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Show 3: Jason Carter is off on an adventure.

Jason Carter

The Evergreen Community Charter School science teacher is going to Senegal as a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms program recipient. Quite a feather in his cap for a fellow who did not travel until a few years ago, when he began leading student trips abroad.

Jason and I talk about the value of travel to expand horizons and about the challenges teachers face in helping their students understand a tumultuous world — fake news, measles and vaccines and school violence. This show was recorded on February 14, the anniversary of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, last year.

Listen here: avltalks-20190220.mp3





Show 2: Council on Aging of Buncombe County. Asheville is growing older. Today one in four people is 65 or older. By 2025 the number will one in four — 25 percent of the population. The council’s Benefits Enrollment Center offers services to help seniors and those with disabilities live better lives. I talk with John Wingerter, center director, and Bruce Birdsall, benefits enrollment specialist, about the services and how to sign up

Listen here: avltalks-20190206.mp3





Show 1: 20190109 Mission Critical, a look at the $1.5 billion sale of Mission Hospital to HCA Healthcare. Is it a good deal for Asheville and Western North Carolina? It depends on whom you ask. This show asks the reporters who have been covering the story, Asheville Citizen Times writers Mark Barrett and Dillon Davis. (Dillon’s mic was iffy; we’ll do better in the future.)

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