What Matters for Friday, December 09, 2016

On today’s show Mark speaks with Tim Boyum, anchor of Capital Tonight on the Time-Warner Cable News Network, for his weekly segment keeping us abreast of topics like what to expect during next week’s special session of the General Assembly regarding helping victims of Hurricane Matthew in eastern North Carolina, as well as victims of the wildfires in the western part of the state and also, the rumor that the General Assembly may use the session to add two seats to the NC Supreme Court. Tune in to learn more. Making a return visit to the show is Mark’s interview with Matthew Sheffield, editor of Praxis.ink, in the wake of all the conversation about fake news, Sheffield reminds us about how conservatives have allowed themselves to become isolated from the full media echo chamber by choosing not to pay attention to media sources that are seen as “leftist” and focusing only on conservative media sources. Mark speaks with Sheffield about how conservatives are making themselves ignorant by consuming only news from their “go to” sources and why that is a problem.

What Matters for Thursday, December 08, 2016

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC 5th District), to talk about her chairing the House Education and Workforce Committee, what her priorities will be for the upcoming Congressional session, and whether she believe Congress will roll back President Barack Obama’s overtime rule? Next up is Tom Murry, chief legal counsel for the Administrative Office of the Courts Government Affairs office,to tell us what to expect from tomorrow’s courts commission meeting. That agenda includes raising the age for juvenile court jurisdiction, North Carolina is one of only two states that tries 16 and 17-year-olds as adults. Closing out the show is Jan Hannig, a professor of statistics and operations research at UNC-Chapel Hill, to discuss his statistical assessment of people who have won the lottery multiple times. Here is a quick preview, one person who won 40+ times statistically would have had to spend $230,000 out of pocket. Tune in for more.

What Matters for Wednesday, December 7, 2016

On today’s show mark brings on Mark Vitner, a securities economist with Wells Fargo, to discuss the latest national jobs report, the likelihood of the FED raising rates this month, and a year-end sense of where he sees North Carolina economically. Next up is Anna Beavon Gravely, state director of Generation Opportunity NC, to talk about their work on college campuses bringing awareness to students about Social Security, their financial literacy programs for college students and her thoughts on the election, what messages resonated with young people, college students and millennials. Closing out the show is Marty Kotis, a member of the UNC Board of Governors and developer in the Triad, who came on to talk about what it has been like for the UNC Board of Governors, and what priorities the BOG will have in 2017.

What Matters for Tuesday, December 06, 2016

It’s women’s day here on Tuesday at What Matters in North Carolina. To start off the day Mark talks with A.P. Dillion, co-founder of www.americanlens.com, to talk about Montel Williams’ post on Twitter which seemingly encouraged her to commit suicide. Montel has regularly railed against conservative policies in North Carolina, starting with HB 2. Next up Mark speaks with Stephanie Keaveney, with the John William Pope Center for Higher Education, about her latest article, “Should Universities Be Sanctuaries for Illegal Immigrants” after UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, NC State, UNC-Asheville and others participated in a walkout when President-Elect Donald Trump was elected, protesting his announced plans to do away with DACA which provides exemption from deportation to those who enter the US illegally as children. To close out the show Mark brings on Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the NC Values Coalition, to talk about their recent prayer walk in Charlotte, the recent attacks on “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, judicial overreach and whether she think Trump will make good on his pledge to appoint pro-life judges. Tune in for more!