Making Progress: News for a Change, Oct. 1, 2007

September 30, 2007 by onair

We’ll talk with Andy Summers, former Chairperson of the Witness for Peace National Board of Directors, about the impact of US policy on human rights around the world. Andy is also an instructor at Warren Wilson College, and he’ll talk about the Oct. 7 Asheville visit and Oct. 8 Warren Wilson visit of Alba Maria Cuesta Arias – an Afro-Colombian woman from the Choco region of Colombia who advocates for Colombians that have been displaced by violence.

We’ll talk to Joe Ferikas, attorney for the descendants of George Pack, about their lawsuit against Buncombe County and local developer Stuart Coleman. The Pack deed stipulates that if the County ever tried to privatize the land he donated for a park, it would revert back to the heirs. Gotcha!

We’ll hear from Gordon Smith of Scrutiny Hooligans about Asheville City Council member Dr. Carl Mumpower’s announced run for Congress.

On the Weekly Radio Address, President Bush hands over the health care for poor sick children to a surprising outside contractor (here’s a hint: they’ve been in the news a lot lately…).

This local news and public affairs show focuses on underreported information and encourages civic activism. Tune in live 6-7 pm Monday (followed by the radio edition of the Asheville Global Report at 7 pm), catch the 1 pm Tuesday rebroadcast, or stream or podcast.

Right to Dissent Forum Rebroadcast and Archive

September 30, 2007 by onair

Listen to the archive recording of the Right to Dissent forum held Thursday night at UNCA.

It was a standing-room only crowd of over 200 people, and many important issues were discussed, from a variety of viewpoints. WPVM wishes to thank Alex Cury and the UNCA and WNC chapters of the ACLU for putting on such a hugely successful event.

WPVM will rebroadcast the event at 8 am on Saturday the 29th, and at 6 pm on Sunday the 30th.

Audio from the forum is now available for stream or download from our archives.

Pathways to the Sacred

September 29, 2007 by onair

This week on “Pathways to the Sacred” I speak with Thai Ton about Falun Gong or Falun Dafa, a system of mind/body/spirit integration practiced in China. Practitioners of Falun Gong have been persecuted by the Chinese government because, unlike Qi Gong or Tai Chi, it is considered to be a spiritual practice.

Listen Sunday 9/30/07 at 3:00pm and Monday 10/1/07 at 5:00pm for my conversation about Falun Gong with Thai Ton on “Pathways to the Sacred”.

WordPlay this week

September 29, 2007 by onair

This week Sebastian and I rushed back from a fine reading at the Flood Gallery by our own sometime co-host Glenis Redmond, A. Van Jordan, and Juilian Vorus to talk with poet Steve Godwin. Fortunately, Steve had also been at the reading and could share his impressions of it, as well as some recent work. Sebastian read from Jordan’s new Quantum Lyrics.

Two weeks ago I took some time off to visit my son in Chapel Hill – and, of course, book addict that I am, hit a couple of used book stores, including the great The Bookshop on Franklin Street. There I found some early books by the sage of Scaly Mountain, Jonathan Williams, including his Amen Huzzah Selah, which collected very early work from the period when he was a student of Charles Olson’s at Black Mountain College. From it I read “The Anchorite”, a poem that’s held up well enough through the years to have been included in 2005’s Jubilant Thicket, a selection of poems from his whole career. We had a little time, so I also read a poem of HD, her musical take on Sappho’s Fragment #113, neither honey nor bee for me

Enjoy. And read a poem this week.

(Cross-posted at the WordPlay blog.)

French Survivor of WWII’s “Capital of Ruins”

September 27, 2007 by onair

Catherine Vigouroux, 81-year-old French citizen, is our guest on “The Paris of the South.”

Catherine, a deeply joyful woman, speaks openly with Francois and Stephanie on the PARIS of the South radio hour .

She details the incredible events of how she and her family survived the bombing of Saint-Lo in June, 1944 … and tells us much much more.

Meet Catherine! Click to here conversation, music, facts, and to discover the secret of her eternal joy!

Afternoon Slacken Gets Down To Business

September 26, 2007 by onair

Mash ups are two or more songs mixed together to create a special new song. Each week, Easy Mark hosts lots of audio mash ups for your listening pleasure.
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This week we have an interview with Rachel Miller of Mountain Biz Works. A local non-profit that helps people develop and finance small businesses.

The Crossover Segment is an Afternoon Slacken inclusive feature which highlights another WPVM show-host. This week, get to know Marcelle Martin, of What Nourishes (a show on what nourishes creativity in local small business owners Tuesdays at 10:00 AM).

Also, listen to music by seasoned DJ and producer, Choenyi as he shares his insights into techno music and sound with us.

And last but not least, a musically remixed commentary from Mumia Abu Jamal – “The War Against Us All.”

Be sure to check out the programming guide for information on all of the WPVM shows. Music shows are only archived for one week after broadcast. So get ‘em before they’re gone!

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Mary Sparks on WPVM

September 26, 2007 by onair

testTune in at 2:00 p.m. today to hear a live performance and interview with hammer dulcimerist, percussionist and multi-instrumentalist, Mary Sparks. Jason will be speaking with Mary about her music and her life. Mary will be joined in the studio by percussionist CJ Randall. We’ll also be playing selections from Mary’s new CD, Snapshots of The Muse.

About the album…
Mary Sparks’ first CD, “Snapshots of the Muse,”… is an exploration of the hammered dulcimer as a solo instrument… and of the act of creation… of instant composition. It was recorded in sessions that were, for the most part, improvisational in nature. The songs were largely being recorded as they were being written…. captured the instant they were created. In her review of “Snapshots of the Muse” for “Spirit Seeker Magazine” (June 2006), Lisa S. Morgan wrote, “The more I listen to Mary’s CD, the more be-stilled, quiet, and centered I become. Each improvisation has a way of pulling me in, deeper and deeper. I sense a connection to spirit….”

Update: The interview is now available for stream or download from our archives.