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What happens when you travel to North Carolina’s most remote spots? Our State magazine’s Jeremy Markovich traveled to eight destinations across the state, from mountaintops to islands, from swamps to shipwrecks to see what you find in hard-to-find places.

What happens when you travel to North Carolina’s most remote spots? Our State magazine’s Jeremy Markovich traveled to eight destinations across the state, from mountaintops to islands, from swamps to shipwrecks to see what you find in hard-to-find places.
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What happens when you travel to North Carolina’s most remote spots? Our State magazine’s Jeremy Markovich traveled to eight destinations across the state, from mountaintops to islands, from swamps to shipwrecks to see what you find in hard-to-find places.








S2 Bonus: Deck Your Halls With Rauch Balls

In this special holiday episode, host Jeremy Markovich meets the man from Gastonia who became the world's largest manufacturer of Christmas ornaments and used his power to make North Carolina more tolerant of all religions. The Unlikely Ornament King of GastoniaOur State taking this survey Music in this episode: Peter Lamb and the Wolves Special Thanks: The Rauch Family, Jack Betts, Don Walser, Kimberly Simpson, Alexis Castanos, and Todd Dulaney.


S2 E9: Florence

One month after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, we bring you three stories of strength, resilience, and perseverance in the face of the storm. If you'd like to help victims of the hurricane, we suggest: North Carolina Community Foundation Disaster Relief FundUnited Way Hurricane Florence Recovery FundNorth Carolina Nurses AssociationAmerican Humane Association The Salvation ArmyonlineSecond Harvest and Disaster ResponsefundAmazon wish list Read a letter...


S2 E8: 32 Miles Off The Coast

In the finale of Season 2, host Jeremy Markovich takes a trip to a remote place he's been trying to visit for years: Frying Pan Tower, a decommissioned Coast Guard light station that sits far out in the Atlantic Ocean.


S2 E7: Stealing Bill

North Carolina's priceless copy of the Bill of Rights is kept out of sight in a secure underground vault, and for good reason: It was once stolen, hidden away for more than 100 years, then recovered in a spectacular FBI raid. In this extended episode, host Jeremy Markovich gets the inside story of how it all went down, directly from the people who were there. hereCarolina Charter of 1663 Music in this episode: Not Those Kind of People Special Thanks: North Carolina Department of Natural...


S2 E6: The Round of Golf That Changed A City

In 1955, a dentist and five of his friends played a round of golf. They were black. The course was white-only. What happened next changed the course of one man's life, and in turn, helped integrate an entire town. His Eye Is On The Sparrow Supreme Court audio via George Simkins interview courtesy of the Community Voices project, housed at the Greensboro Public Library. Special Thanks: Nebraska Douglas, Ralph Miller, Shirley Frye, Gerald Attaway, Bill Hill, plus Bob Brooks and...


S2 E5: The Nuke They Left Behind

In 1961, a U.S. Air Force bomber crashed near Goldsboro, North Carolina, and the two thermonuclear bombs on board fell to the ground. Host Jeremy Markovich talks with the man who was sent to make sure those bombs didn't explode, and finds out why the Air Force left a crucial part of the weapon behind, somewhere below the surface. The Goldsboro Broken Arrow


S2 Bonus: The Bridge To Nowhere

In this bonus episode, host Jeremy Markovich visits a majestic bridge that, for years, was never connected to any road, and finds out why its construction almost led to riots. this paper


S2 E4: How To Get Away With Murder (In 1892)

What would happen if you stood in one state, then shot and killed someone in another? That scenario actually took place along the Tennessee-North Carolina border more than 100 years ago, and the murderer got away with it. But what's the real story? Host Jeremy Markovich spent months criss-crossing North Carolina to find answers that even the killer's family didn't know. Read more stories


S2 E3: The Riches Underneath Charlotte

In this supersized episode, host Jeremy Markovich goes looking for Charlotte's original gold mines, and then gets inside a vault that's full of billions of dollars to understand how North Carolina's biggest city ended up being the place where the state stores its money. this Our State magazine profileAway Message Facebook page Music in this episode: Gold StandardGot To GoBoulevards


S2 E2: The Unsinkable Floating Houses of Fontana

On Fontana Lake, in far western North Carolina, sit hundreds of floating cabins, meant for fishing and weekend getaways. But when the homes were threatened with removal, the owners banded together and took their fight to Washington, DC, where they found themselves in the middle of a debate over what private citizens can do on public property.


S2 E1: The Dream Returns

Dr. Martin Luther King once gave a speech in Rocky Mount, North Carolina that energized the city and changed the lives of the people in attendance. Now, after more than 50 years, a forgotten recording of that speech has resurfaced, and the discovery is providing new insight into how one of the most important men in American history came up with his most iconic phrase. In this episode, we listen to the speech with some of the people who were there on that day it was first delivered in 1962,...


A Preview of Away Message: Season 2

In the next season of Away Message, we're heading out on a scavenger hunt of sorts. We're looking for hard to find places, lost artifacts, secrets, missing people, and forgotten stories. New episodes begin April 3, 2018. Find all of Season 1's episodes and information about Season 2 at


Bonus: The Voyager Who Didn't Call Back

In this bonus episode, host Jeremy Markovich finally hears back from a guy who never returned his call, and gets the greatest excuse he’s ever heard. Plus, we find out what the future holds for this podcast.


Episode 8: Short Trip, Long Walk

In the final episode of the season, host Jeremy Markovich tries to figure out whether his own home is a remote place by walking 14 miles from his house to his office. Along the way, he discovers the people and places that are overlooked from his car.


Episode 7: Blurred Lines

In this episode, host Jeremy Markovich visits the small brass disc at the western edge of the state that's become a strange tourist attraction, and finds out how remote terrain caused all sorts of problems for the people who drew North Carolina's borders.


Episode 6: Remote or Knott

Host Jeremy Markovich travels to Knotts Island, North Carolina -- a unique place with colorful characters -- where nobody can seem to agree about whether it's a remote place, or not.


Episode 5.5: Total Eclipse of the Tar

In this bonus episode, we talk about what we're left with after a brief, maybe once-in-a-lifetime event in North Carolina: A total solar eclipse. Plus, we gathered up the best reactions to the event.


Episode 5: What Once Was Lost

A trip to a cemetery that's only reachable by boat reveals a story about progress, a national park, promises made, and promises broken. Along the way, we meet the woman who kept hope alive, and kept a sacred spot from being forgotten.


Episode 4: Dismally Yours

A trip into the Great Dismal Swamp reveals a lot of biting bugs, black water you can drink, and secrets about the runaway slaves who once called this remote place home.


Episode 3.5: Out On The Outer Banks

The weather's perfect, but a power outage has driven all of the visitors and vacationers off of the southern Outer Banks of North Carolina. This week, people on Ocracoke Island talk about what happens when their tourist destination suddenly becomes off-limits to nearly everybody.