2010

2010 Archived Shows

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Annmarie McConnell, Beth Beasley, Diane Rhoades and Steve Breckheimer are active with “Transition Hendersonville”, a worldwide, yet uniquely local, movement of community efforts to adjust and adapt to the end of cheap oil. Sharing skills, encouraging local food production, finding friends and much more are part of their Transition Town community design and plan.
Click to listen. Original Airdate 12-19-2010.


Our Southern Community visits with “Students Against a Vanishing Environment”, S.A.V.E., at West Henderson High in Hendersonville, N.C. Louie Sinclair and Matt Ramsey, seniors, outline the recent formation of S.A.V.E. and some of the initial efforts and activities to raise awareness of environmental issues locally and globally.
Click to listen. Original Airdate 12-12-2010.


Matt Siegel, Executive Director of the WNC Green Building Council and Chris Mathis, President of Mathis Consulting Company, join host Ned Ryan Doyle for a discussion of the roadblocks facing implementation of new building codes in North Carolina. Improved building codes can positively impact our energy future, current and future job markets, the unbalanced hardships for low income families, our environment and more! Learn the facts and how you can weigh in for an improved, energy efficient building code.
Click to listen. Original Airdate 12-5-2010.


“Blue Ridge Forever” is a co-operative effort consisting of nine regional land conservation organizations working together to preserve the natural abundance of the region. Sally Walker, Executive Director of the Pacolet Area Conservancy and William Hamilton, Farmlands Preservation Coordinator for the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, outline the remarkably successful efforts over the last 5 years to protect over 50,000 acres, as well as ongoing work to defend our natural heritage and improve the regional economy.
Click to listen. Original Airdate 11-28-2010.


Talking Turkey with Stewart David! The President of Carolina Animal Action joins host Ned Ryan Doyle for their annual Thanksgiving program with fun (and not so fun) food facts, with dairy products, meat consumption, climate change, personal health, national health care and sustainable economics, all a part of the conversation. A cornucopia of food for thought – and family conversation – this Thanksgiving!
Click to listen. Original Airdate 11-21-2010.


With fiscal constraint and ‘Taxed Enough Already’ sentiment sweeping the nation, new scrutiny as to the costs of energy systems is now a topic of conversation. Mary Olson, SE Coordinator for NIRS, explains the recent cancellation of a $10 billion Maryland power plant in economic terms. It’s just too expensive when there are many more cost effective solutions to our energy needs. Additional new taxation schemes for unsustainable energy systems in the Southeast region are also outlined.
Click to listen. Original Airdate 11-14-2010.


An archived Our Southern Community interview with the late Frank Cook discussing the emerging ‘Transition Town’ movements around the world. What happens locally when oil and conventional energy sources are exhausted or cut off? How resilient and sustainable would your community be? Hundreds of towns and cities are now examining their options for energy efficient systems and ‘re-skilled’ populations. Recorded in June of 2008 on the grounds of the Beaverdam Nature Preserve, Frank covers the beginnings of the movement, permaculture and much more.
Click to listen. Encore Airdate 11-7-2010.


What would happen if the utility rates we pay were inverted? Use less, pay less is the simple answer. Avram Friedman, Executive Director of the Canary Coalition, outlines the proposal for inverting the rate structure in North Carolina as an incentive for energy efficiency, reduced cost, lowered environmental pollution and social justice. Successful in other states and countries, this approach is being examined by citizens and legislators alike.
Click to listen. Originally aired 10-17-2010.


Part Two of our conversation with “Whale Falls” author and Asheville, NC, City Councilman Cecil Bothwell discussing the consequences of our beliefs. Public education, world population, food infrastructure, energy policies and more, are topics of conversation that explore the social, environmental and economic consequences of our beliefs.
Click to listen. Originally aired 10-10-2010.


Actor Lee Stetson portrays naturalist John Muir in a stage production October 7th of “A Tramp and a Roughrider”, the story of Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir’s 3 day camping excursion a century ago. Lee visits Our Southern Community with a fascinating preview of America’s central figures in the recognition and development of the current national parks system. If you think environmentalism is a new idea… think again!
Part One. Originally aired 10-3-2010.
Part Two. Originally aired 10-3-2010.


Have you ever thought about beliefs and their consequences? Join us for the first half of a thought provoking discussion with Cecil Bothwell, author of “Whale Falls”, Asheville City Councilman and nationally recognized speaker on the subject. How do our beliefs have consequences for our drug policy? Or energy policies? From the wisdom of our Founding Fathers to our current affairs, a broad look at the often unintended consequences of our beliefs.
Part One. Originally aired 9-26-2010.
Part Two. Originally aired 9-26-2010.


The second half of our conversation about new building codes, the economic benefits, new jobs potential and more with Chris Mathis, President of Mathis Consulting. From the impacts of energy costs on the poorest segments of the population to the projected growth of the region, building codes have a dramatic impact. Upcoming decisions about new energy building codes may well be one of the most important and critical factors in protecting our economy and our environment. Learn more!
Part One. Originally aired 9-12-2010.
Part Two. Originally aired 9-12-2010.


Join host Ned Ryan Doyle and Chris Mathis, President of Mathis Consulting in Asheville NC for the first half of an in-depth discussion of building codes and their impact on our energy usage, economics and environment. From the Code of Hamarabi 4,000 years ago to today, building codes have played a critical, if under appreciated, role in modern civilization. Improving our building codes may well be the single best means of addressing climate change, energy demands and boosting our economy.
Part One. Originally aired 9-5-2010.
Part Two. Originally aired 9-5-2010.


Blue Ridge Biofuels is one of the most successful community biofuel projectors in the country, recycling waste oils into fuel on a local scale. Join Melita Kryiakou, Business Administrator and Woody Eaton, Project Manager for an insightful look at biofuels today, in particular biodiesel. Jacon Herrin, ‘Our Southern Community’ intern, takes part with questions on the glycerin by products as related to his research project.
Part One. Originally aired 8-22-2010.
Part Two. Originally aired 8-22-2010.


Richard Fruedenberger, publisher of BackHome Magazine, discusses sustainability and their landmark 20 years of publication. Ethanol fuels, biodiesel, electric vehicles, and a wide range of sustainable subjects are covered from the perspective of decades of first hand experience. Recorded on location in the back yard of BackHome Magazine, Flat Rock, NC, with host Ned Ryan Doyle.
Part One. Originally aired 8-15-2010.
Part Two. Originally aired 8-15-2010.


Bobby Simpson, Project Manager for Smart Grid Progress Energy of the Carolinas, joins host Ned Ryan Doyle for an update on the advances and development of new technology for energy distribution based on 21st century technology. Demand side management, customer access to pricing, 2 way communication and much more form the basis for a modern grid system. If you care about clean energy and technology, a fascinating conversation!
Part One. Originally aired 8-8-2010.
Part Two. Originally aired 8-8-2010.


An enlightening and engaging conversation with Alan & Jessica Enzo, Co-Directors of ‘Happily Distracted Permaculture’ about… Permaculture! Ever wonder if there was a better approach to agriculture, home and community design and living a better life? Explore the approach known as Permaculture, shorthand to some as Permanent Agriculture, and to others, short for Permanent Culture. Planning and working with nature, rather than against nature, is the essence of Permaculture. A wonderful introduction to the basic principles for everyone.
Part One. Originally aired 8-1-2010.
Part Two. Originally aired 8-1-2010.


The Environmental and Conservation Organization’s Executive Director David Weintraub joins host Ned Ryan Doyle for a conversation about environmental challenges today and the expanding awareness of the economic benefits of natural resources conservation. Trout stream protections, water quality monitoring, home weatherization, the Green Home Tour and more illustrate the efforts of ECO, and other organizations, that wer facing tough times economically themselves, yet delivering cost effective results for their community.
Part One. Originally aired 7-25-2010.
Part Two. Originally aired 7-25-2010.


French Broad Riverkeeper Hartwell Carson, with the WNC Alliance, discusses the recent community paddle trip down the length of the river and the related threats to the river’s health, such as sedimentation, point source pollution and loss of buffers. Find out about the Muddy Waters Watch training program, ongoing efforts to monitor and protect the quality of the river and it’s natural habitats.
Part One. Originally aired 7-18-2010.
Part Two. Originally aired 7-18-2010.


The second half of a two part discussion with Wally Bowen, Executive Director of MAIN – Mountain Area Information Network – on the future of the internet and the social and economic benefits of regional rural broadband access. Plus, an additional conversation with Jacob Herrin, current Our Southern Community summer intern and graduate student from Appalachian State University.
Part One. Originally aired 7-11-2010.
Part Two. Originally aired 7-11-2010.


Wally Bowen, Executive Director of the Mountain Area Information Network, discusses the challenges and opportunities that are unfolding today for the internet and modern information communications systems, from loss of net neutrality to the restrictions on innovation and economic development as a result of the expanding corporate control of our public airwaves. What has a funeral director in the 1800’s and a Texas rancher in the 1950’s have to do with our internet liberty and freedoms today? Find out in this informative interview!
Part One. Originally aired 7-4-2010.
Part Two. Originally aired 7-4-2010.


Green Brothers Solar offers a new model for sustainable energy by incorporating youth education with solar technologies. Accem Scott, owner, and John Hairfield, education and operations coordinator, discuss their backgrounds which led to their current efforts at engaging and educating young adults, beyond the basic technical skills. What’s a ‘solar ninja’? Find out!
Part One. Originally aired 6-27-2010.
Part Two. Originally aired 6-27-2010.


Duke Energy is proposing to build two new nuclear reactors on the Broad River in Gaffney, SC, drawing millions of gallons of fresh river water every day and releasing it as steam. Laura Sorenson, Ellen Thomas and Mary Olson join host Ned Ryan Doyle for a discussion of the water usage impacts on the river, health issues in adjacent communities and costs for construction.
Part One. Originally aired 6-13-2010.
Part Two. Originally aired 6-13-2010.


Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College’s Dean of Engineering & Applied Technology, Vernon Daugherty, along with and Department Chair for the Construction Management Program and the new Chair of the Sustainable Technology Program, Ken Czarnomski, join host Ned Ryan Doyle to showcase the emerging options for job development and retraining in sustainable fields, and a special look at the new 2 year Sustainable Technology degree program, forming the foundation for a wide range of good careers and regional economic development.
Part One. Originally aired 6-6-2010.
Part Two. Originally aired 6-6-2010.


The Asheville Energy Independence Initiative is a proposal adapted from other successful programs to allow homeowners and businesses to invest in clean energy and energy efficiency with financing mechanisms that virtually eliminates the upfront capital costs, while providing a repayment means that balances with the energy savings. Asheville City Councilman Brownie Newman joins Our Southern Community to detail the proposal and it’s benefits for the regional economy and environment.
Part One. Originally aired 5-30-2010.
Part Two. Originally aired 5-30-2010.


Part Two of our conversation with Cecil Bothwell and Jennifer Rennicks on the Gulf Oil disaster and it’s environmental and policy implications. Program Two of Two.
Part One. Originally aired 5-23-2010.
Part Two. Originally aired 5-23-2010.


As the Gulf oil disaster unfolds, this week’s program is first of two parts exploring the impacts on our environment, energy policy and economics. Jennifer Rennicks, Federal Policy Coordinator for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and Cecil Bothwell, environmental advocate and Asheville City Councilman, join host Ned Ryan Doyle for an overview of the damages to date and potential future damages. Also, a brief look at some of the provisions of the newly proposed American Power Act are outlined at the conclusion. Program One of Two.
Part One. Originally aired 5-16-2010.
Part Two. Originally aired 5-16-2010.


A visit to the EnergyXchange in Burnsville, NC demonstrates that there’s gas in them thar landfill hills! Dan Asher, Executive Director of the project, explains the background and applications for recovered methane gas to fire kilns, heat greenhouses, incubate new business and support the local economy, while reducing the contribution of climate change gases from our waste. Local artists create pottery, glass works and much more at one of the nations first examples of small scale landfill gas recovery.
Part One. Originally aired 5-9-2010.
Part Two. Originally aired 5-9-2010.


Steep slopes and landslides are a safety hazard in mountainous regions and the focus of our conversation with D.J. Gerken, Senior Attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center and Nikki Donin, whose parents lost their home due to a preventable landslide. We discuss the history and background of this issue and the current efforts, locally and statewide, to address some solutions that will benefit homeowners, builders and Realtors.
Part One. Originally aired 5-2-2010.
Part Two. Originally aired 5-2-2010.


“Our Southern Community” offers a special “Postcards to the President” program, comments from the people of Western North Carolina as President Obama and family vacations in Asheville at the Grove Park Inn. Recorded on the streets, on the UNCA campus and various locations, these audio ‘postcards’ express the individual opinions and thoughts of those who participated. Additionally, this program briefly explores one new issue that was raised by several citizens, the possibility of a high level nuclear waste dump in WNC.
Part One. Originally aired 4-25-2010.
Part Two. Originally aired 4-25-2010.


Earth Day’s 40th Celebration is the topic as we join the Environmental and Conservation Organization’s Executive Director David Weintraub, George Tregay, Chair of the Energy Committee and Kara Raymond, Water Quality Specialist for ECO in a discussion of the history of Earth Day, the successes to date, the challenges that remain and a range of options that each of us can take to improve and protect the environment. ECO’s own anniversary coincides with their Earth Day Celebration, with an educational and entertaining day of festivities April 24th, at the Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, NC.
Part One. Originally aired 4-18-2010.
Part Two. Originally aired 4-18-2010.


Part Two of our conversation with Professor Karl Grossman, Professor of Journalism New York State University, on the militarization and nuclearization of space.
Part One. Originally aired 4-11-2010.
Part Two. Originally aired 4-11-2010.


A fascinating conversation about the history, and current plans, for nuclearization and militarization of space with Professor of Journalism Karl Grossman, New York State University. The past and potential impacts on our environment, economics and security are discussed, from World War II, the beginnings of the space program and into current planning know as “Star Wars” to the general public. This program is the first half of a two part interview.
Part One. Originally aired 4-4-2010.
Part Two. Originally aired 4-4-2010.


“Operation: Medicine Drop” tackles several major problems we face today, from drug abuse and overdosing to water way contamination and unintended health impacts. Join Henderson County Sheriff Rick Davis and Lt. McKay, along with Hartwell Carson, River Keeper for the French Broad watershed with the Western North Carolina Alliance, for a program recorded on location at one of several recent drop off events. The sheer volume of pharmaceuticals prescribed today is impacting our water supplies and creating drug enforcement problems. The intersection of these two issues is the focus of a surprisingly effective program, “Operation: Medicine Drop”.
Part One. Originally aired 3-28-2010.
Part Two. Originally aired 3-28-2010.


Dr. Stan Dienst of WNC Physicians for Social Responsibility and Mary Olson, SE Coordinator for Nuclear Information and Resource Service, outline the new effort to develop space based weapons and the inherent threats to our safety, economy and environment that they pose. This conversation is an introduction to a complex issue and an invitation to a free public presentation on the subject by Karl Grossman, Professor of Jou