Mar 252017
 

Apropos of Something hosts Ellen Daniels and Nancy Laurence talk to Karenne Wood, Tribal Historian and Poet; Kasey Keeler, Ph.D., Native American Studies Scholar; and Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, Award-winning Writer.

Apropos of Something talks to citizens most impacted by the latest “scratch-your-head” federal policies. Co-hosts Ellen Daniels in Charlottesville and Nancy Laurence in New York City talk to experts, activists, and the most interesting people they can find. We guarantee every show will be Apropos of Something.

Join Ellen and Nancy on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, every Saturday from 10-11am.

Mar 182017
 

Apropos of Something hosts Ellen Daniels and Nancy Laurence talk to Kate Zirkle, Director of Philanthropy for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic; Victoria Valdes from SURJ Charlottesville; and Nivedha Kannapadi and Emily Hayes from Girl Up-United Nations Foundation.

Apropos of Something talks to the citizens most impacted by the latest “scratch-your-head” federal policies. Co-hosts Ellen Daniels in Charlottesville and Nancy Laurence in New York City talk to experts, activists, and the most interesting people they can find. We guarantee every show will be Apropos of Something.

Join Ellen and Nancy on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, every Saturday from 10-11am.

Mar 132017
 

Full audio from the February 26, 2017 Indivisible Charlottesville town hall meeting held at Charlottesville High School. Approximately 1200 people attended the meeting. Republican Congressman Tom Garrett declined to attend.

Audio courtsey University Visual.

Mar 112017
 

Apropos of Something hosts Ellen Daniels and Nancy Laurence talk to Feyza Burak-Adli on Islamic Feminism and Peter Debaere, PhD., an authority on World Water Economics.

Apropos of Something talks to Charlottesville citizens who are most impacted by the latest “scratch-your-head” federal policies. Co-hosts Ellen Daniels in Charlottesville and Nancy Laurence in New York City talk to experts, activists, and the most interesting people they can find. We guarantee every show will be Apropos of Something.

Join Ellen and Nancy on 94.7 WPVC the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville, every Saturday from 10-11 AM.

Mar 042017
 

Dr. Patrice Preston Grimes

Apropos of Something hosts Ellen Daniels and Nancy Laurence talk to Dr. Patrice Preston Grimes, Associate Dean in the Office of African American Affairs and Curry School of Education professor at the University of Virginia. Dr. Grimes expertise is desegregation and education policy. Also, documentary filmmaker Lorenzo Dickerson, whose work focuses on African American issues from an historical perspective. His latest film is Albemarle’s Black Classrooms. Also, Kibiriti Majuto, a high school student and activist who’s a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and award-winning author, humor essayist Deborah Prum.

Why Apropos of Something? Because these queasy times call for humor and information. Co-hosted by Ellen Daniels in the Charlottesville studios of WPVC and Nancy Laurence in New York City, the program covers the hottest issues with a focus on world events, and especially Charlottesville’s local resistance efforts.

Apropos of Something is heard on WPVC 94.7 Saturday mornings at 10:00 AM. The station is currently looking for volunteers.

Feb 182017
 

Apropos of Something hosts Ellen Daniels and Nancy Laurence talk to immigration attorney Edward Summers, Community Engagement Coordinator Edgar Lara and activist and scholar Mimi Arbeit, Ph.D. Summers and Lara talk about the deportation crisis facing immigrants across the country, both from a legal and community perspective. Arbeit details the importance of one’s gender empowerment and offers ways to do that, starting in high school.

Why Apropos of Something? Because these queasy times call for humor and information. Co-hosted by Ellen Daniels in the Charlottesville studios of WPVC and Nancy Laurence in New York City, the program covers the hottest issues with a focus on world events, and especially Charlottesville’s local resistance efforts.

Apropos of Something is heard on WPVC 94.7 Saturday mornings at 10:00 AM. The station is currently looking for volunteers.

Feb 112017
 

Apropos of Something hosts Ellen Daniels and Nancy Laurence talk to Indivisible Charlottesville co-founders Ken Horne and Leanne Fox. Also, comedians Trae Crowder, and Corey Ryan Forrester. You may know Trae as the “Liberal Redneck” from his hilarious and viral YouTube videos.

Why Apropos of Something? Because these queasy times call for humor and information. Co-hosted by Ellen Daniels in the Charlottesville studios of WPVC and Nancy Laurence in New York City, the program covers the hottest issues with a focus on world events, and especially Charlottesville’s local resistance efforts.

Apropos of Something is heard on WPVC 94.7 Saturday mornings at 10:00 AM. The station is currently looking for volunteers.

Jan 112017
 

Marshie Agee speaking at the Senior Center in Charlottesville.

In this podcast, the Senior Statesmen of Virginia present the issues surrounding traffic safety.

  • Crash testing and consumer ratings programs have made vehicles safer than ever.
  • Autonomous vehicles get lots of attention, and they do have the potential to make automobile travel even safer. However, none of us can buy one now, and there are many issues to be resolved before they can become mainstream.
  • Crash avoidance technologies like auto-braking are the building blocks for autonomous cars, and these systems are already on the market and reducing crashes.
  • Despite the promise of technology, it’s important not to forget about things we can do right now to improve safety, no matter what kind of vehicles people are driving. Lowering speed limits, using automated enforcement to deter both speeders and red light runners, and improving enforcement of safety belt use and impaired driving laws are proven ways to bring down the death toll.
Marshie Agee

Marshie Agee is the communication liaison for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In her position Marshie speaks to groups visiting the IIHS Vehicle Research Center about the Institute’s work and represents the Institute at conferences and community events. She also fields consumer inquiries about the Institute’s research and presents research findings on the web for both the media and general public. Marshie has been with the Institute since 2004. She received a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Before joining the Institute, she worked as web designer and a teacher.

Ms. Agee spoke at the Wednesday January 11, 2017 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. The meeting was held at the Senior Center in Charlottesville. Following the presentation, questions were taken from the audience. The program was moderated by SSV Vice President Rich DeMong.

Dec 142016
 

Jim Hobart and Terry Cooper speaking at the Senior Center in Charlottesville.

The results of the 2016 presidential election pleased some, disappointed others and surprised just about everyone. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was supposed to have a lock on the presidency but Republican nominee Donald Trump, who faced not only Democratic opposition but a “Never Trump” movement among Republicans, prevailed by winning a majority of Electoral College votes.

The Senior Statesmen of Virginia hosted two political consultants who fielded questions about the elections, such as:

  • How was a political novice (Trump) able to dispatch more than a dozen seemingly far more qualified Republicans and secure the nomination?
  • Why did Socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders perform so well in the Democratic primaries and caucuses yet lose the Democratic nomination to Clinton?
  • Why were voters left with a choice that many described as between the lesser of two evils?
  • How was Trump able to carry states — Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin — that were supposedly part of a “blue wall” guaranteeing a Clinton victory?
  • Why didn’t the pollsters and the media see what was coming?
  • And what do the 2016 election results portend for the nation and for the futures of the Republican and Democratic parties?
Jim Hobart is a vice president at the leading Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies.  Jim is a veteran of numerous important campaigns, including four victorious U.S. Senate campaigns and 11 winning U.S. House campaigns in 2014.  He was named Campaigns & Elections magazine’s Rising Star in 2013.
Terry Cooper is a native of Charlottesville and a veteran opposition researcher for Republican campaigns.

Hobart and Cooper spoke at the Wednesday December 14, 2016 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. The meeting was held at the Senior Center in Charlottesville. Following the presentation, questions were taken from the audience. The program was moderated by SSV Vice President Rich DeMong.

Nov 092016
 

Al Thomas Jr. (left) and Ron Lantz speaking at the Senior Center in Charlottesville.

Albemarle County Chief of Police Ron Lantz and Charlottesville Chief of Police Al Thomas Jr. will address current policing issues including traffic concerns, staffing levels/shortages and gangs.

Albemarle County named Ron Lantz as chief of police effective June 1, 2016.  Chief Lantz served as Albemarle’s deputy chief of police where, since 2012, he assisted the chief of police in planning and directing the many activities of the Albemarle County Police Department including providing supervision for 115 of the 129 sworn officers in the functional areas of patrol, traffic, school resource, crime prevention, and animal control.  In addition, Chief Lantz was responsible for leading the implementation of the County’s Geographic Based Policing initiative which was launched in 2012.

Prior to joining the Albemarle County force, Lantz completed his career with the Fairfax County Police Department by serving as a district station commander where he was responsible for 155 officers providing police service to 125,000 residents. While with Fairfax County, Lantz received the Departmental Meritorious Commendation, the Departmental Meritorious Action Award, and the Departmental Meritorious Service Award.

Lantz received his Bachelors of Science from the University of Charleston with a major in Organizational Leadership. He successfully completed the Key Executive Leadership Certificate Program from American University and is currently enrolled in courses geared towards a Master of Science with a focus on Criminal Justice and Public Administration from Liberty University. Lantz is also a graduate of the DEA Drug Commander Academy, the FBI National Academy, and the Virginia Association of Police New Chief / Deputy Chief School.

Alfred S. Thomas Jr. was appointed Charlottesville chief of police effective May 23, 2016. Chief Thomas served as chief of police for the City of Lexington, Virginia, since 2010. During his time in Lexington, he has directed a number of major initiatives, including operational reorganizations, upgrades to emergency communications infrastructure, implementation of mobile data terminals and digital in-car camera systems, and expanded outreach to city youth with the implementation of multiple programs including a junior police academy, police summer camp, and a regional high school internship program.

Upon his appointment to chief of the Charlottesville Police, he was cited for his experience, interpersonal skills and leadership abilities.

Prior to his time in Lexington, Chief Thomas spent 20 years with the Lynchburg Police Department working in varied roles with increasing command responsibility. From 1985 until 1990, he proudly served in the United States Air Force, attaining the rank of staff sergeant.

Chief Thomas was chair of the Rockbridge Regional Law Enforcement Command Board, vice-president of the Rockbridge Area Housing Corporation Board of Directors, is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officials and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Rockbridge Area YMCA.

Thomas and Lantz spoke at the Wednesday November 8, 2016 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. The meeting was held at the Senior Center in Charlottesville. Following the presentation, questions were taken from the audience. The program was moderated by SSV Vice President Rich DeMong.

Oct 172016
 

Liz Palmer and Tim Keller speaking at the Senior Center in Charlottesville.

We all appreciate the amenities, cultural and historical richness of our community but those are the very things that attract others. Growth often increases road congestion, noise and property taxes. Can we avoid the tragedy of the commons?  Liz Palmer, Chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and Tim Keller, Chair of the Albemarle County Planning Commission address these questions in this podcast.

Liz Palmer is the chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and represents the Samuel Miller District. She was elected in 2013. Prior local government service includes eight years on the board of the Albemarle County Service Authority. She has been a practicing veterinarian for 35 years. She currently operates a mobile practice, Charlottesville End of Life Pet Care.

Tim Keller serves as the at-large commissioner and chair of the Albemarle County Planning Commission. He is a founding principal of Land and Community Associates and professor emeritus of Landscape Architecture at Iowa State University. Tim has directed a variety of innovative landscape planning and conservation projects throughout the United States and abroad.

Palmer and Keller spoke at the Monday October 17, 2016 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. The meeting was held at the Senior Center in Charlottesville. Following the presentation, questions were taken from the audience. The program was moderated by SSV past president Bob McGrath.

Sep 142016
 

Dahlia Lithwick speaking at the Senior Center in Charlottesville.

Dahlia Lithwick is a senior editor at Slate Magzine, and in that capacity, writes the Supreme Court Dispatches and Jurisprudence columns. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and Commentary, among other places. She won a 2013 National Magazine Award for her columns on the Affordable Care Act.

Ms. Lithwick has been twice awarded an Online Journalism Award for her legal commentary and was the first online journalist invited to be on the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press. Ms. Lithwick has testified before Congress about access to justice in the era of the Roberts Court.

She has appeared on CNN, ABC, The Colbert Report, and is a frequent guest on The Rachel Maddow Show.

Ms. Lithwick earned her BA from Yale University and her JD degree from Stanford University. She is currently working on a book about the four women justices of the United States Supreme Court.

Ms. Lithwick spoke at the Wednesday September 14, 2016 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. The meeting was held at the Senior Center in Charlottesville. Following the presentation, questions were taken from the audience. The program was moderated by SSV past president Bob McGrath.