has been repairing her home 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…

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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…

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COVID-19 & Beach Town Economies

Trace Cooper, the mayor of Atlantic Beach, 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-based economy. Cooper describes COVID-19 as a “one-two punch” for a coastal town still recovering from Hurricane Florence. Broadcast from the Shoresides…

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