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.

Jun 212020
 

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with his own father about a father’s role in raising a family.

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

Jun 102020
 

The June Senior Statesmen of Virginia program recaps the recently concluded session of the Virginia General Assembly with reports by our local legislators. Present at the meeting were Del. Sally Hudson (D) of the 57th District, Del. Chris Runion (R) of the 25th District and Sen. Creigh Deeds (D) of the 25th Senatorial District.

The two delegates are both first session members of the General Assembly and Sen. Deeds is completing his 29th year in office. The members spoke about the successes and disappointments of the session. All three were pleased with the passage of the budget on March 12,2020 and concerned about the anticipated $2.2-3 billion deficit (2% of total budget) anticipated because of the COVID virus. The unknown effect of COVID-19 was an overriding concern of all three.

The members were asked questions on their primary goals. Deeds said education, healthcare and safety, Hudson replied budget with both more equitable taxation and less spending, and Runion listed non-partisanship, redistricting, agriculture, clean energy, and broadband to rural areas. All three agreed on the concern and responses of government to the Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

Deeds emphasized the need to reform policing and stressed importance of training for de-escalation skills and implicit bias training. Hudson said racism should not be a separate issue, but a consideration in every decision made. Runion agreed with his colleague’s goals but said the conversations on the topic were important though the solutions each have may differ.

Asked about the Confederate statues Deeds replied that local government control made sense and Hudson pointed out that the legal aspect of removing statues is determined by different laws in different locations. Other topics of conversation centered around redistricting, on-line v. mail voting, clean energy, gun control. and the agenda for the August session.

The delegates spoke at the Wednesday June 10, 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 Meg Heubeck, Director of Instruction for the Youth Leadership Initiative, UVA Center for Politics.

Jun 072020
 

Dave Norris

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with former Charlottesville Mayor Dave Norris about his work with the CRHA Charlottesville Redevelopment & Housing Authority. Also some local implications of COVID-19 and the recent police attacks on African Americans.

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 312020
 

Sean Tubbs

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call producer Dan Gould talks with journalist Sean Tubbs about his new COVID-19 podcast series The Quarantine Report.

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 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.