Bob Hanna, host of ‘Living Well’ on Asheville FM and interim spokesperson for ‘WNC for Bernie Sanders‘, visits Our Southern Community to discuss Bernie Sanders’ extraordinary entry into the Presidential race for 2016, as an Independent running for the Democratic nomination. Grassroots support is rapidly expanding nationwide and WNC is no exception. Learn about this remarkable candidate and what’s happening in WNC!
Cecil Bothwell, Asheville City Councilperson, writer, journalist and community leader visits Our Southern Community for another interesting, informative and lively “News in Review” program! Bernie Sander’s remarkable popularity, a brief history of political changes in the nation, Pope Francis and his climate encyclical, emerging energy changes, community developments, and more.
Whether you agree or disagree with Cecil on issues of energy, environment and economics, his views and analysis of the news and events are always thought provoking, well reasoned and very often entertaining!
Storyteller David Joe Miller visits Our Southern Community to talk about the history and traditions of global cultural storytelling and his projects ‘Black Box Storytelling Theater’ and ‘Stories on Asheville’s Front Porch’. Since the dawn of humankind, telling stories has been part of every culture, and continues as part of our cultural environment today. See him at the Buffalo Nickel for a one man show June 24th!
Scot Quaranda, energetic Communications Director for the Dogwood Alliance , joins host Ned Ryan Doyle to talk about the SOS Forests Campaign, “Save Our Southern” Forests. Deforestation in the South is increasing and the clear cut wood is being exported to Europe to be burned as fuel. Wetlands are being destroyed to make wood pellets, while communities are faced with a range of problems along the Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast.
SOS Forests Campaign will bring awareness, education and – in the Dogwood tradition – some fun with concerts and special events as they tour a range of cities that currently have pellet mills and export facilities. Scot explains why this expansion of devastating clear cutting is happening, it’s environmental and economic impacts and much more in a lively conversation!
With staggering and growing illiteracy rates in the United States, a locally developed effort “Read 2 Succeed Asheville” is making headway on getting children a solid foundation from the start. Diane Amos, Secretary and Treasurer, and Pat Bastian, Executive Director, explain how this innovative and successful program is changing children’s lives.
Volunteer Mentors and Reading Buddies work with children K through 3rd grade to bring them up to their grade level reading skills, developing support relationships and rewarding both mentors and students. Since 2010, “Read 2 Succeed Asheville” has made remarkable progress in helping the children to read, creating community partnerships and expanding their efforts in the Asheville school system. The next training session for volunteers is in August… listen in to our conversation and perhaps sign up as a volunteer!
David Weintraub, Executive Director of the Center for Cultural Preservation and film producer of “Call of the Ancient Mariner” visits Our Southern Community to discuss the making of this new documentary on sea turtles and the link to human culture. Winner of the “Best in Show” at the Charlston Film Festival in April 2015, this extraordinary DVD is now available and showing June 11th and June 12 in WNC.
Since the dawn of mankind, turtles have played a role in our history, cultures and societies worldwide. For 150 million years, turtles have been part of the environment, yet today face major challenges. Fortunately, the efforts of many have helped some species to regain a foothold. The “Call of the Ancient Mariner” is more than an environmental film of the dangers faced, it’s also a celebration of what can happen when we understand all life is connected.
Mike Sule, Director of Asheville on Bikes, and Don Kostelec, Transportation Planner with Kostelec Planning, provide a lively and informative conversation on the upcoming Strive Not to Drive Friday, May 15 – Friday, May 22, 2015!
Challenge yourself to a day, three days or an entire week of not using a single-occupancy car.
What are your options? Take the bus, walk, carpool, car-share or bike instead! Details for Strive Not to Drive 2015 events are coming together. Check out the Event pages for details. We will start with a bicycle parking corral at Downtown After Five. Also check out the Resources page for ideas and assistance to help you find transportation alternatives.
Take the Pledge to Strive Not to Drive!
Walking the Talk: The Strive Not to Drive community walking tour will be Tuesday May 19th, led by Don Kostelec and Michael Sule and will explore downtown Asheville’s pedestrian infrastructure. Walking is a great way to experience what is working well and where we can improve our community to make our streets safer and better for all transportation users. Anyone is welcome to join the walk and share your thoughts and ideas (“talk”) during the walk.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, Mother’s Reunion!!
What was it like in the beginning? Original staffers from the 70’s and 80’s at the Mother Earth News Magazine in Hendersonville, NC gathered at the WNC Ag Center in April. Greening the basement library, carbon paper, wood powered cars, alcohol fuel, cross country races, organic gardens, permaculture, massages and yoga, children born and more are recalled in this special program.
Hosted by the current Mother Earth News owner and publisher Brian Welch at the MEN Fair, Bob Kornegay, Kathleen Seebe, Beach Barrett, Jeanne Malmgren, Jade Kornegay Lanzetta, Franklin and Susan Sides, Richard Colgan and Richard Fruedenberger offer their recollections of the “olden days” as sustainable pioneers at the original Mother Earth News Magazine. Recorded on location live at the time, hear a personal recollection from the folks decades ago that made so much happen.
Many more great people worked at Mother in those days, we were but a few of them. Three decades and short notice left many unable to attend, while some attending did not have time for an interview.. after all, they are former Mothers.. busy with something good! Please enjoy an extended ‘Our Southern Community’, nearly an hour, for insights and laughs. For more on our reunion, check out the Mountain Xpress.