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Podcast July 1 – Signs and statues, history in context, plus legal bills galore [Free]

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On this episode, we tackle the Pine Valley neighborhood of Wilmington — or rather, its street signs, which feature the names of eight prominent Confederate leaders. We knew when we published this article, as with our reporting on Confederate statues, that there would be push back from several camps: from those who agree that the […]

Podcast June 27 – Wilmington’s racist cops: What happened, what comes next? [Free listen]

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Warning: This episode deals with disturbing material, including racist comments and threats. We dedicate this entire episode to the firing of Michael ‘Kevin’ Piner, James ‘Brian’ Gilmore, and Jessie E. Moore II — three veteran Wilmington Police Department officers with over 60 years of combined service. We start with how the story began, over a […]

Podcast June 24 – Wilmington officials reckon with race, sort of [Free listen]

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On this episode, we tackle the response — or lack thereof — from Wilmington’s elected officials to the important issue of race, policing, and the city’s troubled history. Earlier this week, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and Councilman Kevin Spears held a forum with local community leaders to discuss the issue. Some criticized the forum for […]

Podcast June 20 – NHRMC sale update, WPD videos, affordable housing [Free listen]

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On this episode, we dig into the pending sale or new partnership for New Hanover Regional Medical Center. It’s increasingly clear — though there were definitely earlier indications — that the Partnership Advisory Group has decided on a sale or major partnership in which a considerable amount of NHRMC’s resources would be divested to a […]

Podcast June 17 – Covid update, police reform and transparency, Downtown Alive? [Free listen]

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On this episode, we take a look at the rising numbers of Covid-19 and the increasing pressure on Governor Roy Cooper’s office to move ahead into Phase 3. Behind the scenes, public health policy and political expediency are likely at odds — but how will it play out? Then, a deep dive into the seven demands of Wilmington’s […]

Podcast June 13 – Wilmington’s confederate monuments, Hugh MacRae Park, court delays [Free]

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On this episode, we tackle two painful legacies of Wilmington’s past — the two Confederate monuments in the heart of downtown, and the New Hanover County park named for Hugh MacRae, a white supremacist who helped organize the 1898 massacre, a terror campaign launched against the city’s thriving black community. We take a hard look […]

Podcast June 10 – Wrightsville Beach, Mike Adams, Covid-19 [Free listen]

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On this episode we take a closer look at a long-running legal battle between Wrightsville Beach and the owner of a jet ski company. Why is the town willing to go to such lengths to fight the owner — and why does it matter if they overstep their jurisdiction? Plus, UNCW Professor Mike Adams is […]

Podcast June 6 – What would change to law enforcement look like? [Listen free]

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On this episode, we talk about some of the changes protestors have asked for — and the different ways those changes might be achieved. Plus, what happened when the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office (NHCSO) took over the Wilmington Police Department (WPD) crime lab? And, a judge ordered new footage in a high-profile case of […]

Podcast June 4 – Wilmington protests: What can change, who were the gunmen, why different tactics? [Free]

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On this episode, we dig deep into the George Floyd protest in downtown Wilmington on Sunday, May 31. There’s a lot to unpack in terms of the protests across the county: What inspired the protests — and, more importantly, what do the protestors want? Local officials have promised change, but what, specifically, could law enforcement […]

Podcast May 30 – FEMA trailers as affordable housing? Plus, bar battle redux [Listen free]

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On this episode, New Hanover County’s plan to keep 22 FEMA trailers from Hurricane Florence in the area as affordable housing. Plus, we break down the latest battle over reopening bars in North Carolina. New Hanover County’s plan is a good idea on paper: at least seven families are living in FEMA trailers but their […]