Mary Olson, Nuclear Information and Resource Services

Mary-Olson-wuft headshot      Mary Olson, the SE Coordinator for the Nuclear Information and Resource Service , brings her expertise and positive viewpoints to explain the nuclear plant shutdowns in the United States due to economic and safety issues, regional risks of dam failures to nuclear plants,  her presentation at the Vienna Conference on women’s health risks, the ongoing problem of nuclear waste and upcoming presentations sponsored by WNC Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Did you know women are at greater risk than men and young girls are at greater risk than young boys, from the same dose of radiation? That ratepayers are saving money as a result of nuclear power plant shutdowns? That proposed carbon rules are being co-opted by dirty energy industry’s lobbying? That nuclear power is not the answer to climate change? Ned Ryan Doyle hosts an update from an international expert on the issues.

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Mary Olson, NIRS 1st half

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Lang Hornthal with Root Cause and Appalachian Designs

Ned Lang innterviewLang Hornthal, Founder and Executive Director of Root Cause and owner of Appalachian Designs, joins Our Southern Community for a discussion of forestry in the Carolinas,  invasive species,value added benefits of sustainable forest management, and the 2014 Root Cause Award Winners including Max Woody  for his Lifetime Achievements, the Forest Stewards organization and Platt Architecture for business.

Plus, the ongoing effort to develop a regional directory for wood products, crafts people, wood workers and much more. What’s the CFLRP?  Hosts Ned Ryan Doyle and Michelle Smith visited the Appalachian Design wood working shop, for a ‘live at the time’ interview! Original Air Date 1-18-15

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Root Cause First Half

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Michael Gentry The Sustainable Gourmet

Gentry   Michael Gentry, the famous ‘Sustainable Gourmet’ and host of “Everyone Cooks” experiences, joins hosts Michelle Smith and Ned Ryan Doyle for an enlightening and informative conversation on sustainable eating, food preparation, health benefits of a plant based diet, food sourcing from local farms and the wild, gleaning and the importance of being thankful for our abundance.

For 15 years, Michael has taught and shared the joys of local foods, wild foods and cooking – all with a flair, fun and education! Original Air Date 12-14-14

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Sustainable Gourmet 1st half

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Patchwork Urban Farms Crowdfunding Campaign

SunilThe innovative  Patchwork Urban Farms effort, led by Farmer & Founder Sunil Patel, merges land with landless farmers, builds the soil, creates food and jobs, offers education and community interactions while providing a positive vision for urban areas and a new agriculture.

The Crowdfunding Campaign is based on 7 Pledges from Sunil and Patchwork Urban Farms…. listen as hosts Ned Ryan Doyle and Michelle Smith explore the environmental, energy and economic benefits of Patchwork Urban Farms! Original Air Date 1-11-15.

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Patchwork Urban Farms first half.

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Year in Review 2014 with Cecil Bothwell


Cecil Bothwell, author, artist, builder and Asheville City Council member, joins us for the 2014 Year in Review of Our Southern Community

Cecil Bothwell, Asheville City Councilperson, author, builder, artist and social activist, joins Our Southern Community for our annual Year in Review of the News!

From national to local, politics, energy, environment and economic events, we discuss – and get a few chuckles- reviewing 2014’s headlines: China’s climate agreement to local hotels, coal ash to Moral Monday Movement, regional tourism and development issues, gas prices, Green Opportunities and the Eddington Center, ObamaCare and Bernie Sanders’ 12 Point economic agenda…. and more, with hosts Ned Ryan Doyle and Michelle Smith! Original Air Date 1-5-15.

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2014 Year in Review first half

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Joann McCoy, NC Arboretum Germplasm Project

Joann McCoy, Director of the NC Arboretum Germplasm Repository, joins co-hosts JoannMcCoy Ned Ryan Doyle and Michelle Smith to discuss the ongoing project of saving the genetic material and seeds from a range of plant species native to the Southern Appalachian region.

The Germplasm Repository locates and identifies native botanicals such as black cohosh and other medicinal herbs, ginseng and more, cataloging, saving samples, recording locations of populations and in depth analysis of active components.

Collaborating with global seed banks to protect genetic material from climate change, cooperating with Cherokee tribal leaders to preserve their traditional species, the economic benefits of protecting native species and much more. Original Air Date 12-28-14

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Joann McCoy First Half

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Marc Williams, Ethnobotany: the interrelationships between plants and people

marc-williams_ethnobotanyMarc Williams, Ethnobotanist and Executive Director of Plant and healers International, visits for a discussion of ethnobotany, the study of the interrelationships of plants and people. A world traveler in his pursuit of botantical knowledge, he brings insights and information on a wide range of aspects, including fermentation and probiotics, and mushrooms, to the human biology of bacteria and fungus! Original Air Date 12-21-14

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Ethnobotany 1st half 12-21-14
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