Charlottesville–Right Now: David Swanson joins Coy Barefoot

2.24.11 Best-selling author and political analyst David Swanson joins Coy for an extended conversation about the events in Wisconsin. Swanson breaks down the comments made by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker during the recent prank call by an imposter claiming to be well known philanthropist and political advocate David Koch. He also addresses the idea of a “class war” which we may or may not be witnessing in the Packer state. Finally, the two discuss the movement right here in Charlottesville to give UVA employees a “living wage.” Be sure to check out his most recent book War is a Lie.

Charlottesville–Right Now: Brian Katulis joins Coy Barefoot

2.22.11 Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Brian Katulis joins Coy to discuss the ongoing crisis in Libya. Katulis, whose expertise lie in Middle Eastern politics, compares the events surrounding Muammar Gaddafi to the events surrounding Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, and he also explains what Americans should be taking away from both situations.

Charlottesville–Right Now: Rick Sincere joins Coy Barefoot

2.17.11 Political commentator and former chairman of the Libertarian Party of Virginia Rick Sincere joins Coy to discuss his recent visit to CPAC. Sincere was lucky enough to attend the day of the Conservation Political Action Conference during which Ron Paul addressed the audience, and he recounts what the day was like and what big names were in attendance. At the beginning of today’s conversation, Sincere also explains the addition of a new voting precinct in Charlottesville. He describes the process behind earning this 9th precinct, which will be the first new one in Charlottesville since 1920, and commends the community for being so politically engaged.

Charlottesville–Right Now: Dahlia Lithwick joins Coy Barefoot

2.14.11 Journalist and author from Slate and Newsweek Dahlia Lithwick joins Coy to discuss her recent column on Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s efforts to strike down President Obama’s health care reform bill. Is the entire bill unconstitutional? If not, what parts are? Get all the insights from one of the expert journalists covering the issue.

Charlottesville–Right Now: David Swanson joins Coy Barefoot

2.14.11 Best-selling non-fiction author David Swanson joins Coy with an update on the revolution in Egypt. Swanson describes just how inspiring the revolution is to civil rights activists around the world. He notes the impact of non-violent training by the citizen activists in the streets of Egypt, and says that method of protest is more effective than military involvement. Along those lines, Swanson comments on the importance of the writings of noted non-violence author Gene Sharp being translated into Arabic. Finally, David gives his analysis of how the events in Egypt will influence American political action. Be sure to check out Swanson’s latest book War Is A Lie.

Charlottesville–Right Now: Bob Holsworth joins Coy Barefoot

2.14.11 Founder and President of Virginia Tomorrow Bob Holsworth joins Coy to discuss all things Virginia politics. The big story, of course, is the decision of Jim Webb to retire at the end of his term. Holsworth gives his assessment of the reaction of both parties to the announcement, and he also talks about the chances of Tim Kaine claiming the nomination, and the chances of Tom Perriello running, given his seemingly large grassroots support.

Will We Ration Health Care? The Coming Public Policy Debate

Eric Patashnik

Eric Patashnik

The passage of the Affordable Care Act has generated concerns that the government will ration valuable health care services. But what exactly is rationing, and how does the U.S. health care system allocate scarce resources today? In this podcast, University of Virginia Professor Eric Patashnik discusses his research on the politics of evidence-based medicine and why rationing has emerged as a major public policy issue. He covers the role of doctors, political leaders, and public opinion in shaping the context in which the debate over rationing is playing out.

Eric Patashnik is Associate Dean and Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He is also Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Patashnik received both his MPP and PhD (political science) from the University of California, Berkeley. He previously held faculty positions at Yale University and UCLA. Patashnik’s latest book is Reforms at Risk: What Happens After Major Policy Changes Are Enacted (Princeton University Press, 2008), which received the 2009 Louis Brownlow Book Award given by the National Academy of Public Administration. His two other books are Promoting the General Welfare: New Perspectives on Government Performance (co-editor with Alan S. Gerber, Brookings Institution Press, 2006), and Putting Trust in the U.S. Budget: Federal Trust Funds and the Politics of Commitment (Cambridge University Press, 2000). His essays have appeared in Political Science Quarterly, Governance, Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law, Social Service Review, and in many edited volumes. His current major research project, with Alan Gerber of Yale University, explores the politics of evidence-based medicine in the United States and is supported by grants from the Smith Richardson and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundations.

Mr. Patashnik spoke at the February 9, 2011 meeting of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia. The meeting was held at The Charlottesville Senior Center. Following the presentation, questions were taken from the audience. The program was moderated by SSV board member Bob McGrath.

Charlottesville–Right Now: Brian Katulis joins Coy Barefoot

2.8.11 Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Brian Katulis joins Coy live from Israel. Katulis gives a first hand account from the Middle East of the events in Egypt. When Mubarak officially step down? What will the country look like after he goes? Will the traditional old order in Egypt ever really leave even after their head is cut off? How will the United States’ relationship with Egpyt be changed going forward? Get all of the revolution insights from one of the foremost experts on the topic.

Charlottesville–Right Now: Nick Baumann joins Coy Barefoot

2.1.11 Associate Editor of Mother Jones magazine Nick Baumann joins Coy with the latest on the events in Egypt. We have a true revolution on our hands in the North African country, and today’s conversation provides background on where these problems with Hosni Mubarak originated, what kinds of rights and freedoms the people rioting in the streets are demanding, and what we can expect to develop in the coming days. Finally, Baumann gives his thoughts on new legislation that would re-define what classifies rape crimes in America.