BPR News Presents

The Porch: Summer Sun

Aug 19, 2021
Matt Bush / Blue Ridge Public Radio

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

Matt Bush / Blue Ridge Public Radio

One year after the racial justice protests following the police murder of George Floyd, how much closer are we to the goals stated by the marchers in Asheville and Western North Carolina?

In this episode of The Porch, from BPR News, we explore this question: If communities benefit from the work and presence of artists, what is our collective responsibility to publicly pay for the arts? 

 

This episode includes:

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

In this episode of BPR News Presents: The Porch, we talk with—

  • Musician, poet and writer Chelsea Labate
  • Mike Martinez of the ska-rock band Natural Born Leaders
  • Autobiographical storyteller and actress Barbie Angell
  • Melissa Hyman of the folk duo The Moon & You
  • Psychologist and researcher Dr. Christa Taylor
  • Psychologist and dance therapist Dr. Ilene Serlin

(The BPR News Presents theme song is The Vibes by Audiobinger).

In this episode of BPR News Presents: The Porch, we talk with  -

In this episode of BPR News Presents: The Porch -

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.

In this episode, we talk with -

- Dr. Chris Cooper of Western Carolina University, about why partisanship was the biggest winner in this week's elections in North Carolina

- Raul Saldana, the founding director of the new PEAK Academy charter school in Asheville

What is the future of live performance in Asheville?  BPR's Matt Peiken checks in with local performers working in contemporary and classical music, along with managers of the venues that stage them, about how they're strategizing and meeting challenges about performing in front of in-person audiences in a socially distanced reality.  This is a condensed version of a Facebook Live broadcast from October 21st, which can be viewed here.

BPR News Presents

Sep 23, 2020

BPR News Presents is the name for all original programming that is produced by the Blue Ridge Public Radio news team.  That includes episodes of the news team's long-form interview show 'The Porch', individual shows on a single topic, and candidate forums.  A full list of programs is below.

Matt Bush / Blue Ridge Public Radio

On September 4th and 5th Blue Ridge Public Radio in partnership with Smoky Mountain News and Mountain Xpress held two forums with the major party candidates for the currently vacant seat in North Carolina's 11th Congressional district.  Republican Madison Cawthorn and Democrat Moe Davis faced each other at Western Carolina University's Biltmore Park campus, and then again at the school's main campus in Cullowhee.  Cory Vaillancourt of Smoky Mountain News and BPR moderated. 

At this particular moment in history, we think it's vital that we give ourselves more time to listen to what's happening in Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia.  To do that, Blue Ridge Public Radio is launching a new program from its news department - BPR News Presents: The Porch.

North Carolina will be one of the state’s that decides this fall’s presidential election, plus which party controls the U.S. Senate.  It also has one of the most watched gubernatorial elections in the U.S. this fall, plus every seat in the North Carolina General Assembly is on the ballot, all of the council state, seats on county commissions, city councils, town aldermen…you get the point. 

Welcome To 'The Porch'

Sep 2, 2020

At this particular moment in history, we think it's vital that we give ourselves more time to listen to what's happening in Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia.  To do that, Blue Ridge Public Radio is launching a new program from its news department - BPR News Presents: The Porch.

This September, Blue Ridge Public Radio will be adding four shows to its program schedule, while moving five others to both of its channels so they can be heard by all of Western North Carolina.

On Thursday July 23rd, Blue Ridge Public Radio hosted a live Zoom panel to discuss police funding in Asheville.  BPR News Presents: A Conversation On Policing In Asheville, is hosted by BPR's Matt Peiken.  His guests discussing the call to defund the Asheville police department include Robert Thomas of the Racial Justice Coalition, Zaria Abdulkarim of Democracy NC, retired UNC Asheville professor and founder of The State of Black Asheville report Dr.