Keeping the Lights On

Duke Energy has billed a new $14.5 million microgrid project in Hot Springs as a leap forward for electrical technology. But will the utility’s breakthrough lead to greater resilience across North Carolina’s grid?

Bull City Beef

How a set of proposed amendments to Durham’s zoning regulations has become the city’s most explosive political issue.

Why Some Stay

Climate change is making life along the Lumber River more uncertain. But for many people, moving isn’t a meaningful option.


The Price of a Moral Panic

In 1987, Andrew “Junior” Chandler was convicted of sexually abusing several young children. He’s the only person in N.C. still in prison from that era.

Oppo Man

Charles Hellwig, a self-described “right-wing nut,” works behind the scenes to elect Republican candidates. Sometimes that means deploying the darker arts to reveal secrets. 


A Site To Behold

The pandemic rush into wild places accelerated human damage to places like Max Patch. Can outdoor enthusiasts balance conservation and access?

The Last Fish

As competing interests vie for the state’s fisheries and coastal tourism, how can policymakers ensure a future for both?


Schoolyard Brawl

Orange County has been swept up in cultural clashes over education. Superintendent Monique Felder is the latest casualty.

Featured Stories

Parable of the Sower

Like most startups, the majority of new churches fail. With the blessing of a major international evangelical network, a young pastor tries to start a church in an unexpected place. Will it take root?

A Cultural Institution at a Crossroads

Work at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies has all but stopped for the last 18 past months. Nine staff have quit, and more expect to be laid off this week. Its new director is promising a new era—but what comes next is unclear.