Hosted by:Mark Lieberman
05/15/2018 INTERVIEW WITH MOUNTAIN XPRESS
Today Mark Lieberman interviewed personnel from the Mountain Xpress local newspaper. Virginia Daffron is the managing editor and also writes for the Xpress. David Floyd is also a writer and covers mostly Buncombe County government and Board of Commissioner meetings. Able Allen covers government non-profits, the environment and the primaries. Listen to what it is really like to work for the Mountain Xpress.
Host Mark Lieberman with Able Allen, Virginia Daffron, and David Floyd
05/08/2018 INTERVIEWS WITH LISA SORG AND SIERRA WEAVER
Lisa Sorg is an environmental reporter at NC Policy Watch. She covers topics such as social justice, pollution, climate change and energy policy.
Sierra Weaver is a senior attorney and leader of the Southern Environmental Law Center’s coast and Wetlands Program, Chapel Hill. Listen below to the interview and learn more about these environmental issues.
Jon Elliston is a local journalist and historian who has worked as a writer and editor for Mountain Express, Carolina Public Press, and WNC magazine, where he currently serves as a senior editor. The topic for today’s discussion revolves around the NC Confederate statute debate. In the wake of Gov. Roy Cooper’s call to remove all Confederate monuments in North Carolina, this issue has taken center stage. At the end of the interview, Mark Lieberman will make editorial comments about this issue. Be sure to listen!
01.23.18 INTERVIEW WITH GLENN JOSEPHS – TAX REFORM
Glenn Josephs is a CPA and partner with the Accounting Firm of Friedman LLP, headquartered in Manhattan with locations throughout NJ, Long Island, Philadelphia, and Beijing. We discussed important changes in one of the most sweeping and controversial tax overhauls in decades. Listen below!
01.16.18 INTERVIEWS WITH TERRY VAN DUYN AND NORM BOSSERT – TOPICS ARE JUDICIAL DISTRICTING AND STATE REFORMS
Terry Van Duyn has been the North Carolina State Senator for District 49 since 2014 and is currently the Democratic Minority Whip. She serves in the Joint Committee charged with looking at judicial districting and reform. This interview discusses the issue of how people are elected to fill State positions, such as judges, council members, and State representatives, and the practice of gerrymandering and its negative effects.
State Senator Terry Van Duyn
Norm Bossert has more than 43 years as a professional educator. He previously ran for public office and has now thrown his hat in the ring to challenge Chuck Edwards an incumbent Republican for the North Carolina State Senate, District 48. Norm is a proponent of reforms in public education, healthcare, housing and the environment.
Mark Lieberman with Norm Bossert
01.09.18 INTERVIEW WITH ANASTASIA TONELLO – IMMIGRATION
Anastasia Tonello is the Managing Partner in the New York City Law firm of Laura Devine Attorneys specializing in immigration matters. She is also the President-Elect of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She has written opinion pieces and spoken about increased regulatory and enforcement efforts that affect legal immigration.
01.02.18 INTERVIEW WITH KIRK BORLAND AND JOEL MAZELIS
Kirk Borland is the chair of the Marketing Committee at the OLLI College for Seniors at the University of North Carolina. At OLLI seniors can choose roughly 100 courses on a wide variety of topics, such as history, health care, philosophy, politics, performing arts, and outdoor activities. Kirk also serves as a mentor to students at UNC Asheville.
Joel Mazelis is an Adjunct Political Science Instructor and a Government Affairs consultant. In the past he was a Management Analyst at the Office of Inspector General at NASA, and the Director of Natural Resource/Environmental Affairs at the Edison Electric Institute.
12.26.17 INTERVIEW WITH CECIL BOTHWELL
Cecil Bothwell is a politician, writer, artist, musician and builder who has been in Asheville since 1981. He held two terms as City Council member and a former editor of the Mountain Express. He has been involved in environmental reform and protection, gun control, and preservation of Green Space and public parks.
12.19.17 INTERVIEW WITH CARL MUMPOWER
Carl Mumpower is a long time resident in Asheville. He is a licensed psychologist and former City Council member, Vice Mayor and candidate for the US House 2008. He is Buncombe County GOP Chairperson. He has addressed and spoken about many issues in our region, including crime, criminal justice, rigorous enforcement of immigration laws, national defense. He has recently spoken out about setting realistic benchmarks for energy efficiency.
12.12.17 INTERVIEW WITH JESSICA CULPEPPER AND WILL HENDRICK
Jessica Culpepper is a Food Safety and Health attorney with Public Justice. This organization advocates, educates, and litigates on various pubic interest causes. Will Hendrick is an attorney with the Waterkeeper Alliance. Waterkeeper Alliance strengthens and grows a global network of grassroots leaders protecting everyone’s right to clean water. This interview was centered on issues concerning hog farming in the State of North Carolina. Specifically, the interview discussed the impact of Bill 467 which limits damages residents can collect as a result of pollution caused by the pig industry.
12.5.17 INTERVIEW WITH CAPE, FRYAR & FROST.
Dec.5.2017 interview with Robin Cape and at 30:00 into the timeline an interview with Mike Fryar and Ellen Frost.At 46:00 into timeline it is revealed that the Commissioners went to the County Attorney and from their concerns and FBI investigation evolved.
Mike Fryer and Ellen Frost with Mark Lieberman
Robin Cape with Mark Lieberman
November 21, 2017 Interviews with Kathi Peterson from the Collider and Jim Barrett, Executive Director of Pisgah Legal Services.
Garrett Artz and Mark Lieberman
November 14, 2017 Interviews with Meghan Rogers, Executive Director of Asheville Downtown, and Garrett Artz, Executive Director of Riverlink.
Interview with Gwen Wisler Vijay Kapoor and Esther Manheimer (Repeat)
Oct. 31, 2017 Interview with City Council Candidate Kim Roney
Interviews with City Council Candidates Dee Williams and Rich Lee on 10.24.17.
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