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  • Exploring Climate Change documentary

    “Exploring Climate Change” is a documentary produced in 2015.

    From Raleigh, North Carolina to Barrow, Alaska and back again, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel and photojournalist Richard Adkins traveled the continent looking for answers on climate change. They spoke to leading climate scientists, as well as religion experts to understand the science of climate change, what changes we can already see affecting our state and why such a divide exists between scientists and the general public.

  • Inside Cuba

    WRAL News reporter Leyla Santiago takes you inside Cuba, where many people are hopeful the change results in a better future. We will explore the potential opportunities ahead, including trade between the two countries. We’ll also explain how the North Carolina agriculture industry hopes to benefit.

    “Inside Cuba” is a 30-minute documentary that looks at Cuba as it is now; its people, culture, and way of life. It also explores Cuba in the days, months, and years ahead as its relationship with the U.S. improves.

    Aired October 21, 2015

  • The Journey Alone

    Rio Grande Valley – a Texas community on the border of Mexico – is ground zero for the nation’s newest immigration crisis. More than 52,000 children, some as young as 2, have crossed the border alone, without a parent.

    WRAL reporter Leyla Santiago and photojournalist Zac Gooch traveled to Texas to trace the path of the children, find out what kind of care they’re receiving and learn how the crisis is impacting North Carolina.

    (produced in 2014)

    The documentary garnered multiple awards, including the highly coveted Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia Award.

    Leyla Santiago is now a correspondent for CNN.

  • NOAA Hurricane Hunter Aircraft

    WRAL News photographer Richard Adkins flew into the eye of a storm named Irene, August 2011. You’ll see what happens inside this special aircraft referred to as a “Hurricane Hunter” as it criss-crosses through a hurricane.

    Adkins wrote and shot this story. It is voiced by WRAL News anchor David Crabtree.

    Hold on to your seat as you watch!

  • Last UNC Men’s Basketball Game in Carmichael Auditorium

    The last UNC Men’s Basketball game in Carmichael. UNC vs NCSU. January 6, 1985.

    Carmichael was known as one of the loudest arenas in the country while the Tar Heel men played there. The architecture of the building had a low roof and a student section that ringed the court.

    UNC Men’s Basketball coach Dean Smith led North Carolina to its arena-opening 82-68 victory over William & Mary in 1965. UNC player, Bob Lewis, made the first shot in Carmichael.

    On January 6, 1986 North Carolina Coach Dean Smith led his Tar Heels to finish its 20-year stay in Carmichael Auditorium the way it started – with a victory. The No. 1 and undefeated Tar Heels defeated rival North Carolina State 90-79. A few weeks later, January 19, the Tar Heels started playing in the Dean Smith Center, AKA “The Dean Dome.” That first game was against Duke.

    The Tar Heels record Carmichael Auditorium, AKA “Blue Heaven” was 169-20.

    Who made the final basket at Carmichael? *Spoiler Alert*
    NCSU basketball coach Jim Valvano made a lay-up basket after the game. He claimed bragging rights to be the last one to make a basket in Carmichael.

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