Waters and Harvey Show

Earlier this year, our hosts spoke with their UNC Asheville colleague Dr. Dan Pierce about efforts to honor those who built the railroad into Western North Carolina in the 1800’s.  Many were African American laborers whose history has been lost, hidden, and forgotten.  We get an update on what’s transpired since, and Dr. Pierce is joined by Marion, North Carolina mayor Steve Little for this show.

Our hosts love talking about the cultural uniqueness of Southern Appalachia, and in this episode they examine the town that may have been the center of the region’s African American community – Huntington, West Virginia.  Their guest is Dr. Cicero Fain III

A New Theme

Jul 9, 2021

In this episode of The Waters & Harvey Show, we debut a new theme song ‘Lee-Roy.’  It’s from the jazz band The Core, and our hosts talk with members of the group about the song, and their shared love of jazz.  Plus, Darin and Marcus also reflect on the roots of their show, and how music has always been an important part of it. 

In this episode of The Waters & Harvey Show, our hosts examine the global impact of America’s racial justice protests, the Black Lives Matter movement, and ‘woke’ culture.  Their guest is their UNC Asheville colleague Dr. Oliver Gloag, a professor of French and Francophone studies.

In this episode of The Waters & Harvey Show, our hosts reflect on their most recent conversation about justice and reparations.  They get some help doing that with members of the current William C. Friday Fellowship on Human Relations – Angie Flynn-McIver of Asheville, and Dr. Ryan Emanuel, a citizen of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.

The show does its second live event, this time with a focus on reparations in Asheville.  Among the guests for this program are Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell, civil rights attorney James Ferguson II, ‘State of Black Asheville’ creator Dr. Dwight Mullen, and former UNC Asheville board of trustees member and retired Blue Cross Blue Shield Senior Vice President King Prather.

In this episode of The Waters & Harvey Show, we talk about forgotten history, and why it gets forgotten. Our co-host Dr. Darin Waters helped reclaim a piece of Asheville's forgotten history when he and Citizen Times reporter Joel Burgess went looking for the grave of the city's first Black elected official. Hear the story of Newton Shepard and the quest to find where he's buried in Riverside Cemetery in this episode.

In this episode, Darin and Marcus again speak with Dr. Meredith Doster of the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations.  They talk about the four R’s important to building and living in community – rest, reflection, relationship, and reckoning.  This sets up our next run of shows which will look deeply at another R – reparations.

A primary aim of The Waters & Harvey Show is to hold conversations that allow people to pause, listen, and reflect on the stories and experiences of others.   After their recent run of shows that looked at the pandemic, civic engagement, and how the Confederacy is remembered in the U.S., Darin and Marcus use this episode to reflect on all they heard and learned.

This week, Asheville City Council voted to remove the Vance Monument from Pack Square, following the recommendation made by a task force of community members.  Our hosts talk with the youngest member of that task force Savannah Gibson.

Mitch Landrieu

Mar 12, 2021

History and Memory – and their intersections – are recurring topics on The Waters & Harvey Show. We live in a culture that prizes memory, but what is remembered and what is forgotten are the sources of great tension in American society. As Asheville deals with the fate of the Vance Monument, our hosts speak with a leader who faced a similar situation - former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu. In this powerful episode, he discusses the very personal reasons that led him to order the removal of Confederate monuments in the city. 

We’ve been talking a great deal about “community” and what it means to live in community.  We will continue that conversation today.  We will be joined by two members of the 2020-2022 class of the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations - Dalton Dockery and Willard Watson III

This episode of The Waters & Harvey Show is an edited version of our live event we did February 11th on BPR’s YouTube channel, which you can view here.  Our hosts discussed civic engagement and its many forms with a panel of guests that will be familiar to our listeners, plus two students from Asheville High School – Seth Bellamy and Miranda Williams.

In this episode of The Waters & Harvey Show, our hosts examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black America.  When the coronavirus first came to the United States, it was predicted to affect communities of color worse than the overall population, and that has occurred.  Their guest is Dr. Rochelle Brandon, and OB-GYN with a practice in Charlotte.

What do we mean when we employ this word?  What do we mean when we say we have, or that we are in relationship with one another?  What role does relationship play in our sense of community?   Marcus and I will explore these and other questions on today's show.  We’ll be in conversation with two members of the 2020-2022 William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations class, DeSandra Washington and Clinton Wilson. 

When it comes to local history and the story surrounding the construction of the Western North Carolina Railroad a group of local historians, political leaders, and interested citizens are working to ensure that the African American laborers who contributed to the construction of that railroad is not lost, hidden, or forgotten.  Dr. Daniel Pierce, a historian and professor at UNC Asheville is leading this effort and joins Darin & Marcus for another exploration into the subject of American memory.

Who are we? Who do we wish or desire to be?  Is there a we?  If not, can there ever be a “we?”. 

In light of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, our hosts ask should we conclude that what we witnessed on 1/6 is in reality who we are - a divided, angry, and violent people?

We hear a lot about the challenges communities of color continue to face in American society.  Perhaps one challenge that fails to attract significant attention is the decline in marriage and marital opportunities for African American women.  The recent publication of the book Black Women, Black Love by Dr. Dianne Stewart is certain to change this.  She joins Darin and Marcus to discuss her book.

Questions After The 2020 Election - Who are we?  And who do we wish to be?  Our hosts Darin and Marcus have been asking this question a lot recently.  In this episode, they wonder if the results of this year’s election in any way answer those questions.  Their guest is political scientist Dr. Chris Cooper of Western Carolina University.

The American Dream & The Importance Of Elders - The American Dream, a popular phrase that we’re all familiar with.  What does it mean? How is it defined? And who has access to the pursuit of that dream?  Today's guest is Matt Bacoate, a 90-year-old lifetime resident of Asheville, who shares his life's stories and the retells the city's Black history.

Building relationships that matter Part 2 - This is a conversation that Marcus and I had a few weeks ago with our friend and colleague Dr. Meredith Doster. We’re going to return to that conversation again today.  We’ll be joined by Dr. JoJo Ledgister, the Visiting Lecturer on Women’s Studies and African Religions at Harvard Divinity School.

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.

What does it mean to live in community?  What role do relationships play in our sense of community?  Darin and Marcus have asked these questions in earlier shows, and revisit it in this one with their guest Dr. Meredith Doster, co-director of the William Friday Human Relations Fellowship.

Freedom Isn’t Free – Darin Waters and Marcus Harvey remember John Lewis who believed that an ongoing struggle is needed to assure the success of the civil rights movement.  They also return to issues raised in a recent conversation with Dr. William Turner whose career was dedicated to an understanding and appreciation of Southern Appalachia’s deep African American history. One of those is the shared experience of generational poverty in both Black and white communities in the region. 

Civil Rights Roots

Jul 24, 2020

Civil Rights Roots – Today’s guest is Dr. William Turner who has made a huge contribution to our understanding of the rich African American history of Southern Appalachia.  He discusses the region’s largely unheralded contribution to the civil rights movement and connects these roots to the rising tide for racial justice in America. 

A Return To The New Normal? - After pausing production due to the COVID-19 pandemic, co-hosts Darin Waters and Marcus Harvey return catch up and compare notes on everything from the impact of the coronavirus on communities of color to the aftermath of the George Floyd killing. 

Blue Ridge Public Radio continues to respond to the tectonic changes underway in our country and community through our news coverage and programming.  To better serve the whole of our community during rapidly changing events, and to bring our listeners a wider range of thoughtful and challenging content, we’re updating our broadcast schedule. It will now include a range of local and national programs that address racial justice and the COVID-19 pandemic, which will be featured during more accessible time periods.

Do Your Little Bit Of Good Where You Are – The title for this program is a quote from Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaking about philanthropy. In this edition of the show, we dig deeper into the role that philanthropic giving plays for historically marginalized groups. We’re joined by Marilyn Ball, author of The Rise of Asheville: An Exceptional History of Community Building.