Public Service, Higher Education, and Life as First Lady: An Engaging Conversation with Susan Allen
VIRGINIANS OF INTEREST
by Brian Campbell and Carthan Currin
4M ago
Get ready for a captivating ride as we sit down with Susan Allen, former First Lady of Virginia. We traverse through her passionate journey of promoting tourism and wellness in the state, a mission kindled by her work with the Charlottesville Historical Society and her love for the great outdoors. Listen as she paints a vivid picture of her time in the Governor's Mansion, where the blending of family life, hosting duties, and the occasional lunch with global leaders such as Margaret Thatcher, was all in a day's work.  Susan Allen's commitment to public service didn't stop with her tenure ..read more
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William Park: From Rural Virginia to Shaping Virginia's Housing Industry and Higher Education Policy
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by Brian Campbell and Carthan Currin
4M ago
Have you ever wondered how a young man who grew up on a tobacco and beef cattle operation in Southside Virginia go on to shape how communities consider novel approaches to affordable housing for the elderly? Meet our guest, William Park, Chair of the Virginia Tech Foundation and Principal of Pinnacle Construction and Park Properties, who shares his journey from Southside Virginia to leading major multifamily development projects. Listen to him reflect on the influence of small town values and his insights on the changing dynamics of tobacco farming. In our chat, we move from the rural to the ..read more
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Exploring Obesity Medicine: A Deep Dive with Dr. Sue Wolver, Director of the VCU Medical Weight Loss Clinic
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by Brian Campbell and Carthan Currin
4M ago
Do you want to enhance your understanding of obesity medicine and its role in combating one of the most common ailments in our society today? Brace yourselves for a captivating conversation with Dr. Sue Wolver, an esteemed associate professor of internal medicine and the director of the VCU Medical Weight Loss Clinic. Dr. Wolver reveals her professional journey, from a biochemistry major to the US Air Force, then to medical school and flight surgeon school, and her eventual shift of focus from traditional primary care to obesity medicine. She provides pivotal insights into the training process ..read more
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Diving into Critical Thinking: A Discussion with Faith Christian School Leaders
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by Brian Campbell and Carthan Currin
4M ago
Looking to navigate the evolving dynamics of parent-teacher relationships in education? Join us for an enlightening conversation with Peter Baur, Head of Faith Christian School, and Leslie Ramsey, Assistant to the Head of the School, who bring valuable insights on this topic. They provide a snapshot of the modern educational system from their perspective, highlighting the integral role parents play in fostering an education that strikes a balance between academic rigor and moral values. Dive into the second part of our podcast as we journey with Peter and Leslie through the realm of Christian ..read more
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Insights into the National D-Day Memorial from Expert John Long
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by Brian Campbell and Carthan Currin
4M ago
Have you ever wondered how weather played a role in the Allies’ advantage in D-Day? Get ready to journey back in time as we welcome John Long from the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford onto the Virginians of Interest Podcast. Listen in as John, a Roanoke native and renowned history aficionado, takes us through the remarkable events of D-Day. He sheds light on the exceptional bravery of the National Guard Unit Company A of the 116th Regiment. Uncover the intricacies of staging an amphibious assault and how the Allies managed to minimize the risks involved. But that's not all. Our discussion t ..read more
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Behind the Scenes: Jeannie Baliles and the Governorship of Virginia
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by Brian Campbell and Carthan Currin
4M ago
Are you ready to embark on a riveting journey with an extraordinary woman who has left an indelible mark on the political landscape of Virginia? This episode features a heart-to-heart with the impeccable Jeannie Baliles, former First Lady of Virginia, as she unveils her captivating life story. Discover the deep roots of her family in North Carolina and Maryland, and unravel the stories that have shaped her from her studies at Washington College and Wesleyan University to the legacy of her mother’s experience at Duke University and her grandfather’s encounter at the Battle of Gettysburg. Jeann ..read more
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Transforming Petersburg: An Insightful Talk with Sam Parham, Mayor of Petersburg
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by Brian Campbell and Carthan Currin
4M ago
Samuel Parham, born and raised in Petersburg, Virginia, is a dedicated public servant and business professional who has made significant contributions to his community. A 1993 graduate of Petersburg High School, Parham furthered his education at Richard Bland College, where he earned an Associate of Science degree in 1996. During his time there, he demonstrated his leadership abilities by founding the Multi-Cultural Alliance, co-founding the Rotaract Club, and participating in the College Players drama club. Parham continued his academic journey at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond ..read more
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Ep: 12 Virginians of Interest: Don Upson, President, Upson Technology Group
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by Brian Campbell and Carthan Currin
4M ago
Don Upson is the President of Upson Technology Group and Chairman of the Government Business Executive Forum (GBEF).  Formerly, Don served as Virginia’s Secretary of Technology, the nation’s first state Cabinet-level technology secretary. States and the Federal government emulated this model in the creation of a national Chief Technology Officer role. Support the show ..read more
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Ep: 11 Virginians of Interest: Tim Timberlake, Radio Personality and Producer
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by Brian Campbell and Carthan Currin
4M ago
Tim is a native Virginian who lived in New York, Charlotte and Staunton before moving here to attend Randolph Macon College in 1967.  He began his radio career at WTON in Staunton during high school, and then went to work for WRVA in 1970.  He spent four years as trafficopter reporter in the 70s and would later join Alden Aaroe as co-host of the morning show for eight years until Alden’s passing in 1993. Along with John Harding, Tim would remain as morning host for another eight until his retirement in 2001. Since then, he’s been a freelance producer and voice talent, a stage manage ..read more
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Ep: 10 Part 2 Virginians of Interest: George Allen, Former Governor of Virginia
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by Brian Campbell and Carthan Currin
4M ago
In 1993, George Allen was elected 67th Governor of Virginia. Keeping the promises he made to Virginians, he successfully cut taxes by more than $600 million; instituted his high academic Standards of Learning and School Performance Report Cards; made neighborhoods safer with the abolition of parole through truth-in-sentencing; initiated historic, pro-work welfare reforms; enacted the nation’s first public-private transportation funding system; repealed or amended 71 percent of all regulations; reduced the size of government with greater efficiency and accountability; and grew the economy – mak ..read more
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