Hosted by:Mark Lieberman
11/05/2019 INTERVIEW WITH VIJAY KAPOOR
It’s always a pleasure to have City Councilman Vijay Kapoor come onto the wpvm radio show. Today we discuss Asheville voting districts for City Council, hotel approvals, tree planting and noise ordinances. Come listen and catch up!
Host Mark Lieberman with Vijay Kapoor
10/29/2019 INTERVIEW WITH WOMANSONG
Womansong. A fabulous singing group of women who sing about women empowerment, diversity, and strength. An organization with outreach to help women in need. This is a very special chorus. You must listen to its mission, its history and even a couple of songs. Members Sarah Rubin, Melody Shank, and Marilyn Hubbard are interviewed for this show. Listen to the audio below.
Host Mark Lieberman with Sarah Rubin, Melody Shank, and Marilyn Hubbard
10/22/2019 INTERVIEW WITH MACKENSY LUNSFORD
Mackensy is a food agricultural and beverage reporter for the CitizenTimes. And she has the knowledge base as she used to be professional chef. This discussion centers around the food culture of Asheville and its issues. Learn about food behind the scenes!
Host Mark Lieberman with Mackensy Lunsford
10/15/2019 INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL LANCASTER
Michael Lancaster is the musical Director of the Asheville Symphony Chorus and the Artistic Director of the Carolina Concert Choir. Today he talks about how he got involved with these choruses and his background of how he became so passionate about music. You will hear about the upcoming concerts. Did you know that the Asheville Symphony Chorus has approximately 130 members? How awesome is that! Listen to this interview below.
Michael Lancaster with host Mark Lieberman
10/08/2019 INTERVIEW WITH TODD WILLIAMS
Todd Williams is the Buncombe County District Attorney. Today they talk about the controversy surrounding Jermaine Rush who was the victim of a violent encounter with the Christopher Hickman with the Asheville Police Department. Listen below:
Host Mark LIeberman with Todd Williams
10/01/2019 INTERVIEW WITH BRIAR BUCHANAN AND ZAKIYA BELL-ROGERS
Today’s discussion centered around Helpmate, a non-profit service organization which provides services to victims of domestic violence I Buncombe County. Briar Buchanan is a youth prevention educator at Helpmate, and Zakiya Bell-Rogers is a foster care social worker at Buncombe County Dept. of Social Services. Today, the topics included discussion of the definition of domestic violence, and how Helpmate can assist those in need. Listen below.
Host Mark LIeberman with Briar Buchanan and ZaKiya Bell-Rogers
09/24/2019 INTERVIEW WITH KEVIN COLBURN
Kevin Colburn is the National Stewardship Director for American Whitewater. This organization is a national river conservation nonprofit, and its mission is to protect and restore America’s whitewater rivers and enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely. Listen below to the progress that has been made, and plans for the future.
Kevin Colburn with host Mark Lieberman
09/17/2019 INTERVIEW WITH PARRIS BOOKER
Parris Booker is a practicing attorney in NC, and works with the Family Justice Center in conjunction with Pisgah Legal Services. Today she talks about domestic violence, and how the Family Justice Center helps those experiencing domestic abuse. This is a very important interview so that listeners know what avenues can be taken to protect themselves, and how to leave dangerous situations. Listen below.
Parris Booker, Esq. with host Mark Lieberman
09/10/2019 INTERVIEW WITH BRIAN AND STACEY CASKEY
Today Mark interviews Brian and Stacey Caskey. Brian is running for NC Senate in district 48 running against Chuck Edwards. He and his wife own Biltmore Tutoring. Brian is an officer in Mills River Town Council. Today they discuss the impact of the NC state court’s ruling that the state’s legislative district map is unconstitutional, thus paving the way to undo years of Republican gerrymandering. The court has ordered state lawmakers to draw new maps in 2 weeks. Learn more? Listen below!
Brian and Stacey Caskey with host Mark Lieberman
09/03/2019 INTERVIEW WITH BRIAN NOLAN AND MELISSA BRIDGES
Brian is a key resource in the development of standardization for sober living communities in NC and is a long standing member of Recovery Residences of NC. Dr. Melissa Bridges is the director of Couples on the Brink. Learn about the challenges of sober living communities and The North Carolina Association of Recovery Residences (NCARR) what is being done to protect sober living communities.
08/27/2019 INTERVIEW WITH NOAH WILSON
Noah Wilson is the President of Emergent Opportunities, Inc. and the Project Manager for Growing Outdoors Partnership of Mountain Bizworks. Mountain Bizworks provides tailored small business lending and peer leaning program to help group businesses and expand economic opportunities in Western NC. Today they discussed Mountain Bizworks, the importance of the outdoor economy here in Asheville, and the upcoming Outdoor Economy Conference. Listen below!
Noah Wilson with host Mark Lieberman
08/20/2019 INTERVIEW WITH JAMES FOX
James Fox is the Director of UNC Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC). He serves as the leader for major collaborations, including NOAA’a Climate Program Office and National Centers for Environmental information and NC Institute for Climate Studies. NEMAC uses geographic information systems and decision support systems to address climate change. Listen in to hear about some of these startling findings and learn more about the organization, the Collider that houses this organization.
James Fox with host Mark Lieberman
08/13/2019 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 and Ellen Frost. She summarizes the indictments that have been made.
Jennifer Bowman with host Mark Lieberman
08/05/2019 INTERVIEW WITH CLIVE POSSINGER
Clive is the President and Board member of the Asheville Lyric Opera Company, which is a non-profit professional opera company that stages productions ranging from traditional opera to Broadway to cutting edge world premiers. This discussion centers around what lyrical opera is, why it creates such an impact on its audiences, and the challenges of a non-profit company. Please listen.
07/30/2019 INTERVIEW WITH DR. MELISSA BRIDGES
Melissa Bridges has a PhD in Systems Thinking and is a professor at Capella University. When her boyfriend died last year from a drug overdose, she began developing a course for the Addiction Studies department on how to incorporate family therapy in addiction treatment facilities for communities across the United States. Today she discussed the dangers of opioid addiction, how to increase awareness and how to enhance therapy for addiction recovery. Listen below:
Dr. Melissa Bridges
07/23/2019 INTERVIEW WITH CATHY HOLT
Cathy Holt is an activist for a cleaner environment. Today Mark interviewed Cathy to discuss renewable energy sources – solar, wind, and hydro. They discussed the importance, benefits, and possible implementation strategies. Listen in!
Today Mark interviewed Luke Moon, who is a co-founder of the Philos Project. The Philos Project is a dynamic leadership community dedicated to promoting positive Christian engagement in the Middle East. Philos supports friends in the region who share a vision of pluralism by offering educational resources, immersive travel programs and networking and advocacy opportunities to help Christian leaders understand important Middle East issues. Luke in the past was a Southern Baptist minister, and he sees the criticality of productive dialog on these issues. Listen below to hear more about the Philos Project, and how this project might work to increase understanding in the Middle East.
07/09/2019 INTERVIEW WITH MATTHEW NANNIS
Matthew Nannis is the founder of PIVOTpointwnc in Asheville, NC. Matthew started this program to addition to outpatient programs and halfway houses for substance abuse. PIVOTpoint offers a natural environment to support and build on the foundational clinical work that is done for rehabilitation. Listen to how and why Matthew started this program, and its benefits. This is truly an Asheville experience.
07/02/2019 INTERVIEW WITH DR. STEVE WOODSMALL AND DR. RALPH HAMLETT
Steve Woodsmall is an Air Force veteran who will run as a Democrat next year against US Rep Mark Meadows for the 11th District. Ralph Hamlett is a Professor of Political Communication and is Steve’s campaign manager. Today the discussion centers around gerrymandering, the Mueller investigation, impeachment, and the treat of job corps closures. This is your opportunity to listen to candidates running for office. These interviews are quite insightful.
Dr. Steve Woodsmall, Dr. Ralph Hamlett, and show host Mark Lieberman
06/25/2019 INTERVIEW WITH GINA COLLIAS
Today Mark interviewed Gina Collias a Democrat candidate for North Carolina’s 10th congressional district in the US House. Gina was a Republican candidate in the past as part of a movement called The Rational Republicans. She switched because she felt her values are more consistent with the today’s Democratic party. She discusses central issues, such as immigration, healthcare, the environment, national security, and gun laws. Listen in!
Guest Gina Collias with host Mark Lieberman and Producer Shelley Lieberman
06/18/2019 INTERVIEW WITH SHOSHANA FRIED FROM PISGAH LEGAL SERVICES
Shoshana is an attorney at Pisgah Legal Services, and is the Director for Justice for All.
Today the discussion centers around immigration and asylum. Shoshana talks about asylum law, deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), deferred action for childhood arrivals, and immigration remedies for victims of domestic violence. She stresses the difficulties arising from changes to the asylum law. Everyone should listen to this interview to learn the latest developments.
Guest Shoshana Fried from Pisgah Legal Services and host Mark Lieberman
06/11/2019 INTERVIEW WITH JACLYN KIGER/PISGAH LEGAL SERVICES
Jaclyn (Jackie) Kiger, JD, MSW is a Managing Attorney with Pisgah Legal Services (PLS), a nonprofit legal aid law firm serving Western North Carolina. Her legal advocacy focuses on access to health care and public benefits law. Today Jaclyn and Mark discuss the controversial issue of medicaid expansion. Jaclyn discusses how important this issue to the residents of North Carolina, and why it is necessary. Please listen below.
06/04/2019 INTERVIEW WITH NC REP BRIAN TURNER
Today Mark interviewed Rep. Brian Turner who represents District 116 in the NC House of Representatives. he is also a member of the Education-community colleges legislative committee. They discussed changes in the NC General Assembly, gerrymandering, the budget, teacher’s pay, and other State issues. Listen below!
Rep. Brian Turner
05/28/2019 MAYOR ESTHER MANHEIMER
Today we were honored to have the major, Esther Manheimer on “The World According to Mark”. Esther has been the mayor of Asheville since 2013 as well as being a practicing attorney. The interview today focused on tourism and the hotel industry. What are the positives and what are the issues with our vibrant tourist economy? What is happening with the Flatiron building? Will it be a hotel? What is happening with the convention center and how will the needed renovations be funded? Come listen below!
Mayor Esther Manheimer
05/02/2019 DEFIANT REQUIEM
Today Mark Lieberman produced a special broadcast of The World According to Mark. We were fortunate to have two very important guests talking about the background of Defiant Requiem and the upcoming Defiant Requiem concert which will be June 1 at the Thomas Wolfe auditorium. The Defiant Requiem is the concert that the Jewish prisoners of the Terezin concentration camp sang to the Nazis to convey a message they could not say.
Murry Sidlin is the conductor for this concert, and Kym Verhovshek works with the Defiant Requiem Foundation and child of one of the survivors of Terezin. Please listen to this compelling interview.
Host mark Lieberman with Maestro Murry Sidlin and Kym Verhovshek
04/30/2019 INTERVIEW WITH STEVE WOODSMALL
Steve Woodsmall is running for the 11th Congressional District in US House of Representatives. Major Steve Woodsmall is retired from the USAF, and has since earned a PhD in Organizational Management. He supports fighting against the high cost of pharmaceuticals, insuring quality health care for everyone, guaranteeing health and human services for veterans, ensuring legal protections of individuals brought into the country as children, and many other issues to be discussed in today’s interview. Listen below:
Clyde Volpe with host Mark Lieberman
04/16/2019 INTERVIEW WITH ANN STAUSS
Ann is the owner of Asheville Farm to Table Tours Western North Carolina. Through extensive experience in New Orleans area food service operations, she gained broad knowledge of fine foods. Farm to table is a social movement which promotes serving local food at restaurants and school cafeterias preferably through direct acquisition from the producer. Listen to this enlightening broadcast below.
Host Mark Lieberman with Ann Stauss
04/09/2019 INTERVIEW WITH KARON KORP
Karon works as a realtor with Asheville Realty group. She is currently the President of Asheville Sister Cities, and serves on the membership committee of Opportunity Knocks, a business professionals group. Today she describes how to use deeds and land records for historical research, and the wonderful program of Sister Cities. To date there are over 2200 sister cities partnered worldwide to promote peace and develop bonds that cross geographic and cultural barriers.
Host Mark Lieberman with Karon Korp
In addition, here are some sites to perform historical land research:
Property Look Up – GIS: Geographic Information System
Buncombe County – https://gis.buncombecounty.org/buncomap/
Haywood County – http://maps.haywoodnc.net/gisweb/default.htm
Yancey County – https://yanceycountync.gov/index.php/yancey-county-gis
Register of Deeds
04/02/2019 INTERVIEW WITH BRIAN AND STACEY CASKEY
Today Mark interviews Brian and Stacey Caskey. Brian is running for NC Senate in district 48 He and his wife own Biltmore Tutoring. Brian is an officer in Mills river Town Council. Today they discuss all types of issues, including ABC privatization, teacher pay, tax cuts for businesses, health care, restoration of the Earned Income Tax Credit, domestic violence, and citizenship. Listen below to this enlightening discussion.
Brian and Stacey Caskey with host Mark Lieberman
03/26/2019 INTERVIEW WITH DANIEL ALDRIDGE
Daniel Aldridge is a professor at Davidson College. He is the author of Becoming American: The African American Quest for Civil rights, 1861-1976. Today Daniel discussed the issues described from his book and the African American experience since the abolition of slavery. Listen below:
Professor Daniel Aldridge with host Mark Lieberman
03/19/2019 INTERVIEW WITH BRUCE LONG AND DR. ARNOLD BROWN
Today Mark Lieberman is discussing the topic of the Biltmore Progressives with two esteemed gentlemen. Bruce Long had worked for the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President in 1974, and Dr. Brown is a retired physician whose last medical position was a Chief of Staff and the VA Medical Center in Asheville. The Biltmore Progressives are a community of local residents, including independents regarding issues of national importance to help create an environment of knowledge, civility, equity and cooperative activism in pursuit of progressive objectives. Today, the issues such as Medicare for all, health care, census,and immigration are discussed. Come listen below.
Dr. Arnold Brown and Bruce Long with host 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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