For more than a century, North Carolina and southern Virginia were the furniture-making centers of America. Foreign competition from Asia has taken most of that work away over — 60 percent of the jobs have disappeared since 1990. But North Carolina isn’t going down without a fight.
"My dad was a doctor, and when I was 6 my family moved from the center of the garment industry, New York City, to North Carolina, America's garment manufacturing state," recalls Marco Werman, host of PRI's The World.
Evidence is mounting that Russian trolls working for the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency stoked divisions in the US during the last election, going as far as to contact US-based activists to promote and organize rallies and other actions.
Many undocumented immigrants in the US work in cultivation, picking fruits and vegetables. They move around or live permanently on the fields, along with their children — many of whom were born here and are US citizens. President-elect Donald Trump has promised to get tough on illegal immigration. And that has many immigrant farming communities bracing for what comes next.
This election, immigration reform has often been reduced to sound bytes. For example, Donald Trump’s repeated call to “build the wall.” That simplified argument is disappointing for American farmers who rely heavily on immigrant labor.
The American Medical Association has issued an apology to black doctors for a history of racial discrimination. But is it a case of too little too late? The Takeaway talks with Dr. George C. Debnam, who experienced the AMA's racial prejudice firsthand as a young doctor in North Carolina in the 1950's.
The candidates have spoken. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton spoke late Tuesday after receiving preliminary results from the Indiana and North Carolina primaries. The Takeaway examines what the Democratic candidates had to say.
In the last few days before the election, House and Senate Republicans, have been pushing hard to help incumbents facing tough re-election races keep their seats in Congress. Guest: New York Times reporter David Herszenhorn
Rob Christensen, reporter for Raleigh News and Observer, checks in from Cary, North Carolina, and Dan Moulthrop, host of WCPN's 'Sound Ideas,' report about the fierce competition for the voters in swing state Ohio.
North Carolina was another battleground state the Obama campaign targeted aggressively. The Takeaway checks in with Rob Christensen of the Raleigh News and Observer about North Carolina's votes for president and senate.
In a press conference at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, President Obama announced his plan for troop withdrawal from Iraq. While some Democrats say it's slower than promised, military leaders seem satisfied.