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.

May 242020
 

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Kathy Hinchey, Elementary School Instructional Coach for the Newport News Public School System in Newport News, Virginia and Reverend Tyler Daniels, Minister, Piney Fork Baptist Church, in Gretna,Virginia about the day by day impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on education and religion.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.

May 132020
 

Mike Signer speaking to Senior Statesmen of Virginia members via Zoom.

The deadly invasion of Charlottesville, Virginia, by white nationalist militias in August 2017 is a microcosm of the challenges facing American democracy. No one is better placed to tell the story of what really happened, and to draw out its larger significance, than Michael Signer, then Charlottesville’s mayor. His new book, Cry Havoc: Charlottesville and American Democracy Under Siege, is a vivid, first-person chronicle of the terror and mayhem of the August 2017 Unite the Right event that reveals how issues of extremism are affecting not just one city but the nation itself.

Mr. Signer sets the events on the ground-the lead-up to August’s “Unite the Right” rally, the days of the weekend itself, the aftermath-into the larger context of a country struggling to find its way through the Trump era.

Mike confronts some of the most pressing questions of our moment. How do we:

  • Reconcile free speech with the need for public order?
  • Maintain the values of pragmatism, compromise, even simple civility, in a time of intensification of extremes on the right and the left?
  • Address systemic racism through our public spaces and memorials?
  • Do something about the widespread disaffection with institutions and a democracy that seems to be faltering and turning on itself?

The siege of Charlottesville shows how easily our communities can be taken hostage by forces intent on destroying democratic norms and institutions. But Mike concludes with a stirring call for optimism, pointing out, with evidence drawn from Charlottesville and work it has spurred since, that even this tragedy contains an opportunity to bolster democracy from within and defend our very ability to govern.

Mike Signer served as the mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, from 2016-2018 during the Unite the Right rally of 2017. The Washington Post wrote that he was “one of Trump’s strongest critics.” Afterward, he founded and chaired Communities Overcoming Extremism: the After Charlottesville Project, a bipartisan coalition including the Anti-Defamation League, the Ford Foundation, the Charles Koch Institute, the Fetzer Institute, and New America. National Public Radio featured Mike’s work “sharing painful lessons from the fight against hate.”

Mike is VP and general counsel of the country’s largest independent digital design agency, where he sits on the firm’s executive committee. He has also taught for the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. He is the author of three books: Cry Havoc: Charlottesville and American Democracy under Siege (PublicAffairs, 2020), Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father (PublicAffairs, 2015), and Demagogue: the Fight to Save Democracy from Its Worst Enemies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). He has written for the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Time, and has been interviewed on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, The Rachel Maddow Show, AC360, and NPR.

He is a recipient of the Levenson Family Defender of Democracy Award from the Anti-Defamation League, the Courage in Political Leadership Award from the American Society for Yad Vashem, and the Rob DeBree & David O’Malley Award for Community Response to Hatred from the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Forward Magazine has named him one of 50 most influential Jewish leaders in America. He is an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow. He has been profiled by the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, CNN, and the Guardian.

He lives with his wife and their twin five year old boys in Charlottesville. In his spare time, he enjoys running, reading, cooking, gardening, and being a jungle gym for his boys.

Mr. Signer spoke at the Wednesday May 13, 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 Peyton Williams.

The COVID-19 Report: Episode 2

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Apr 122020
 

How well is the community doing to “flatten the curve?” This episode takes a listen at what the University of Virginia is doing by dropping in on a April 2 Town Hall. We learn more about the epidemiological models being used by state health officials to make decisions. Charlottesville Economic Development officials talk about how some businesses are pivoting towards manufacturing PPE.

The COVID-19 Report host Sean Tubbs documents the local and state response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health and economic crises. Mr. Tubbs is a journalist and the creator of the Charlottesville Podcasting Network. The COVID-19 Report is based on his original podcast series.

Join Sean on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 10-11 a.m for The COVID-19 Report.

The COVID-19 Report: Episode 1

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Apr 052020
 

This episode of The COVID-19 Report recaps the first three weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic in Virginia, with responses with state and local officials. Voices include Governor Ralph Northam, Delegate Sally Hudson, Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker and other people whose time in office will be forever marked by the response to the pandemic.

The COVID-19 Report host Sean Tubbs documents the local and state response to an ongoing public health and economic crises. Mr. Tubbs is a journalist and the creator of the Charlottesville Podcasting Network. You can listen to Sean’s original podcast series here.

Join Sean on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 10-11 a.m for The COVID-19 Report

Mar 112020
 

Peter Thompson speaking at The Center in Charlottesville.

The Center at Belvedere, opening April 18, 2020, will offer all the key ingredients for aging well including programs to promote social, physical and intellectual wellness. In this podcast, The Center Executive Director Peter Thompson shares his plans for the new facility.

Peter Thompson joined The Center in 1999. A resident of Charlottesville for more than 40 years, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his MPA with a concentration in nonprofit management from VCU. While serving from 2006-2012 on the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) Delegate Council, a part of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), Peter chaired a national task force on New Models of Senior Centers; the resulting report was published in the Journal for Applied Gerontology. He serves as a NISC accreditation reviewer and standards trainer. Recently, he worked with a small group of his peers to found the Virginia Association of Senior Centers within the Virginia Recreation and Parks Society. This association gives senior centers a greater voice in helping Virginia and its localities prepare for the age wave. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UVA, and Madison House. He was a founding director for the Virginia Network of Nonprofit Organizations (VANNO), serving two years as chair, and for the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) in Charlottesville. In 2010, the United Way Thomas Jefferson Area selected Peter for the Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership award.

Mr. Thompson spoke at the Wednesday March, 11 2020 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. The meeting was held at The Center in Charlottesville. Following the presentation, questions were taken from the audience. The program was moderated by SSV President Jeff Gould. A copy of Mr. Thompson’s slides can be found here.

Mar 082020
 

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Charlottesville-Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Courtney Cacatian about Tourism in Central Virginia, the job of the Director and the Bureau, and some of the exciting adventures those folks living here might overlook.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.

Mar 072020
 

To Your Health host M.C. Blair talks to Dr. Lindsey Neal and Dr. Rebecca Downey of Charlottesville Direct Primary Care about why DPC is the best way to develop partners in health. Plus the corona virus and how to prepare and stay healthy.

Each week To Your Health hosts M.C. Blair talks to local farmers, chefs, and healthcare professionals. Join him on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville every Saturday from 11 a.m. to Noon.

Mar 012020
 

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Carl Knoblock of the US Small Business Administration and Brady Behrman of PunchOut2Go about the challenges associated with running a small business. Topics include: The small business life cycle and low interest disaster loans.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.

Feb 232020
 

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore learns about depression from University of Virginia’s School of Medicine’s Dr. Kim Penberthy and Rational Therapeutics clinical psychologist Dr. Nile Wagley. Topics include: Myths about depression, the demographics of depression and getting help.

Charlottesville and Albemarle County resources for help with depression mentioned in this podcast: Charlottesville Free Clinic, Region 10 and The University of Virginia Psychiatric Medicine Northridge.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.

Feb 162020
 

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Jim Duncan from Nest Realty and Matt Hodges from Presidential Bank Mortgage about the local economy and real estate market in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.

Feb 122020
 

Annie Marrs speaking at The Center in Charlottesville.

Alzheimer’s Association Family Services Director Annie Marrs spoke at the February meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia about the more than 5 million individuals who are living with Alzheimer’s and 16 million are serving as their unpaid caregivers in the United States alone. The disease is a global crisis that impacts numerous families right here in our community. Alzheimer’s is not normal aging and no one has to face this disease alone or without information.

The Alzheimer’s Association has created an education program covering the basics of Alzheimer’s and dementia to provide a general overview for people who are facing a diagnosis as well as those who wish to be informed:

  • Explores the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
  • Examines what happens in a brain affected by Alzheimer’s.
  • Details the risk factors for and three general stages of the disease.
  • Identifies FDA-approved treatments available to treat some symptoms.
  • Looks ahead to what’s on the horizon for Alzheimer’s research.
  • Offers helpful Alzheimer’s Association resources.

Annie Marrs is the family services director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Central and Western Virginia Chapter, celebrating over 12 years with the organization. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Annie serves individuals impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in many ways. Annie provides direct services such as facilitating support groups, presenting in the community and to our first responders, as well as providing family and individual care consultations to help navigate the progression of this disease. Annie also provides volunteer training and support to new volunteers joining the Cause to share their own gifts of support, public speaking, event assistance, and more.

Annie lives in Louisa with her husband and two young children. She enjoys a good cup of coffee, taking photographs, and hiking through our state and national parks.

Ms. Marrs spoke at the Wednesday February 12, 2019 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. The meeting was held at The Center in Charlottesville. Following the presentation, questions were taken from the audience. The program was moderated by SSV board member Sue Friedman.

Feb 092020
 

Jennifer McKeever

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Jennifer McKeever, Board Chair of Charlottesville City Schools, about strategic planning and some differing needs from County schools.

The Sunday Morning Wake-up Call is heard on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon.