Oct 182020
 

Candace Schoner

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Candace Schoner host of Speaking Candidly with Candace, a Charlottesville based podcast devoted to mental health issues. Dealing with depression, anxiety, addiction and PTSD are discussed. Also, getting help from the Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 Warmline.

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

Oct 142020
 

Christopher Ambrose (left), Brian Cannon (right) and Bob McGrath (below)

Christopher Ambrose, an opponent of the proposed constitutional amendment #1 on this year’s ballot, and Brian Cannon, a proponent of the amendment spoke at the October 14, 2020 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. Both men agreed on the problem: The need to remove the legislators from the drawing of district lines while each had a different vision of how to get there.

Brian Cannon (Fair Maps VA) supports the amendment. He believes that this is a “good government” issue and agrees that it is not perfect. He believes that there is a hybrid commission of one-half legislators and one-half citizens that are evenly balanced by parties, is transparent and makes racial gerrymandering illegal. This amendment has a lot of support from independent organizations who have fought for redistricting reform around the country.

Christopher Ambrose (Fair Districts VA) opposes the amendment. From his perspective the amendment trades one type of gerrymandering for another. His ideal is to get legislators totally out of the process. His objections include that though judges pick citizens for the commission, but they are picked from a list provided by legislators. His compromise would be to have some legislators on the commission. New Jersey passed a similar amendment and results have been the incumbents there have an advantage and voter turnout is diminishing.

The two spoke at the Wednesday October 14, 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 and past president, Bob McGrath.

Oct 112020
 

Harriet Kuhr

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with International Rescue Committee Charlottesville and Richmond Offices Executive Director Harriet Kuhr about the organization. Topics include: Prominent people who first came to the United States as refugees and the impact of the 2020 election on global refugees.

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

Oct 042020
 

Charlotte Rene Woods (Photo: Charlottesville Tomorrow)

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Charlottesville Tomorrow journalist Charlotte Rene Woods about  Charlottesville and Albemarle County’s handling of the upcoming election and the two constitutional amendments on this year’s Virginia ballot. Also, Albemarle County’s Climate Action Plan and The County’s Mental Health Crisis Task Force are discussed.

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

Sep 272020
 

Sierra Bellows

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with writer, journalist, editor and filmmaker Sierra Bellows about the University of Virginia’s 1970 transition from an all male institution to co-ed. Several of the women who became prominent during the transition are profiled.

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

Sep 202020
 

Kevin Gaines

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with University of Virginia Professor Kevin Gaines about civil rights and social justice Issues in US presidential elections. Topics include: The civil rights movements of the 1960s and 2020. Also, a look in to the future of American politics in a Biden or Trump government.

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

Sep 092020
 

Allison Wrabel (top left), Bob Good (top right) and Cameron Webb

On September 9, 2020, the Senior Statesmen of Virginia held a Candidate Forum for the two candidates for Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. Participating in the forum were Democratic candidate Cameron Webb and Republican Candidate Bob Good.

Our podcast begins with Jeff Gould, president of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia.

00:00 - Introduction from Jeff Gould
01:30 - Moderator Allison Wrabel introduces the candidates
04:45 - Democratic Candidate Cameron Webb
18:30 - Republican Candidate Bob Good
30:30 - Webb is given change to rebut Good's concluding statement
32:00 - Question #1 - The 5th District encompasses different kinds of area from rural to small cities. There can be a difference in ideology among those constituents. If elected, how in any specific way would you bridge that gap?
37:00 - Question #2 - What will both of you do if elected to address environmental conditions and climate change?
43:00 - Question #3 - Which specific actions are you going to take to get broadband to the 5th District
48:30 - Question #4 - Can you each discuss your views on health care?
55:40 - Closing statement from Good
59:00 - Closing statement from Webb

The candidates spoke at the Wednesday September 9, 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 Daily Progress journalist Allison Wrabel.

Sep 062020
 

Doris Gelbman (left) and Beth Norton

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Doris Gelbman of Gelbman Law and Beth Norton from Norton Health Law about the role of the law in protecting elder health. Topics include: The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on elder health, and the recent negligence of some nursing homes.

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

Aug 302020
 

Pam Moran and Ted Dintersmith

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Pam Moran, Executive Director of the Virginia School Consortium for Learning and Ted Dintersmith author of What School Could Be about the future of education. Topics include: Learning life skills in an academic setting and how COVID-19 has changed education permanently.

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

Aug 232020
 

Rosalyn Schmitt (left) and Debbie Collins

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Albemarle County Public School Deputy Superintendent Debbie Collins and Chief Operating Officer Rosalyn Schmitt about the school’s plans for the fall 2020 semester. Topics include: Dealing with COVID-19 and the challenges of virtual learning.

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

Aug 162020
 

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail Superintendent Colonel Martin E. Kumer about crime, rehabilitation and the jail. Topics include: Dealing with COVID-19 at the jail and a new initiative to allow inmates to video chat with their families.

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

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.