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The Environmental Impacts of CAFOs

“We began to see the fish show up in the river with sores all over their body. And my son and I started to get the sores on our bodies, the same as the fish,” says Rick Dove, the first Neuse Riverkeeper. He’s talking about when he first started seeing large-scale fish kills on the…

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Honoring Legacy: Nathan Johnson Talks To Mr. John

In Bolton, North Carolina – a small town of about 600 people located in rural Columbus County, North Carolina – Mr. John can be found in his front yard on his lawnmower, or running the fish fry at Bolton’s famous Pine Tree Festival. Today, 15-year-old Nathan Johnson sits down with Mr. John to talk about…

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Industrial Hog Operations And The People Who Run Them

Contract growers and community members who speak out against the hog industry in eastern North Carolina rarely see themselves as members of the same team – but they have more in common than they think. In this episode of CAFO’s & Communities, we take listeners through the evolution of contract farming within the swine industry…

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Honoring Legacy: Nathan Johnson Talks To 89-Year-Old Ms. Willie Mae

89-year-old Willie Mae grew up in Bolton, North Carolina – a small, predominantly African American town of about 600 people located in rural Columbus County, North Carolina. Today, 15-year-old Nathan Johnson sits down with Willie Mae to talk about her life as a way to honor the legacy of Black elders in Bolton. What advice…

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A Brief History of Eastern North Carolina’s Hog Industry

How did we get from small farms, like the one in Charlotte’s Web, to factory farms? In this episode of CAFO’s & Communities, we explore the history and politics of eastern North Carolina’s hog industry – from the late 19th century to today. Produced by Lee Miller, Kayla Guilliams, and Laura Bratton in collaboration with…

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The Communities

“We were just sitting on the porch like normal on a beautiful Saturday. And then we heard this tractor, and then all of a sudden this animal waste was coming everywhere and it was stinking like nothing we had ever experienced,” says Elsie Herring of Wallace, North Carolina. Herring is one of many eastern North…

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Shaping Identity Through Art

Art is a powerful tool for personal growth and shaping one’s identity. With the growing accessibility of digital art and graphic design, more and more artists have the opportunity to use art for change, and represent their identity through that art. Host Antoine Williams talks with Jacinda Aytch, a graphic designer and illustrator residing in Greenville,…

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Where I Come From: Part 2

Welcome to Where I Come From. We are a group of young women going on a journey about our lives in Columbus County, North Carolina. We documented our process, and today we’re sharing about objects that remind us of where we come from. Where I Come From is a project of Coastal Youth Media in…

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Where I Come From: Part 1

Welcome to Where I Come From. We are a group of young women going on a journey about our lives in Columbus County, North Carolina. We documented our process, and we’re starting off by sharing a little bit about the places and people we come from. Where I Come From is a project of Coastal…

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NC Farmer Feeds Community

“Our goal is to feed as many people as possible and not leave a carbon footprint.” Ron Simmons, founder of Master Blend Family Farms and 2018 NC Small Farmer of the Year, talks about how he believes in sustainability and feeding his neighbors during hurricane season. Produced by Caroline Bailey. Music by Chad Crouch. Broadcast…

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