Aug 022020
 

Jennifer Lawless

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with¬†Jennifer Lawless, University Virginia Professor of Politics Faculty at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, about the upcoming US 2020 presidential election. Topics include: candidate Joe Biden’s VP search, the effectiveness of today’s political polling and thoughts on what election day might look like.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on Real Oldies 97.9 The WREN, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.

Jul 262020
 

Carolyn Engelhard

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Carolyn Engelhard, Associate Professor and Health Policy Analyst at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences about The Affordable Health Care Act more commonly known as Obamacare. The law’s past, present and future are discussed.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on Real Oldies 97.9 The WREN, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.

Jul 122020
 

Bob Girard

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Charlottesville musician Bob Girard about his career.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on Real Oldies 97.9 The WREN, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.

Jul 052020
 

Reverend Tyler Daniels

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Reverend Tyler Daniels from Piney Fork Baptist Church in Gretna, Virginia about religion in 2020 and the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on his congregation.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on Real Oldies 97.9 The WREN, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.

Jun 282020
 

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Jim Duncan from Nest Realty and Matt Hodges from Presidential Bank Mortgage about the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the real estate market in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on Real Oldies 97.9 The WREN, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.

Jun 212020
 

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with his own father about a father’s role in raising a family.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on Real Oldies 97.9 The WREN, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.

Jun 102020
 

The June Senior Statesmen of Virginia program recaps the recently concluded session of the Virginia General Assembly with reports by our local legislators. Present at the meeting were Del. Sally Hudson (D) of the 57th District, Del. Chris Runion (R) of the 25th District and Sen. Creigh Deeds (D) of the 25th Senatorial District.

The two delegates are both first session members of the General Assembly and Sen. Deeds is completing his 29th year in office. The members spoke about the successes and disappointments of the session. All three were pleased with the passage of the budget on March 12,2020 and concerned about the anticipated $2.2-3 billion deficit (2% of total budget) anticipated because of the COVID virus. The unknown effect of COVID-19 was an overriding concern of all three.

The members were asked questions on their primary goals. Deeds said education, healthcare and safety, Hudson replied budget with both more equitable taxation and less spending, and Runion listed non-partisanship, redistricting, agriculture, clean energy, and broadband to rural areas. All three agreed on the concern and responses of government to the Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

Deeds emphasized the need to reform policing and stressed importance of training for de-escalation skills and implicit bias training. Hudson said racism should not be a separate issue, but a consideration in every decision made. Runion agreed with his colleague’s goals but said the conversations on the topic were important though the solutions each have may differ.

Asked about the Confederate statues Deeds replied that local government control made sense and Hudson pointed out that the legal aspect of removing statues is determined by different laws in different locations. Other topics of conversation centered around redistricting, on-line v. mail voting, clean energy, gun control. and the agenda for the August session.

The delegates spoke at the Wednesday June 10, 2020 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. The meeting was held on Zoom. Following the presentation, questions were taken from the audience. The program was moderated by Meg Heubeck, Director of Instruction for the Youth Leadership Initiative, UVA Center for Politics.

Jun 072020
 

Dave Norris

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with former Charlottesville Mayor Dave Norris about his work with the CRHA Charlottesville Redevelopment & Housing Authority. Also some local implications of COVID-19 and the recent police attacks on African Americans.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.

May 312020
 

Sean Tubbs

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call producer Dan Gould talks with journalist Sean Tubbs about his new COVID-19 podcast series The Quarantine Report.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.

May 242020
 

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Kathy Hinchey, Elementary School Instructional Coach for the Newport News Public School System in Newport News, Virginia and Reverend Tyler Daniels, Minister, Piney Fork Baptist Church, in Gretna,Virginia about the day by day impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on education and religion.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.

May 132020
 

Mike Signer speaking to Senior Statesmen of Virginia members via Zoom.

The deadly invasion of Charlottesville, Virginia, by white nationalist militias in August 2017 is a microcosm of the challenges facing American democracy. No one is better placed to tell the story of what really happened, and to draw out its larger significance, than Michael Signer, then Charlottesville’s mayor. His new book, Cry Havoc: Charlottesville and American Democracy Under Siege, is a vivid, first-person chronicle of the terror and mayhem of the August 2017 Unite the Right event that reveals how issues of extremism are affecting not just one city but the nation itself.

Mr. Signer sets the events on the ground-the lead-up to August’s “Unite the Right” rally, the days of the weekend itself, the aftermath-into the larger context of a country struggling to find its way through the Trump era.

Mike confronts some of the most pressing questions of our moment. How do we:

  • Reconcile free speech with the need for public order?
  • Maintain the values of pragmatism, compromise, even simple civility, in a time of intensification of extremes on the right and the left?
  • Address systemic racism through our public spaces and memorials?
  • Do something about the widespread disaffection with institutions and a democracy that seems to be faltering and turning on itself?

The siege of Charlottesville shows how easily our communities can be taken hostage by forces intent on destroying democratic norms and institutions. But Mike concludes with a stirring call for optimism, pointing out, with evidence drawn from Charlottesville and work it has spurred since, that even this tragedy contains an opportunity to bolster democracy from within and defend our very ability to govern.

Mike Signer served as the mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, from 2016-2018 during the Unite the Right rally of 2017. The Washington Post wrote that he was “one of Trump’s strongest critics.” Afterward, he founded and chaired Communities Overcoming Extremism: the After Charlottesville Project, a bipartisan coalition including the Anti-Defamation League, the Ford Foundation, the Charles Koch Institute, the Fetzer Institute, and New America. National Public Radio featured Mike’s work “sharing painful lessons from the fight against hate.”

Mike is VP and general counsel of the country’s largest independent digital design agency, where he sits on the firm’s executive committee. He has also taught for the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. He is the author of three books: Cry Havoc: Charlottesville and American Democracy under Siege (PublicAffairs, 2020), Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father (PublicAffairs, 2015), and Demagogue: the Fight to Save Democracy from Its Worst Enemies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). He has written for the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Time, and has been interviewed on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, The Rachel Maddow Show, AC360, and NPR.

He is a recipient of the Levenson Family Defender of Democracy Award from the Anti-Defamation League, the Courage in Political Leadership Award from the American Society for Yad Vashem, and the Rob DeBree & David O’Malley Award for Community Response to Hatred from the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Forward Magazine has named him one of 50 most influential Jewish leaders in America. He is an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow. He has been profiled by the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, CNN, and the Guardian.

He lives with his wife and their twin five year old boys in Charlottesville. In his spare time, he enjoys running, reading, cooking, gardening, and being a jungle gym for his boys.

Mr. Signer spoke at the Wednesday May 13, 2020 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. The meeting was held on Zoom. Following the presentation, questions were taken from the audience. The program was moderated by SSV Board Member Peyton Williams.

The COVID-19 Report: Episode 2

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Apr 122020
 

How well is the community doing to “flatten the curve?” This episode takes a listen at what the University of Virginia is doing by dropping in on a April 2 Town Hall. We learn more about the epidemiological models being used by state health officials to make decisions. Charlottesville Economic Development officials talk about how some businesses are pivoting towards manufacturing PPE.

The COVID-19 Report host Sean Tubbs documents the local and state response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health and economic crises. Mr. Tubbs is a journalist and the creator of the Charlottesville Podcasting Network. The COVID-19 Report is based on his original podcast series.

Join Sean on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 10-11 a.m for The COVID-19 Report.