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The Porch: The River

Lilly Knoepp
Blue Ridge Public Radio

In this episode of The Porch, a production of the BPR news team, we hear from -

  • Residents of Haywood County who saw the flood waters on August 17th rise in just a few hours, causing damages and terror, and how they are still grappling with both
  • BPR's Lilly Knoepp, who goes to the campground where four of the six people who died in the floods lived
  • Hartwell Carson, the French Broad Riverkeeper for Mountain True, about what the future of our lands along waterways should be in the time of climate change
  • Dr. Rob Young of Western Carolina University's Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, who answers what will be the sign that enough people are taking the threat of climate change seriously

(The BPR News Presents theme song is The Vibes by Audiobinger.  Other music featured in this episode includes Sequence and Feeling by Borrtex)

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.