Apr 132016
 

Ashley Deeks and Frederick Hitz speaking at the Senior Center in Charlottesville.

The FISA Court (or Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court) was established by act of Congress in 1978 to oversee requests for surveillance warrants involving suspected foreign spies within the United States by federal law-enforcement and intelligence agencies, principally the FBI and the National Security Agency.

Senior Fellows at the Law School’s Center for National Security Law, Ashley Deeks and Fred Hitz discuss the FISA Court and its pros and cons.

Ashley Deeks is an associate professor at the University of Virginia Law School. Prior to joining the Law School’s faculty she was the assistant legal adviser for political-military affairs in the Legal Adviser’s Office at the Department of State where, among many other duties, she advised on intelligence issues. She has also served as a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Ms. Deeks is a cum laude graduate of Williams College and an honors graduate of the University of Chicago Law School.

Frederick P. Hitz is an adjunct professor at the Law School and the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. For more than 30 years, while ostensibly being a lawyer in a buttoned-down private practice, he served in various capacities at the Central Intelligence Agency, both in line positions such as deputy director for Europe in the Directorate of Operations and in staff positions like Inspector General. He has written extensively on espionage and intelligence issues. His publications include “The Great Game: the Myth and Reality of Espionage” and “Why Spy? Espionage in an Era of Uncertainty.”  Mr. Hitz is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

Deeks and Hitz spoke at the Wednesday April 13, 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 board member Terry Cooper.

Apr 102016
 

NRAO Building in Charlottesville

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Sean McCord talks with Charles Blue of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), about a life in science and just what is going on in the universe.

The Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call is heard on WPVC 94.7 Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m.The station is looking for volunteers. Apply here if you are interested in volunteering.

Apr 102016
 

Home Grown hosts Clinton Johnston and Leslie M. Scott Jones talk to Miriam Gordon-Stewart from Victory Hall Opera Company about their upcoming show, Amuse-Bouche, and local hip hop artist, Fly Deezy talks about his upcoming set at Richmond’s Coast 2 Coast Live.

Home Grown is heard on WPVC 94.7 Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m.The station is looking for volunteers. Apply here if you are interested in volunteering.

Apr 092016
 

The Mind and Heart Show host Dr. Jeff Fracher talks to Dan Grogan, a board member for OneVirginia2021 about the impact of gerrymandering on our political process and how this results in the disenfranchisement of certain groups.

Dr. Jeff Fracher, an Albemarle County-based forensic psychologist, is the go-to person for a variety of competency, sanity and sex offender evaluations. He is one of about 15 forensic psychologists in Virginia and does more than 250 evaluations a year.

The Mind and Heart Show is heard on WVPC 94.7 Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m. The station is looking for volunteers. Apply here if you are interested in working with the station.

Apr 072016
 

Peggy Cornett speaking at the Senior Center in Charlottesville.

On February 18, 2016, Peggy Cornett presented the first lecture in a new four part CPN Thursday series entitled Jefferson’s Legacies.

Third president of the United States Thomas Jefferson had many interests including a love of botany. Monticello Curator of Plants Peggy Cornett talks about Jefferson’s interest in botany the effects of which can still be seen today.

Peggy Cornett has worked at Monticello since 1983. Shebegan as an associate director of gardens and grounds and from 1992 to 2009 she served as director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants. Before Ms. Cornett assumed her current position, Curator of Plants, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in English and botany and a master’s degree in public garden administration from the Longwood Graduate program at the University of Delaware.

Ms. Cornett has lectured widely on garden history topics throughout the United States as well as at the American Museum in Bath England, and for the Bermuda Rose society in Hamilton Bermuda. Peggy writes articles for gardening magazines, professional journals, including the American Public Garden Association, and she wrote, produced and edited Twinleaf, the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants annual journal and catalog. Since 1990 she has edited and produced Magnolia, the quarterly publication of the Southern Garden History Society.

The lecture series was organized by award-winning historian and Charlottesville-based author, lecturer, and cartographer Rick Britton in conjunction with the Senior Center in Charlottesville.

Click here to listen to all four parts of this series.

Apr 052016
 

Fickr: 5th Luna

The Charlottesville Podcasting Network is very pleased to announce that we have partnered with Live Arts Radio to bring you original radio drama from Charlottesville’s top playwrights. In the weeks and months to come, we will bring you original radio dramas written by members of the Playwright’s Lab and performed by Charlottesville actors. This is their pilot episode, a surreal comedy of manners and betrayal.

Love’s a Racquet was made possible by the following talented men and women:

Vincent Barbatti (Geoffrey) is a purveyor of all things sartorial, who enjoys late mornings, long-winded monologues, and dabbling in the dark arts. This is his thirty-seventh podcast, if one includes imaginary podcasts, and his first podcast, if one does not.
Lauren Gilroy (Catelyn) designs ponds, bakes cakes, and embroiders curse words. She enjoyed her foray into the world of voice acting and recording studios.
Lisa Weigold (Polly) has been active in the Charlottesville theater community since she was a child. She received a degree in theater in 2014 and has been stage managing and acting since then. Recently she could be seen in Gorilla Theater Productions “Pride and Prejudice” as Elizabeth Bennett.
Byron Harris (Playwright) is an ex-Fireman, ex-Banker, ex-Bosun’s mate on a Cruise Ship, ex-Assignment Editor at the CNN National Desk (for well over a decade), ex-Teacher, and ex-Bookseller. He started attending Live Arts Playwright’s Lab some five years ago, has had readings and productions of various plays in and around central Virginia, and is currently pursuing his M.F.A. in play-writing as a member of the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University.
Nathan Anderith (Director, Co-Founder) has been on stage on four continents, but that did little to prepare him to direct his first podcast. While it’s a little strange to put hundreds of man hours into a thirteen-minute episode, it feels good to make something that will last. You can only sculpt ice cream castles for so long before you want to make a permanent mark (or a gash).
Sean Michael McCord (Co-Founder) is a Charlottesville-based playwright, producer, director, and occasional actor. Once upon a time, he was radioactive. He is currently an MFA Playwright at the Hollins Playwrights’ Lab in Roanoke.
Alex Citron, (Co-Founder, Facilitator of the Playwrights’ Lab) has been a member of the Lab since 2002. He has worked in theater for over forty-five years, as an actor, director, producer, set designer and stage manager. Of the seventeen plays he has written, six have been produced by companies in California, Texas, New York and Virginia. From 2005 until its closing in 2014, Alex was Executive Director of Play On, a Charlottesville community theater.
Cory Capron (Music Composer) has written three full-length plays and several shorts, directed and co-directed several shows, and worked in props, sound, costume and creature design. He is a founding member of Gorilla Theater Productions, where he has worked as house composer on many productions. Outside the theater, Cory is a short story author, a singer-songwriter, and occasionally an experimental filmmaker.

The Live Arts Playwrights’ Lab is a free forum for writers of every experience level, in which they share, read, hear, and discuss their work in a community of fellow playwrights. The Lab is dedicated to developing the work of local writers in a fun, creative, supportive setting; and includes opportunities for public staged readings and full productions. The Lab meets on the first and third Monday of each month (except July and August). Whether you’ve been writing for years or are just getting started, there’s a place for you in the Lab! Visit Live Arts The Foundry for more information.

Post production work for Love’s a Racquet was done by Dan Gould at the Charlottesville Podcasting Network.

Apr 032016
 

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore talks with Kyle Austin, Executive Director of the Charlottesville branch of Addiction Recovery Systems. Is age of first use important? Can you become addicted even if you only use once in a while? Is marijuana truly a gateway drug? Listen for the answer to these questions and many more in this interesting podcast.

The Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call is heard on WPVC 94.7 Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m.The station is looking for volunteers. Apply here if you are interested in volunteering.

Apr 032016
 

Home Grown hosts Clinton Johnston and Leslie M. Scott Jones talk to Keith Morris about the release of his CD, The Dirty Gospel, and, Joy Rayman, director of Fire in the Belly dance group talks about her dance and her upcoming spot at the Shenandoah Film Festival.

Home Grown is heard on WPVC 94.7 Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m.The station is looking for volunteers. Apply here if you are interested in volunteering.

Apr 022016
 

Jackson Landers

Straight Talk host André Hakes talks about Eating Aliens, and other exciting adventures with writer and environmentalist Jackson Landers.

André Hakes is a Charlottesville based lawyer with the legal firm of Tucker Griffin Barnes P.C.

Straight Talk is heard on WVPC 94.7 Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m.The station is looking for volunteers. Apply here if you are interested in working with the station.

Apr 022016
 

Becky Weybright

The Mind and Heart Show host Dr. Jeff Fracher talks with Becky Weybright, Executive Director of the Sexual Assault Resource Agency.

Ms. Weybright joined the SARA staff in October 2012. Before that she  worked with the YWCA Women’s Advocacy Program in Richmond and with Virginians Aligned Against Sexual Assault, which was then the state-wide coalition of sexual assault crisis centers. She has also worked as the Executive Director for the Charlottesville Free Clinic and the Community Children’s Dental Center. Ms. Weybright has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree in education from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Jeff Fracher, an Albemarle County-based forensic psychologist, is the go-to person for a variety of competency, sanity and sex offender evaluations. He is one of about 15 forensic psychologists in Virginia and does more than 250 evaluations a year.

The Mind and Heart Show is heard on WVPC 94.7 Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m. The station is looking for volunteers. Apply here if you are interested in working with the station.

Mar 282016
 

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Sean McCord talks with two members of  Virginia Atheists and Agnostics about what it means to lead a good life without gods.

The Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call is heard on WPVC 94.7 Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m.The station is looking for volunteers. Apply here if you are interested in volunteering.

Mar 272016
 

Home Grown hosts Clinton Johnston and Leslie M. Scott Jones talk to Carmel Clavin about the first ever Shenandoah Fringe Festival, and Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell joins guest co-host Chris Baumer to talk about her multi-media theater piece NO WAKE, currently playing at the IX complex.

Home Grown is heard on WPVC 94.7 Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m.The station is looking for volunteers. Apply here if you are interested in volunteering.