My Memphis Flood Interview with BBC World Tonight

Sunday I got an really unexpected email. It was short and simple. The message was sent to the email address I use with my blog:

I’m a journalist with the BBC World Service in London.   We are interested in talking to some Memphis residents about the flooding.   Could I possibly give you a call ?

I have to say, when I first read it, I had to think it was a practical joker pulling something on me. (And yes, I have lots of friends who would easily fit the description!) But I checked around a little, then replied and next thing I knew I was talking to someone at the BBC in London. I went on to the Mother’s Day lunch & visit to the River and returned home for the interview. We talked about flooded sidewalks, streets, parks and homes in Memphis as well as how strange it is to have sunny days and the water still rising.

A few folks have asked about it, so here’s the MP3 for you to listen to if you like.

Interview about the flood of 2011

About Janice Person

I'm Janice & this blog is about my passions -- photography, travel, agriculture & whatever else comes to mind. Putting all those things together is intriguing to me…. I can spend a lot of time soaking it up! It's almost always a colorful adventure!

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7 Responses to My Memphis Flood Interview with BBC World Tonight

  1. brookmeakins May 13, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Can’t wait to listen- thanks so much for posting. I would actually love to follow up on this with you for my blog, as well as just my work and interest in general. Are you able to email me at Thanks again for your post and we’re all sorry about this experience. -Brook at

  2. brookmeakins May 13, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    Thanks for this post! I listened to the interview and it’s very endearing- thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience. I love the historical perspective, as well. Keep us posted! -Brook at

  3. Tideliar May 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    Good for you! You sounded very cool, calm and collected, and represented our city well 🙂

    I was interviewed by the BBC in 2006. I’d just moved here from DC (although I’m originally English), and I’d experienced my first tornadoes. 2006 was a bad year round here and I left a message to that effect on the BBC news website story about it.

    To my surprise a few hours later I got a phone call from a BBC radio producer asking me if I’d like to be interviewed on air! Excellent fun, although i had no idea how VERY British i still sound! Wish i could have saved the audio file…

    • JPlovesCOTTON May 14, 2011 at 11:03 am #

      Thanks! I appreciate knowing others in Memphis think I did ok. Funny you mentioned the fact you had no idea how strong your accent still was. My mom has kidded me since I was a child about how fast mine changes when I’m talking to someone with a different accent. She even joked about the fact I made it through the conversation without taking on the British accent from the interviewer!

  4. Girl Talk May 14, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    Wow that is a great opportunity to be heard and share your experience. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

  5. Lynda Duncan May 23, 2011 at 2:11 am #

    How cool is that! I’m really proud of you, and always impressed.

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