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.

91 Seconds on Film: Hellboy II

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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.

91 Seconds on Film: Dark Knight

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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.

Jul 162008

Brian Wheeler of Charlottesville Tomorrow is a guest every Tuesday on WINA’s “Charlottesville–Right Now!” with Coy Barefoot to talk about growth and development issues in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

On the July 14, 2008 show:

* Plans for the downtown mall– The rumors that trees on the downtown mall will be removed is… partly true. Brian explains that, as well as the brick work.
* St. Anne’s Belfield news– Brian STAB’s efforts to move their middle school students to their lower school campus.
* Dredging task force– Brian explains the makeup of the task force investigating dredging of the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir. Betty Mooney, a member of Citizens for a Sustainable Water Supply Plan called in to object to the composition and goals of the task force.
* Two new parks have been designated in Albemarle– On July 2, the County Board of Supervisors designated Byrom Park and Preddy Creek Park as new public hiking and biking parks.
* Albemarle website ranking- Albemarle County has received the ninth spot in a ranking of the top information-technology-utilizing counties in the country with populations under 150,000 people.

Jul 162008

John Whitehead, CEO and President of the Rutherford Institute, is having an incredibly busy summer as his organization trains 22 interns on the ins and outs of defending the Constitution. He’s also awaiting the publication of his new book The Change Manifesto: Join the Block by Block Movement to Recreate America which comes out in September. Whitehead is worried about the state of American democracy, with an increasing surveillance culture as well as an worsening economy. He implores listeners to not listen to Congress, which he says is filled with millionaires who are out of touch. Whitehead wonders if Bush is the worst presidenct since Herbert Hoover, who was in charge the last time American banks failed one after another. Is the American empire bankrupting us? Who would Jesus vote for?

Supreme Court review with Dahlia Lithwick of Slate.com

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Jul 162008

Dahlia Lithwick is a senior editor at Slate.com, where she writes “Supreme Court Dispatches.” She is also the legal correspondent for NPR’s Day to Day. Lithwick joins Coy Barefoot in the studio to discuss “the Supreme Court version of the Super Bowl” — the Justices’ 2008 decisions.

Jul 142008

Former 5th District Congressional Candidate Al Weed has relaunched Public Policy of Virginia, a grass roots organization whose stated mission is to “change the energy culture of the Commonwealth.” Weed joined Rick Moore on the July 13th edition of the Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call on WNRN to answer questions about the role carbon emissions. What makes them so bad for the environment? Can the current free markets be used to reduce carbon emissions? What is a carbon tax? How does all of this affect Virginia? For details, listen to the podcast and express your opinion by commenting after the show!

Jul 142008

Ted Genoways, the editor of the award-winning Virginia Quarterly Review, joins Coy Barefoot to talk about the Summer 2008 issue. According to Genoways, “all of the pieces deal with outsiders and outcasts, and we’ve called it ‘No Way Home.'” In this interview, Genoways highlights the contributions of Natasha Tretheway, Tom Sleigh, and Dimiter Kenarov.