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


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






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


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


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


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


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


'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 Profile Solutions: 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


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


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 Ketsa I Recall by Blue Dot Sessions Support the


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


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


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


¿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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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