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About the Show
Fertile Ground for Conversation Worth Having
Hosted by Asheville native James Navé
Radio matters. That’s why when owner and station manager Davyne Dial invited me to host a weekly podcast radio show for WPVMFM 103.7 on air from downtown Asheville, I said yes right away. I named the show Twice 5 Miles Radio: Fertile Ground For Conversations Having. I take my inspiration from NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, On Point with Tom Ashbrook, The Diane Rehm Show, and On Being with Krista Tippett. The conversations here explore culture, poetry, spirituality, art, education, business, politics, and literature. It’s my great pleasure to share this work with you. Enjoy.
Twice 5 Miles Radio Shows
My Mother Gave Me Mesopotamia and other Stories with Jacki Lyden
MY MOTHER GAVE ME MESOPOTAMIA and other stories with former NPR correspondent and memoirist Jacki Lyden. Did Jacki’s mother give her Mesopotamia? Listen and find out. In this lively conversation, Jacki tells us that her career as a journalist started when she won a prize in the third grade for her essay on why she liked apples. Could she have known in the third grade that she would go on to have a 30-year NPR radio journalism career which spanned the world? Would she have guessed that she would launch her career by joining an east coast rodeo and end up falling off a horse in Nitro, West Virginia? Was it an adventure that propelled her to cover the conflict regions of middle-east for NPR? Jacki Lyden is a natural born storyteller. We’re lucky to have her on Twice 5 Miles Radio
LEAF Leadership with LEAF Community Arts Executive Director Jennifer Pickering.
Jennifer is one of the few people who has seen one of her greatest visions far exceed her wildest dreams. You may know her vision as The LEAF Festival and LEAF Community Arts. In this conversation, Jennifer talks about how she and her team of highly skilled LEAF festival producers, have been bringing The LEAF Festival alive in Black Mountain each May & October for the past 23 years. You’ll quickly discover that LEAF is more than a festival, it’s a global organization which supports the arts in many counties around the world. If there was ever a force for good LEAF Community Arts can claim that title. We have Ms. Pickering’s leadership and the hard work of her LEAF team to thank for it.
The Balance of Money with Peter Krull
THE BALANCE OF MONEY with Peter Krull, entrepreneur and CEO of Earth Equity Advisors in Asheville. How does your money work for you? Peter and I open this conversation with a lively exchange about the beauty of birds in flight. He notes that the order of a flock of birds and the precision of money have a great deal in common. Peter remind us that money and birds move in a circular fashion of mathematical sense. Peter recommends making conscious investments in accord with your values and lifestyle.
A Vision of the World with Loretta Shelton
Twice 5 Miles Radio welcomes theologian and Executive Director of Four Seasons Compassion for Life Foundation Loretta Shelton to the mic. I first met Loretta a few years ago one afternoon in early spring. She was the first to arrive at an Imaginative Storm writing workshop I was hosting at Court McCracken’s studio in the Asheville’s River Arts District. Loretta exuded natural confidence which extended beyond the room. It was an awareness of spirit, an awareness of that “still small voice” which speaks from another place, close, yet far away. Loretta and I went to OM Sanctuary for the interview. Within minutes, I knew Loretta’s story was the perfect fit for the Christmas weekend.
What Happens in Asheville Stays with Jason Sanford
Twice 5 Miles Radio welcomes journalist and publisher of Ashvegas Jason Sanford to the mic. I asked, “what’s the difference between fake news and true news?” I figured if anyone could answer that question, Jason could. After all, he founded and still owns one of Asheville most successful online newspapers called Ashvegas. His tagline reads, “The city you love. The news you want.” Jason did an excellent job of answering my fake news question. You’ll have to listen in to find out what he says. To be sure, Mr. Sanford was born to sniff out stories and tell them like the old newsroom journalists back in the days when editors were gruff and reporters had mud on their shoes. Word on the street, Jason Sanford is just around the corner, his beat is Asheville; his next story could be yours.
The Anatomy of an Entrepreneurial Mind with Jonathan Jones
Twice 5 Miles Radio hosted welcomes Jonathan Jones (known to his friends as John) to the mic. John is a music producer, artist, and thought-leader and an Asheville native with a talent for art and business. During our conversation, I learned our that paths first crossed in the early 90s at The Green Door, the famous Asheville Poetry Slam venue. John was eight years old sitting in the front row with his poet father watching the slammers duke it out for money and scores. In this conversation, John touches on growing up in Asheville. He talks about how The LEAF Festival influenced him to form a successful band. He discusses what it takes to be a multi-dimensional entrepreneur. John has a talent for sprinkling useful life tips throughout his stories.
Twice 5 Miles Radio welcomes poet and publisher Sharmagne Leland-St John-Sylbert to the microphone. How does one become a poet? Everyone has a different answer to that question. It might be fair to say Sharmagne’s journey as a poet began when she had tea with Frank Lloyd Wright while she was a young girl growing up in Hollywood. In this interview, Sharmagne tells compelling stories about going to High School during the American Graffiti days. She digs into her ideas about why poetry matters in 2017. She lifts up some funny stories about living in a closet-sized room at the Chelsea Hotel, NYC. One of her neighbors had trees in his room with snakes on the branches. The stories go on. Listen & Enjoy.
From Split Infinitives to Donald Trump and Beyond with grammarian Barbara Scott
Twice 5 Miles Radio welcomes Barbara Scott to the Microphone. Have you ever wondered what split infinitives, ethics, Kit Carson, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Donald Trump, math, physics, and the future of modern thinking have in common? Well, grammarian Barbara Scott weaves all these topics together in this lively, dare I say essential, must-listen-to conversation about the state of American culture in 2017. Do you split your infinitives? Listen and find out.
The Importance of Art with Gale Jackson
Why is art important? WPVMFM’s Twice 5 Miles Radio welcomes Gale Jackson to the microphone. Why is art important? Gale addresses this question and more in this insightful conversation. Gale’s business is making art happen on all levels in Black Mountain, North Carolina. She even has a former old jail in the basement currently being used as an art studio where the paint brushes have long since replaced the bars. It’s all about freedom at The Black Mountain Center for the Arts. Enjoy the conversation.
Make Rules; Break Rules with poet Taylor Mali
A Poet From New York. I first met Talyor Mali outside The Green Door Spoken Word Pub on Carolina Lane in Asheville, NC. It was August 1994. Taylor was wearing a bowling shirt with “I slam therefore I am” printed on the back. He was the Captain of Portland Maine’s Poetry Slam Team, suited up, you might say, for the National Poetry Slam Championships. Who could have guessed, that hot August afternoon, that Taylor Mali would become one of the principal architects of The Poetry Slam and The Spoken Word Movement, both of which now enjoy global fame. Taylor is a native New Yorker; you can trace his relatives back to the 1600s when New York was known as New Amsterdam. Because of this legacy, Taylor well understands the demands of doing his work as a poet. He will never stop because he knows like all poets know, his best work is yet to come.
Monica Nolan: Uptown Class and Downtown Sass
Uptown Class and Downtown Sass. Twice-5-Miles Radio hosted by James Navé welcomes to the mic actor, teacher, healing artist, poet, and traveler Monica Nolan. Monica first appeared on the Asheville art scene during at the height of The Asheville Poetry Slam in the early 90’s. It was an experimental time; Monica’s artistic influence inspired everyone to be bold and brave. Monica has been acting on stage and on-air in radio and voice-over for over two decades. She is a member of Alternate Roots (an organization of Southern Artists and Performers who work for social justice). Monica holds Certificates in Yoga teaching from Lighten Up Yoga Studio, Herbalism from Appalachian School of Holistic Herbalism, and Permaculture Design from the Ashevillage Institute.
Tish Vallés: Strategic Planning From Manila to Akron
In this conversation, Tish talks about her childhood under the Marcos Martial law dictatorship in the Philippines and her participation as a revolutionary from the age of 12. She makes subtle connections between poetry and strategy; touching on how knowing more than one language by heart has benefited her thought patterns and honed her ability to structure meaning into language. We talk about the freedom form and structure provide to thinking and craft. She reads her poems, discusses the advantages of speaking four languages and talks about strategy. This is a global inter-disciplinary interview.
Allan Wolf: Who Killed Christopher Goodman
Allan Wolf’s work as a writer has a way of sneaking up on you with odd twists and turns over and over. In this interview, I expected Allan and I would talk about poetry, traveling the byways of America, the joy of friendship, and life in general. Imagine how surprised I was then the conversation drifted into true crime and Allan’s new book about the murder of his best high school friend titled Who Killed Christopher Goodman? “Who is ultimately responsible?” Allan wonders in this interview. His conclusion might surprise you. Listen and find out.
Marvin Parks: I make my living singing in Paris.
American Jazz singer Marvin Parks earns his living singing in Paris.Twice 5 Miles Radio welcomes Marvin to the microphone. One afternoon, about three years ago, Marvin decided to sing in the Paris Metro. He put his hat on the platform and started singing “Smile though your heart is breaking.” Right away, people dropped euros into his hat. It didn’t take Marvin long to realize he was onto something big. Now three years later, Marvin still sings in the Metro. He also sells out his jazz shows, has appeared on French television, has had many articles written about him, and has recorded his first album. Can you make it as an artist? Marvin Parks says, “yes you can.” Enjoy and thank you for listening.
Dr. Luis Constintan: What about the heart?
James Navé welcomes cardiologist Dr. Luis Constintan to the microphone. I started this interview by dropping an unexpected question Luis’s way. “So Luis, what about the heart?” His eyes brightened as he began talking about matters of the heart rather than the science of the heart. Luis told me that the heart was a place of memory. He also said he thinks to have a broken heart over love is a real experience rather than a metaphorical description of lost loss. Enjoy Luis’s stories.
Julia Cameron: What next?
James Navé welcomes Julia Cameron author of The Artist’s Way to Twice 5 Miles Radio. Cameron and Navé have known each other for over twenty years. During this hour, they explore poetry, horses, creativity, music, movies, New York, theater, the sweeping power of high desert of Northern New Mexico, and what’s going to happen next in their lives. Tune in and enjoy this conversation between two old friends.
Connie Regan-Blake: Listen
Twice 5 Miles Radio welcomes master storyteller Connie Regan-Blake to the microphone. Connie’s stellar reviews will tell you that Connie transforms a packed theater into an intimate circle of friends with her irresistible blend of humor, wisdom, and spontaneity. Connie has captivated minds and hearts of festival audiences, corporate professionals, schoolchildren, and lovers of stories from all walks of life. The year was 1973 when Connie helped launch the first National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. Connie is the only storyteller in the world who has hosted or performed stories at every National Storytelling since its 1973 launch on that now famous porch in Tennessee. Connie has been featured on seven award-winning recordings—five audio records and two videos produced by PBS. Several publications including Southern Living, New Age Magazine, and School Library Journal have praised her work. She has also been a guest on NPR’s All Things Considered, ABC’s Good Morning America, and CNN.
Manon Guenot: Bearded Strangers
Twice 5 Miles Radio welcomes Paris-based Manon Guenot, photographer, filmmaker, musician, and student to the microphone. Manon visited her aunt in Asheville for a month this summer. Manon’s current project is called Bearded Strangers. in 2015 when she firsts visited Asheville, she photographed bearded men in Asheville and published it in a book titled Bearded Strangers. In this interview, Manon talks about her insight about men with beards. She also talks about how much she loves Asheville and how much it reminds her of her home in the French mountains.
This week’s show features Gabriel Morgan, screenwriter, journalist, intellectual and stone mason. Gabriel lives in a small Taos adobe at the end of a long dirt road. I think his place in Taos may remind him of the late sixties when was growing up in Tangiers. There was not one traffic light in the whole town. In this interview, Gabriel talks about politics, French poetry, chess, a 1960’s armed rebellion in Taos, Donald Rumsfield, who lives in a gated community nearby, and the cherry tree outside his window which produces sour fruit because of a ghost.
Sarah Blakenship: Black Mountain College in the 30’s
What was it like in Asheville, North Carolina during the 30’s and 40’s? Twice 5 Miles Radio, hosted by James Navé, welcomes Sarah Blakenship to the microphone. Sarah grew up on the campus of Black Mountain College at Blue Ridge Assembly, near Black Mountain, NC. She went to High School in Black Mountain, North Carolina just before WWII. Then trained as a nurse at Mission Hospital just after the war. She raised her children in West Asheville. Her husband worked for the railroad until he retired. In this interview, you will gain a sense of what Asheville was like in the 40’s and 50’s. Sarah is now 90. She’s still active, curious, and full of humor. Would that we all end up like Sarah Blakenship. Listen. Learn. Enjoy.
David LaMotte: Transformation
“When you are dealing with conflict the most important word is transformation.” Twice 5 Miles Radio welcomes David LaMotte, speaker, a musician, an author, and songwriter, to the microphone. In this interview I learned a peaceful outcome requires more than intention, it requires a commitment to listen with an open heart. David talks about out how to make peace, make art, and make a living doing what you love. This show aired on WPVM FM 103.7 Friday, August 26, 2016, www.wpvmfm.org.
Tara Lupo: I love the world.
Twice 5 Miles Radio welcomes Tara Lupo, chaplain, philosopher, and thinker to the microphone. In this insightful conversation, Tara unpacks her thoughts on living a useful life in the midst of all the hubbub. You’ll delight when you hear Tara sing some old tunes, recite some lovely poetry, and talk about her experiences working as a chaplain for hospice. Tara embraces big subjects with the care one might bring when holding a small bird. Listen and enjoy.
Listen to screenwriter and master falconer Tony Huston speak on the nature of being in the world. What does the Broadway tune September Song and the hierarchy of flying hawks in medieval times have in common? Join me for a great conversation with Tony Huston, writer, poet, and an Academy Award nominee for best-adapted screenplay of James Joyce’s The Dead, the last film Tony’s father John Huston made.
Paul Pascarella: Art Speaks.
Paul Pascarella‘s journey to toward the Rockies is a key to his artistic evolution. In 2005, days after the tragic death of Hunter Thompson, a friend and pivotal figure in his life, Paul completed a five-foot portrait of Thompson which brought a new and unsuspecting freedom to his work. Paul’s work appears in private collections and museums around the world. Paul closes the show with a fantastic story about racing in a pro motorcycle race. Who wins? Listen and find out.
Anna Furgerson of Vibrant Heart Yoga and I went outside to talk about what it means to sit on a rock and play your chosen instrument. While we didn’t scale the highest peak, like the flute player in the photo, we did go to Beaver Lake bird sanctuary. What is it about birds singing on a spring day that inspires creative thoughts? Listen in and find out.
Jennifer Pickering director of The LEAF Festival talks about how the festival started, her involvement with the Asheville community over her lifetime, and dreams forward to what happens next. If you’ve ever wondered who LEAF came to be, you’ll get some insight into your questions while you listen to Jennifer tell her story. April 29, 2016
Murphy Funkerhouser Capps
Murphy Capps from the marketing agency Kudzu Brands in Black Mountain, NC talks about Brand Storytelling, her experience around writing, rehearsing, and performing her new play Carry On, the difference between an Atheist and God’s pencil, and what it means to happily settle into being a CEO, an actor, a mother, wife, and an artist. April 22, 2016.
Jan Schochet’s first relatives came to Asheville in the 1870’s. You can imagine Jan has some stories to tell, especially about how important Jewish businesses were, and still are, to thriving Asheville, 2016. You’ll hear tidbits about Asheville in this interview you won’t hear anywhere. Listen and enjoy.