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Fertile Ground for Conversations Worth Having


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. 

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An Abundance of Creativity with Julia Cameron: (Listen and Enjoy)


The Anatomy of an Entrepreneurial Mind with Jonathan Jones


John is an Asheville native with a talent for art and business. During our conversation, I learned that our 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 at length what it takes to be a multi-dimensional entrepreneur in 2017 and beyond. John has a talent for sprinkling useful life tips throughout his stories. (Listen and Enjoy)


Bullets in Wool Nests with Christy Ferrato

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I've known Christy for over a decade. During that time, her range as a socially committed artist has enjoyed an impressive reach. When she told me she was working on a multi-level art project on the history of school shootings in America which included the retired card catalog from Rutgers University Library, spent bullets in wool nests, and mirrors to reflect our faces; I could hardly wait to interview her.  Beyond wool nests, mirrors, and bullets, Christy talks about poetry, storytelling, and the current state of the world, and she does it all in an hour. (Listen and Enjoy) 


Dangerous Waters and Other Edgy Tales with Cisco Guevara

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A few years ago, I went on a full moon midnight river float down the Rio Grande with a small group of close friends including Cisco, our river guide. We were a chatty bunch until Cisco said in a loud whisper, "be quiet, I need to listen to the river, it will tell us which way to go." It would be accurate to say that Cisco knows as much about the history of Northern New Mexico as almost anybody you'll meet. In this conversation, Cisco unpacks how to trust your intuitive storytelling nature. Cisco offers some behind the scene facts like the off-the-grid Christ in the Desert Monastery at the end of a 13-mile dirt road north of Santa Fe maintains the Vatican's website. How about that! Enjoy this conversation with Cisco. (Listen & Enjoy) 


The Perfect Suit and Others Matters of Awarness with Bill Curry

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Twice 5 Miles Radio hosted by yours truly James Navé welcomes photographer, healing artist, and fashion model Bill Curry to the mic. When I first met Bill over twenty years ago, he invited me over to his modest well-appointed adobe cottage in Taos. His living room expressed an elegant simplicity. I admired his paintings, art photographs he'd taken around the world, ritual masks, and memorabilia from his successful modeling career, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, British Vogue, Men’s Journal, L’ummo Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Italian Bazaar, Departure, DNR, Cosmopolitan, Glamour. "Not bad for a lad from West Virginia," I said. He smiled. Since then, when Bill and I have connected over the years, I've always appreciated how he has maintained his generous spirit and sense of adventure. In this interview, sit back and enjoy Bill's stories about how a far-sighted,floppy-eared boy from West Virginia became a super-model, a global photographer, and a master healing artist in Taos, New Mexico. (Listen & Enjoy) 


The World of Giving with Mary Green

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Twice 5 Miles Radio: Fertile Ground for Conversations Worth Having welcomes gardener, writer, and gift culture advocate Mary Green, a military brat who gave up her bratty ways in favor of generosity. Mary's story begins in her garden, then moves back in memory to her childhood in Tripoli, then circles around to Taos back in the days when Ram Das was young, and Mary walked up the road to the Lama Foundation. Mary reflects on how she and her friends support each other growing old in a gift-giving culture which is both a matter of both survival and great joy.  (Listen and Enjoy)


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Paying Attention to the World with Ocean Vuong

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Twice 5 Miles Radio: Fertile Ground for Conversations Worth Having welcomes documentary filmmaker Lee Buric and New Yorker Magazine poet Ocean Vuong. While Lee and Ocean appear in two different conversations, both Lee and Ocean explore the idea of balance and the major role it plays in our daily lives. Lee explores how she uses filmmaking to lift up the imbalances wrought by climate change. Lee also talks about how the power of a particular horse helped her recover from a brain injury. Ocean talks about how his greatest poetic strength is his power of observation and how his delight in the small things of the world inspire him. Here's a part of the New York Times review of Ocean's latest book. "The poems in Mr. Vuong’s new collection, “Night Sky With Exit Wounds” possess a tensile precision reminiscent of Emily Dickinson’s work, combined with a Gerard Manley Hopkins-like appreciation for the sound and rhythms of words." (Listen & Enjoy)


Riding the Rails of Meditation with mindfulness consultant Greg Burdulis


Twice 5 Miles Radio welcomes mindfulness consultant, storyteller, and global adventurer Greg Burdulis to the microphone. Greg's curiosity to explore what's possible for human beings has taken him all over the world. He has climbed Kilimanjaro, dance professionally as a low-flying trapeze artist, been a hospice chaplain, done famine relief work in the Sahara, meditated in India, and spent seven years as a monk in Burma, much of it in silence. We're fortunate Greg is speaking again. He and I have known each other for many years; I enjoyed connecting once again with my old friend. (Listen and Enjoy) 


From Azerbaijan to the National Poetry Slam with Elnur "EL" Gajive

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While I was at the 2017 National Poetry Slam Championships in Denver, I attended a lecture by Elnur "EL" Gajive, Ph.D.  (His friends call him EL) titled SPOKEN SOUL: Researching Psychological Factors involved in Writing and Performing Spoken Word Poetry. While I'd always suspected healing was one of the primary benefits of speaking poetry out loud, it was good to discover that EL's doctoral research confirmed it. In this lively conversation, El tells of growing up in the Soviet Union during the years of its fall. What he has to say about immigration and home belongs on top of what our nation is talking about today. I'm grateful he took the time to talk to me. (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 Saturday Night Live 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 Dangling Modifiers to Donald Trump with Barbara Scott

Have you ever wondered what misused semicolons, 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. Where do you put your semicolons?  (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)



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


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)