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In its 4th season, What it Takes was named the “Best News Series” for 2021 by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters, and this year the program continues to feature experts and committed citizens to our studio to discuss timely issues affecting Southwest Virginians. Hosted by BRPBS Director of Educational Innovation Tom Landon, WIT embodies the spirit of our ECHO Channel, featuring topics on Education, Community, Health and Opportunity. 

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

Check out episodes online!

Coming up:

January 30 - To Protect the Health of the Community
Dr. Cynthia Morrow became the Health Director of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health District in the midst of the Covid pandemic, but her background in public health and the help of others made it a lot easier. She joins Tom Landon to talk about her background and the many tasks of local health departments. From immunizations and restaurant inspections to teaching new parents how to use car seats safely, local health departments play a key role in the health of all Virginians.

February 6 - To Lead a Historic College
Frank Shushok is the new president of Roanoke College, but has been a regional resident for over a decade while serving in various posts at Virginia Tech. Roanoke College was founded in 1842 by the Lutheran Church, and has long ties to cities of both Salem and Roanoke, though it predates the founding of the latter by over 50 years. Host Tom Landon will help viewers get to know the new president and discuss the role and importance of Roanoke College and liberal arts education to our region and beyond.

February 13 -To Preserve and Promote a Cultural Hub
There was a time when every small town and many individual neighborhoods in cities around our region had its own movie palace. Sadly, fewer and fewer remain, and many of htoste that do are shells of their former glorious selves. One major exception is the Grandin Theatre in Roanoke's Grandin Village, which was saved by the formation of a non-profit 501c3 organization. Today the Grandin is still home to first run films on the weekends, and it's expanded its programming as a result of a recently completed major renovation following a successful capital campaign.

February 20 - To Bring Hollywood to Virginia
Last year, films and television series like Raymond and Ray, The Good Lord Bird, and Dopesick shot in and Virginia brought well over 100 million dollars to the Commonwealth. Andy Edmunds, Director of the Virginia Film Office, joins host Tom Landon to talk about how his office works with film makers to provide financial and logistical incentives to support the industry. 

February 27 - To Serve the Unhoused
Homelessness is on the rise and impacts thousands of individuals in our region, but the impact on families with children is almost incalculable. Marie Muddiman Beebe is the Executive Director of Family Promise of Greater Roanoke, and she visits our studios to discuss ways her organization is working to help unhoused families find and keep permanent homes.

More to come!