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BPRadio, the official podcast of the Brown Political Review, brings you highlights from BPR's coverage of policy and political affairs. Hosts: Annika Sigfstead and Autumn-Jade Stoner Podcast Leads: Kate Dario, Ethan Drake, Michael Seoane Podcast Associates: Miriam Arden, Casey Chan, Tevah Gevelber, Skylar Iosepovici, Lisa Li, Geireann Lindfield-Roberts, Gene Lu, Alexandra Ali Martinez, Lara Mikhail, Margaret Nesi, Katharine Orchard, Ben Rosenn, Emery Shelley, Ellie Thomson Executive Producer ...
 
Peter and Seth discuss all things Hellboy. Starting from Seed Of Destruction, each week they pore over a Hellboy story and dig out hidden references to folklore and mythology, clues to future stories and hints of Iron Shoes' overarching plan. What order do they cover the stories in? Ask Peter because Seth doesn't know. Follow us on instagram to see where we're headed next and read along! We are @bprdcast on Twitter and InstagramSeth is @sethalopod401 on InstagramPeter is @petercunisdrawings ...
 
The Backstage Pass Radio is a weekly show hosted by Diva Taunia and Jean Powergirl. The first hour of the show is hosted by Diva Taunia, award-winning professional musician and 8.5 year successful gastric bypass post-op. The top half of the show is dedicated to topics involving weight loss surgery, obesity, general health, and women's issues. The second half of the show is hosted by Jean Powergirl, a retired Texas family law trial lawyer and painter who focuses on international women's issue ...
 
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Downtown Sylva has a new addition - a sculpture of Harriet Tubman. Meet the local woman behind the sculpture. The 9-ft bronze sculpture called “Journey to Freedom” sits in Bridge Park. “Looking at the sculpture, I'm like that’s not my face but those are my hands, those are my feet, that’s my body. Like I am Harriet Tubman too.” That’s Jada Bryson. …
 
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.…
 
On August 17th, flash floods caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred left six people dead in Haywood County, and devastated homes and businesses there and in neighboring Buncombe and Transylvania Counties. While the analysis is ongoing of what caused such rapid and destructive flooding in these tight spaces, one reason is inescapable - climat…
 
Eastern Band of Cherokee held its general election on September 2 nd . The unofficial results for the new tribal council and the three referendum questions on the ballot. BPR’s Lilly Knoepp spoke with Holly Kays, outdoor editor and staff writer at the Smoky Mountain News about the election results. Lilly Knoepp: So Holly and I just spent the day to…
 
A second flood didn’t occur in Haywood County this week. Despite a voluntary evacuation, that allowed locals to continue their cleanup from flooding more than two weeks ago. The ground is still muddy outside Juke Box Junction Restaurant where Peter Constantian is sitting outside. He points to how high the water level in the Pigeon River rose during…
 
Video footage from a Republican Party event last weekend showed Western North Carolina Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn speaking about January 6th insurrectionists in a much different way than he had previously. Those remarks have people from both parties calling for a rebuke or his removal .Door Cory Vaillancourt
 
A new clinic aims to make healthcare more accessible in Graham County Schools. With the school year underway, workers are putting the finishing touches on a new health clinic for students and staff. “As a family nurse practitioner, we kind of tease and say, 'we go from womb to tomb,'” said Debbie McDaniel. She’s a nurse practitioner with Erlanger H…
 
Tuesday’s flash flood in Haywood County left business and homes mired in mud and debris. Here’s what the damage looks like on the ground: The water of the Pigeon River pushed into the Canton and Cruso areas so high – that it’s still too early for a full assessment of the damage. Muddy volunteers gathered at Bear Waters Brewing Company in downtown. …
 
Medical marijuana will soon be legal on the Qualla Boundary . BPR shares the details – including a timeline for when people can buy it: The Eastern Band of Cherokee started looking into legalizing medical marijuana over five years ago. For Jeremy Wilson of the tribe’s Cannabis Commission, this month’s vote by the Tribal Council to legalize it is a …
 
The Women’s History Trail in Franklin continues to uncover new stories, as it celebrates the history of Western North Carolina. Mary Polanski, one of the co-leaders of the Women’s History Trail in Franklin, sits at a picnic table along the Little Tennessee River. “August is upon us here at the Little Tennessee River and East Franklin. And we’re in …
 
COVID-19 numbers have spiked across North Carolina in recent days. BPR’s Lilly Knoepp has a look at what’s going on in the far-western counties… When infections spiked at the beginning of this year, Western North Carolina was a few weeks behind more urban parts of the state in seeing high COVID-19 numbers. That’s not the case in this newest wave ex…
 
As the second half of 2021 comes into full view, the field of candidates running to unseat freshman Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn continues to grow in Western North Carolina's 11th Congressional District. The list of incidents involving the youngest member of Congress is also growing halfway through his first year in office.…
 
A new noise ordinance in Asheville goes into effect in mid-September. For the first time in 20 years, City Council on Tuesday approved ceilings and specific hours for sound levels, with separate limits for sound coming from residential, commercial and industrial districts.Door Matt Peiken
 
Since BPR launched "The Porch" last summer, the news team has produced episodes centered on racial justice movements, policing, the insurrection on the US Capitol, all of this and more, while also navigating an unprecedented global pandemic. This episode is a little different. We invited listeners to submit funny stories from the past year and comp…
 
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: Interviews with Nate McGaha of Arts NC and Sheila Smith, recently retired from Minnesota Citizens for the Arts A look into our…
 
In this episode of The Porch, a production of the BPR news team, we hear from - BPR's Lilly Knoepp about her reporting on the independent monitor tasked with ensuring HCA holds to the promises it made when it purchased Mission Health Joel Burgess of the Asheville Citizen-Times about Asheville City Council's retreat this month which was at the cente…
 
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 …
 
In this episode of BPR News Presents: The Porch, we talk with - Emma Johnson, the climate science fellow for The Pulitzer Center On Crisis Reporting. She's been examining how climate change is hurting Western North Carolina's famed trout fishing, and whether the pandemic has slowed or continued the damage. Dr. Edward Lopez, the director of Western …
 
In this episode of BPR News Presents: The Porch - We feature an episode of WUNC's podcast Tested titled 'An American Coup' which looks at the only violent overthrow of a government in U.S. history, which occurred in 1898 in Wilmington, North Carolina Western Carolina University political scientist Dr. Chris Cooper gives us a civics lesson on what i…
 
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. - Irene Smoker-Jackson, a Cherokee language translator for New Kituwah Academy Elementary in Cherokee. She's one of just a few hundred fluent Che…
 
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 - Peter Lewis, reporter for AVL Watchdog, who wrote two extensive stories about the sale…
 
The sale of Mission Health to HCA made be concluded as a financial transaction, but the details of how it was reached are few and far between. Peter Lewis of AVL Watchdog wrote two stories last month ( here and here ) examining what details about how Mission reached its agreement with HCA, and whether the then non-profit health system sold for far …
 
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 conde…
 
BPR News Presents: 2020 Local Election Special, is a production of the Blue Ridge Public Radio news team. It's three segments include an interview with Buncombe County elections director Corinne Duncan , and portions of two candidate forums done on the BPR Facebook page - for Asheville City Council , and for North Carolina State House District 119 …
 
On September 4 th and 5 th 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 Pa…
 
OVERVIEW:In the second episode of a two-part series, hosts Morgan Awner ’21 and Rachel Lim ’21 examine how Brown’s Computer Science department has implemented an ethics curriculum to help students comprehend the ethical implications of the code they produce.SPECIAL THANKS TO:Our interviewees, Andy van Dam, Tim Edgar, and Deborah Hurley, who are pro…
 
OVERVIEW:In this episode, hosts Morgan Awner ’21 and Rachel Lim ’21 examine how Brown’s Computer Science department has implemented an ethics curriculum to help students comprehend the real-world, ethical implications of the code they produce. This is the first episode in a two part series.SPECIAL THANKS TO:Our interviewees, Daniel Smits, Signe Gol…
 
Ooooooh shit! It's been a wild season of things that happened. We're gonna take a little break right now. It was supposed to be for one thing, but that thing didn't happen so we weren't gonna take a break but now there's this whole other End Of Days pandemic thing so we're gonna take a break anyway, at least until the Days start again. But we weren…
 
Oh man, shit is getting real for our boy! What's up with that hand? Why is Hellboy on Earth? I dunno, probably nothing good. Anyway, what movies do you keep going back to? I forgot to mention Thor Ragnarok. I think I've watched that four or five times in the two years since it came out. So much awesome crammed into one movie. Cate Blanchett vamps s…
 
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