Waters and Harvey Show

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.

National Parks For All – The National Park system has been called “America’s Best Idea,” but that idea hasn’t addressed the inclusiveness of our parks. In this program, a conversation with two local leaders who are working to deepen the engagement that communities of color have with the great outdoors: Earl Hunter, Founder and President of Black Folks Camp Too Initiative; and Arthur Salido, Executive Director, Community & Economic Engagement & Innovation at Western Carolina University

A Clouded Collective Memory - How a society remembers its past is a good indication of how the people of that society see themselves. The historic truth about a well-known Confederate politician complicates and unsettles the collective memory. This program’s guest is Kimberly Floyd, the Site Manager at the Vance Birthplace State Historic Site.

North Carolina, The CIA, And Torture - Following 9/11, the US government authorized the CIA to operate a program known as “Extreme Rendition.” Now we know that it involved torturing terror suspects. We speak with Frank Goldsmith, a member of the North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture, which was set up to investigate the little-known, but critical role our state played in this program. 

Women in Business

Dec 10, 2019

Barriers For Women In Business – In this program we look at women’s business opportunities and what’s being done to create them in our region.  Our guest is Sharon Oxendine, the Director of the Western Women’s Business Center.

Tackling Critical Gaps In Our Schools – Asheville has recorded the worst academic achievement gap for African American students in North Carolina. Our guest is Copland Rudolph, the Executive Director of the Asheville City Schools Foundation. She forcefully argues for us to recognize that there is a “Community-Schools” gap which contributes to this ongoing crisis in education.

Membership With A Cause At the YMCA - In Asheville, the YMCA is focused on social justice as much as health and wellness. We speak with Paul Vest, President and CEO of the YMCA of Western North Carolina about his emphasis on civic engagement. 

African American Entrepreneurs – Businesses owned by African Americans are a challenge to start and difficult to grow. We’ll find out why from Kimberly Hunter, a writer, consultant and business owner dedicated to developing the next generations of entrepreneurs. 

A Jewish Perspective On Social Justice - Many American Jews understand the concept of “tikun olam” as taking actions that will repair the world. It’s a principle which underpins much of the work of Carolina Jews for Justice. On this program we speak with Judy Leavitt, CJJ’s president and Frank Goldsmith, a board member and civil rights attorney.

A Challenge To Advancement - Access to capital is critical in order to participate in the American ideal of upward mobility.  For historically marginalized groups, this is a problem.  More about this challenge from today’s guest, Jane Hatley, the Regional Director of the Self-Help Credit Union.

Reflections On American Education – Last week’s program looked at the restoration of a historic “Rosenwald School” in Mars Hill, which was built to provide a better education for African American students during the height of Jim Crow. On this edition, Darin Waters and Marcus Harvey forego a guest to speak with each other about inequality in our education system.  

Rosenwald Schools

Oct 12, 2019

Rosenwald Schools – In the early 20th century school for African-American children were built across the south by a Chicago philanthropist, who wanted to advance black education. One of those schools was just restored in Mars Hill. In this program we find out the role these schools played during the Jim Crow era and what they came to symbolize. 

Rabbit’s Café

May 31, 2019

Historic African-American landmarks have disappeared in Asheville at an alarming rate. A project is underway to restore and relaunch Rabbit’s Café & Hotel, which played a very significant role in the community’s past. Today’s guest is musician Claude Coleman who is leading the project.

Defiant Requiem

May 24, 2019

Understanding resistance to oppression is critical to a deeper appreciation of freedom. Verdi’s “Requiem” was performed as an act of defiance by Jews held captive at an infamous concentration camp in Czechoslovakia during WW2.  The performance comes to Asheville to help launch several educational and community initiatives.

Town-Gown Community Building – As Asheville faces a range of critical challenges and decisions, we take a look at how the city and its university interact. Our guests are Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer and Dr. Nancy Cable, Chancellor of the University of North Carolina – Asheville. They discuss the need for a very open and honest collaboration between the two large institutions and the progress that’s been made to address major issues facing the community.

A Culture of Leadership – Western North Carolina faces a raft of important decisions for its future and looks within its community for leaders to manage these complicated processes. Leadership Asheville plays a critical role in this process and its Executive Director, Ed Manning, joins the conversation to discuss the progress that’s being made toward developing a more robust culture of leadership for the area. 

Data Access and Equity  - The challenges, dangers and benefits of data collection and analysis. Who controls access to data and where are the inequities in that access ? How can Civic Technology address these concerns and maximize the benefits of the data ?  A  conversation with Patrick Conant and Jesse Michael. 

North Carolina’s Jazz Giants - Jazz is one of American’s most original art forms and North Carolina musicians have played a critical role in shaping it. Bill Heath is the founder of the Carolina Bop Society and takes us through the who’s who of jazz masters from the state.

It Takes A Village Revisited – Kenyon Lake, the founder of My Daddy Taught Me That, discusses the dramatic growth of his mentoring program, and takes a look at My Sistah Taught Me That. It’s the spin-off for girls that his wife, Leslie Council Lake, has established.  Both organizations are responding to the significant achievement gap experienced by African American students in Asheville area schools.

Big Data For Social Change - The collection and use of endless streams of information is troubling for some, but many see the possibility of harnessing big data for positive social change. On this program, Darin Waters and Marcus Harvey are joined by political scientist Dwight Mullen, who originated the annual research-based State Of Black Asheville, along with Patrick Conant of Code For Asheville. 

Black Mountain College’s Legacy – The experimental college that was located outside Asheville had an outsized influence on American arts and culture. One of its many breakthroughs was inviting renowned African American artist Jacob Lawrence to become a summer teacher there at a time when Jim Crow was very much in force in North Carolina. Darin Waters and Marcus Harvey talk with the executive director of the Black Mountain College Museum, Jeff Arnal, about preserving the legacy of the school.

A Spirit of Civic Engagement -   Civic health is the social and economic vitality that results when citizens interact productively with their neighbors, involve themselves in community institutions, and actively engage in public issues. North Carolina’s current level of civic engagement offers great room for improvement. Today’s guest is Leslie Boney, the Director of the Institute for Emerging Issues at North Carolina State University.

Reflecting On A Life Of Service To Others – Co-host Marcus Harvey welcomes his father - Dr. Louis Charles Harvey – to the program. Dr. Harvey will soon retire from Washington, DC’s venerable Metropolitan AME Church. He is a scholar, educator, and pastor, and speaks about the challenges he faced and the accomplishments he attained over his distinguished career.