Bringing The World Home To You

© 2022 WUNC North Carolina Public Radio
120 Friday Center Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
919.445.9150 | 800.962.9862
91.5 Chapel Hill 88.9 Manteo 90.9 Rocky Mount 91.1 Welcome 91.9 Fayetteville 90.5 Buxton 94.1 Lumberton 99.9 Southern Pines
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Science & Technology

Kannapolis: Collapse Of A Mill And Rise of Biotech

Research Center Kannapolis, NC


When the textile mill closed in Kannapolis, NC in 2003, more than 4,000 workers lost their jobs. The effects on the small community outside of Charlotte were devastating.

But investment by a California billionaire began to turn the town from a lost textile center to a biotech research center. But as citizens trade in their genetic information for gift cards, questions remain about the ethics of the research. Host Frank Stasio talks with reporter Amanda Wilson about the changing tides and the effects of those changes in Kannapolis. Her latest article appears in the Pacific Standard. Her work on this project was supported by the Investigative Fund and the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

Related Stories
More Stories