Oct 242012

As part of WriterHouse’s celebration of National Poetry month, on Friday, April 20, 2012, 7pm, poet Melanie Moro-Huber  read from her new book Axe in Hand (2012, New York Quarterly Books) and talked to fellow poet Roselyn Elliott about women in poetry.

Oct 032012

On March 10, 2012, playwright Enrique Urueta discussed his experience writing in the context of race and sexuality.

Enrique Urueta is a queer Colombian-American playwright from South Boston, VA whose award-winning plays Learn to Be LatinaThe Danger of Bleeding Brown, and Forever Never Comes have been presented across the country.

Sep 262012

George Benford outside the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.  Mr. Benford is the coordinator for the Celebrate!250 gala event to be held here on November 11, 2012.

What does George Benford, Kool & the Gang and JPJ have in common? All three will be coming together on November 11, 2012 to celebrate Charlottesville’s 250th birthday.

CPN’s Dan Gould spoke with Mr. Benford outside  JPJ on Wednesday. The event, also known as Charlottesville’s Grand Gala punctuates a year of celebrations with a big bash at John Paul Jones Arena. While the event’s headliner, Kool & The Gang is reason enough to attend, Mr. Benford promises that the event will be much more than that.

“I want people to understand that this is not just Kool and The Gang, this is a once in a life time celebration,” said Benford.

Tickets are still available for the event from John Paul Jones Arena or from Ticket Master. For more information about the event or to find out how local businesses can purchase tickets in bulk for employees or customers you may contact Mr. Benford through Celebrate!250.

Jul 102012

The Rolleiflex camera used by Ed Roseberry to take many of the photos in this story. (Steve Trumbull photo)

In this continuing series on the Charlottesville Podcasting Network, we are featuring some of the people behind Charlottesville’s 250th birthday celebration. In this episode, photographer Ed Roseberry talks with CPN’s Dan Gould about his collection of historical photographs.

Listen as Ed tells the fascinating story of how he became one of Charlottesville and Albemarle County’s most noted photographers. Then, preview three photographs from his CitySpace exhibit with Ed as your personal guide.

Photographs discussed in this podcast. To view the entire collection visit the Roseberry exhibit at CitySpace on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. The exhibit will be officially dedicated this Friday, July 13, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The exhibit closes at the end of July.

Copeley Hill Housing, 1966 (Ed Roseberry photo)

Railroad Yard East of Belmont Bridge, 1951 (Ed Roseberry photo)

Intersection of Emmet Street and Barracks Road, 1948 (Ed Roseberry photo)

Ed Roseberry at the unearthing of the Charlottesville time capsule on May 27, 2012. To his left, a photo of Mr. Roseberry taken on the day the capsule was buried in 1962. (Steve Trumbull photo)

The photographs used in our story are courtesy of Trumbull Photography and Ed Roseberry and are used here with permission. For more on Ed Roseberry visit Steve Trumbull’s Charlottesville Then and Now website. Our interview was recorded on July 9, 2012.

Jun 032012

Rick’s guest is Professor Tim Wilson of the U.Va. Psychology department to talk about his new book Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change. You can read more about Tim at http://people.virginia.edu/~tdw/

What if there were a magic pill that could make you happier, turn you into a better parent, solve a number of your teenager’s behavior problems, reduce racial prejudice, and close the achievement gap in education? Well, there is no such magic pill-but there is a new scientifically based approach called story editing that can accomplish all of this. It works by redirecting the stories we tell about ourselves and the world around us, with subtle prompts, in ways that lead to lasting change. In Redirect, world-renowned psychologist Timothy Wilson shows how story-editing works and how you can use it in your everyday life.

You can pick up the book here 

May 202012

Rick talks with Sean Tubbs, senior reporter with Charlottesville Tomorrow, about the Rt. 29 Western Bypass.

Sean Tubbs joined Charlottesville Tomorrow in 2007 as its first Program Officer. Now Charlottesville Tomorrow’s Senior Reporter,  Mr. Tubbs began his journalism career in 1992 while working for a Virginia Tech school newspaper. He transitioned to radio news and has worked at both non-profit and public radio stations in Virginia, including a stint as news director at WNRN.  His 2001 documentary on Virginia’s Eugenics Movement won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award.  Mr. Tubbs founded the Charlottesville Podcasting Network in 2005 where he pioneered the use of audio podcasts for public media in Central Virginia.

You can read Charlottesville Tomorrow on the web at http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/


May 122012

Preston Coiner points to the spot where a time capsule was buried in 1962. The capsule is to be unearthed on May 27th.

In 1962, local residents buried a time capsule. Now, 50 years later, that capsule is about to be unearthed.

In this podcast CPN’s Dan Gould talks with Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society vice president Preston Coiner. Preston, a Charlottesville native, has had a long time interest in local history. Listen as he talks about the historic unearthing to take place on May 27, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the intersection of 4th Street NE and East High Street in Charlottesville. The unearthing is a part of Charlottesville’s 250th birthday celebration taking place this year.

Preston’s extensive research on the capsule has uncovered many interesting facts. Learn about that day back in 1962 when the capsule was buried. Find out who was there that day and who of those will be joining the celebration 50 years later to see the capsule unearthed.

Charlottesville Resident Tom Hartsell’s father took this 8mm film in 1962. In it, city leaders bury the time capsule. In this podcast, listen as Preston Coiner describes the film in wonderful detail. Learn about the boy at the end of the film, and about the woman in the white dress, both of whom will be joining the unearthing ceremony on May 27th.

May 062012

Steven Meeks

In this continuing series on the Charlottesville Podcasting Network, we are featuring some of the people behind Charlottesville’s 250th birthday celebration. In this episode, City of Charlottesville’s Rick Barrick talks with Albemarle Historical Society director Steven Meeks about the upcoming Virginia Festival of History.

The Festival begins on May 26th with the unearthing of the 1962 time capsule the next day. It concludes on the weekend of June 2nd and 3rd with many activities designed for the whole family.

In this podcast you will learn about the recreation of a planned Civil War encampment and about some of the notable historic figures that are buried in our local cemeteries.

Our podcast concludes with a discussion of the November 12th gala event marking the actual day of the founding of the City of Charlottesville.

Mr. Meek’s interview with Rick Barrick was originally recorded on April 25, 2012.

May 042012

In our continuing series on the Charlottesville Podcasting Network, we are featuring some of the people behind Charlottesville’s 250th birthday celebration. In this episode, City of Charlottesville’s Rick Barrick talks with Debra Tuler about the 9th annual Festival of Cultures to be held May 12, 2012.

The Festival is organized by the Charlottesville City Schools Adult Learning Center with the involvement and support of many other individuals and organizations. If you would like to be a part of the Festival, email Debra.Tuler@ccs.k12.va.us or call 434-245-2819. The festival is a family friendly event.

Ms. Tuler’s interview with Rick Barrick was originally recorded on April 25, 2012.

May 022012

Paul Beyer

In our continuing series on the Charlottesville Podcasting Network, we are featuring some of the people behind Charlottesville’s 250th birthday celebration. In this episode, City of Charlottesville’s Rick Barrick talks with Paul Beyer about his first annual Tom Tom Founders Festival. The festival runs through May 13, 2012.

Listen in to learn about the genesis of the festival and the future Beyer sees for it. You will also learn about the music festival planned for the Downtown Mall on May 11th and 12th. Fifty to seventy bands are expected to perform. Paul also talks about the City as Canvas, a month of free art and innovation programming that includes panels, workshops, concerts, and exhibitions.

Mr. Beyer’s interview with Rick Barrick was originally recorded on April 18, 2012.

Apr 302012

Steve Trumbull wanted to give the city he loves something special for its 250th birthday. He wanted his gift to be elegant and to last for many generations to come. So, with the help of a few of his friends, Steve created The Medallion at First and Main.

The medallion is a five hundred pound granite stone quarried in Mt. Airy, North Carolina. It was engraved with Steve’s graphic design by the local firm of Gropen Design. Today, it sits at the very center of Charlottesville’s historic street grid at the intersection of First and Main.

In this podcast CPN’s Dan Gould talks with Steve Trumbull. Steve is a local businessman and is the Trumbull in Trumbull Photography. He is perhaps best known for his Charlottesville Then And Now website where you can find additional information and project photos. Dan also talks with Neal Gropin and Darryl Muller of Gropen Design about the project.

Delivered: A 2 1/2 inch thick, 500 pound slab of North Carolina granite arrives at Gropen Design. This and the photos which follow were provided by Trumbull Photography and are used here with permission. Additional project photos may be found at Steve’s Charlottesville Then and Now website.

Measure twice, cut once: Darryl Muller at Gropen Design prepares to trim the stone to size.

Rubber mask: Gropen employees hold the rubber mask that will be used during sand blasting.

Sand blasting: Similiar to an incubator, the sand blaster has two openings for the operator’s arms and hands.

Ready for paint: Sandblasting finished, the stone is ready to be painted.

Mask removed: In this photo a portion of the rubber mask has been removed to expose the etched and now painted surface of the stone.

Preparing the spot: Existing paving stones are removed at the corner of First and Main streets to prepare the spot for the new medallion.

Unloading the stone: Workmen from Gropen Design unload the 500 pound stone.

Final touches: The final touches are completed to set the stone.

All done: The new Medallion at First and Main is set in place.

A part of Charlottesville: Passers by on the Downtown Mall stop to check out the medallion.

Apr 032012

Morgan Perkins, hostess of the TV10 series ‘Charlottesville Arts Spotlight’.

In this, the third episode of a brand new series on the Charlottesville Podcasting Network, we talk to some of the people behind Charlottesville’s 250th birthday celebration. In this episode, CPN’s Dan Gould talks with Morgan Perkins, hostess of the TV10 series Charlottesville Arts Spotlight and member of the Celebrate!250 steering committee.

Learn about how the Celebrate!250 committee was formed and about some of the great work it’s doing to help Charlottesville celebrate its 250th anniversary. Dan and Morgan talk about a wide range of subjects from Charlottesville arts to what makes this year’s celebration special. It’s all here, on the Charlottesville Podcasting Network.