Charlottesville–Right Now: Charlottesville City Manager Maurice Jones joins Coy Barefoot

12.3.10 Newly appointed Charlottesville City Manager Maurice Jones joins Coy live from the 22nd annual Toy Lift at Fashion Square Mall. You can now remove the “interim” from his title, as the Charlottesville City Council announced Friday morning that Mr. Jones has been officially named the new City Manager. Formal approval of the appointment will take place in a special session Monday morning, and in today’s conversation the man of the hour explains the entire process- from interviewing for the position to what issues sit at the forefront of his agenda.

Charlottesville–Right Now: Professor Herman Schwartz joins Coy Barefoot

12.2.10 Professor Herman Schwartz from the University of Virginia’s Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics joins Coy discuss a variety of current events. Among the issues addressed in the conversation are the extension of the middle class tax cuts, the fundamentals of unemployment insurance, and a whole lot more. Coy calls this guest “one of the smartest men to ever enter the studio,” and today he lived up to the title. Be sure to check out Schwartz’s most recent book Subprime Nation: American Power, Global Finance and the Housing Bubble.

Charlottesville–Right Now: Professor Richard Crozier joins Coy Barefoot

12.2.10 Professor of Painting and Drawing in the University of Virginia Studio Art Program Richard Crozier joins Coy to discuss his retirement. UVA will celebrate the event with a special gallery at First Friday’s tomorrow night. The conversation covers Crozier’s career in the fine arts, from realizing the sciences were not for him to getting into teaching at the collegiate level. Also included are the professor’s favorites: peices of art, places to paint, and much more.

Charlottesville–Right Now: Professor Ed Murphy joins Coy Barefoot

12.2.10 Professor of Astronomy at the University of Virginia Ed Murphy joins Coy to discuss NASA’s discovery today of new space life. The bacteria in question is able to survive on arsenic, a substance poisonous to humans. While the breakthrough does not confirm the presence of extraterrestrial life, it does prove the existance of life forms which can thrive in ways atypical to life on Earth. Hear the subject broken down by a local expert here.

Charlottesville–Right Now: John Whitehead joins Coy Barefoot

12.2.10 Founder and President of the Rutherford Institute John Whitehead joins Coy to discuss “cyber bullying.” A lawyer and author, Mr. Whitehead recently wrote a letter to Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli attacking his recent opinion that teachers should be allowed to search students’ electronic devices. Is Cuccinelli’s idea a breach of the 4th Amendment?

Charlottesville–Right Now: Professor Dan Bluestone joins Coy Barefoot

12.1.10 Associate Professor and Director of the Historic Preservation Program at the UVA School of Architecture Dan Bluestone joins Coy to discuss the latest on the Meadowcreek Parkway. The Professor’s most recent book is Buildings, Landscapes, and Memory : Case Studies in Historic Preservation In today’s conversation, Bluestone expresses his views on how the highway will effect Historic McIntire Park and the city of Charlottesville as a whole, and he also responds when listeners weigh in with their thoughts. Also included are comments on the history of the McIntire Park Golf Course.

Charlottesville–Right Now: George Gilliam of the Miller Center joins Coy Barefoot

12.1.10 Assistant Director for Public Programs at the Miller Center for Public Affairs George Gilliam joins Coy to discuss events planned for 2011. The conversation covers a wide range of topics from incarceration rates, to suicide bombings, and you can hear about all of the upcoming speakers at the Miller Center, here.

Charlottesville–Right Now: Authors Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould join Coy Barefoot

11.30.10 Journalists and authors Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould join Coy to discuss recent political occurances in Afghanistan. Their most recent book which addresses the current state of the Middle East in tremendous detail is Invisible History: Afghanistan’s Untold Story. The conversation begins with the recent “Wikileaks” scandal but goes on to cover a wide range of topics from both the perspective of the White House and that of civilians in these war-torn countries. Their next book will be Crossing Zero: The AfPak War at the Turning Point of American Empire, and is set for release in February 2011.

Charlottesville–Right Now: Professor of Molecular Genetics Dr. Anindya Dutta joins Coy Barefoot

11.30.10 Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Virginia Dr. Anindya Dutta joins Coy Barefoot to discuss recent research into Epigenetics. Professor Dutta discusses the startling and fascinating very new discoveries being made in genetics research. The University of Virginia was recently ranked within the top five genetics research institutions in the world.

Charlottesville–Right Now: English Professor Stephen Railton joins Coy Barefoot

11.30.10 Professor of English at the University of Virginia Stephen Railton joins Coy to discuss Mark Twain. A nationally recognized expert on America’s first true celebrity, Railton provides insight into his early life, his writings, his ability to characterize American life, and exactly why the country was so fascinated by this figure. Today’s conversation honors the 175th anniversary of Twain’s birth, as well as the centennial of his passing.

Charlottesville–Right Now: Author James Swanson joins Coy Barefoot

11.29.10 Best-selling and award-winning author James Swanson joins Coy to discuss his new book Bloody Crimes. Swanson’s new release continues the Civil War story he started telling in Manhunt, his previous release. The book’s subtitle “The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln’s Corpse” provides a great description of the gripping topics included in Bloody Crimes.

Charlottesville–Right Now: City Council Member Satyendra Huja joins Coy Barefoot

11.29.10 Charlottesville City Council Member Satyendra Huja joins Coy to address a wide range of local issues. Included in the conversation are the Meadowcreek Parkway debate, the latest water supply plan, and the possibility of a Western Bypass around Charlottesville. Mr. Huja has over 30 years of experience in Central Virginia politics, and he gives his valuable insights on the city’s past, present, and future.