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Mark Vitrone is running for the chair of the Burke Democratic Party. He joins us to talk about the future of the Democratic party, citizen participation in our political system, the Russian connection to Donald Trump's electoral win, the purpose and importance of taxes, and the tedious relationship between capitalism and healthcare. We also take a look back on the failure and success of Tim Barnsback's campaign for NC house of which Mark was the campaign manager. During the intro we are joined by friend of the pod Ed Struble to talk about the thumbs-up emoji and the epic failure of the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Seth Eckard, town manager of Valdese, and Beth Heile, President of the “Friends of the Valdese Rec.”, join us to talk about the exciting stuff going on in Valdese such as the new Lakeside Park, downtown Wi-fi & electric vehicle charging stations, & a potential brewery!
Dr. Marshall joins us to talk about his paper "Eleven Reasons Why Presidential Power Inevitably Expands And Why It Matters". He is currently the Kenan professor of law at UNC-Chapel Hill, and previously served Deputy White House Council and Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States under Clinton. During the intro Marty joins us to talk about the Word of Faith church scandal and Senate Leader Phil Berger (R)'s engineering of "fake news" on his social media pages.
Alex Garcia is back to discuss the meaning of life, making tough changes, and pursuing your dreams. He is the founder of the local non-profit Alive Cubed. During the intro Sam and Isaac review the movie "Get Out" which has been getting a lot of buzz for it's racial commentary.
Kevin Baxter is the Director of Planning and Project Management for the up and coming western campus of the NC School of Science and Math right here in Morganton. We talk about his background, the ECU party reputation, the vision for the western campus, the economic and cultural significance of the school for the area, and his favorite movie.
Bart is the Secular Humanist Chaplain at the University of Southern California. We talk about his "deconversion" from Evangelical Christianity, the intersection of politics and Humanism, and secular community building. During the intro we ruminate about Alex Jones and the Russian plot to destroy America from within.
Last fall, a series of unexplained wildfires ravaged the landscape of Western NC. Meanwhile, Burke County resident Amber Halliburton was busy remaking her life in the wake of her husband's death. Jimmy Halliburton worked as a forest ranger and firefighter, and passed away on the job on August 13, 2014. Join us as we follow Amber's story - one which illuminates the power of the human spirit to spur creation from tragedy, and to breed the spirit of life from death itself.
While around 600 people showed up in the streets of downtown Morganton for the same cause, a few of our favorite locals made the trip up to Washington, DC on Jan 21st to participate in the Women's March. Courtney Morse, James McGimpsey, & Rhonda Cook join us to talk about their experience and delve in to the pressing issues of the day.
Join us as we try to sift through the mountain of executive orders our good pal DJ enacted during his first week in office. We get some help from a few of our listeners calling in to the show. Then the secret service shows up...
C:E video editor Marty joins us for an in depth approach to analyzing the anti-intellectual reactions of emboldened Morganton citizens responding on social media to News Herald headlines about the local Women's March - of which they seemingly refused to make an attempt at the minimal research needed to understand what it was actually about. Spoiler alert: Many idiots are mentioned in this episode.
The Mayor drops by to sit down and chat with two of his favorite people in Morganton. We reminisce over his first year in office - what he had hoped to accomplish, what was accomplished, and the various challenges associated with taking over as after a thirty-year reign of the previous Mayor. We then turn our gaze toward the future of Morganton. The intro has Isaac & Sam talking about golden showers and animal torture.
You may have heard about the thousands of veterans that traveled to Standing Rock recently, providing support for the Native Americans protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Before the veterans had a chance to make a powerful physical stand in between the security/armed forces and the protesters, the US Army Corps of Engineers, with support of President Obama, revoked the permit that allowed the pipeline's construction. Joseph Pritchard of Morganton is one of those veterans, and we talk with him both before and after the experience.
We wrap up 2016 with our top 5 picks for podcasts, music, science, and movies. Since Rogue One was not in our top 5 movie list, we switch over to Star Wars mode with Eliot Lytle to review it. Happy New Year everyone!
Yet another special session was called this week, however this one was much less productive than the last. Roy Cooper apparently brokered a deal between the Charlotte City Council and General Assembly leaders: Charlotte repeals their non-discrimination ordinance, and HB2 is repealed in full. It turns out it wasn't as simple as that, and the session ended without a repeal. I chat with Democratic House Representative Graig Meyer to get his perspective on what happened.
On Tuesday, lame-duck Governor Pat McCrory called a special session to address allocation of funding for victims of Hurricane Matthew. The GOP-led General Assembly then took advantage of our fellow North Carolinian's suffering by using them as a pretense for furthering the totalitarian goals of their party. As of now, the incoming Democratic governor has been stripped of a wide range of powers that the current Republican governor enjoys. Additionally, a handful of legislative changes that benefit Republicans were enacted on our State Board of Elections. All of this was supported by our local representatives, Hugh Blackwell and Warren Daniel (pictured above). Welcome to the new North Carolina.
Casting For Hope is a local non-profit dedicated to supporting women afflicted by gynecological cancers and their families through financial, emotional, and spiritual means. In today's episode we interview founders Taylor Sharp and John Zimmerman. Four years ago, after Taylor's mom passed away from ovarian cancer, they were motivated and inspired to form Casting For Hope to provide assistance to others experiencing loss and hardship due to similar circumstances. We talk to them about these motivations, the history of the group, and their upcoming benefit concert at the COMMA featuring five regional acts headlined by Mipso. Get your tickets online or by calling (828) 433-SHOW.
Once again we meet up with the guys over at "A Place To Talk" Podcast in Hickory, NC. Confused about our agreement on a wide range of topics from Donald Trump to LGBT issues, we seek to narrow in on our differences. Somehow, the title of this episode makes sense in the context of our conversation.
Grant Houston joins the C:E team to analyze and philosophize. We talk about having conversations with your family over the holidays, why Trump won, public education vs. school choice in the wake of Trump's pick for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and rating Obama on a scale of 1 to 10.
The mountain is on fire, the streets are on fire, and our political system is on fire. Sam and Isaac delve into the electoral college, the role of memes in the election, protests and riots, and the Hamilton casts' message for VP Mike Pence. Also: the sore losers of the state elections and Isaac's email exchange with Rep. Hugh Blackwell regarding the rumored stacking of the NC Supreme Court. And our first ever addition of the MAILBAG features some listener questions about the Chestnut Knob fire.
We started this series to foster healthy debate between ourselves (nonbelievers) and Christians. We often get frustrated since almost any point of difference between a non-believer and a Christian will eventually lead back to belief in the very foundation of the religion. This is the first episode in the series featuring multiple Christians who have different perspectives on a topic, and there is a debate within the believers as well as without. Had it been just us with today's topic, we would've ended up debating the assertion that the Bible is divine & revealed truth. However this is mostly a conversation between Christians who (generally) accept that proposition, yet reach different conclusions about homosexuality.
Without a doubt, the results of this election surprised the world. No one saw it coming. We attempt to digest and regurgitate what happened - why is Donald J. Trump the 45th President of the United States. We also take a look at local and state results, where Republicans took a majority sweep but lost a few key positions.
Sam and Isaac sit down to discuss the protests against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the latest announcement by the FBI about even more Clinton emails, and the skyrocketing costs of our experiment in pseudo-socialized healthcare otherwise known as Obamacare.
Billy Glosson, Hannah Glosson, and Brent Carroll join us in the studio to talk about politics and what widespread support for Donald Trump means for the future of Christianity in America. Billy and Hannah are from Missouri but are in the process of establishing a new church in Asheville. Brent lives in Morganton and can be seen often distributing the goods down at the watering hole.
We conclude the Election 2016 candidate interviews with our current representative in the NC House! Blackwell has served us in state government for the past eight years, and has fought for cool things like the loop trail around Lake James and the inclusion of the NC School of Science and Math in the latest bond initiative. We cover same topics as we do with the other state candidates - HB2, tax code, cannabis legalization, and gerrymandering, among others.
For our final race of the election season, we've got the candidates for NC House District 86 starting with the challenger Tim Barnsback. Tim has taught in Burke County schools for fifteen years and has made public education, along with equality and the environment, the top priorities of his campaign. Topics up for discussion include gerrymandering, cannabis legalization, HB2, education, substance abuse, healthy communities, and more!
A first for us - a back-to-back interview with the candidates of a political position, in this case the Register of Deeds. The interviews were recorded within an hour of the other and that's how you'll be hearing it! First up is the incumbent Laura Anderson (D, image left) then we have the challenger Stephanie Norman (R, image right).
For the County Commissioner portion of the candidate forum last week at WPCC, the candidates were again asked a set of five questions unknown in advance. Citizen:Earth Media submitted a question regarding how the candidates would factor in the views, opinions, and life goals of the younger generations. Other questions were asked about a flexible school calendar, economic growth, the jail/courthouse, and county sheriff department pay.
Last week, the Burke Chamber hosted a forum at WPCC for all the candidates on the state and county ballot to answer a set of questions. The questions were not known to them in advance. Citizen:Earth Media submitted a question for the forum regarding the influence of money in politics. During the intro, Isaac goes over the motivation for our question, the data he gathered while researching the candidates donations and voting records, and the misleading statements made by Warren Daniel in regards to HB2.
Johnnie joins us once again to make his pitch for why we should let him keep his job as a Burke County Commissioner. You know the drill by now, we get to know him then ask the community questions. Towards the end we go in depth with a discussion about taxes and the "biggest tax raise in Burke County's history".
Warren is our sitting senator for our district in the NC General Assembly. After getting to know him we get down to the issues with community questions, have a long discussion about HB2, gerrymandering, and the Republican control of state government.