Radio Interviews

Radio Interviews

Matt Ellinwood, director of the Education & Law Project of the NC Justice Center, discusses the upcoming legislative session, a multi-billion dollar school bond initiative, and why early childhood literacy rates continue to suffer due to a lack of resources.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are among the fastest growing groups of North Carolinians in the 21st Century. However there have been no one on the state policy scene who could speak with an informed voice about the needs of these communities. Chavi Koneru and Ricky Leung, co-founders of North Carolina Asian Americans Together, join us this week to discuss the mission of their organization, voting rights, increasing representation in elected office and the importance of the 2020 Census.

Jane Pinsky, Director of the NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform discusses election irregularities in NC’s 9th congressional district, the flawed ethics investigation process and the need for nonpartisan redistricting reform.

Will Munn, policy analyst with the NC Budget & Tax Center discusses his report Powering Up Prosperity: Accelerating Businesses of Color in North Carolina. Other issues discussed: race, the economy, and how business accelerators can boost minority-owned businesses.

Morgan Wittman Gramann, Director of the North Carolina Alliance for Health discusses teen tobacco use and vaping, obesity prevention and the need to combat chronic health problems in our state.

2018: Year in review – Part III (From the massive teachers march, to the fight curb gun violence to the future of Medicaid expansion and reform)

Gene Nichol is Boyd Tinsley distinguished professor at the University of North Carolina. He was director of the UNC Poverty Center (2008-2015) until it was closed by the Board of Governors for publishing articles critical of the governor and General Assembly. Since 2015, his research has been supported by the N.C. Poverty Research Fund. Nichol is author of THE FACES OF POVERTY IN NORTH CAROLINA: Stories From Our Invisible Citizens (UNC Press, 2018)

The number of uninsured children nationwide increased by about 276,000 children last year, the first significant increase in a decade, according to a new report released by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families.The analysis shows that in North Carolina, 119,000 or 4.8 percent of the state’s children remain without health coverage. We discuss the findings and the need for Medicaid expansion with Ciara Zachary.

Common Cause executive director Bob Phillips on the troubling rush to enact voter ID legislation, allegations of voter fraud in 9th congressional district, and efforts to combat gerrymandered maps.

Kristin Collins of the Center for Death Penalty litigation discusses North Carolina’s obsolete and unfairly applied capital punishment laws. Read their report: Unequal Justice.

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