Radio Interviews

Radio Interviews

Representative Robert Reives discusses the Superior Court ruling striking down gerrymandered legislative districts and requiring the General Assembly to redraw those maps by September 18th in time to be used for the 2020 elections. Rep. Reives also discusses education funding, immigration reform, and restorative justice.

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley joins us to discuss the School Justice Partnership, court funding, and court fines and fees and the impact of low-income North Carolinians. Beasley also discusses Second Chance legislation and the bicentennial celebration of NC’s court system.

Robin Madison of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle discusses food insecurity in North Carolina, efforts to help hungry children and seniors, and what changes to SNAP benefits could mean for the state’s food banks. Learn more at

A new study by the Center for Racial Equity and Education or CREED finds that students of color have diminished access to resources that affect their success – including advanced coursework, experienced teachers and the racial/ethnic matching of students and educators. Those factors not only impact how a student feels about their K-12 education, it can rob children of their full potential. James Ford is the executive Director of CREED and co-author of the study E(Race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools.

Democratic lawmakers in the North Carolina House and Senate are once again pushing for Republican leadership to consider gun-safety legislation in the aftermath of last week’s tragic mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. State Rep. Marcia Morey of Durham County joins us to discuss the two bills she is advocating for: House Bill 454 (Allow ERPOs to Save Lives & Prevent Suicides) and House Bill 86 (Gun Violence Prevention Act)

In no state, metropolitan area, or county in the U.S. can a worker earning the federal minimum wage afford a modest two-bedroom rental home working a standard 40-hour work week. In North Carolina, a worker would need to earn about 17 dollar an hour to afford that same two-bedroom apartment. In reality, more than 1-in-4 North Carolina households are cost-burdened, and pay at least 30% of their income for housing. We recently sat down with Samuel Gunter, executive director of the NC Housing Coalition to discuss the findings of a new national report, appropriately titled Out of Reach.

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