Move2Health Equity presents 2021 transportation survey results to City Council

Since reacquiring management of the Charlottesville Podcasting Network, I have resisted posting material here. When I created this site, it was just to experiment with the technology. Thousands of podcasts later, there is a lot here I want to keep as an archive of a certain time.

But I also want to add things, even if those things may just be repurposed content from my other work at Town Crier Productions.  That’s the company I created in 2020 to help me figure out how to make a living covering the world around me as a journalist.

So, I think what I may do for a time is continue to post these and to add a little commentary about the stories where I can. I’m not doing that for this one, nor am I going to repost all of the text. You can read that on Information Charlottesville.

Anyway, here are the first two paragraphs of the story to whet your appetite.

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The current administration of the City of Charlottesville has inherited a city government that has struggled to turn ideas for road and multimodal improvement into completed projects. For instance, the Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded three Smart Scale grants to the city in 2016, but none of them has yet gone to construction. The city saved up millions for a West Main Streetscape project that was canceled last year with the money reprioritized for the renovation of Buford Middle School.

The task of reforming the city’s transportation process has fallen to Deputy City Manager Sam Sanders. Last year, he worked with the Virginia Department of Transportation on a plan to fix the city’s broken process, including the cancellation of a couple other projects. Last year, the city did not submit any applications through the Smart Scale process. That was one concession to VDOT officials who have become impatient with the city’s inability to deliver.

 

 

Press conference with new Charlottesville Police Chief Michael Kochis

Michael Kochis will be the next police chief for the City of Charlottesville. He was the final selection of interim City Manager Michael C. Rogers and approved by City Council on December 5, 2022. He will start work on January 16, 2023.

On December 6, Rogers held a virtual press conference to allow members of the media to ask questions of the new chief, who comes to the position after being the chief for the Town of Warrenton in Fauquier County.

Center for Politics forum explores election security in advance of Election Day

On October 18, 2022, the Center for Politics held a seminar in the Rotunda at the University of Virginia called “Hacking Our Elections.” Charlottesville Community Engagement recorded the event and produced this six minute podcast summary.

To read this story, please visit Information Charlottesville

Virginia Film Festival’s 35th annual program is announced

The falling of the leaves is the sign of many things, but the onslaught of autumn also marks the coming of the next Virginia Film Festival. Here’s a very brief preview of the 35th annual event, which will take place November 2 through November 6.

This piece was originally part of the October 12, 2022 edition of Charlottesville Community Engagement. You can read the item here.

Will there be more podcasts from the Virginia Film Festival? Stay tuned!

The opening night film is Glass Onion: A Knives Out mystery

Historical Marker unveiled at Central Library for crucial desegregation case of Swanson v. UVA

On May 19, 2022, a crowd assembled at the intersection of East Market Street and 3rd Street NW in downtown Charlottesville to watch the unveiling of a historic marker to commemorate an important moment in the desegregation of education in Virginia. In 1950, Gregory Swanson applied to attend the University of Virginia School of Law, but he was denied a space because he was Black. He sued in federal court citing 14th Amendment rights to equal protection, and a three-panel judge heard arguments on September 5 that year. Our recording begins with David Plunkett, the director of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.

Timeline for podcast:

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:50 – Comments from David Plunkett, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
  • 04:10 – Comments from Risa Goluff, Dean of the University of Virginia School of Law
  • 10:00 – Comments from M. Rick Turner
  • 12:00 – Comments from Donna Price, Chair of the Albemarle Board of Supervisors
  • 15:30 – Comments from Lloyd Snook, Mayor of the City of Charlottesville
A close up of the historical marker unveiled on May 19, 2022

Whole City Podcast: A conversation with Elizabeth Catte on Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia

The Reverend Alex Joyner is the pastor of Charlottesville First United Methodist Church, and he wants to ask questions about what it takes to make a place more whole. One thread in his questioning is the future of Market Street Park in downtown Charlottesville.

In late February of 2022, Reverend Joyner spoke with Elizabeth Catte about her new book Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia.

You can also watch this interview on YouTube.

A preview of the 15th Annual Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase

What does candy-making have in common with decoy-carving? What does hot-rod car building have to do with baking baklava? All of those activities, and dozens of others, are considered to be aspects of Virginia culture as curated by the Virginia Folklife Program.

This weekend at Highland, Virginia Humanities will put on a show that celebrates all of these activities and more. Producer James Walsh recently spoke with the person behind the festivities.

Virginia Film Festival 2017: Doug Bari on Scenes With Ivan

Filmmaker Doug Bari joins Sean McCord to talk about his film Scenes With Ivan. In this highly personal film, Doug and his wife Judy document the life of their son Ivan from before he was born to a 32 year old adult with children of his own. More information about this and Doug and Judy’s many other films can be found on Doug’s website. The documentary will be shown at the Dickinson Theater at Piedmont Virginia Community on Friday, November 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Virginia Film Festival 2017: John Kelly on The Long Road Home

In addition to helping out the Virginia Film Festival with public relations, John Kelly also serves as a publicist for shows such as The Long Road Home, which will screen an episode at 5:30 pm on Friday at the Culbreth Theatre at the University of Virginia. The eight episode mini-series is being produced by the National Geographic Channel. Kelly talks about the making of the show.

The series, based on The New York Times best-selling book by Martha Raddatz, relives a heroic fight for survival during the Iraq War when the 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood was ferociously ambushed on April 4, 2004, in Sadr City, Baghdad — a day that came to be known as “Black Sunday.”

Virginia Film Festival 2017: Jason Robinson on his film Walkalong

Filmmaker Jason Robinson

Jason Robinson is in the Virginia Film Festival for the fourth time, this time to support his short film Walkalong which will be shown before the film Shadowman on Thursday, November 9 at the Violet Crown. Robinson, a former project manager at Light House Studio, talks with Sean McCord about how the short piece came to be made.

Virginia Film Festival 2016: Barry Sisson and the Indie Film Minute

Barry Sisson
Barry Sisson

Barry Sisson of the syndicated radio program Indie Film Minute joins Sean McCord to talk about the history of show and how he began it to increase the audience for independent films.

Sisson and the rest of the Indie Film Minute are also screening independent films in collaboration with Light House Studio.