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A podcast that goes the distance to reveal hard-to-find stories across North Carolina. Join journalist Jeremy Markovich as he travels across the state to uncover remote places, lost artifacts, overlooked people, and forgotten stories.

North Carolina Rabbit Hole Jeremy Markovich

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    • 4.9 • 282 Ratings

A podcast that goes the distance to reveal hard-to-find stories across North Carolina. Join journalist Jeremy Markovich as he travels across the state to uncover remote places, lost artifacts, overlooked people, and forgotten stories.

    How Much of Greenville's Economy Relies on MrBeast? (w/ Drew Harwell)

    How Much of Greenville's Economy Relies on MrBeast? (w/ Drew Harwell)

    MrBeast (aka Jimmy Donaldson) has more than 300 million total subscribers on YouTube and some of his videos have more viewers than the Super Bowl. He’s opened restaurants. He’s launched his own food company called Feastables. The MrBeast logo is now on the jerseys of the Charlotte Hornets. Also, MrBeast is 25-years-old.
    This multi-million dollar YouTube media empire? It's based in Greenville, North Carolina of all places. So how did that happen?
    In this episode, journalist Jeremy Markovich talks to Washington Post tech reporter Drew Harwell about what happens when a big time influencer sets up shop in a small town.
    To get more stories like this, subscribe to the North Carolina Rabbit Hole, the reader-supported newsletter that powers this podcast. Get a free-if-you-want-it-to-be subscription at ncrabbithole.com.

    • 29 min
    The Greatest "I Voted" Sticker Ever

    The Greatest "I Voted" Sticker Ever

    A sixth-grade student from the Raleigh area drew a boy riding a unicorn. It's now the official "I Voted Early" sticker for the Wake County Board of Elections. In this episode, artist Shannon Fisher explains some of the details and the background behind a sticker that's turning heads at polling places around Raleigh and beyond.
    See the sticker and read more about it: https://www.ncrabbithole.com/p/wake-county-nc-i-voted-early-sticker-unicorn
    Subscribe to the North Carolina Rabbit Hole newsletter here: https://www.ncrabbithole.com/subscribe
    Thanks to Shannon Fisher, Ashley Millhiser, Gerry Cohen, and the Wake County Board of Elections. Early voting is now underway in North Carolina for the 2024 primary. Find your polling place and sample ballot here: https://www.ncsbe.gov/
     

    • 9 min
    The Dick Trickle Maneuver (w/ Ryan McGee)

    The Dick Trickle Maneuver (w/ Ryan McGee)

    In this episode, host Jeremy Markovich and ESPN senior writer Ryan McGee talk about beer, old school racing, a man named Dick Trickle, and a quiet trick to to help you navigate a boisterous social situation.
    Read Jeremy's 2013 SB Nation story about Dick Trickle: "Elegy of a Race Car Driver"
    Subscribe to the North Carolina Rabbit Hole newsletter at ncrabbithole.com.
    Special thanks to Kenny Wallace.

    • 22 min
    A Holiday Story: Deck Your Halls With Rauch Balls

    A Holiday Story: Deck Your Halls With Rauch Balls

    In this special holiday episode, host Jeremy Markovich meets the man from Gastonia who became the world's largest manufacturer of Christmas ornaments and used his power to make North Carolina more tolerant of all religions.
    This episode was originally released in 2018 and was adapted from: "The Unlikely Ornament King of Gastonia" which appeared in Our State magazine's December 2016 issue.
    Additional music: Blue Dot Sessions

    • 25 min
    How Racing Returned to North Wilkesboro

    How Racing Returned to North Wilkesboro

    North Wilkesboro Speedway is hosting the NASCAR All-Star Race, a quarter century after its last major event. Why did it sit empty for so long? And how did it finally reopen? In this episode, host Jeremy Markovich takes a look back as a historic place now looks toward a new future.
    More Reading:
    "Ghosts of North Wilkesboro" (2015) - SB Nation "The Inside Story of How a Dead NASCAR Track Finally Reopened After 26 Years" (2022) - North Carolina Rabbit Hole "A Night When Anything Was Possible" (2022) - North Carolina Rabbit Hole Music via Blue Dot Sessions under a Creative Commons license.

    • 23 min
    Panthers Aren't Real

    Panthers Aren't Real

    Shortly after I moved to Charlotte in 2005, I became a Carolina Panthers fan because it was much better than being a fan of the Cleveland Browns. A few years later, I became the producer of the Panthers postgame show on a local television station. A few years after that, the production moved from the station to the stadium. It was there that I first heard a piece of information that I hadn’t actually considered before: The screaming panther sound—the noise that you’d hear during home games whenever the Panthers did something good like get a first down or make a third down stop—was not actually the sound that a real panther makes.
    You can read more here: https://www.ncrabbithole.com/p/panthers-arent-real
    Closing song: "Riverboat Ron" by Crab Claw

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
282 Ratings

282 Ratings

Kimstir73 ,

Wow how I’ve missed this podcast!

This is probably my all time favorite podcast! I have missed it and I am so hoping you will pick right back up and continue a season 5!! Welcome back!!

Our State fan ,

When is this show coming back??

I enjoyed it so much. I wish Jeremy would keep exploring North Carolina and sharing it on this delightful podcast.

Shelby, North Carolina ,

Stories of “Our State”!

Thrilled to find this podcast and learn about people and places in NC! Have always loved Our State magazine, and this is even better!

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