Dan Gould

Dan has been a regular contributor to the Charlottesville Podcasting Network since 2008. He has produced over 450 feature length podcasts for the site.

Nov 222020
 

David Germano

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with the University of Virginia’s Department of Religious Studies Professor David Germano about the UVa Contemplative Sciences Center. Topics include: the Student Flourishing Initiative and the Compassionate Schools Project.

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

Nov 152020
 

Daniel Gingerich (left) and Justin Kirkland

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with University of Virginia Department of Politics Professors Daniel Gingerich and Justin Kirkland about the 2020 US Presidential Election. Topics include: Challenging the Biden presidential win and what happened to the “Blue Wave.” Also, the Electoral College vs. the popular vote.

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

Nov 112020
 

Al Christopher (left) and Michael Skiffington

From the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME), administrator of the Virginia Clean Economy Act, Michael Skiffington Director of Policy and Al Christopher director of the Energy Division, spoke at the November 2020 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia on the goals and implementation of the Virginia Clean Economy Act passed by the Virginia legislature in 2020. By 2050 Virginia targets to be 100 percent clean power. After an explanation of the role of DMME, the speakers focused on the implementation of the Clean Economy Act. There are benchmarks to be met along the way to a 100% clean power economy with penalties for failing to reach them. For example, by 2030, 30 percent of energy must come from renewable resources and any new building has to account for the cost of carbon pollution. Penalties are administered by DMME.

Past legislation has tried to address the problem of pollution, but in recent years there has been renewed interest, New to this legislation is the requirement that there can be no negative effect on disadvantaged communities. Wind and solar power are additional areas that offer opportunities to reach the 2050 goal. Twenty-seven miles offshore of Hampton Roads there are three wind turbines that could produce enough energy for 5,000 homes with many more turbines in the works. The two also spoke about the economic opportunities for business in Virginia such as research and development and job training. Virginia is involved in regional cooperation in this venture as well as “cap and trade” efforts with northeastern states.

There are two major companies affected by this act, Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power with separate goals for each one.

The two spoke at the Wednesday November 11, 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.

Nov 082020
 

Lou Bloomfield

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with University of Virginia Department of Physics professor Lou Bloomfield about the physics behind everyday things. Professor Bloomfield is the author of the book How Everything Works: Making Physics Out of the Ordinary. Selected lectures from his UVa course material can be viewed at the Coursera web site. Topics in this podcast include: The physics of a falling penny and why pulling a tablecloth out from under a set table doesn’t end in disaster.

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

Nov 012020
 

Sidney Milkis

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with University of Virginia Department of Politics professor Sidney Milkis about the 2020 US election and how it compares with previous US presidential elections. Topics include: The role of the media in US elections and a party divided.

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

Oct 252020
 

Anne Hunter (left) and Miller Murray Susen

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Charlottesville’s Live Arts Executive Director Anne Hunter, and Live Arts Director of Education Miller Murray Susen about how community theater is coping during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include: Moving community theater classes, camps, and youth programs online and the effect of Broadway’s closing on theater.

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

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.