Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Eric Horvitz - Microsoft Researcher

Discussing the challenges of introducing robots into homes and hospitals.

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Dr. Andy Taylor - Chair of Political Science at NC State

Discussing the impending indictment of State Sen. R.C. Soles and what his imprisonment would mean for the North Carolina Democratic Party.

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Tim Stiles - University Career Services at UNC

Discussing he growing trend of people with undergraduate degrees not having the upper hand in the job market.

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Jeff Gore - Assistant Physics Professor at MIT

Discussing his crusade to get rid of the penny.

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Dr. Faisal Hossain - Tennessee Technological University

Discussing how dams can control weather and the effects caused on the surrounding area.

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Brian Fishman - Author of ‘Pakistan’s Failing War on Terror’

Discussing why he thinks Pakistan may be more important for the U.S. to focus on than Afghanistan.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Senator Kay Hagan

Discussing health care, Afghanistan, and climate change.

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Brad Wilcox - National Marriage Project

Discussing the recent coming-out of Tiger Woods’s alleged mistresses and why this kind of thing seems to be so common with people in the public eye.

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Mark Hanson - IRS Spokesperson for the Carolinas

Discussing recovery tax breaks and other information that may impact your 2009 return.


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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Zack Moore - NC Division of Public Health Epidemiologist

Discussing the national trend of the number of flu cases decreasing.

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Jonah Goldberg - Editor at Large of National Review Online

Discussing his views on the recent climate change e-mail controversy and how he thinks ‘groupthink’ has a lot to do with belief in the phenomenon.


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John Coleman - Economics Professor at Duke University

Discussing President Obama’s upcoming jobs summit.

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Ronald Neumann - Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan

Discussing expectations for President Obama's announcement to the nation regarding his plans for Afghanistan.


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Mark Hanson - IRS Spokesperson for the Carolinas

Discussing the extension of the first-time homebuyer tax credit and the new tax credit for long-time residents.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Don Carrington - Executive Editor of Carolina Journal

Discussing a land deal involving Tony Rand & Mike Easley.

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Steven Camarota - Center for Immigration Studies

Discussing how immigration legislation is changing to match up with the changing unemployment numbers.


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Jeff Nance - Author of "Conquering Deception"

Discussing his time as a police officer and the book he’s written about lying and deception.

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MJ Gohel - Director and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation

Discussing President Obama’s announcement to come Tuesday about sending more troops to Afghanistan.


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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Patrick Michaels - Cato Institute

Discussing emails hacked and posted on the web last week that undermine the work and claims of not only the climate scientists at a specific research unit in the UK, but around the world.


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Brian Sullivan - FOX Business Anchor

Discussing upcoming debt payments for the U.S.

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Louisa Warren - North Carolina Justice Center

Discussing food insecurity in North Carolina.

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Zack Moore - State Epidemiologist

Discussing the recent instances of Tamiflu-resistant H1N1 flu at Duke hospital and what we should expect for the rest of the flu season.


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Cindy Chunn - Manpower Employment Services

Discussing the effect that the economic downturn is having on seasonal hiring.

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Bob Pendergrass - President of the N.C. Falconers Guild

Discussing being a falconer in N.C., how prevalent it is and how often accidents happen like the one with the Cary woman whose chicken was killed by a hawk.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Dr. Mike Walden - NC State Economist

Discussing his latest column, about what is now being referred to as "The Great Recession"

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Hal Parson - Escazu Artisan Chocolates

Discussing the chocolate factory he’s opening on Blount Street.

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Dan Ariely - Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business

Discussing the sex toy study at Duke that has raised some eyebrows and angered some Catholic leaders in the area.

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Tom Horn - Author of "Apollyon Rising"

Discussing the doomsday prophecies described in his book that stem from Nostradamus, the Mayans and even NASA.

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Ken Derksen - PIO for Wayne County Schools

Discussing the short-lived Rosewood Middle School “grade-buying” fundraiser.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Dr. Susana Martinez-Conde - Barrow Neurological Institute

Discussing the connection between magic and neuroscience.

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Brig. Gen. James Marks and Petty Officer Lewis Irving

Discussing the struggles veterans face, and what some of the organizations from around the country are doing to lend a helping hand.


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Brian Balfour - Civitas Institute

Discussing Civitas’s report on Raleigh’s debt and just how much of that is being shouldered by citizens.


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Jennifer Hunt - Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Discussing the fact that many veterans don’t know the services that are available to them and how they can find out.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Lt. Col. George Sterling - U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion

Discussing findings that many people who want to join the armed forces are unfit to do so.


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Dahlia Lithwick - Supreme Court Reporter for Newswe

Discussing the Supreme Court case being heard now about whether it's constitutional to send teenagers to prison for life.


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Sam Sherraden - New America Foundation

Discussing an article he wrote for CNN about how statistically jobless numbers are really much worse than they look.

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Cynthia Ebinger - University of Rochester

Discussing the land rift in Africa, right through the desert in Ethiopia, that is expected to turn into an ocean or a sea eventually.


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Ira David Wood III - Theatre In The Park Executive Director

Discussing his production of A Christmas Carol going back to France.


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Kathryn Edwards - Researcher for Economic Policy Institute

Discussing EPI’s new website that helps consumers understand the economy in simpler terms.

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Stuart Varney - Fox Business News

Discussing unemployment being at 10.2% and what effect this will have on job-hunters.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Katherine Armstrong - Federal Trade Commission

Discussing the FTC’s efforts to alert people to “free” credit report companies that are not actually free.

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Alan Phillips - Director of NC Pandemic Response Project

Discussing why he's concerned with the amount of control the state has when it comes to distributing the vaccine.

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Dr. Jacob Vigdor - Duke University

Discussing the socioeconomic segregation that may take place in Wake County schools in December.

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Dan Gross - Business Columnist for Newsweek

Telling you why the stock market may not be as good of an indicator of the overall economy as you might think.

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Greg Young - NC State University

Part 3 of our series on ethics, focusing on business ethics.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Col. T.X. Hammes - USMC Retired

Analyzing the current situation in Afghanistan.

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Dr. Cathy Truitt - Wake County School Board Candidate

Giving her thoughts on the run-off election.

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John Tedesco - Candidate for the Wake County School Board

Discussing his thoughts on the run-off election.

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Ron Kessler - Author of "The Terrorist Watch"

Discussing the issue the Secret Service is having keeping up with threats on President Obama.

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Dr. Barnett Kramer - National Institutes of Health

Discussing the phenomenon recently discovered that not all cancers are “linear,” i.e. they don’t all get worse and worse – some actually go backwards and disappear.


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Dr. Dale Harrison - Director of the Sunshine Center of NC

Discussing media ethics as it applies to coverage of politics, disasters and deaths, advertising, copyright issues.

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Liz MacDonald - Fox Business Network Stocks Editor

Discussing the growth in the GDP & what it may mean.

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Paul Bedard - Washington Whispers

Discussing his Washington Whispers column for US News & World Report.

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Don Carrington - Executive Editor of Carolina Journal

Discussing what's to be expected next with former Gov. Mike Easley.

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MJ Gohel - Director and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation

Discussing the Afghani elections and the bombings in Pakistan that happened while President Clinton was there.

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Gregg Stebben - Author of "Internet Privacy For Dummies"

Discussing the new Google Droid for Motorola that is expected to put GPS companies out of business.

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Drew Carberry - National Crime Prevention Council

Discussing the California gang rape & the “bystander effect.”

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Rick Henderson - Managing Editor of the Carolina Journal

Discussing some interesting points of contention with former Gov. Easley's testimony.

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John Hood - President of the John Locke Foundation

Giving his thoughts on former Gov. Easley's testimony.

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Rev. Dr. William Barber - Director of the NC NAACP

Discussing the decision to go ahead with the runoff in the District 2 Wake County School Board race and what this may mean for the diversity of the school system.

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Daren Bakst - John Locke Foundation

Discussing a recent N.C. Supreme Court ruling regarding gun ownership rights and how he thinks there needs to be a change in this law as it applies to some ex-felons.

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William Burns and Joel Martin - "The Haunting of America"

Discussing their book about the haunted history of the United States and some of its most prominent historical figures.

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Bob Garner - Spokesperson for the NC AARP

Discussing the AARP’s new endeavors to give financial advice to people in their 20's and 30's so that they’ll be better off when they reach AARP age.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Rick Henderson - Managing Editor of the Carolina Journal

Discussing day two of the Easley hearings.

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David Brockman - Vicar General Raleigh Catholic Diocese

Discussing the moves the Catholic church is making to accept more Anglicans.


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John Nance - NC Department of Transportation

Discussing the rock slide that happened on I-40 near the Tennessee border Sunday.


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Joe Kelly - Commercial-Free Childhood Steering Committee

Discussing the quasi-recall/refund of Baby Einstein DVDs and why his organization sees this as a victory.


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Jane Kim - Assistant Professor at Harvard

Discussing a study she led involving vaccinating boys against HPV.

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Denise Neunaber - NC Coalition to End Homelessness

Discussing local homeless people using the internet to get help and share their stories.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Rick Henderson - Managing Editor of the Carolina Journal

Discussing the results of the first day of the Easley investigation, and what you can expect to happen next.

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Justice Robert Orr - N.C. Institute for Consitutional Law

Discussing the hearing at which taxpayers argued incentives given to Google violated the state constitution.


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Monday, October 26, 2009

Rick Henderson - Managing Editor of the Carolina Journal

Discussing the hearings for the Mike Easley investigation.

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Vivian Speight-Bridges - N.C. Operation Lifesaver

Discussing a program designed to help save your life at the most dangerous spot on any highway or road -- the highway-rail grade crossing.

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Rachel Beck - AP National Business Columnist

Discussing how the big companies need to change their ways...but not the way you might think.

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Ben Scales - N. C. Cannabis Patients Network

Discussing President Obama’s memo stating that medical marijuana users should not be federally prosecuted in states where it is legal.

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Mitchell Silver - Dept of City Planning & Urban Design

Discussing how the recent changes in leadership in the Wake County school board may end up affecting more than just schools in the area.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

David Rock - Author of "Your Brain At Work"

Discussing strategies for overcoming distraction, regaining focus, and working smarter all day long

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Marti Hampton - Real Estate Agent

Discussing the time remaining for the first-time buyers credit.

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Greg Grimsal - Federalist Society

Discussing Louisiana judge Keith Bardwell denying a marriage license to an interracial couple and the importance of judicial elections.

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Paul Stock - N.C. Bankers Association

Discussing the issues facing small community banks in competing with the big bailed-out banks that have been deemed “too big to fail.”


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Professor Steven Reynolds

Discussing the 32 new planets found outside our solar system and what it means that 4 of them are designated as “Super Earths.”

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bob Coats - Governor’s Census Liaison

Discussing all of the problems the Census is expecting to have when conducting next year.

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Dr Steven Camarota - Research Center for Immigration Studies

Discussing a recent poll done that shows people in Mexico think amnesty for illegal immigrants in the U.S. would encourage more illegal immigration.

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Beth Fertig - Author of "Why Can’t U Teach Me 2 Read?"

Discussing students falling through the cracks of the educational system.

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Sara Banusec - American Petroleum Institue

Discussing the recent spike in oil prices.

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Robert Reid - AP Correspondent

Discussing the runoff election to be held in Afghanistan.

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Marie Lynn Miranda - Duke University

Discussing the findings from a study she co-authored with others from Duke University and NCCU about the effects of lead levels in children.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Gail Mazzocco - Statewide Area Health Education Centers

Discussing the nursing shortage in NC and throughout the country.

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Andrew Curliss - Reporter for the News and Observer

Discussing the newest developments in the allegations surrounding former Governor Mike Easley’s golf club watering the course during last year's drought.


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Monday, October 19, 2009

Senator Richard Burr

Discussing the summit he'll be attending, which focuses on the role of the NC educational system on economic development.

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Christopher Kukla - Center for Responsible Lending

Discussing various bank fees that have been getting higher as the recession’s hit consumers’ pockets harder.

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Dr. Mike Walden - NC State Economist

Discussing the future of Social Security.

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Dan Douglas - Urban Planner

Discussing his ideas for how to turn Raleigh into more of a thriving urban metropolis.

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Hanz Christian Linnartz - Duke Immigration Law Professor

Discussing the changes President Obama has made to the 287(g) immigration law and how they are affecting law enforcement officers at the street level.

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Gregg Stebben - Author of "Internet Privacy For Dummies"

Discussing Windows 7 and Google Wave.

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Adam Shapiro - Fox Business Network

Discussing the Dow passing the 10,000 mark and what this really means for Wall Street and “Main Street” in terms of the recession.

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Harvey Schmitt - Raleigh Chamber of Commerce

Discussing Governor Perdue’s trip to Asia, as well as Tom Campbell’s remarks from the previous day about what he deems necessary changes to the state’s incentives procedures.


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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Stuart Benjamin - Duke University Law School Professor

Discussing the disturbing free-speech case heard last week by the US Supreme Court, involving video of animal abuse.

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Tom Campbell - Political Analyst and Creator of NC Spin

Discussing Gov. Beverly Perdue’s economic development trip to Asia and why disagrees with paying huge incentives to draw large businesses.

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Richard Salem - Founder of Enable America

Discussing how his group works to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Dr. Gordon Pitz - Cognitive Psychologist at UNC Chapel Hill

Discussing why we don’t use information or heed warnings that could help us avoid bad behaviors and make better lifestyle choices.

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Grace-Marie Turner - The Galen Institute

Discussing the vote in the Senate Finance Committee and her view that the consumer must be given choices and power to control health care decisions.

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Dr. Eleanor Greene - Triad Women’s Center in High Point

Discussing her group's (Doctors For America) visit with President Obama.

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Josh Ellis - StateGovernmentRadio.com Capitol Reporter

Discussing the potential of new legislative seats in the Triangle.

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Colon Willoughby - Wake County District Attorney

Discussing the problem prosecutors and police have with the no-snitching code among criminals and some members of the public.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Elissa Gough - Infidelity Expert

Discussing infidelity and why it seems that the rich and famous are always involved in some kind of love trouble.

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Nahal Toosi - AP Correspondent

Reporting from Islamabad, discussing the terrorist attacks in Pakistan.

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Paul Bedard - Washington Whispers

Discussing his Washington Whispers column for US News & World Report.

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Tony Gurley - Wake County Commissioner

Discussing Wake County’s interesting plan to generate revenue from the methane gas being produced by the South Wake Landfill.

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Jay Ratliff - Aviation Expert

Discussing whether or not your airline ticket will cost more if the Senate's climate change bill becomes law.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Warren Friedman - HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes

Discussing the findings of a study that shows one in three homes in U.S. metropolitan areas have issues that could be harmful to residents’ health.


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David Goff - Spokesman for the American Heart Association

Discussing the evidence that smoking bans in some places may have actually helped to lower the rate of heart attacks there.


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Bob O'Brien - Stocks Editor for Barrons.com

Discussing the U.S. dollar’s slide and whether there may be a new world currency.


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Dan Engber - Slate Magazine

Discussing the possibility of the "fat tax" being passed in North Carolina.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Jay Ratliff - Aviation Expert

Discussing a new terrorist threat that has the TSA concerned.

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Ronald Mortensen - Author of “Illegal, But Not Undocumented”

Discussing his research which shows many illegal immigrants are in fact documented, but illegally.

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Roger Cooper - Executive VP of the American Gas Association

Discussing how you could be saving money on your heating bill this winter.

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Lori Millberg - Wake County School Board Member

Discussing what she expects to happen with the Wake County School Board election.

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Luke Thomas - Owner of quakeprediction.com

Discussing the recent earthquakes in Indonesia and the one he predicted in California for the 4th and 5th of October.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Ben Swann - KTSM News El Paso

Discussing the state of drug trafficking violence in New Mexico.

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Anne Altman - IBM

Discussing how Raleigh can prepare for the influx of city dwellers expected to move in by 2050.

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Brian Boheim - Author of Political Common Sense for America

Discussing his proposal for a third political party in the United States: The Franklin Party.

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Mark Spoonauer - Laptop Magazine

Discussing 4G wireless networks.

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Vincent Labombardi - New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center

Discussing "toxic showerheads" and the scare a study at the University of Colorado has spiked with their identification of a dangerous microorganism in most showerheads.


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Robin Carver - WakeMed Health and Hospitals

Discussing the H1N1 vaccine that is about to come out and what should be expected of it.

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John Hood - President of the John Locke Foundation

Discussing new developments in the Easley investigation and the state treasurer imposing a new travel expense policy.


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Elaine Mejia - Budget and Tax Center at NC Justice Center

Discussing the report on the 2009-2011 state budget

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Glenda Head - R.B. Glenn High School

Discussing the student-run credit union Glenda Head is managing.

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Sandra Farmer - Brain Injury Association of N.C.

Discussing the Joint Chiefs chairman’s suggestion that U.S. service members be pulled from duty if they suffer brain injuries.

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Ted Galen Carpenter - Cato Institute

Discussing the current nuclear and diplomatic situation with Iran.

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Dr. Mike Walden - NC State Economist

Discussing the state of social security.

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Lindalyn Kakadelis - N.C. Education Alliance

Discussing the upcoming Wake County school board race and the state of North Carolina schools in general in regards to diversity, busing, and charter schools.

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Paul Bedard - Washington Whispers

Discussing his Washington Whispers column for US News & World Report.

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Jason Kay - North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law

Discussing the state of charter schools in N.C. at the moment and how his organization is helping to file suit so that local school administrative units can provide funds to charter schools.

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John Paul Womble - Alliance of AIDS Services Carolina Div.

Discussing the experimental AIDS vaccine that has prevented infection with a 31% success rate in Thailand.

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Rev. James Hutchins - Retired Brigadier General

Discussing the decision made by the U.N. Security Council to go forward with a resolution against further nuclear proliferation

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Brad Stagg - HGTVPro.com and DIY

Discussing outdoor projects you can do this Fall if you can’t afford to hire a contractor, builder or other professional, or if you just want to have some fun.


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Dan Kish - Institute for Energy Research

Discussing climate initiatives President Obama is supporting and how they could be bad for the economy.


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James MacDougald - Co-Founder of the Free Enterprise Nation

Discussing the new organization and why he and Greg Capello thought it necessary to create it.

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Bob Coats - Governor’s Census Liaison

Discussing the upcoming 2010 census and why people are already getting riled up about it.


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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Walid Shoebat - Former Palestinian Jihadist

Discussing his claim that the threat of another Islamic terror attack against America is greater now than at any point since September 11, 2001.


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Dr. Barry Kosmin - Trinity College in Hartford, CT

Discussing the rise in the number of Americans that say they have no religion.

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Chris Hayes - The Civitas Institute

Discussing the recently vacated NC General Assembly seats, including Ty Harrell’s.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Sam Sommers - Tufts University

Discussing Basking in Reflected Glory or “BIRGing,” one of his explanations of self-deception.

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Harvey Schmitt - Raleigh Chamber of Commerce

Discussing the possible effects of the Wake County School Board elections on Raleigh’s economy.

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Dan Gainor - Business & Media Institute

Discussing the ongoing issues with ACORN.

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Mardy Grothe - Author of "Ifferisms"

Discussing how “ifferisms” make their way into our daily lives.


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James Altucher - Wall Street Journal Contributor

Telling you why he believes trade issues between China and the U.S. and are more of a chess game than a war.

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Barlow Herget - StateGovernmentRadio.com

Reviewing the political events of the past week.

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Dr. Ashok Hegde - Wake Forest University Baptist Medical

Discussing the “memory-erasing” pill that has been developed in Switzerland and tested on animals.

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Seton Motley - Media Research Center

Discussing the Pew poll that shows a lack of trust in the media and the MRC’s position that this lack of trust is deserved.

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Bob Seligson - North Carolina Medical Society

Discussing the study in the New England Journal of Medicine that showed most doctors in the U.S. preferring health care legislation that would include both a public and private option.

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Dr. Mike Walden - NC State Economist

Discussing Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s recent comments that the recession is “likely over” and also about the impact of Bernanke’s reappointment.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Howard Davidowitz - Chairman of Davidowitz & Associates Inc.

Discussing the state of the consumer-driven economy and how many say we won’t go back to that once the recession ends.


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Krista Verndoff and Az Ferguson - The Game On! Diet

Discussing a dieting a game with team spirit, competition, and the glory of winning while losing weight.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Vern Moter - CPA and Financial Planner

Discussing the rumored upcoming stimulus program, “Cash for Appliances,” and whether programs like it and Cash for Clunkers are good for the economy.

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Gerald Celente - Trends Research Institute

Discussing the Summer Trends Journal, which outlines “Obamageddon” in 2012 and the beginning of the “Second American Revolution.”


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Stuart Varney - Fox Business News

Discussing the one-year anniversary of the fall of Lehman Brothers and also President Obama’s speech regarding the financial sector.

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Dan Simpson - Columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Discussing his view that President Obama should not further pursue war in Afghanistan.

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