This week Rick is joined by the Co-Chairs of Charlottesville’s Youth Council, Mo Brown and Ramsey Byrne, along with Areeb Khan, UVA advisor to the Youth Council. The group works with city council and features 17 members aged 13-18. The purpose of Youth Council is to advise the council and inform the community about issues that affect youth, and makes recommendations on how they feel Charlottesville can be a better city.
Rick Moore has assembled a group to discuss how poverty affects the Charlottesville area. Alicia Lenahan, President of Piedmont CASA, the Court Appointed Special Advocates work for children whose parents are unable or unwilling to keep their children safe. Ridge Schuyler, director of Charlottesvile Works Initiative, helping local residents find decent work. Although minimum wage is $14K a year, for a Mother with two children to work and commute in Charlottesville, she would need to make about $34K a year. Along with Susan Goins-Eplee, MSN, RN, Bilingual Community Health Nurse for Jefferson Area CHiP, working with parents to make healthy homes, to help interpret, not only the language barrier, but also to interpret and navigate the healthcare system.
On Saturday, February 21 these groups, headed by Piedmont CASA will put on the Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS). The goal for the 80 participants is to keep a roof over their head and get their bills paid with a kit to role-play the life of a low-income family. More details on the CAPS simulation here.
More information about Piedmont CASA at pcasa.org, information about Charlottesville Works Initiative at cacfonline.org, and information about Jefferson area CHiP at jachip.org.
This time Rick is joined by Stephen Hitchcock, Director & Chaplain at The Haven, and Jordy Yager, journalist. Jordy wrote a piece called The Median Men for Cville Weekly. He spent 9 months learning about a group of 6 individuals that panhandle in the medians at major intersections around Charlottesville that stick together and made a camp to have roots.
Stephen says The Median Men may be a public face of Homelessness, but not necessarily the truest face. He describes the fastest growing homeless demographic as families and unaccompanied youth from 16-24 years old.
The Haven is a day shelter that offers phone and computer access, a place to store belongings and wash clothes. The mission is to help with housing solutions. Stephen says, “Why are people homeless? Because they don’t have a home.”
Jordy’s experience is that the individuals have their own personal story, but the people he got to know believed that you don’t deny what is given to you and that if a care package was given to them if they couldn’t use the products inside, they would find another person in need to give them to.
If you’d like to learn more about The Haven or give to their cause click here. You can read Jordy Yager’s article here.
Speaking this week about the Affordable Care Act, Rick Moore is joined by Carolyn Engelhard, Director, Health Policy Program, Department of Public Health Sciences at University of Virginia School of Medicine.
Commonly called Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act has reached its one year anniversary and Rick and Carolyn discuss how the major goals of coverage for more Americans and reducing overall health care costs are coming to pass.
The choices don’t have to be limited to For Profit versus Socialized Medicine.
Risk Pools more sick individuals mean escalating costs. A moderate pool means getting individuals who are not sick to purchase insurance, is that preventive care? Carolyn Engelhard mentions Philosophical care, where older and younger individuals are paying nearly the same amount with the expectation that the younger insured will one day be old have others to pay for them.
Rick is joined by David Toscano, VA House of Delegates Democratic Leader, from the 57th District. He’s in his fifth term and a member of the committees of Courts of Justice, Transportation and Rules. Focusing on new rules on ethics in the aftermath of former Governor McDonnell’s conviction on corruption charges. Recent sexual assault issues in Virginia and the Hannah Graham case, Delegate Toscano is putting together a bill to expand the DNA database in the state.
A conversation on synthetic biology with students from Renaissance School. Anna Minutella from the Science Department joins Rick Moore with students Alli Ambrosini, Anders Beaurline, and Konstantina Damvakaris. Modifying e. coli to solve different problems like cheap anti-malarial drugs. Competing internationally with other High School age groups. Have teamed up with UVA for research and Synbio night. Discussing the ethics of modifying genes. GMOs and mass producing food.
Rick talks with Intuitive Analyst, Lee Channing, discussing work, life and well being. Lee delves into color; black is for protection, green for emotion, yellow intuitive. Conversation about major decisions, based on fear or love. Energy shifts that happen during the change of season. Lee Channing’s latest book is Intuitive Color Awareness Guide.
On the August 3rd Wake Up Call, Rick is joined by two superintendents of local school districts, Pam Moran(Albemarle) and Jeff Comer(Nelson). During the hour they discuss school safety, budget cuts, anti bullying, changes to the SOL tests, and other topics related to the changing role of education.
On the July 27th Wake Up Call, Rick is joined by Sean Tubbs, senior reporter for Charlottesville Tomorrow.During the hour they discuss various upcoming plans, changes, improvements, and legal battles regarding route 29 and the local bypasses.
On the July 13th Wake Up Call, host Rick Moore is joined by Frederick Hitz, ex CIA operations officer, Statutory Inspector General and author of The Great Game: The Myth and Reality of Espionage . During the hour they discuss the veiled history of Intelligence, from real-life cases to fictional spies, the definition of espionage, means of recruitment, methods of spying, and more.
On the July 6th Wake Up Call, Robyn Jackson, Director of the Civility School, returns to the show to talk with Rick about a number of topics related to manners and etiquette such as the history and importance of utensil placement,lunchroom behavior, interview tips,cell phone etiquette, continue or end a conversation, introducing people, taking a compliment, babysitting etiquette and more.
On the June 29th Wake Up Call, UVa professor of Public Health Sciences and author of If That Ever Happens to Me: Making Life and Death Decisions after Terri Schiavo, Lois Shepherd. During the show, they discuss her book as well as various aspects of the Schiavo case, the factors involved in “End of Life” decisions, Right to die Vs. Right to live, Late recoveries, such as the story of Terry Wells, and more.