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December 6, 2018
Episode 7: Cherokee County has a bad case of the jailhouse blues
The Cherokee County Detention Center has been the focus of State Bureau of Investigation inquires into inmate abuse and improper conduct by jailers. Carolina Public Press has been reporting on the conditions that may have been connected to an inmate’s death and other mistreatments of prisoners.
Today on The Kicker, Carolina Publice Press managing editor Frank Taylor and lead investigative reporter Kate Martin spotlight the conditions and consequences.
Frank is in the WPVMFM Asheville studio. Kate is calling in from Durham.
November 22, 2018
Episode 6: Graham County: Charting a path through the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest plan revision.
The lives and livelihoods of the Graham County residents in Western North Carolina are dramatically affected by the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest, which covers nearly 70 percent of the county. Graham leaders are participants in the updating of the forest plan. They have no choice.
“The forest can make us or break us,” says one county official.
November 8, 2018
Episode 5: North Carolina Women’s Summit
The North Carolina Women’s Summit: Women Moving Mountains happens November 10, Saturday, at The Collider in Downtown Asheville. There is a fee to attend.
Women leaders from across North Carolina will discuss policies as they relate to women in the state. The event, coordinated by Women AdvaNCe, aims to pool the perspectives of Tar Heel women to collectively shape the politics and policies of our state.
Summit Topics include:
•Economic Issues – Living Wage/Affordable Housing/Paid leave
•Equal Rights Amendment: How Do We Get NC on Board?
•Midterm Postmortem – How Do We Move Forward with Female Leadership?
•Intersectionality – How do we get out of our silos and have inclusive and productive conversation with each other?
•Hot Topics in Women’s Health
•Women as Entrepreneurs – Barriers and Successes
•#MeToo movement – best practices for small businesses and nonprofits
The guests today are:
Antoinette Kerr, Women AdvaNCe Leadership Team Member. She is a nonprofit leader, media correspondent, author of Modern Media Relations for Nonprofits, publisher of Bold & Bright Media and lover of all poetry.
Anna Lynch, is Chairwoman of the NC Women’s Summit. She focuses on women’s issues through her writing for the Women AdvaNCe Writer’s Collective and is the innovator behind a grassroots project bringing community dialogues on issues that the #MeToo movement spotlighted.
October 25, 2018
Episode 4: The Amendments
Along with congressional, state and local races, North Carolina voters will decide the fate of six state constitutional amendments. The November 6 ballot measures cover a wide range of topics, including protecting victim’s rights and safeguarding hunting and fishing. Other measures alter the balance of power between the governor and legislators and deal with voter id.
Amendment advocates and opponents have been pushing voters to take an all-or-none approach.
Politics are rarely that simple and today on The Kicker two veteran statehouse reporters to discuss via telephone the amendments and the politics driving the issues.
Kirk Ross is the capital bureau chief for Carolina Public Press. He recently wrote a guide to the amendments for Carolina Public Press.
Andy Specht is a North Carolina politics reporter for the News & Observer (in Raleigh) and PolitiFact North Carolina. Andy wrote a story evaluating advertising claims stating that “all North Carolina governors oppose the amendments.” That story was produced through the North Carolina Fact-Checking Project, a partnership of McClatchy Carolinas, the Duke University Reporters’ Lab and PolitiFact.
October 11, 2018
Episode 3: Devising a plan for North Carolina’s national forests
Guests on The Kicker from left to right: Carolina Public Press environmental reporter Jack Igelman, U.S. Forest Service planning staff officer Michelle Aldridge and American Whitewater national stewardship director Kevin Coburn. The topic was the revised plan for the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests in Western North Carolina.
Welcome to The Kicker from Carolina Public Press, a North Carolina news show bringing you conversations with journalists, sources and newsmakers from across the state. In the episode, host Peter Kent is joined by Jack Igelman, lead environmental reporter for Carolina Public Press; Michelle Aldridge, the U.S. Forest Service planning staff officer for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest plan revision; and Kevin Colburn, national stewardship director for American Whitewater. They discuss how the U.S. Forest Service is working to revise how nearly 1.1 million acres of national forests in North Carolina will be managed, a decision that will impact the mountains’ environment, economy, recreation and culture for the next 20 years. Listen here
September 27, 2018
Episode 2: Lake Lure’s dam problems
Today on The Kicker, the North Carolina lakeside town best known as the setting for the film Dirty Dancing is dealing with a situation that would make for a nail-biter disaster movie. The dam that creates Lake Lure is crumbling and in need of millions of dollars in repairs. Carolina Public Press managing editor Frank Taylor has been reporting the story. He brings us up to date on what’s being done to avoid catastrophe. Listen here
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September 11, 2018
Episode 1: We launch!
The Kicker moderator Peter Kent hosts conversations and interviews with Carolina Public Press contributing journalists reporting on a regional and statewide North Carolina stories.
Carolina Public Press Executive Director Angie Newson and Board Member David Hurand join Peter to discuss the origins of Carolina Public Press, it’s mission, future and current projects. Listen here:
September 27, 2018
Episode 2: Lake Lure’s dam problems
Today on The Kicker, the North Carolina lakeside town best known as the setting for the film Dirty Dancing is dealing with a situation that would make for a nail-biter disaster movie. The dam that creates Lake Lure is crumbling and in need of millions of dollars in repairs. Carolina Public Press managing editor Frank Taylor has been reporting the story. He brings us up to date on what’s being done to avoid catastrophe.