Mar 312008

Greg Mortenson is the author of Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School at a Time. On March 27, 2008, Mortenson appeared at the Virginia Festival of the Book to discuss his work building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This talk is sponsored by the Village School.

Saying goodbye to the voice of Charlottesville

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Mar 302008

WINA’s Dick Mountjoy died earlier this month at the age of 61 following a long battle with cancer. Jane Foy joined Coy Barefoot on the March 28, 2008 to celebrate the life of one of Charlottesville’s icons. Guests include Dick’s son Mike Mountjoy who announced that the Memorial Service will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas at 11:00 AM on Monday, March 31.

Other remembrances:

  • Chris Callahan describes Dick’s start in radio and how he became Charlottesville’s Mayor in the Morning
  • “Voice of the Cavaliers” Mac McDonald talks about how he learned from Dick
  • Former WINA News Director Sarah McConnell explains how Dick taught her how to do the news
  • Bob Gibson of the Daily Progress reminisces about knowing Dick for 40 years
  • Other past WINA employees and listeners phone in with their memories

Mar 302008

University of Virginia political analyst Larry Sabato says it is time to revisit the U.S. Constitution in order to improve our system of government. On March 29, 2008, he spoke in City Council Chambers as part of a Virginia Festival of the Book program sponsored the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression. Over the course of the hour long lecture, Sabato discussed 23 proposals to revitalize the Constitution and make America a fairer country. That’s the subject of Sabato’s new book, “A More Perfect Constitution.” He’s introduced by Robert O’Neill, President of the Thomas Jefferson Center.

91 Seconds on Film: Drillbit Taylor

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Mar 292008

In this installment of WNRN’s 91 Seconds on Film, Ben Nuckols has a review of Owen Wilson’s new film Drillbit Taylor, showing this week at the Carmike 6.

A look at this weekend’s Charlottesville Ten-Miler

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Mar 282008

Mark Lorenzoni of the Ragged Mountain Running Shop joins Coy Barefoot for a preview of the Charlottesville Ten-Miler, which will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2008.

Update from Sean Tubbs: Well, the Charlottesville Ten-Miler is a thing of the past, but the Charlottesville Podcasting Network is an archive, so I thought I’d update this blog with links to other posts here and there.

Mar 282008

Investigative reporter Aram Roston is the author of The Man who Pushed America to War: The Extraordinary Life, Adventures and Obsessions of Ahmad Chalabi. He joins Coy Barefoot on the March 25 edition of WINA’s Charlottesville–Right Now to talk about the rise of the former mathematician who Roston claims engineered U.S. policy by rigorously lobbying for the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

Mar 272008

Mother Courage and Her Children opens March 28th at Live Arts, downstage, the big stage, with Fran Smith [a Live Arts founder] playing the title character. Mother Courage was written in 1939 by the German dramatist and poet Bertolt Brecht — one of the heroes of modern theatre. This play is often considered the greatest anti-war play of all times. And now, Live Arts presents a new translation/adaptation by one of the greatest living English playwrights, David Hare.

If you can you image a time where war dominates the headlines, where economies hinge on that very war, and where the men in power say the war is necessary, yet won’t fight themselves – if you can image that – you might just find yourself among friends at Live Arts over the next month.

Satch Huizenga directs Mother Courage at Live Arts and we stole a few minutes of his time to ask how this 59 year old play remains timeless.

@ Live Arts March 28 to April 19, 2008 or Box Office: 434-977-4177

[ photo: Fran Smith and Ron Hasson in Mother Courage and her Children at Live Arts – (c) Will Kerner ]

Mar 272008

The 14th Annual Virginia Festival of the Book kicked off on March 26, 2008 with an event held in the McIntire Room at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. In the next fifty minutes, you’ll hear the winners of the Hook’s short story contest, proclamations from local officials, and more. The event begins with Robert Vaughan, president of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Read more at the Hook and at

Brian Wheeler of Charlottesville Tomorrow goes pie crazy

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Mar 262008

Brian Wheeler of Charlottesville Tomorrow joins Coy Barefoot for a weekly growth and development update.This week, Brian’s visit to Rose Hill Drive was greeted with two pies from teacher Cathy Carson, proving that Tuesday has in fact become pie day. Carson describes the pies, one of which she baked herself and one came from the Wayside Deli, and describes what makes a good pie.

After a tasting, Brian and Coy discuss:

Security Wake Up Call

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Mar 262008

In today’s show, adapted from an article published this month on the Oscar Web site written by Brevy Cannon, we look at the work of UVa graduate student Karsten Nohl whose research has demonstrated that the encryption used by the now ubiquitous smart card is much easier to break than previously thought.

If you hold a credit card issued in the past 18 months, or use a touchless keycard to open doors at your office, or ride the subway with a reusable fare card, chances are good that you have used a card or ticket with a tiny wireless security chip embedded in it.

For more information about the show or to see the full text, visit the Oscar Show’s blog.

Virginia’s eugenics movement: 2001 documentary (part 2)

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Mar 262008

And now, the second installment of my series on Virginia’s eugenics movement, produced seven years ago with a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The first part can be heard here, and relates a general history of the eugenics movement, and the role Virginia played in legitimizing forced sterilizations.

This second seven and a half minute installment begins with the voice of the late Mitch Van Yahres reading a list of the offenses that could get you a vasectomy or your tubes tied, courtesy of the state. We then hear the voices of two former “patients” of the Virginia Colony for the Epileptic and the Feeble-minded, just north of Lynchburg in Madison Heights. Both live in Lynchburg, and I’m not sure what’s happened to them. When I spoke with them, the resolution expressing the state’s “profound regret” had not yet passed.

Since posting the first story last week, I was contacted by Paul Lombardo, the U.Va historian and bioethicist whose scholarship helped revive academic attention into this chapter of American and Virginia history. Paul tells me he’s writing a book on Buck v. Bell, which will come out this summer. He reminded me that then-Governor Mark Warner apologized for the eugenics era on May 2, 2002, the same day that a historic marker commemorating Carrie Buck was unveiled outside Region 10’s headquarters on Preston Avenue. Pictured on the left is Jesse Meadows, and Paul Lombardo is on the right.

Clara Belle Wheeler on her land being taken out of County’s growth area

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Mar 252008

When the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors adopted the Pantops Master Plan on March 17, 2008, one of the discussion points was whether to remove a 77-acre parcel of land from the County’s designated growth area into the rural area.  On a 4-2 vote, the Board decided to proceed with that action. However, they did so against the will of landowner Clara Belle Wheeler. Wheeler joined Coy Barefoot a few days after the vote to vent her frustration.