Radio Interviews

Radio Interviews

Charlotte Observer reporter Gavin Off discusses a new and troubling investigation into gun crime dismissals in North Carolina’s largest county. From 2014 through 2018, Mecklenburg prosecutors dismissed 68 percent of weapons charges, a higher rate than any other urban county in North Carolina, the Charlotte Observer investigation found.

Read Dismissed by reporters Ames Alexander, Gavin Off and David Raynor.

Author and gerrymandering expert David Daley discusses the secret files of GOP political operative Thomas Hofeller, gerrymandering as NC prepares its latest redistricting maps, and his upcoming book: Unrigged: How Americans Are Battling Back to Save Democracy.  Daley’s reporting has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Slate, the Washington Post, and New York magazine. He is a senior fellow at FairVote and the former editor of Salon.

Earlier this year, Steven Edwards landed on the cover of an important report by the American Civil Liberties Union detailing the impact of rising court fines and fees. Edwards fell on hard times after losing his leg and his brother in a 2003 car accident. He later served a two-year sentence on drug charges, and left prison owing $1,354.50 in court debt. But simply the inability to repay those court-costs landed Edwards back in jail years later, even though he faced no new charges. He was trapped in a modern-day debtors’ prison.

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

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