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The lionfish is an invasive species that threatens the state's commercial fishing industry because they eat the foods that grouper and snapper eat, along with juvenile grouper and snapper. Lionfish have no known predators and have a rapid reproduction rate, which is why they are taking over the reef ecosystem.

Rain Catchers

Stormwater runoff is a major source of pollution in our streams and lakes. Those lakes are also a source of drinking water. State law requires cities and towns to cleanup the runoff, because it doesn't get treated in sewage plants - it goes right in the lakes and rivers. Durham is launching an innovative 5 year program called 'Raincatchers' in hopes of slowing down, reducing, and naturally cleaning up stormwater.

Object Conservation

The NC Museum of History has more than 150,000 items in its collection. The museum's job is not to restore an item to how it was when it was made, but to conserve it, and slow the process of decay. We talk with the lead conservator to find how it is done, what science is used to do it, and how the museum sometimes must reject items that can't be preserved.


CompostNow is a Raleigh-based company that converts compostable waste and food scraps into nutrient rich soil. The company's process involves a full service doorstep compost shuttle that picks up customer's compost weekly and delivers it back as dirt. Frank Graff brings us the story. Original Broadcast Date: 04/22/2013.

Emlyn Koster, PhD - NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Dr. Koster started his new job as Director of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in January 2013. He is a geologist educated in England and Canada who has already overseen several premier museums in the United States and Canada, leading landmark expansions of their facilities, exhibitions, programming, and outreach. Original Broadcast Date: 04/19/2013.

Dr. Samuel Sears

Erica Starke-Knight introduces us to the 2013 O. Max Gardner Award recipient, Dr. Samuel Sears. The East Carolina University professor is a nationally-recognized expert in the psychological care and quality of life outcomes of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) patients. Original Broadcast Date: 04/15/2013.

NCSU Solar Grant

A U.S. Dept. of Energy grant will be used at North Carolina State University to design solar energy systems & installation & connection procedures that require little or no customization by homeowners & installers. The systems would set up quickly and connect to the power grid easily, while still meeting building and electrical codes. Original Broadcast Date: 04/15/2013.