Hosted by:Mark Lieberman
03/12/2019 INTERVIEW WITH RANDY ROBINS
Randy Robins is a local standup comedian in the Asheville area. He was also a Special Education teacher in his past life. So, what does it take to be a comedian? What is unique about Jewish humor? Come listen below to hear Randy’s ideas about comedy.
Randy Robins with host Mark Lieberman
03/05/2019 INTERVIEW WITH JENNIFER BOWMAN
Jennifer Bowman is a journalist for the Citizens-Times. She is a regular on this show because she has so much insight into the local issues of Buncombe County. Today she gives us an update on Wanda Greene, Skyland Fire Department, and A-B Tech.
Jennifer Bowman with host Mark Lieberman
02/26/2019 INTERVIEW WITH TODD WILLIAMS
Today we are fortunate to have on our program Todd Williams, the Buncombe County District Attorney. In 2014, Todd was designated as a Board Certified Specialist in State Criminal Law by the NC State Bar. Today, he discusses the role of a District Attorney and the District Attorney Office. In addition, he will address such issues as opioids, marijuana legalization, violate crime, race equity, and bail reform. Listen below to this insightful interview.
Todd Williams, Buncombe County District Attorney and host Mark Lieberman
02/19/2019 INTERVIEW WITH GWEN WISLER
WPVM is honored to have as its guest Gwen Wisler, Councilwoman on Asheville City Council and Vice-Mayor. Gwen has brought her business acumen to the city council as she is a past CEO of the Coleman Company. Today she discusses several issues that are confronting the city’s infrastructure, including financial issues and Affordable Housing. Listen in!
Councilwoman Gwen Wisler with host Mark Lieberman
02/12/2019 INTERVIEW WITH LAEL GRAY
Lael Gray is the Executive Director of the Asheville Jewish Community Center. In her work she advocates for children, for the environment, ethical living and diversity. Today she discussed her colorful background growing up in a multicultural surroundings, the history of the Asheville Jewish Community, and the importance of education and mutual understanding in our community. Listen below to a very enlightening and inspirational discussion.
Lael Gray with host Mark Lieberman
02/05/2019 INTERVIEW WITH JEFF MESSER
Today Mark interviewed Jeff Messer, a life long storyteller, playwright, and creator and host of a TV streaming interview show featuring creators of comic books. You may have seen the high successful “Robin Hood” last season at the Montford Players – Jeff was the co-playwright for it! Come listen to his fascinating life, career and aspirations!
Jeff Messer and host Mark Lieberman
INTERVIEW WITH JULIE MAYFIELD AND SUZANNE DEVANE
Julie Mayfield was elected to the Asheville City Council in 2015. She serves on the Finance City Council Committee, and chairs the Housing and Community Development City Council Committee. Suzanne Devane heads the Don’t Wreck Ashevile Coalition. Today’s topic centers around the proposed I-26 Connector highway expansion. What are the opinions for and against? Listen below to the spirited conversation.
Host Mark Lieberman with Julie Mayfield
01/22/2019 INTERVIEW WITH DR. GEORGE PAPPAS AND BILL RAMSEY
This morning’s discussion centers around the WNC Sanctuary Movement for undocumented immigrants. Mark interviewed Bill Ramsey, who coordinates a congregational sanctuary working group; and George Pappas, an attorney who represents clients in US immigration law. The topics covered are the types of sanctuary, promotion of sanctuaries, and essential components of congregational sanctuary. Listen below and learn more about the sanctuary movement.
Bill Ramsey, George Pappas, and host Mark Lieberman
01/15/2019 INTERVIEW WITH VIJAY KAPOOR
Welcome back to the show, Vijay! Vijay Kapoor was elected to Asheville City Council in November of 2017. Today he discusses issues of Asheville. Topics included were development policies to provide rational, responsible growth, city infrastructure, possible taxation to grow city revenue, such as a food and beverage tax, affordable housing, and city traffic. Listen in to get an inside track about what City Council is working on to better the lives of its residents.
Host Mark Lieberman with Vijay Kapoor
01/08/2019 INTERVIEW WITH JENNIFER BOWMAN AND JOE COLETTI
Jennifer Bowman is a journalist for the Citizens-Times. Welcome back to the show, Jennifer! Joe Coletti works for the John Locke Foundation, which is a non-partisan think tank and research institute in north Carolina. Today the discussion centers around AB-Tech and the related sales tax issue for Buncombe County. Also discussed was the actual vs earmarked distribution of tax money to AB-Tech.
Host Mark Lieberman with Jennifer Bowman
12/25/2018 INTERVIEW WITH DALE FOLWELL- STATE TREASURER
Dale Folwell is the State Treasurer of North Carolina. He was a four term member of the NC House of Representatives. One of Mr. Folwell’s responsibilities is to provide and administer state health plans to plan members. He has proposed a plan which was approved by the State Health Plan’s Board of Trustees that will shift from a commercial based payment model to a model based on a % of Medicare rates. Listen below to how this approach is estimated to generate $300 million in savings and $60 million in savings to plan members.
Dale Folwell, CPA State Treasurer
12/18/2018 INTERVIEW WITH FRANK GOLDSMITH – MEDIATOR
Frank Goldsmith is retired from active practice of law and now centers his work on mediation and arbitration in his independent practice Goldsmith Resolutions. Today he discusses mediation – what it is, its advantages and potential problems, comparisons with other states, how it works, and how it differs from arbitration. This discussion is understandable for everyone. Listen below.
Host Mark Lieberman with Frank Goldsmith
INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT LANKIN
Bob Lankin is the Branch Manager of Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. in Pennsylvania. Today Mark and Bob discuss the issue of mass incarceration in the United States. The United States incarcerates 4-10 times the number incarcerated per each 100,000 of population than any western country. Bob discusses how it happened, is it really necessary to incarcerate this many criminals, and what can be done about it. He also discusses the issue of capital punishment. Listen to the facts about these issues!
12/04/2018 INTERVIEW WITH BOB DEUTSCH
Bob is a practicing lawyer and is an attorney for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. Her is a strong advocate and supporter of the Asheville community. He chaired the Mountain Green Conference at Warren Wilson College that focuses on sustainable real estate development in our mountain region.
Today Bob and Mark discuss real estate development in Asheville and surrounding areas, estate planning and end of life issues involving real estate, and land use and zoning issues in Asheville-Buncombe County. These are issues that affect all of use. Listen below.
Host Mark Lieberman with guest Bob Deutsch
11/27/2018 INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS CAVANAUGH
Chris is the President of the Magellan Strategy Group devoted to providing organizations with greater focus on profitable opportunities and strategic insights into the marketplace. Today Chris discusses tourism, the hotel industry, and affordable housing. He discusses the issues with the hotel occupancy tax. Listen below!
Mark Lieberman with Chris Cavanaugh
11/20/2018 INTERVIEW WITH TERRY VAN DUYN
Terry Van Duyn represents District 49 which includes Buncombe County, as a Democratic member of the North Carolina Senate. She has been serving since 2014. Today she discusses the impact of the results of the 2018 midterm. The overall result is a net gain for Democrats at the state, local and judicial levels. She also discussed the outcome of the six constitutional amendments. Four of the six amendments passed. She discussed the impact of the Voter ID amendment. Please listen below.
11/13/2018 INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL ARRIOLA
Today Mark is interviewing Michael Arriola, who is the Deputy District Director of the SBA (Small Business Administration) for North Carolina. He will be heading up the new Asheville Branch. Today they discuss the history of SBA and its major programs for lending to small businesses. In addition, Michael discussed the importance of shopping local small businesses of Asheville and how it helps the local economy. Listen below.
Host Mark Lieberman with Michael Arriola
11/06/2018 INTERVIEW WITH RABBI JUSTIN GOLDSTEIN
Rabbi Justin Goldstein serves as the rabbi at Congregaion Beth Israel in Asheville, NC. He is a member of Rabbis Without Borders and was named by the Forward as ne of the “Inspiring Rabbis of 2016.”
Today’s discussion centers around how during this volatile election period to promote an honest, truthful discussion before other events such as the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting tragedy occur. Words and discussion do matter. What can politicians do to improve collaboration? Please listen below to this thoughtful, inspiring discussion.
Host Mark Lieberman with Rabbi Justin Goldstein
10/30/2018 INTERVIEW WITH SARAH GILLOOLY AND JEN JONES
This week’s discussion is about the 6 North Carolina amendments. It is imperative for voters to truly understand the impact of these amendments before voting. Some of the amendments concern judicial vacancies, voter ID requirements, and State Income Tax Rates. Please listen.
Sarah Gillooly is the Director of Political Strategy and Advocacy at the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina. Jen jones is the Director of Communiations and Digital Strategy at Democracy North Carolina.
10/23/2018 INTERVIEW WITH STACEY CASKEY AND JAY EGOLF
Stacey and Jay are both running for three open positions on the Henderson County school board. Some of the issues discussed in this interview are changes in curriculum to better prepare students for the work force after secondary school, early literacy programs, and needed changes to the current safety plan. Listen below.
Host Mark Lieberman with guests Stacey Caskey and Jay Egolf
10/16/2018 INTERVIEW WITH RICKY BOONE
Ricky Boone is a professional magician who lives in western North Carolina. He is the owner of the store “The Vanishing Wheelchair.” A remarkable person, he has risen above physical disabilities to succeed as a performer and business owner. Through it all he has been guided and strengthened by family and friends and a passion for stage magic. Listen to his fascinating story.
10/09/2018 INTERVIEW WITH ADRIANNE GORDON
Adrianne is the Director of Business Operations at JB Media. JB Media is a digital marketing agency based in Asheville, NC that supports mission-driven companies, social enterprises, and nonprofits. Today Adrianne discusses B-corporations- the mission, objectives, and how they are certified. Learn about the the goal of using business as a force for good.
10/02/2018 INTERVIEW WITH LEAH ASHBURN
OK, all beer drinkers and even those who are not, come listen to the interview with Leah Asburn who owns the Highland Brewing Company. Learn about craft beer and how this business was founded and grew in Asheville. Learn about the importance of breweries to the local economy and beer city branding. Leah’s story is fascinating. Listen below.
Mark Lieberman with Leah Ashburn
09/25/2018 INTERVIEW WITH TINA WHITE
Today Mark interviewed Tina White, a transsexual woman. She is the Executive Director of the Blue Ridge Pride Center and a member of the board of directors for the Human Rights Campaign. Learn about her journey to recognize and embrace her identity as a woman and how whe is learning how to be a community activist and public servant. She will talk about the HB 2 Law and LGBTQ equality.
09/11/2018 INTERVIEW WITH PHILLIP PRICE
This is Phillip Price’s second appearance on “The World According to Mark.” Phillip is the Democratic candidate running for North Carolina District 11 U.S. House of Representatives. Today Mark interviewed Phillip on issues, such as immigration, healthcare, the six amendments to be voted on in the November election, and 9/11 as it relates to today’s issues. Be sure to listen! This interview will also be aired on 9/18/2018 at 9:00 A.M.
Host Mark Lieberman with Phillip Price
STEPHANIE BROWN AND JIM MUTH
Today Mark interviewed Stephanie Brown, President & CEO of Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Jim Muth, Chairperson of the Board, Beaufort House Inn. The topic today was Tourism and the history of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, which oversees the Asheville area destination marketing and sales efforts. Also discussed were highlights of the buncombe County Room Tax.
Host Mark Lieberman with Stephanie Brown and Jim Muth
08/28/2018 INTERVIEW WITH MARK GIBNEY
Mark Gibney is the Belk Distinguished Professor at UNC Asheville and Affiliated Professor at the Raoul Wlallenberg Institute in Sweden. He is the author or editor of 14 books on human rights. Today Mark will discuss human rights issues, such as immigration, and asylum and refugee protection. This is an interview not to be missed!
Host Mark Lieberman with Mark Gibney
08/21/2018 INTERVIEW WITH DAVID WILSON BROWN
This is David Wilson Brown’s second appearance on the show. David Brown is the Democratic nominee for the 10th Congressional District of North Carolina. Today David Brown is discussing political issues, such as offshore drilling, gun violence, immigration, health care, social security, and medicare.
David Wilson Brown
08/14/2018 INTERVIEW WITH JACQUELINE GRANT
Jackie Grant has been installed as the 124th president of the North Carolina Bar Association and President of the North Carolina Bar Foundation. Today she discusses the role the Bar Association plays, and what lawyers can bring to the issues of criminal justice reform and education of the public about the court system. Listen to the audio below.
08/07/2018 INTERVIEW WITH ROB SCHOFIELD
Rob Schofield is the Director of NC Policy Watch. He has three decades of experience as a lawyer, lobbyist, and writer/commentator. This discussion centers around the six amendments proposed by North Carolina lawmakers for the November ballot. Join us to tackle the questions of what these amendments are really saying and the consequences of voting in favor of them. It is critical that all North Carolinians understand these amendments before voting.
07/31/2018 INTERVIEW WITH MOUNTAIN BIZWORKS AND WELLS FARGO
Today Mark interviewed Moriah Heaney, Communications and Development Associate for Mountain BizWorks; and Connie Smith, Program Manager for Wells Fargo. Mountain BizWorks is a US Treasury certified non-profit community development financial institution which is dedicated to delivering responsible affordable lending to help low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged people and communities. Wells Fargo has assisted by offering grant money to Mountain BizWorks. Listen in to hear about this program.
Host Mark Lieberman with Moriah Heaney from BizWorks
07/24/2018 INTERVIEW WITH CECIL BOTHWELL
Cecil is a return guest on The World According to Mark. Cecil is well known in Buncombe County. He is a progressive politician, writer, musician, builder and artist. Today he will talk about his new book and the People’s Park Foundation. Listen in to this interview!
Mark Lieberman with Cecil Bothwell
07/17/2018 INTERVIEW WITH ACLU
Today Mark interviewed members of the North Carolina American Liberties Union (ACLU). Mike Meno is the Communications Director, and Sneha Shah is a staff attorney. Some of the topics that were discussed: cash bail bonds, LGBTQ, and mandatory court fines and fees.
07/10/2018 THE HAPPY TOGETHER REVUE!
Mark Lieberman brought in some members of The Happy Together singing group for this radio show. This group will be performing a fundraiser for the Attic Salt Theatre and Pisgah Legal Services July 22 and 29. Today Mark interviewed Ellen Pappas, Blaine Greenfield, Marci Bernstein (Executive Director of the Attic Salt Theatre), and Ruth Planey. They discussed the origin and purpose of the group. Of course, there are some sample songs played on the air!
Listen in! You won’t be disappointed!
Host Mark Lieberman with Blaine Greenfield, Ellen Pappas, Marci Bernstein, and Ruth Planey
07/03/2018 INTERVIEW WITH IMMIGRATION LAWYERS
Today host Mark Lieberman discussed the controversial issue of immigration. The topics include parent-child separation, zero tolerance, Trump’s executive order, asylum, due process denials, and immigration legislation.
George Pappas is an immigration defense lawyer and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Lory Rosenberg is also an immigration lawyer and has been a judge of immigration appeals. Thomas Griffin is a Pennsylvania immigration defense lawyer and has performed human rights investigations. Listen to this interview covering a national crisis issue.
Host Mark Lieberman with immigration lawyers George Pappas and Lory Rosenberg
06/26/2018 INTERVIEW WITH JENNIFER BOWMAN
Jennifer Bowman is an investigative reporter with the Citizens-Times. Today Jennifer provided an update on the criminal and civil indictments against Wanda Greene, ex-county commissioner of Buncombe County. These include using $2 million public money to purchase whole life insurance policies. Welcome back Jennifer!
06/19/2018 INTERVIEW ABOUT N.C. NON-PROFITS
Today Mark interviewed several prominent people about the issues and strategic initiatives of non-profits in North Carolina, particularly the Mission Health System.
Rachael Nygaard is the Director of Strategic Partnerships in Buncombe County; David Heinen, VP of Public Policy for N.C. Center for non-profits. Dr. Ron Paulus is the President and CIO of the Mission Health System.
This is an important interview with information that affects as all here in North Carolina.
Host Mark Lieberman with Rachael Nygaard
06/12/2018 INTERVIEW WITH JEFFREY ROSE
Jeffrey Rose is the Chair of Buncombe County democratic party. His role is to support democratic candidates. Today Jeffrey discussed results of the primary elections, strategies for the upcoming election in November, and the issues surrounding partisan gerrymandering. Be sure to listen to this audio.
Host Mark Lieberman with Jeffrey Rose
06/05/2018 INTERVIEW WITH GREENWORKS
Today Mark interviewed 2 guests from the environmental group GreenWorks. Dawn Chavez is the Executive Director, and Eric Bradford is the Director of Operations. GreenWorks mission : Inspires, equips and mobilizes individuals and communities to take care of the places we love to live. Listen to the audio about recent initiatives and how GreenWorks is with Buncombe County and Asheville city government.
Mark Lieberman with Dawn Chavez and Eric Bradford
05/29/2018 INTERVIEW WITH PHILLIP PRICE
Phillip Price of McDowell County is the Democratic candidate running against Republican candidate Mark Meadows for Congress in the 11th District of Western North Carolina. Listen to the audio to hear his stand on issues.
Mark Lieberman with Phillip Price
05/22/2018 INTERVIEW WITH VIJAY KAPOOR
This is Vijay’s second appearance on “The World According to Mark”. This time Vijay is a City Council member and he discusses his experiences and challenges the past 6 months. Some of the topics covered today were the city budget, policing issues, and racial and social equity. This is an exciting interview. Don’t miss it!
Mark Lieberman with Vijay Kapoor
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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