This May 6, 2017 Torg Stories Podcast edition is with Edwin Arnaudin, a freelance writer for publications such as Asheville’s MountainXpress and Citizen Times.
Edwin is working on a piece for Xpress about our documentary film, On the French Broad River, and so I asked him to join me for a conversation about Asheville and freelance writing. We also talked about what was then the breaking news that the popular local craft brewery Wicked Weed had been sold to Anheuser-Busch.
Our On the French Broad River film screens Asheville’s Grail Moviehouse at the following times:
Wednesday, May 24th 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 27th at noon
Sunday, May 28th at noon
Click here for more information including location and how to buy tickets.
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You can connect with Edwin on Twitter by clicking here or check out his movie site here.
Have less. Live More: Torg Stories Podcast with Yukon and Bean
Welcome to the Torg Stories podcast at TheTorg.com. September 15, 2016 edition.
This week I talked to Angie and Nelson Stegall. These two are known as Yukon and Bean on their website. Angie and Nelson were a big part of the catalyst that inspired my family and I to raft 140 miles of the French Broad River. They made essentially the same trip we made except for while we went home every night to work on our movie, these two camped.
Their life philosophy is to have less and live more. Because they are a tenant on a farm living in a 250 square foot trailer, we met at the Penrose Access Area on the French Broad and near the town of Brevard. Dupont Forest, home of some of my favorite waterfalls in the state, is and one of my favorite spots in the area, Dupont Forest. You’ll hear the occasional car drive by and several times a small airplane. I started off by asking these two how they met.
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Yukon and Bean on their Raft
We four NC Torgs have completed our trip on the French Broad River. We are now doing interviews with a variety of people knowledgeable about the French Broad including a geologist, biologist, fish hatchery superintendent, water quality testers, and more!
If you have questions, comments or ideas for our French Broad River movie, we’d love to hear from you.
Do you even know the names of the trees in your backyard?
I came across that question in an article written by Jennifer Frick-Ruppert, a biologist and professor of environmental studies at Brevard College. Her question grabbed my attention and caused me to think about the 147 miles of water I’d passed through with my family on our recent French Broad River rafting trip. I knew I couldn’t name all of the trees in my backyard and certainly not many of the organisms big or small that live in the French Broad River. I got in touch with Jennifer and she said she was willing to tell me about organisms that live in the water and their importance to the region of Western North Carolina. I learned a lot talking to Jennifer. Hope you enjoy our conversation!
I talk biodiversity and the French Broad River with Professor Jennifer Frick-Ruppert of Brevard College
Two of Professor Jennifer Frick-Ruppert’s books have been published with more on the way:
Mountain Nature: A Seasonal Natural History of the Southern Appalachians
Waterways: Sailing the Southeastern Coast
Click here to learn more about Professor Frick-Ruppert’s books on her Amazon page.
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In this week’s episode, I talk with the owners of a new theater in Asheville: The Grail Moviehouse. More on our collaboration here. It’s in an old warehouse that has been fixed up. There’s cozy chairs, beer from local breweries, and some stadium style seats in the back. It’s a great place to watch old movies on the big screen and see some new stuff you can’t find at the theater chains.
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This week, my family and I went to see Roger Ross William’s new documentary, Life Animated. It’s about an autistic man. His life story and how his family was finally able to connect with him through Disney films. Cool family. Dad is a writer. Protagonist is funny and touching. The film was a teeny bit on the intense side for my eight year old, but our ten year old really liked it. Movie for grown ups that can appeal to kids, probably ten and older. Also interesting as a teacher for thinking about working with autistic children.
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I want to make a movie about the French Broad River, and so on this week’s Torg Stories podcast, I talk with Hartwell Carson, French Broad Riverkeeper. Carson works for an organization called Mountaintrue.
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Hope you enjoy getting right into my conversation with Hartwell!
For the first time ever, this week’s episode is also available as a video podcast:
I think my interest in making this movie probably has its origins in all the years I spent dinking around in a john boat on the Tippecanoe River in Winamac, Indiana. Now I live in Asheville, North Carolina where you can’t go anywhere without seeing a kayak or canoe on top of somebody’s car. I wanted to get on the river and as my wife and I looked at the cost of our options and what might fit us best, we decided on a used whitewater raft. We could be together as a family. The raft could do both the calm and more rowdy stretches of the river. To start the process of making the film, I knew I wanted to learn about the river, the community that uses it, and the social and political issues that surround it.
Carson and I talked water quality, Duke energy and their coal ash pits, the work he does as riverkeeper, and his favorite spots on the river.
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I hope you enjoy this week’s conversation with French Broad Riverkeeper, Hartwell Carson. Thanks for listening!
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