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.

Apr 182021
 

Kristin Swenson

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with author and Virginia Commonwealth University Affiliate Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Dr. Kristin Swenson, about some of the harder to understand stories in the Christian bible. Topics include: How “strangeness” captures the reader and examples of a few of the strangest stories in the Bible.

Dr. Swenson is the author of A Most Peculiar Book: The Inherent Strangeness of the Bible.

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

Apr 142021
 

Rebecca Kendall (left), Lisa Beitz and Jeff Gould speaking via Zoom.

Lisa Beitz and Rebecca Kendall spoke at the April 14th meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia about behavioral health treatment services in the time of COVID.

Rebecca Kendall is the director of the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition which collaborates with providers through planning, advocacy and delivery of effective services to promote behavioral health and wellness. She shared that all their services have been affected by COVID. Problems include effects of social isolation, food insecurity, unemployment and school closings. Some of the consequences have been increased alcohol consumption, increases in requests for services and overdoses seen in ERs. On the positive side the increase in Zoom telehealth services, where available, has been very fruitful. Two new services have been developed: Warmline, to help people who are stressed and to connect them to local care and a free service for essential workers.

Lisa Beitz is the executive director of the Region Ten Community Services Board which is required by law to be available 24/7 to assess people for involuntary hospitalization and case management assessment for individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health disorders as funds allow. Region Ten serves the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene and Nelson, and is involved in over 40 programs and has more than 550 staff. Local trends exacerbated by COVID include lack of psychiatric hospital beds and closing of resources that keep individuals safe in the community leading to more hospitalizations.

The two spoke at the Wednesday April 14, 2021 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 President Jeff Gould.

Apr 112021
 

Wyatt Andrews

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Wyatt Andrews from the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia about news media, it’s past, present and future. Topics include: Partisan news media and the evolution of “fake news.”

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

Apr 042021
 

Andrew Ferguson (left) and David Walsh

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Andrew Ferguson and David Walsh from the University of Virginia about conspiracy theories and their role in American culture. The Kennedy assassination and moon landing conspiracy theories are discussed.

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

Mar 212021
 

The Pep Band

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with UVA Magazine Journalist Ed Miller and Speaker and Author Ron Culberson about the history of the University of Virginia Pep Band. Topics include: The vetting of scripts and a joke that got the band in trouble with the Governor of Maryland. Also, the upcoming documentary film about the band.

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

Mar 142021
 

Michael Gilbert

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with University of Virginia Law School Professor Michael Gilbert about the role of Corruption and Bribery in American politics. Topics include: Loyalty oaths as a form of corruption and why Gilbert believes that transparency in government causes the very corruption it aims to prevent.

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

Mar 102021
 

Alyson Ball speaking via Zoom.

Alyson Ball spoke at the March 2021 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia about the basics of United States Immigration policy. Ms. Ball began with a brief history of US immigration from a time when all immigrants were accepted and it was easy to become a citizen, to the 14th amendment following the Civil War where being born “on soil” eventually leading, to citizenship to the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act.

According to Ball, there are currently about one million individuals seeking a pathway to United States citizenship. Of that group, three-fourths are family based, 140,000 are employment based and 130,000 are humanitarian. Other topics covered include: Detention centers and the Biden government’s recent role in reversing some of former President Trump’s immigration policies.

Ms. Ball spoke at the Wednesday March 10, 2021 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 Peyton Williams.

Mar 072021
 

Rachel Potter

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with University of Virginia Department of Politics Assistant Professor Rachel Potter about the role of Presidential Executive Actions in American politics. Topics include: The difference between Executive Orders and Executive Actions and the role of the United States Supreme Court in determining the legality of Executive Orders.

Rachel Potter is also the author of Bending the Rules: Procedural Politicking in the Bureaucracy.

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

Feb 282021
 

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Hospice of the Piedmont’s Teresa Haase, Director, Center for Grief Healing and Rachael Palm, Marketing Specialist, about strategies for dealing with grief after the loss of a loved one. Topics include: Services offered by the Hospice of the Piedmont and grieving during COVID.

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

Feb 212021
 

Jim Duncan (left) and Matt Hodges

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Jim Duncan from Nest Realty and Matt Hodges from Presidential Bank Mortgage about the real estate market in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Topics include: The effect of low interest rates on the real estate market and how broadband internet availability affects the value of your home.

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

Feb 142021
 

Catherine Bradshaw

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Dr. Catherine Bradshaw, Professor and the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia, about bullying in the classroom and elsewhere. Topics include: Is bullying behavior learned? Also, bullying in politics.

Dr. Bradshaw’s book, Preventing Bullying in Schools: A Social and Emotional Learning Approach to Prevention and Early Intervention, is available on Amazon.com.

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

Feb 102021
 

K. Craig Kent

K. Craig Kent, M.D., Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at the University of Virginia, talks about UVA Health and challenges during COVID and the future. UVA Health has four sections: the medical school, nursing school, physician organization and hospitals including three hospitals in Northern Virginia. It employs 14,000 people with a yearly revenue of $3 billion. One goal of the organization is to transition from single doctor care to care provided by a whole team. This new philosophy will be the focus of a new strategic plan being developed in the summer of 2021. COVID information and questions from the audience filled the remainder of the meeting. UVA early on developed a COVID test with a six-hour turnaround time to diagnose the disease. They built 84 negative pressure rooms to provide care for very ill COVID patients to decrease mortality.

Concerning the administration of the vaccine, Dr. Kent said that the Virginia Department of Health controls the supply distribution. Currently UVA has a location at the former Big Lots and has a capacity to deliver 3,000 shots per day. The supply has been 3,500 shots per week. Dr. Kent stressed that the recommendations for COVID and supply of vaccine are moving targets and change as more information becomes available. For those who have had the vaccine, the current plan is to “stay the course” with masking, social distancing and personal hygiene.

Dr Kent spoke at the Wednesday February 10, 2021 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 Past President Rich DeMong.