Twice 5 Miles Radio stories

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All the Twice 5 Miles Radio (T5M) stories you'll find below were first broadcast on WPVMFM 103.7 on air from downtown Asheville.  In the following shows join me and let's explore culture, storytelling, poetry, film making, spirituality, art, education, business, politics, and literature. It's my great pleasure to share this work with you. Enjoy. 

 

An Abundance of Creativity with poet and author Julia Cameron

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Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way and I have known each other for over twenty years. During this hour, we explore poetry, horses, creativity, music, movies, New York, theater, power of desert of Northern New Mexico, and what's going to happen next in our lives. I hope you enjoy this conversation between two old friends. (Listen and Enjoy)

 

A CIRCUS OF POETRY with poet Anne MacNaughton.

Twice 5 Miles Radio welcomes poet and co-founder of Taos Poetry Circus to the microphone. You may be surprised to learn that the American performance poetry movement can credit much of its beginning to the Taos Poetry Circus and the World Heavyweight Poetry Bout which started in Taos in the early 80's; Allan Ginsberg was there. The Taos Poetry Circus was the bridge between the Black Mountain College, the Beats, and the American spoken word movement. Enjoy this rare piece of literary history as told by Anne MacNaughton. (Listen & Enjoy)

 

 

From Beethoven to Burning Man with Jex Longo

Twice 5 Miles Radio welcomes musician and radio artist Jex Longo to the microphone. In this conversation, Jex who is the Director of Burning Man Radio starts by telling how she got her start as a musician by playing Beethoven when she was a child and then when she was a teenager her musical passion took her to the jazz clubs of New York's East Village. What’s the scoop on Burning Man?  Well, Jex is in charge of making Burning Man Radio happen throughout the festival. She calls herself a Burner.  (Listen & Enjoy) 

 

Solar Powered Radio with Brad Hockmeyer

Twice 5 Miles Radio welcomes legendary KTAOS radio host Brad Hockmeyer to the microphone. In this conversation, Brad talks about how a community centered radio station is more important in 2017 than ever before. Like WPVM-FM which connects folks in Asheville, Brad's station KTAOS-FM connects folks in Taos. Join us for this lively conversation about why radio matters to you, your community, and the world. (Listen & Enjoy) 

 

A Librarian in Saudi Arabia with Katrina Lehman

Twice 5 Miles welcomes writer and librarian Katrina Lehman to the microphone. Katrina lives in Taos in the summer and works as a librarian in the International School system in Saudi Arabia during the school year.  Katrina has taught in many countries around the world. In this lively conversation, she talks about how she has engaged the countries she has lived in over the years. Katrina frames her reflections around her spiritual take on the world which has matured a great deal since her Mennonite childhood in Pennsylvania.  Katrina is happy with the range of experiences she has enjoyed throughout her life.  (Listen and Enjoy) 

 

In the Society of the Muse with Memorist Jan Smith

Twice 5 Miles Radio welcomes memoirist and Director of SOMOS Jan Smith to the WPVMFM 103.7 microphone. "It takes vision to both write a compelling memoir and to run a successful non-profit literary organization.  In this conversation, Jan talks about giving up New England and heading west to find a new home. If you've ever thought of writing your story, listen to this interview and learn how to identify the most compelling parts of your narrative. You'll learn what SOMOS means, hint: "M" = Muse. Tune in. (Listen & Enjoy)

 

Poetry, Hollywood, and Taos with poet Sharmagne Leland-St John-Sylbert

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 Thor to the Mad Jag with Jonathon Slator

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How would you go about finding the right locations for movies like Thro, Hell or High Water, The Avengers, Lone Survivor, Transformers, and The Tao of Steve? My guest this week, Jonathon Slator, master location manager, will tell you how he scouted out all the locations for those movies, plus a few dozen more. Jonathon also knows a thing or two about poetry, novel writing, mountain climbing, and growing sensimilla along the Arizona border in the mid-1970's. In his upcoming book Mad Jag, Jonathon tells the fictitious story of how growing weed near the Rio Grande was not a bad way to make a living, back in the day. (Listen & Enjoy) 

 

From SNL to the West Bank to Hunter Thompson with Laila Nabulsi

Was Hunter Thompson as intense as people say? Laila Nabulsi reflects on this question and more. Laila got her entertainment start on Saturday Night Live in the early days. Laila is known for her work on Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Prizzi's Honor, and Enemies: A Love Story. In this conversation, Laila, who is a Palestinian-American, tells stories of her experiences as an opinion leader in popular American culture. She was with Hunter Thompson at Woody Creek, back in the day. I'm always amazed at how much I don't know. Thanks Laila for your insight. (Listen & Enjoy)

 

Poetry Wins with Danny Solis

Twice 5 Miles Radio welcomes performance artist, champion Poetry Slammer, spoken-word pioneer, and accomplished page poet Danny Solis to the microphone. This conversation unfolded on a rainy spring afternoon in Asheville's Riverside Cemetery under Thomas Wolf's Angel. In this informative interview, Danny tells historical stories about how the Spoken-Word movement and the Poetry Slam changed the way our culture understands poetry, which included the Asheville poetry scene which was at the center of it all. Danny has committed his life to poetry. It's an honor to have him on the show. (Listen & Enjoy) 

 

From Split Infinitives to Donald Trump and Beyond with Barbara Scott

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?  (Click, Listen, and Find Out)

 

 

Poetry Brings Us Together with poet Laura Hope-Gill

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"Your poems are important, revise them, submit them," says poet, teacher, and creative advocate Laura Hope-Gill. In this informative conversation, you'll learn things about Asheville like how poets helped build the Asheville art dreams of the early 90's into the thriving scene it is today. Laura is a poetic activist and one of Asheville's top creative leaders. Her influence will be enjoyed for years to come. Listen, learn, enjoy. (Click & Enjoy) 

 

 

  Carolina Blues with storyteller Logie Meachum

Logie is a gifted artist who holds the audience in his hands for as long as he likes. It's his magic, his passion, his calling. I recorded this interview in the fall of 2106 before Donald Trump was elected. When I asked Logie to give me his take on Trump, he offered critical insight I'd not heard before, nor since. This interview is full of "Logie Meecham Insights" political and otherwise.  (Click & Listen)

                 

 

 The Poetics of Home with poet Mary Ellen Lough

When I was living in a little gypsy trailer near the Irish Sea, I’d write poetry at night by a small candle stuck in a whiskey bottle.” So began poet Mary Ellen Lough’s beautiful tale of traveling the world, becoming a mother, growing as a poet, and finding her home west of Asheville in the Carolina Mountains. In this Twice 5 Miles conversation, Mary Ellen reflects on living her big dreams in this ever-expanding world. She has a voice worth hearing, a message worth understanding, and embracing. (Click & Listen) 

 

My Native Ireland with Annmarie McConnell

"Magical veils unfold in Ireland," says Annmarie, a Dublin native who has an abiding appreciation for all things Irish. Even though Annmarie has adopted Hendersonville as her home, her lovely voice is never too far from the stories of the place she calls, "My Native Ireland." In this pleasant conversation, Annmarie will take you into her stories of Fairy Glens, growing up in Dublin, and what it's like to be an expatriate in Carolina, plus other stories. (Click & Listen)

 

Why Art Is Important with arts director Gale Jackson

Why is art important?  Gale Jackson, Director of the Black Mountain Center for the Arts,  addresses this question and more in this insightful conversation.  Gale's business is making art happen  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.  (Click & Listen

 

Your Stories, Your World with storyteller Kiran Singh Sirah

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Kiran Singh Sirah is the director of the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough Tennessee. I met Kiran at the LEAF Festival in Black Mountain, North Carolina. He'd just recently taken over his directorship. We spoke at length about the state of storytelling in the world. I can tell you now, Kiran is an optimistic man, especially when it comes to storytelling. In this conversation  Kiran and I roam the globe with stories.  It was a pleasure to spend time with Kiran. Enjoy. (Click & Listen)

 

On Being an Accidental American with strategic planner Tish Vallés

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. (Click & Listen) 

 

 

Rumi Comes Alive with poet and Persian translator Haleh Liza

Haleh Liza is a poet and musician born in NYC of Iranian descent. She has toured through the US and Europe playing venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Bonnaroo Festival, and the Mimi Fest in Marseilles. Her poems have been published by Columbia University Press and Rattapallax Press and she has recited her poems at the MET, the Fetzer Institute's Gathering for Love and Forgiveness in Assisi, Italy,  She has given talks on Rumi's poetry at various venues including Dartmouth University, University of Cincinnati, and the Wanderlust Festival. (Click & Listen)

 

Jazz Singing in Paris with vocalist Marvin Parks

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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. Can you make it as an artist? Marvin Parks says, "yes you can." Enjoy and thank you for listening. (Click & Listen)