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Now in its third season, the series brings experts around the table to discuss timely educational issues affecting Southwest Virginians. From safely opening schools and academic logistics, to culture, climate and curriculum, the experts share their insights and inform viewers on topics they care about. We are a “Community of Learners” supporting each other, and we remain committed to helping each student reach their full potential.

MONDAYS @ 7pm on Blue Ridge PBS & streaming on ECHO

This Season:

April 25 - What it Takes to Become a Hub for the Arts
Host Tom Landon is joined by Geoffrey Kershner, CEO of the Academy Center of the Arts in Lynchburg, which is housed in the beautifully restored Academy theatre and whose diverse programs are supporting and improving the arts scene in the hill city and surrounding region.

May 2 - What it Takes to Provide Affordable Historic Housing
Isabel Thornton and Maribeth Mills of Restoration Housing discuss how their non-profit agency is restoring historic homes in Roanoke in order to provide modern, safe housing for low income citizens.

May 9 - What it Takes to Share the Power of Sound
Tyler Godsey is on a mission to share his love for music with everyone, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing, and the 5 Points Music Sanctuary is celebrating it's 5th year as a performance venue and home to music therapy, sign language, and other programs to help everyone appreciate the power of sound.

May 16 - What it Takes to Promote Cycling in the Blue Ridge
Nicola Cranmer founded a women's professional cycling team in 2004, and is now bringing her internationally recognized team to Virginia's Blue Ridge to train and promote her sport. She will join Landon Howard, president of Virginia’s Blue Ridge, which is sponsoring the VBRTWENTY24 cycling team for the next 5 years.

May 23 - What it Takes to Care for those with Opioid Use Disorder
Host Tom Landon is joined by Danny Clawson who runs the Virginia Harm Reduction Coalition, a Roanoke agency dedicated to helping those with opioid use disorder stay alive through promoting needle exchange and providing medical care to those who need it most but may be reluctant to access it.

Plans for a new season are already underway.  To check out previous episodes watch them on ECHO!