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'The Waters & Harvey Show' marks 100th episode

Dr. Marcus Harvey and Dr. Darin Waters holding cake with lit candles at BPR studios
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Dr. Marcus Harvey and Dr. Darin Waters at BPR's studios, celebrating "Waters and Harvey"'s 100th episode.

The Waters & Harvey Show will air its 100th episode on Blue Ridge Public Radio this week.

Hosted by Dr. Darin Waters and Dr. Marcus L. Harvey, The Waters & Harvey Show offers listeners informed conversations about history, culture, and their impact on current affairs. Harvey is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at University of North Carolina Asheville, and Waters is Deputy Secretary, Office of Archives & History, at NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

The 100th episode, "Reflections and Milestones,” will air at 9 AM Friday, May 13 on BPR News and BPR Classic, and 8 PM Saturday, May 14 on BPR News. Waters and Harvey have hosted the program since 2014, and began producing the show in collaboration with BPR in 2017.

"Marcus and I have been honored to share this space and time with each of our listeners,” said Dr. Waters. “While the production of the show is always a thrill, it has and continues to be our engagement with the audience that keeps us going! Reaching this important milestone would not be possible without the ongoing interest and support of the listening public. We proudly celebrate this moment in the show's history."

Over the course of 100 episodes, Dr. Waters and Dr. Harvey have shared engaging conversations with an impressive number of local and national leaders, including Dr. Dwight Mullen on The State of Black Asheville; Johnny Davis on The Realities of a Career in Sports; Christine Darden on NASA’s Pioneering African American Women and Dr. Meredith Doster on the four R’s of building and living in community – rest, reflection, relationship, and reckoning.

“We are thrilled to celebrate this milestone and grateful for each episode of 'The Waters and Harvey Show',” said Catherine Komp, BPR’s Director of Content. “Dr. Waters and Dr. Harvey bring a thorough interrogation of the past, present and future, while also highlighting the essential role of civic engagement and the community connections that keep us motivated and inspired. Plus, each show guarantees some laughter -- a necessary antidote as we process and respond to the world around us.”

Plans for the program include a special live taping of a panel discussion “The Renaissance of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities” on Thursday, June 16, at the Asheville Ideas Festival. The conversation, to be held at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts, will include expert panelist Lynn Pasquerella, President of the American Association of Colleges and Universities; and Dr. Harold Martin, Chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University.

In addition to weekly broadcasts on Fridays at 9 AM on BPR News and Classic and Saturdays at 8 PM on BPR News, The Waters & Harvey Show is also available for on-demand listening here and as a podcast on the free BPR mobile app and other podcast channels.

Erin Adams served as BPR's first Director of Audience from August 2023 to February 2024.
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