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Intersections in Public Service

By Weldon Cooper Center
Produced by the Weldon Cooper Center Media Team, this monthly podcast takes a look at the most pressing issues facing our community, how public servants of all kinds are trying to address them, and what you can do to help.
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Returning Citizens Pt 3 - Sandra Carter & Esther Eriksson von Allmen - Episode 21
In this final episode of a three-part series on returning citizens, media intern Esther Eriksson von Allmen, speaks to Sandra Carter from the Piedmont House, a transition house in Charlottesville, Virginia. Piedmont House provides housing and employment assistance to returning citizens. Ms. Carter discusses her personal experiences working as a peer support specialist and also shares her future plans to become even more involved in supporting local returning citizens. Host, Editor, Researcher, & Writer: Esther Eriksson von Allmen Guest: Sandra Carter Producer & Researcher: Cassie Deering Producer & Project Manager: Claire Downey Voice Acting: Ryan Thompson Music & Sound Credits: Air Hockey Saloon by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under and Attribution License. http://chriszabriskie.com/licensing https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Ketsa/the-lost-files/testing Testing by Ketsa is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Shaolin_Dub/dual-realities/strapped-beat Strapped Beat by Shaolin Dub is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Restaurant Frying Sound by Sam Kolber This work is licensed under the Attribution License. https://freesound.org/people/SamKolber/sounds/210023/ Clock Ticking This work is licensed under the Creative Commons 0 License. https://freesound.org/people/ST303/sounds/171043/ Breakfast Noises by Joljo This work is licensed under the Attribution License. https://freesound.org/people/Joljo/sounds/174086/ Phone ringing sound effect: © copyright BBC https://sound-effects.bbcrewind.co.uk/search?q=phone%20ringing&resultSize=20 Ashes by Jahzzar https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jahzzar/Ashes_1206 The songs in this album are licensed under: CC BY-SA
19:45
May 27, 2021
Returning Citizens Pt 2 - Richard Miles & Cassie Deering - Episode 20
In this second episode on returning citizens, Cassie Deering discusses the ways in which state legislators and governors are taking action to better support returning citizens. Deering focuses on the issue of felon disenfranchisement: it’s history in the state of Virginia, as well as recent reforms to address it. Richard Miles is featured again in this episode to share his personal experience voting for the first time after being incarcerated, and to discuss the importance of voting for returning citizens. Host, Editor, & Co-Writer: Cassie Deering Guest: Richard Miles Producer, Co-Writer, & Researcher: Esther Eriksson von Allmen Producer & Project Manager: Claire Downey Voice Acting: Quinton Carr Goodwin Music Credits: Air Hockey Saloon by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under and Attribution License. http://chriszabriskie.com/licensing Roadside Bunkhouse by Blue Dot Sessions https://app.sessions.blue/browse/track/34365 TwoPound by Blue Dot Sessions https://app.sessions.blue/browse/track/34081 Valantis by Blue Dot Sessions https://app.sessions.blue/browse/track/34078 Automne by Vivaldi Automne - Vivaldi Cicle Ariel by Blue Dot Sessions https://app.sessions.blue/browse/track/34077 Lupi by Blue Dot Sessions https://app.sessions.blue/browse/track/34087 Copley Beat by Blue Dot Sessions https://app.sessions.blue/browse/track/34083 Three Stories by Blue Dot Sessions https://app.sessions.blue/browse/track/34084 Tricky Pothos by Blue Dot Sessions https://app.sessions.blue/browse/track/34085 JoDon by Blue Dot Sessions https://app.sessions.blue/browse/track/34088 Gondola Blue by Blue Dot Sessions https://app.sessions.blue/browse/track/34079 Hakodate Line by Blue Dot Sessions https://app.sessions.blue/browse/track/34082
17:00
May 27, 2021
Returning Citizens Pt 1 - Richard Miles & Cassie Deering - Episode 19
In this episode, Cassie Deering discusses the upward battle that formerly incarcerated people face after being released from prison. She examines the history of mass incarceration, the rights of returning citizens, and the psychological toll of imprisonment. This episode features Richard Miles, the co-founder of Miles of Freedom, a Dallas-based nonprofit organization that assists formerly incarcerated people with their transition back to society. After being wrongfully convicted at age 20, Miles spent 15 years in Texas prisons for a crime he didn’t commit. To see more about Miles for freedom check out here: https://milesoffreedom.org/. Host, Editor, & Co-Writer: Cassie Deering Guest: Richards Miles Producer, Co-Writer, & Researcher: Esther Eriksson von Allmen Producer & Project Manager: Claire Downey Music Credits: Air Hockey Saloon by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under and Attribution License. http://chriszabriskie.com/licensing “An Oddly Formal Dance” by Blue Dot Sessions https://app.sessions.blue/browse/track/27499 "Space Jam" by Pablo Ribot https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Pablo_Ribot/Urban_Metaphor/04_Space_Jam “Moody hip-hop” Artist: Shaolin Dub https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/legalcode https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Shaolin_Dub/dual-realities/strapped-beat “Scraper” by Blue Dot Sessions https://app.sessions.blue/browse/track/27490 “JoDon” by Blue Dot Sessions https://app.sessions.blue/browse/track/25881 “Testing” by Ketsa https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Ketsa/the-lost-files/testing “Copley Beat” by Blue Dot Sessions https://app.sessions.blue/browse/track/27556 “Put the Hammer Down” by Ari de Niro https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Ari_de_Niro/20170730112627820/Put_The_Hammer_Down “Kid Kodi” by Blue Dot Sessions https://app.sessions.blue/browse/track/27560 “The Yards” by Blue Dot Sessions https://app.sessions.blue/browse/track/27557
15:55
March 31, 2021
Virginia's Clean Energy Plan - Danielle Cormier & Hannah Boyles - Episode 18
On this episode of Intersections in Public Service, we dive into Virginia’s Executive Order 43, an order pledging 30% of Virginia’s energy will be allocated from renewable sources by 2030 and 100% by 2050. To learn more, we talk with Hannah Boyles, an intern at the Center for Economic and Policy Studies. We discuss Virginia’s Executive Order 43 and her research for the resulting Clean Energy Plan, a plan to track Virginia’s progress in the goals set by Executive Order 43. To learn more about the Center for Economic and Policy Studies’ recent research, visit: https://ceps.coopercenter.org/ Host & Editor: Danielle Cormier Project Manager: Claire Downey Music Credits: Air Hockey Saloon by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under and Attribution License. http://chriszabriskie.com/licensing
20:05
February 11, 2021
Charlottesville Housing Inequality Pt. 2 - Esther Eriksson von Allmen & Beth Kennan - Episode 17
In this second episode from a two-part series on housing inequality in Charlottesville, Esther Eriksson von Allmen discusses the intersection between homeownership and various socio-economic factors. She interviews Beth Kennan, a former employee at the Piedmont Housing Alliance to learn more about affordable housing in Charlottesville. This episode also covers key aspects of City Council's new affordable housing plan. Check out the draft of the housing plan here! Host/Editor: Esther Eriksson von Allmen Guest: Beth Kennan Project Manager/Producer: Claire Downey Music Credits: Air Hockey Saloon by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under an Attribution License. http://chriszabriskie.com/licensing Oyasumi by Smith The Mister https://smiththemister.bandcamp.com Smith The Mister https://bit.ly/Smith-The-Mister-YT Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/oyasumi-smith-the-mister Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/JufVrgV5i0s Intractable slow jazzy easy listening Music from https://filmmusic.io "[song title]" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Music by HaTom_music from Pixabay
25:35
January 28, 2021
Charlottesville Housing Inequality Pt. 1 - Esther Eriksson von Allmen & Blake Rumuly - Episode 16
In this episode, Media Team Intern Esther Eriksson von Allmen discusses housing inequality in Charlottesville through a historical lens. She examines the role of private real estate developers as well as federal and local public policy in creating the unequal housing market and homeownership rates that we see today. This podcast covers the history of racial covenants, redlining, and urban renewal, drawing from a variety of sources including Richard Rothstein’s bestseller The Color of Law and Paige Glotzer’s How the Suburbs Were Segregated. The expert featured on this show is Demographer Blake Rumuly, from the Weldon Cooper Center's Demographic Research Group. Other featured works include: Mapping CVille: https://mappingcville.com/ Jordy Yager’s article How Did We Get Here? for Charlottesville Tomorrow: https://www.cvilletomorrow.org/specials/friendship-court/story/how-did-we-get-here The Charlottesville Low Income Housing Coalition’s 2020 report The Impact of Racism on Affordable Housing in Charlottesville https://www.justice4all.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Housing-Report-FINAL.pdf Laura Smith’s article for Timeline, In 1965, the city of Charlottesville demolished a thriving black neighborhood https://timeline.com/charlottesville-vinegar-hill-demolished-ba27b6ea69e1 Visit Charlottesville website https://www.visitcharlottesville.org/listing/inges-grocery-store-historical-site/3196/ The New Deal in Virginia by Encyclopedia Virginia https://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/new_deal_in_virginia Host/Editor: Esther Eriksson von Allmen Guest: Blake Rumuly Project Manager/Producer: Claire Downey Music Credits: Air Hockey Saloon by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under an Attribution License. http://chriszabriskie.com/licensing Oyasumi by Smith The Mister https://smiththemister.bandcamp.com Smith The Mister https://bit.ly/Smith-The-Mister-YT Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/oyasumi-smith-the-mister Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/JufVrgV5i0s Intractable slow jazzy easy listening Music from https://filmmusic.io "[song title]" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Music by HaTom_music from Pixabay
26:22
December 18, 2020
Anti-Racism and Cultural Preservation - Jill & Ron Carson - Episode 15
On this episode of Intersections in Public Service, Media Team Intern Cassie Deering covers an interview between Virginia Institute of Government's Associate Director, Charles Hartgrove and the founders of the Appalachian African American Cultural Center, Ron and Jill Carson. Since the killing of George Floyd in May of 2020, the topics of race and police brutality have become a prominent discussion in America. Jill and Ron Carson discuss their anti-racism workshops, and the importance of Black leadership in rural areas. Together, they explore how we can come to confront racism by preserving Black history. Click here to watch the original interview. Hosts: Charles Hartgrove, Cassie Deering Guests: Ron and Jill Carson Editor: Cassie Deering Project Manager: Claire Downey Music Credits: Air Hockey Saloon by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under an Attribution License. http://chriszabriskie.com/licensing
36:38
November 11, 2020
Virginia Votes During Quarantine - Esther Eriksson von Allmen - Episode 14
On this episode of Intersections in Public Service, we take a close look at the different ways Virginians can vote safely and securely amid the COVID-19 pandemic during this years presidential election. The voter registration deadline for Virginia is October 13th, 2020. If you hear this podcast before then and are looking to register, go to the Virginia Department of Elections Website.  Host & Editor: Esther Erikson von Allmen Project Manager: Claire Downey Music Credits: Air Hockey Saloon by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under an Attribution License. http://chriszabriskie.com/licensing
07:10
October 6, 2020
Nature: Climate Change Publication - Jay Fuhrman, Andres Clarens, Bill Shobe - Episode 13
On this episode of Intersections in Public Service we talk with three UVA researchers; Jay Furhman, Andres Clarens, and the Cooper Center's own Bill Shobe about a research paper that they have just published in the highly renowned scientific journal called Nature: Climate Change. In their research, they explore variations and outcomes of how Direct Air Capture and other carbon reducing methods could be used on a large scale. Read their research here on Nature: Climate Change  Host/Editor: Claire Downey Guests: Bill Shobe, Andres Clarens, Jay Fuhrman Music Credits: Air Hockey Saloon by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under an Attribution License. http://chriszabriskie.com/licensing
21:40
September 9, 2020
National Issues at the Local Level - Chuck Anderson - Episode 12
On this episode of Intersections in Public Service, Media Team Intern Anna Miller interviews her local town councilman Chuck Anderson from Vienna, Virginia. They discuss the local impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter Movement as well as how to advocate for change on the local level. This episode was made in partnership with the Virginia Institute of Government, whose goal is to help communities build governance, capacity, and to develop local government leaders across the Commonwealth and beyond. To find out more go to: VIG's website Host: Anna Miller Guest: Chuck Anderson Project Manager: Claire Downey Music Credits: Air Hockey Saloon by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under an Attribution License. http://chriszabriskie.com/licensing
17:49
August 25, 2020
Value of Bipartisanship - John Warner - Episode 11
Former U.S. Senator John W. Warner (R-Virginia) discusses the importance of effective leadership and bipartisanship to deliver results for the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation during his 30-year tenure in the Senate. In conversation with Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership Director Larry Roberts, Senator Warner reflects on how his experience building relationships in the Senate led to solutions and improvements that achieved broad, bipartisan support. In his 42 years of public service in the military and elective office, Warner learned essential lessons of the importance of values and of public service that he wants to impart to young people today. For more information, go to Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership's website. Host: Larry Roberts Guest: Senator John W. Warner Producer & Editor: Claire Downey Executive Producer: JC Ignaszweski Music Credits: Air Hockey Saloon by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under an Attribution License. http://chriszabriskie.com/licensing
20:51
July 14, 2020
Call to Public Service - John Warner - Episode 10
Former U.S. Senator John W. Warner (R-Virginia) issues a call to public service and offers advice on being true to yourself and use advantages given to you to make the next generation's experience better than your own. In conversation with Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership Director Larry Roberts, Senator Warner reflects on how his experience at UVA Law affected his long career of public service through times of war and peace. From his Navy experience in World War II at 17 years old to concluding his 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate, Warner learned essential lessons of being a public servant that he wants to impart to young people today. For more information, go to Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership's website.  Host: Larry Roberts Guest: Senator John W. Warner Producer & Editor: Claire Downey Executive Producer: JC Ignaszweski Music Credits: Air Hockey Saloon by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under an Attribution License. http://chriszabriskie.com/licensing
23:47
June 5, 2020
Close Look at Surveys - Kara Fitzgibbon - Episode 9
In this episode of Intersections in Public service we have an open conversation with Kara Fitzgibbon, the new director of the Center for Survey Research. We discuss everything from what surveys accomplish, to research transparency, and how surveys are changing with new technology. Center for Survey Research Website Cooper Center Website Host: Claire Downey Guest: Kara Fitzgibbon Project Manager: Miles Greatwood Music Credits: Air Hockey Saloon by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under an Attribution License. http://chriszabriskie.com/licensing
29:09
January 4, 2020
Borders in Literature PHD+ - Dipsikha Thakur - Episode 8
Have you ever wondered how borders, dracula, and passports all relate to each other? On this episode of Intersections of Public Service we talk with Dipsikha Thakur, a fourth year Literature PHD student at the University of Virginia. She discusses her partnership with the Weldon Cooper Center as a PHD+ student, as well as her research on how Gothic Literature reflects people’s perspectives on borders. The books discussed in this podcast as follows: White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie The Vegetarian by Han Kang Books about Borders Recommendations: Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria E. Anzaldúa The Invention of Passports by John Torpey This Land is our land an immigrants manifesto by Suketu Mehta Words Without Borders Website Cooper Center Website Host: Claire Downey Guest: Lauren Gilbert Project Manager: Miles Greatwood Music Credits: Air Hockey Saloon by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under an Attribution License. http://chriszabriskie.com/licensing
34:39
November 1, 2019
Sorensen Bipartisanship - Lauren Gilbert - Episode 7
The Sorensen Institute is a bipartisan leadership organization, that focuses on the development of leadership skills for Virginia residents interested in becoming active in public service through politics. In this episode of Intersections of Public Service we talk to Associate Director of Sorensen; Lauren Gilbert, to take a deeper dive into the 5 different programs as well as specifically the High School Leaders Program. Lauren addresses what makes a good public servant, how policy coming out of the HSLP program has made an impact, and why it's important to have teenagers not be the leaders of tomorrow but the leaders of today. To hear more about the High School Leaders Program you can go to our website at coopercenter.org, where we have two interviews with Student Policy Makers Alex Moreno and Choetsow Tenzin about their experiences.  Sorensen Institute Website Cooper Center Website Host: Claire Downey Guest: Lauren Gilbert Project Manager: Miles Greatwood Music Credits: Air Hockey Saloon by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under an Attribution License. http://chriszabriskie.com/licensing
13:13
October 21, 2019
Student Policy Makers - Choetsow Tenzin - Episode 6
Sorensens Institute's High School Leaders Program gives teenagers the tools to become policy makers by teaching them about how to craft well made policy. In the summer program of 2017, three Charlottesville students Choetsow, Alex, and Lucas took what they learned in the program and went on to pass a mental health education bill into Virginia Legislature. Today on Episode 6 of Intersections, we talk to one of those students Choetsow about her time in the High School Leaders Program and why she's passionate about mental health education.  In our previous episode we interviewed Alex Moreno about his experience and you can listen to that on our website.  Sorensen Institute Website Cooper Center Website Host: Claire Downey Guest: Choetsow Tenzin Project Manager: Miles Greatwood Music Credits: Air Hockey Saloon by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under an Attribution License. http://chriszabriskie.com/licensing
19:34
October 9, 2019
Student Policy Makers - Alex Moreno - Episode 5
Although the process of making public policy seems intimidating, the Sorensens Institute's High School Leaders Program gives teenagers the tools to become policy makers. In the summer program of 2017, three Charlottesville students took what they learned in the program and went on to pass a mental health education bill into Virginia Legislature. Today on episode 5 of Intersections in Public Service, we talk to one of those students Alex Moreno, about his experience in the High School Leaders Program and what it was like to pass a bill into committee at only 17 years old. Host: Claire Downey Guest: Alexander Moreno Video Editor: Deiontrae Lawrence Project Manager: Miles Greatwood Sorensen Institute Website Weldon Cooper Center Website Music Credits: Air Hockey Saloon by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under an Attribution License. http://chriszabriskie.com/licensing
38:57
September 27, 2019
Climate Change - Scott Doney - Episode 4
Climate change is an issue that affects everyone, but some communities are especially at risk. Today on episode 4 of Intersections in Public Service, we talk to UVa environmental science professor Scott Doney about the impacts climate change will have on Virginia specifically. Scott discusses the specific impacts that changes to the carbon cycle will have, and how those can potentially harm people in Virginia. Host: Ben Fisher Guest: Scott Doney Video Editor: Deiontrae Lawrence Project Manager: Miles Greatwood Website Youtube Newsletter Facebook Twitter  Music Credits: Air Hockey Saloon by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under an Attribution License. http://chriszabriskie.com/licensing
25:22
September 4, 2019
Affordable Housing pt. 3 - Episode 3
In episodes 1 and 2 of 'Intersections in Public Service', we established some key causes and effects of the affordable housing crisis. We aimed to put on spotlight on public servants providing solutions. In this episode, we find out how people like you can get involved in helping address the housing crisis. We went back and found out how you can help out with the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity.  We also explore the Center for Survey Research's brand new project to help Central Virginians get involved in serving their community. In order for governments to make the best decisions, they need to have the best possible data. Survey research has become more and more expensive as traditional means of reaching people has become more difficult. That’s where Tom Guterbock comes in. He’s creating a new way for governments to get survey data: BeHeardCVA. Residents of Central Virginia are able to sign up, and later BeHeard will send them surveys with incentives. This allows residents to have their voices heard and allows the Cooper Center to collect accurate data quickly and cheaply. Website Youtube Music Credits: Air Hockey Saloon by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under an Attribution License. http://chriszabriskie.com/licensing
22:30
May 30, 2019
Affordable Housing pt. 2 - Episode 2
In this episode we’re continuing our multi-part series on how public servants are addressing the massive issue of affordable housing in Central Virginia. In episode one, Ed Olsen discussed one of the major causes of the problem, while Antonio Rice showed us the effects. For episode two, we talked with a public servant who had a vision to be a huge part of the solution: Dan Rosensweig. Dan Rosensweig is the executive director at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville, which is one of the largest and most forward thinking branches of Habitat in the country. Dan is leading the Charlottesville Habitat in an entirely new direction. Rather than addressing housing one home at a time, they’re now beginning to impact Central Virginia housing on a larger scale. Under its "New Paradigm" program, Habitat is renovating entire communities and taking a much more holistic approach to addressing the needs of the families that they partner with. Terry Rephann, regional economist at the Center for Economic Policy Studies, also joins us to discuss his economic impact study on Habitat, which confirms the very positive results of Habitat. Website Youtube Research for this episode: Daily Progress Cavalier Daily  National Low Income Housing Coalition  Charlottesville Habitat for Humanity Economic Impact Study Further Reading: Cooper Center's Center for Economic Policy Studies Music Credits: Air Hockey Saloon by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under an Attribution License. http://chriszabriskie.com/licensing
35:56
May 30, 2019
Affordable Housing pt. 1 - Episode 1
This episode starts a multi-part series on how public servants are addressing the massive issue of affordable housing in Central Virginia. Throughout the series, the podcast will dive into what’s causing the problem, what its effects have been, what the solutions are, and how you can get involved. On this episode, we discuss the cause of the problem with UVa Economics Professor Ed Olsen, while Antonio Rice of the Charlottesville Salvation Army gives us a look into some of its effects. Ed Olsen breaks down the challenges with current affordable housing policy. His research shows that unit-based housing assistance is drastically less efficient than household-based housing assistance. Olsen argues for switching to an entitlement-based voucher program and to include more homeowners. He claims that with a few simple changes, we can serve upwards of 72% more people. Antonio Rice has seen many of the effects of the housing problem first hand as the Director or Operations at the Charlottesville Salvation Army. The biggest problem with a lack of affordable housing is homelessness, and that's what Antonio seeks to address at his shelter. With an exceptionally holistic approach, Antonio's shelter and other like it have managed to reduce the amount of time people are staying in emergency housing.   Website  Weldon Cooper Center Youtube Channel Research for this episode:  National Low Income Housing Coalition Department of Housing and Urban Development Experimental Housing Allowance Study Department of Housing and Urban Development EHAS Article Charlottesville Shelter Listings Further Reading: Healthcare Triage Music Credits: Air Hockey Saloon by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under an Attribution License. http://chriszabriskie.com/licensing
30:23
May 30, 2019