Away Message

Away Message
What happens when you travel to North Carolina’s most remote spots? Our State magazine’s Jeremy Markovich sets out across the state, from mountaintops to islands, from swamps to shipwrecks to see what you find in hard-to-find places.
S2 E9: Florence
Oct 14 • 29 min
One month after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, we bring you three stories of strength, resilience, and perseverance in the face of the storm.
S2 E8: 32 Miles Off The Coast
Aug 31 • 36 min
A trip to a remote place we’ve been trying to visit for years: Frying Pan Tower, a decommissioned Coast Guard light station that sits far out in the Atlantic Ocean.
S2 E7: Stealing Bill
Aug 16 • 47 min
North Carolina’s priceless copy of the Bill of Rights was stolen, hidden, then recovered in a spectacular raid. Here’s the inside story of how it happened, from the people who were there.
S2 E6: The Round of Golf That Changed A City
Jul 27 • 31 min
In 1955, a man teed off on a course that didn’t want him there. What happened next would change his life, and change the course of his town.
S2 E5: The Nuke They Left Behind
Jul 3 • 29 min
In 1961, two nuclear weapons accidentally fell on North Carolina. The man who defused them says a crucial part of one bomb is still in the ground.
S2 Bonus: The Bridge To Nowhere
Jun 22 • 10 min
A visit to a bridge that, for years, was never connected to a road.
S2 E4: How To Get Away With Murder (In 1892)
May 25 • 33 min
The true story of a man who stood in North Carolina, shot and killed a man in another state, and got away with it.
S2 E3: The Riches Underneath Charlotte
May 10 • 34 min
In this supersized episode, host Jeremy Markovich goes looking for Charlotte’s original gold mines, and then gets inside a vault that’s full of billions of dollars to understand how North Carolina’s biggest city ended up being the place where the state…
S2 E2: The Unsinkable Floating Houses of Fontana
Apr 24 • 23 min
On Fontana Lake, in far western North Carolina, sit hundreds of floating cabins, meant for fishing and weekend getaways. But when the homes were threatened with removal, the owners banded together and took their fight to Washington, DC, where they found…
S2 E1: The Dream Returns
Apr 3 • 33 min
Dr. Martin Luther King once gave a speech in Rocky Mount, North Carolina that energized the city and changed the lives of the people in attendance. Now, after more than 50 years, a forgotten recording of that speech has resurfaced, and the discovery is…
A Preview of Away Message: Season 2
Mar 29 • 2 min
In the next season of Away Message, we’re heading out on a scavenger hunt of sorts. We’re looking for hard to find places, lost artifacts, secrets, missing people, and forgotten stories. New episodes begin April 3, 2018. Find all of Season 1’s episodes…
Bonus: The Voyager Who Didn’t Call Back
Feb 8 • 13 min
In this bonus episode, host Jeremy Markovich finally hears back from a guy who never returned his call, and gets the greatest excuse he’s ever heard. Plus, we find out what the future holds for this podcast.
Episode 8: Short Trip, Long Walk
Sep 7, 2017 • 29 min
In the final episode of the season, host Jeremy Markovich tries to figure out whether his own home is a remote place by walking 14 miles from his house to his office. Along the way, he discovers the people and places that are overlooked from his car.
Episode 7: Blurred Lines
Aug 31, 2017 • 28 min
In this episode, host Jeremy Markovich visits the small brass disc at the western edge of the state that’s become a strange tourist attraction, and finds out how remote terrain caused all sorts of problems for the people who drew North Carolina’s borders.
Episode 6: Remote or Knott
Aug 24, 2017 • 26 min
Host Jeremy Markovich travels to Knotts Island, North Carolina — a unique place with colorful characters — where nobody can seem to agree about whether it’s a remote place, or not.
Episode 5.5: Total Eclipse of the Tar
Aug 22, 2017 • 10 min
In this bonus episode, we talk about what we’re left with after a brief, maybe once-in-a-lifetime event in North Carolina: A total solar eclipse. Plus, we gathered up the best reactions to the event.
Episode 5: What Once Was Lost
Aug 17, 2017 • 24 min
A trip to a cemetery that’s only reachable by boat reveals a story about progress, a national park, promises made, and promises broken. Along the way, we meet the woman who kept hope alive, and kept a sacred spot from being forgotten.
Episode 4: Dismally Yours
Aug 10, 2017 • 26 min
A trip into the Great Dismal Swamp reveals a lot of biting bugs, black water you can drink, and secrets about the runaway slaves who once called this remote place home.
Episode 3.5: Out On The Outer Banks
Aug 2, 2017 • 14 min
The weather’s perfect, but a power outage has driven all of the visitors and vacationers off of the southern Outer Banks of North Carolina. This week, people on Ocracoke Island talk about what happens when their tourist destination suddenly becomes…
Episode 3: As High As You Can Get
Jul 27, 2017 • 24 min
We go way up above the ground on a television broadcast tower, the tallest structure in North Carolina, to meet the surprisingly down-to-earth man who regularly climbs to the top.
Episode 2: Wave If You Can See Me
Jul 20, 2017 • 23 min
We travel to a remote place, only a quarter-mile off of the North Carolina coast, that kept a Civil War shipwreck hidden for a century.
Episode 1: The Most Remote
Jul 13, 2017 • 24 min
Host Jeremy Markovich sets his sights on Western North Carolina in search of the state’s most remote spot.
Coming Soon: “Away Message”
Jun 29, 2017 • 3 min
What happens when you travel to North Carolina’s most remote spots? Our State magazine’s Jeremy Markovich traveled to eight destinations across the state, from mountaintops to islands, from swamps to shipwrecks to see what you find in hard-to-find places.…