The Porch

The Porch: The River

Sep 17, 2021
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In this episode of The Porch, a production of the BPR news team, we hear from -

Lilly Knoepp

Campgrounds are a way of life in Western North Carolina – and have been long before the current camping craze which helped bring more than 12-million visitors to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park last year.  BPR went to Laurel Bank Campground in Haywood County.  Camping there is more than a weekend activity or a vacation.  It’s life – and family. 

Sherrie Lynn McArthur still remembers growing up at Laurel Bank Campground in Cruso. She is now 66 years old.

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?

Lilly Knoepp

Last summer, BPR reported on rallies across Western North Carolina in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. These demonstartions echoed those seen across the country during the months of protests for racial justice following the murder of George Floyd.  One such rally was in Murphy. TeLor Allen was one of the organizers.

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

Cass Herrington / BPR News

 

 

For the superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the killing of George Floyd over the summer hit especially hard. 

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. 

Courtesy of Shirley Parks

Students started back to school last month amidst the uncertain world of COVID-19 and a racial justice movement across America. Franklin resident Shirley Parks remembers her own uncertain days as a student during integration in Macon County and much later in 2011 as the first Black principal in the county since integration. 

Parks worked in the Macon County School System for 33 years. She says its hard to watch children and parents struggling with the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

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.