Jul 262008

Mike LenoxIn this week’s BusinessCast, Ken speaks with the new Executive Director of the Batten Institute, Mike Lennox. The Batten Institute is a Center of Excellence at the Darden School known for its activities in corporate innovation, environmental sustainability, growth of new industries, and economic development through entrepreneurship.

Jul 242008

ACC Nation is speaking this week with all the football coaches in the ACC. The University of Virginia’s Al Groh was no exception. Here’s the interview.

Jul 242008

Coy Barefoot, the father of a six-year-old boy diagnosed with autism and the host of “Charlottesville—Right Now!” shares his reaction to the recent comments of talk show host Michael Savage as well as WINA’s decision yesterday to remove the Savage program from its schedule.

Jul 232008

In today’s show, adapted from an article written by Anne Bromley, senior writer and editor for UVa Media Relations, we look at well-known writer, scholar and editor of African-American literature for both academic and general audiences, Deborah E. McDowell who was recently named director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at UVa.

Well-known writer, scholar and editor of African-American literature for both academic and general audiences, Deborah E. McDowell, was recently named director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at UVa.

The Woodson Institute, an interdisciplinary teaching and research center, was established in 1981 in response to student and faculty requests for a more coherent African-American and African Studies program and a more aggressive program of minority recruitment at the University. It is named after Carter Woodson, the “father of African-American history,” to honor the Virginia-born founder of African and African-American Studies who also inaugurated Black History Week (now Black History Month).

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

Jul 232008

Mincer’s on the Corner just celebrated its 60th anniversary, and Bob Mincer joins Coy Barefoot on the July 19, 2008 edition of WINA’s “Charlottesville–Right Now!” He and Coy talk about the many stories in Mincer’s history, beginning with how the mainstay got its start selling tobacco pipes in a small space in the location that’s now Littlejohn’s kitchen.

Jul 212008

The latest session of Citizen Philosopher was recorded at their new venue, the Charlottesville Public Library, on Wednesday, July 2nd. The topic was: “What are the essentials for a good life?”

Participating were veteran citizen philosophers, David Rood, Deborah Martin, George Garrett, John Tytus, Stephen Whiteman, and Steven Stokes. Also joining us for the first time were newcomers, Rachel Backburn and Susan Patrick. Welcome to the forum, Rachel and Susan, and thank you for sharing your philosophical insights. We had a most enlightening discussion.

I struggled a bit with writing the usual synopsis for this month’s podcast, because we touched on so many possible answers to our question. To simplify my task, I decided to separate the elements from the issues. Here is a list of short answers (possible essential elements) to our question, with which you may or may not agree:

1. Good health.
2. A sense of moderation.
3. Flexibility.
4. Passions.
5. Breyer’s ice cream.
6. Good relationships.
7. Peace of mind.
8. A sense of self.
9. A sense of purpose.
10. A feeling of gratitude.
11. Compassion
12. Patience.
13. Love.
14. Ability and willingness to be content.
15. Work.
16. Feeling one has the power to change things.
17. Hope.
18. Pleasures.
19. A forward looking capacity.
20. Appreciation of the present moment.
21. Confidence.
22. Mindful awareness.
23. A spiritual perspective.
24. A moral code.
25. Something to do and someone to do it for.
26. A philosophical attitude.

Here are some of the questions (issues) we wrestled with:

Are there any universal prerequisites to living the good life? Is the question totally subjective, or are there any objective measures? Is good health an essential element? Do physical impairments preclude living a good life? Do pain and suffering? How about impaired mental health? Must one have passions to live the good life? From whose perspective is one’s life to be judged as good? Are pleasures, contentment, and happiness reliable indicators of a good life? When a sexual predator is fulfilling his passion, is he living the good life? Might passion be necessary, but not sufficient to a good life? How do we distinguish the essential prerequisites FOR a good life from the hallmarks OF a good life? Is peace of mind essential? Is it a cause or an effect? Can one’s life be judged in progress, or must it be judged as a whole only after it has been completed, as one might judge a book or movie? What does it mean to be contributing to the goodness of the world? Are externally applied criteria any more objective than internal judgements? Can one have a good life by just appreciating the present moment? Is a spiritual framework necessary for a good life? Are the essentials for a good life the same throughout ones life? Is there a preferred or natural order to the unfolding of one’s life? What does it take to stay on one’s course, given that everyone’s path may be different? What role does gratitude play in living the good life? Are not most of us living far better lives than even the kings and queens of previous centuries?

Finally, mark your calendars. The next Thinking Out Loud will be Wednesday, August 6th, at 7:00 pm. We will select a topic at the beginning of the next session as usual. Hope to see/hear you then, if not sooner.

Jul 212008

On the July 17 edition of WINA’s “Charlottesville–Right Now!” Coy Barefoot hosts a call-in discussion of the housing market with local Realtor Jim Duncan. The topics include:

  • Has the real estate market bottomed out? Jim’s not sure
  • Virginia’s foreclosure rate ranks at #11 in the nation
  • What to do if you’re trying to avoid foreclosure

Jul 202008

Each year in the Charlottesville / Albemarle region, hundreds of children are victims of violence, sexual abuse and severe neglect. Piedmont CASA is an organization that trains Court Appointed Special Advocates, who work one-on-one with abused and endangered children to assist the courts in determining the best environment to ensure each child’s safety and well-being. On the July 20 edition of WNRN’s Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call, Rick speaks with CASA Advancement Director Phoebe Frosch and CASA volunteer Patty Thomas Cato.

Jul 202008

Senator Jim Webb’s new book is called A Time To Fight: Reclaiming a Fair and Just America and he joined Coy Barefoot on the July 17, 2008 edition of WINA’s Charlottesville–Right Now! with Coy Barefoot. Webb recently took his name out of the running for the vice presidency, because he wants to stay in the Senate. “We’re doing good things and I need to stay here,” Webb said. He also chats with Coy about bipartisan efforts helped get a new G.I. Bill passed, his wish to reform this country’s drug policy, and what to do about the oil crisis.

Jul 202008

In this installment of WNRN’s 91 Seconds on Film, Ben Nuckols reviews Hellboy II – The Golden Army.  He also his review posted on his blog, the Ill-Informed Gadfly.

Jul 202008

Phil Steele, who publishes and writes one of the most-respect college football preview magazines on the market, joins ACC Nation this week to talk ACC football. Visit Phil’s website for more information and to order the magazine.

We discuss all 12 ACC schools and Phil gives us his predictions on which two teams will meet in Tampa for the ACC Football Championship in December. We also ask Phil his thoughts on what the conference needs to do to gain more respect nationally.

Jul 182008

According to Ben Nuckols, you’re going to love Dark Knight, this second installment in the revamped Batman franchise.  Problem is: He hated it. He explains why in this installment of WNRN’s 91 Seconds on Film.