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On the next Newsroom: The future of local journalism, politics, and beaches

First up, a conversation with the leaders of New Hanover County’s Republican and Democratic parties. Then, a new investigative journalism project in the rural counties along the South Carolina border has lessons for newsrooms everywhere. Plus, the complicated saga of beach nourishment.

We'll talk with Andre Brown and Will Knecht — chairs of the Democratic and GOP parties — about local elections, engaging the public, unaffiliated voters, how to sustain a big tent, and more.

Then, Les High and Sarah Nagem — founder and editor of the Border Belt Independent, respectively — on their new project. The Border Belt aims to provide high-quality, investigative journalism, for free, to newsrooms along the South Carolina border. We'll get into what inspired the project, and why it's important.

And, Port City Daily reporter Preston Lennon joins us to break down the complicated saga of beach-nourishment — that's the complex, expensive, and, at times, politically fraught process by which New Hanover County's beach towns keep their sand, and their economies, intact.

Tune in Friday at noon on 91.3 FM, catch the rebroadcast on Sunday at 1 p.m. — or find the episode as a podcast on Stitcher, iTunes, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.