The NC Everything Podcast
This is a show where I cover everything that has anything to do with North Carolina. I will take a deep dive into everything from Moonshine to Pepsi, from Chimney Rock to Jockey’s Ridge, and hopefully a lot of things that you have never even heard of.
EDWIN GROVE AND THE GROVE PARK INN
In this episode, I am going to tell you about a hotel that, at one time, was considered the nicest hotel in the world. The Grove Park Inn looks and probably feels like an American castle. I am going to introduce you to Edwin Grove and tell you how he came to build this amazing resort in Ashville. Then I will tell you about one special guest who stayed at the inn for a year, and another guest who has been there for a hundred years. If you like the show, you can join the Facebook group by searching The NC Everything Podcast on Facebook and simply clicking JOIN. You can also follow the show on Instagram and Twitter. This show is hosted and produced by me, Kurtis, a lifelong NC native who never gets tired of exploring the greatest state in the union. You can reach out to me for questions, comments, complaints, or my favorite...suggestions at email@example.com *The music in this episode comes from archesaudio.com and freepd.com
November 27, 2021
SCOTS IN NC
In this episode we are going across the pond as they say. Well, we're going in spirit at least. I am are going to take you through on a journey that begins hundreds of years ago with kings and betrayals, and ends with a very unique competition that is held annually at Grandfather Mountain as well as a few other places across North Carolina. I am going to explain why NC has so much Scottish heritage and lineage, and why we have the famous Highland Games.
November 20, 2021
In this episode I am going across the county to Hollywood and back to a different time in the movie making world to tell you about Ava Gardner. She was the daughter of a sharecropper who became a glamourous star who mingled with people like Mickey Rooney and Frank Sinatra. But through all of this, she never missed a chance to come back home to North Carolina and spend time with her family.
November 13, 2021
In this episode, I am going to tell you all about my most favorite attraction in North Carolina. The largest zoo in the world. Of all the places I have visited in this state, The North Carolina Zoo is the one I have been to the most. I am going to give you a rundown on the history of zoos and take you from into our zoo, from a cool idea to a place where elephants and giraffes graze only a matter of yards away from bison, bears, and alligators. Then I am going to give you a quick verbal tour of the zoo and what you may see there.
November 6, 2021
Halloween Special 2021
In this special Halloween episode I tell you some creepy, eerie, and mysterious stories. I have a couple of my own experiences, have a few from the USS North Carolina, a few from the mountains, and a few that I have been waiting to put on the show.
October 30, 2021
In this episode I am going to tell you about the famous Hollerin' Contest that was held down in Spiveys Corner, NC for 47 years. Most people don't know how important hollerin' was in the rural spaces of North Carolina but by the end of this episode you will see how critical this unique pastime was in day to day life before there were telephones in every home.
October 23, 2021
In this episode I am going to tell you about Robert Harrill, The Fort Fisher Hermit. This is a listener request and as always, it was my pleasure to comply. If you want to request an episode, you can do so by reaching out to the show at www.thenceverythingpodcast.com or through Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Just search The NC Everything Podcast. Don't forget to check out the show notes for this episode on the website by clicking EPISODES. The show notes include my sources and links to pictures.
October 16, 2021
INTERVIEW WITH RYAN FROM SYLVA
In this episode I get to talk to a resident of Sylva, NC. He had a really cool story to tell me and I'm glad that I can finally share it with you.
October 9, 2021
THE KING OF NASCAR
In this episode I am talking about the amazing career of Richard Petty, also known simply as The King.
October 2, 2021
RICHARD ETHERIDGE AND THE PEA ISLAND LIFE SAVERS
In this episode I am telling the amazing story of Richard Etheridge and the incredible rescue of all who were aboard the E.S. Newman by Richard Etheridge and his crew of Pea Island Life Savers. The content of this episode starts at 00:07:03
September 25, 2021
In this episode I go through some of the history of my local minor league baseball team, The Durham Bulls. The content of this episode begins at 00:08:05. You can forward here to skip the intro talk.
September 18, 2021
This episode request takes us to Statesville where we will talk about Iredell County, Tom Dula, and much much more.
September 11, 2021
In this episode I cover the crop that saved our country at one time and fueled our economy for over two centuries.
September 4, 2021
In this episode I am gonna tell you about one of my favorite mountain counties. Not only does this county have some of the most beautiful landscapes in western North Carolina, it is home to 250 waterfalls, a national forest, a state forest, and a state park.
August 28, 2021
In this episode, I will talk about the coastal titans that have protected sailors for hundreds of years, starting with NC's very first lighthouse.
August 21, 2021
MORROW MOUNTAIN AND THE UWARRIES
This episode is a but of a triple feature. I will tell you about some of the oldest mountains in the world, Morrow Mountain State Park, and Uwarrie National Forest.
August 14, 2021
In this episode we are headed back to Brunswick County AGAIN. But this time I'm going to tell you about the seafood capitol of the world, Calabash.
August 7, 2021
This episode is a listener suggestion. She requested White Lake and that morphed into a deep dive into the Carolina Bays, an unusual set of land formation in North Carolina. To this day, there is NO concrete proof of how these things were formed.
July 31, 2021
This is the episode that I was planning for the 4th of July, but I didn't have it ready in time. But in this episode, we are visiting one of the most famous military bases in the United States, and I will go over one of the most famous military units in the United States, the 82 Airborne Division. I will also tell you about Pope Airforce Base, since the 82nd Airborne would be grounded without it.
July 24, 2021
In this episode we are heading over to Gate City. That's Greensboro of course. I will begin by telling you why it is called Gate City and take you through the history of North Carolina's third largest city.
July 17, 2021
In this episode we will start in Mount Airy and meet Andy Griffith. Then I will take you through his career from No Time For Sergeants all the way to Matlock.
July 10, 2021
THE USS NORTH CAROLINA
In this episode we will visit our battleship, The USS North Carolina. I will take you through her history and even reflect on my visit to this incredible place,
July 3, 2021
In this very special episode, I return to Brunswick Town to interview the site manager, Jim McKee. The quality of the original interview was perfect, but I developed some kind of white noise when I transferred the audio. I apologize for that but I'm glad the interview wasn't ruined. It was an incredible experience talking to Jim and getting a taste of his encyclopedic knowledge of Brunswick Town.
June 26, 2021
ENG AND CHANG BUNKER
In this episode I will discuss the original Siamese Twins. I will tell you about their unique condition and go through how the lived and how they died.
June 19, 2021
RENDEZVOUS MOUNTAIN AND HANGING ROCK
In this episode we visit NC state parks number three and four.
June 12, 2021
In this episode I cover North Carolina's most common natural disaster. I will explain what a hurricane is and how they work and then I will go over some of the more notable storm that have passed through our state in the last century.
June 5, 2021
In this episode, we visit a small town with a big history. Hillsborough looks like any small town in rural America, but it actually the backdrop to some of the biggest events that shaped our country's future. I will take you through the events of settlement, war, and the general history of this amazing place.
May 29, 2021
TRYON AND HIS PALACE
In this episode I will tell you about former Colonial Governor of North Carolina, William Tryon. I go over his life leading up to his arrival in NC, his short stint as our Colonial Governor, and what happened after he left NC. I also cover the giant house that Tryon had built in New Bern that caused so much unrest and resulted in his quick departure.
May 29, 2021
In this episode I cover the history behind bluegrass and go over some of my favorite artists of the genre.
May 22, 2021
RACING IN NC
In this episode I go over the origins of stock car racing in North Carolina from moonshiners running from the law to the 600 mile race at Lowes Motor Speedway.
May 15, 2021
In this episode I cover the story of Randy Traywick and how he came to be the county music superstar known as RANDY TRAVIS.
May 8, 2021
ABANDONED THEME PARKS
In this episode I will be talking about two theme parks that, for now, are no longer with us. First we will visit The Land Of Oz on Beech Mountain. Then I will take you over to Buck Mountain in Maggie Valley and tell you about Ghost Town In The Sky.
May 1, 2021
THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
In this episode we are visiting the 469 mile Blue Ridge Parkway, the favorite road to so many people. I will talk about its origin and it construction, and I will run down a few of my favorite spots along America's longest National Park.
April 24, 2021
THE CAROLINA GOLD RUSH
In this episode I will tell you about the first gold rush in US history. No, not in the west, but right here North Carolina.
April 17, 2021
In this episode I will tell you about one of my favorite coastal forts. Fort Macon has a long history and an important job, even today.
April 10, 2021
In this episode I will tell you about the Moravians and how they went from a small band of religious outcasts to a large part of North Carolina history that still thrives today.
April 3, 2021
In this episode I tell you about Elisha Mitchell and his discovery of the tallest mountain in the eastern US, right here in North Carolina.
March 27, 2021
THE GRAVE DIGGER
In this episode I will take you on a ride with the most famous monster truck in the world. You will hear the origin story of The Grave Digger and you will learn how this old pickup truck went from being a local joke to being printed on millions of shirts and hats and reproduced in toy form year after year.
March 20, 2021
In this episode, we are going to the oldest public university in the United States.
March 13, 2021
THE HISTORY OF AVIATION IN NC
In this episode I will tell you how North Carolinians left the ground. Yes, The Wright Brothers had the biggest accomplishments, but we shouldn't forget all the other men AND WOMEN who were working toward great aeronautical achievements.
March 6, 2021
In this episode we are visiting Wilkes County and the famous true crime story of the murder of Laura Foster, allegedly by Tom Dula (Dooley).
February 27, 2021
THE HOUSE IN THE HORSESHOE
In this episode I tell you the fascinating stories of two notable men who lived in the same house, but not a the same time. Also, I take you with me on my trip to this location with my very first remote recording.
February 20, 2021
In this bonus episode I will tell you the story of the three goat dogs.
February 17, 2021
THE TUSCARORA WAR - PART 2
In this episode I will give you the final part of my Tuscarora War episode. This part includes the execution of John Lawson and the battles that made up the Tuscarora War.
February 13, 2021
THE TUSCARORA WAR - PART 1
This episode will cover the atmosphere and the events leading up to the beginning of a brutal war between the Tuscarora People and the English Settlers in eastern North Carolina, mainly around New Bern and Bath.
February 6, 2021
THE ROAD TO NOWHERE
In this episode I will tell you about a community that was ripped apart in the name of progress, and a promise that never had a chance of being kept. We are taking an audio trip to Swain County, to visit Bryson City and The Road To Nowhere.
January 30, 2021
THE MOREHEAD PLANETARIUM
In this episode I will take you close to my home, Chapel Hill. We are going to run through the family of Moreheads and I will tell you about John Motley Morehead III's masterpiece, "The Planetarium."
January 23, 2021
In this episode I take you to the colonial ruins of Brunswick Town, a major settlement on the Cape Fear River that was literally burned into history. This historic location has a bonus too. When the civil war broke out, Confederate troops built a fort right on top of the old settlement, so you get two sites for the price of one!
January 16, 2021
In this episode I tell the story of The Body Count, a 12 foot fiberglass fixer-upper boat that became the source for some of my favorite memories.
January 13, 2021
THE WALTON WAR
A tiny war over a tiny strip of land that had a huge factor in shaping the state of North Carolina.
January 9, 2021
FORT SAN JUAN
In this episode I will take you on a trip to the first European settlement in NC. Not the alleged lost colony of Roanoke. No, the FOUND, Fort San Juan; a part of our states history that was lost and forgotten for centuries.
January 2, 2021
END OF YEAR SPECIAL
I just want to thank you all for listening and let you know what to look forward to in the show in 2021. Also I give you a behind the scenes listen at what I am doing her and give you a couple of my favorite holiday memories.
December 26, 2020
In this episode we visit the largest privately owned home in North Carolina. I will tell you about the extraordinary task of creating the Biltmore Estate and how the house survived its history and what the estate is like today.
December 19, 2020
In this episode I go over three restaurants that were born in North Carolina, and define fast food in our state, in my opinion. All three business started from a small ideas that turned into empires.
December 12, 2020
In this episode I go over a particularly unique state park. It is the largest sand dune on the east coast. You will hear about its first sighting, and how one strong willed lady saved it from being just a memory.
November 28, 2020
In this episode I will take you down to Moore County. There we will visit a little resort known as Pinehurst. I will take you through its origin from an idea, to the purchase of what is essentially a wasteland, to the beautiful golf resort that some of the greatest golfers in the world have played at.
November 21, 2020
Episode 009 - TWEETSIE RAILROAD
In this episode I take a look at the Blowing Rock theme park, Tweetsie Railroad. I will take you through the origins of the famous locomotive named Tweetsie, starting with the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad, and follow this old steam engine from Boone, to Virginia, and finally back to North Carolina.
November 14, 2020
EPISODE 008 - NC FILMS
In this episode I will tell you about the history of film making in North Carolina and our state grew into the 3rd largest movie location state in the country. Then I will go over several movie locations and which films were filmed there. Finally, I will run down a list of movie stars from North Carolina. Actually, I read several lists in this episode. Sorry about that.
November 7, 2020
In today’s bonus show, I recount a fond memory I had playing horseshoes. Those of you who know me remember Shoes And Booze.
November 4, 2020
Episode 007 - Halloween Special
In this episode I take a creepy walk through the history of a local Halloween show, followed by several spooky stories.
October 31, 2020
BONUS EPISODE 2
In this bonus episode I tell a fart story. BUT IT’S A HALLOWEEN FART STORY, I SWEAR! Also, at the end, you will hear the trailer for my Halloween Special, Episode 007.
October 28, 2020
Episode 006 - BLACKBEARD
In this episode I am covering the most famous pirate in history. Edward ‘Blackbeard’ Teach. He wasn’t born in North Carolina, but he lived here and he died here, so now he’s ours. I go over his very vague origin story and his arrival in the Americas. I then follow his steps into piracy and his rise to fame. Lastly, I cover his action packed last stand and talk about how Blackbeard has became part of American folklore. ALSO…at the end, there is a shocking new twist. Could the descendants of Blackbeard still be living in the Caribbean?
October 24, 2020
BONUS EPISODE 001
In this bonus episode I tell a story that happened about 20 years ago in Morehead City. Also, I try my very first audio trailer, for Episode 006. Let me know if you like the trailer. Don’t forget to listen out for Episode 006 on Saturday.
October 21, 2020
Episode 005 - THE NC STATE FAIR
In this episode I am taking a walk down the midways of the past at the NC State Fair. We will start at the very beginning in the early 1800s and work our way through the entire life of the fair up to 2020, when it was canceled for the first time since WWII. Also I have my first shout out on this episode. I hope you enjoy the show.
October 17, 2020
Episode 004- BIGFOOT
In this episode I am chasing the legendary forest creature that everyone knows as Bigfoot. I start at the beginning of his trail and work my way to North Carolina where he is as active as ever. I will introduce you to a few organizations who are as interested in this guy as I am and I will share a couple of stories with you.
October 10, 2020
Episode 003 - PEPSI
In this episode I take a deep dive into Pepsi. I go over its creation, how it grew and spread throughout the nation, and how the little soda has changed over the years.
October 10, 2020
Episode 002 - The Carol A. Deering
In this episode I go over the 1920 voyage of the Carol A. Deering, her mysterious return trip, and her ultimate wreck that resulted in her crew vanishing. Though many authorities, including the FBI, has tried to solve this hundred year old mystery, no clues have ever been uncovered.
October 10, 2020
Episode 001 - MOONSHINE
In this episode I go over the birth of Moonshine, its growth in North Carolina, and its status today. You will also hear a brief summary on some famous moonshiners as well as some VERY BASIC instructions on how to make this highly sought after elixir.
October 9, 2020