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BPR News Presents: The Porch Episode 003

In this episode, we talk with -

- Dr. David Ellis, the chief medical officer for Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, where the first COVID-19 vaccines were administered in Western North Carolina this week.

- Irene Smoker-Jackson, a Cherokee language translator for New Kituwah Academy Elementary in Cherokee.  She's one of just a few hundred fluent Cherokee speakers in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.  She lost her mother to COVID-19 this year.

- Tamiko Ambrose Murray and Marisol Jiminez, who've formed their own consulting firm built on storytelling and unraveling deep trauma to help businesses of all stripes and sizes address their roles in structural racism. 

The BPR News Presents theme song is The Vibes by Audiobinger.  Other music featured in this show includes Musa, 6th Melody by Livio Amato

Matt Bush joined Blue Ridge Public Radio as news director in August 2016. Excited at the opportunity the build up the news service for both stations as well as help launch BPR News, Matt made the jump to Western North Carolina from Washington D.C. For the 8 years prior to coming to Asheville, he worked at the NPR member station in the nation's capital as a reporter and anchor. Matt primarily covered the state of Maryland, including 6 years of covering the statehouse in Annapolis. Prior to that, he worked at WMAL in Washington and Metro Networks in Pittsburgh, the city he was born and raised in.