"seeking Justice" Live Radio Talk


This live radio talk show is produced and originated on the campus of Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. The radio call sign is WQFS 90.9 FM. The show was created by Mary Kendall Hope in Guilford's Peace & Conflict Studies program to talk about current issues of conflict. The objective is to create a forum for exploring both sides of current events, national and international conflicts, politics and social justice issues.


  • Learning from Past Pandemics. Meeting Present Challenges within the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Learning from Past Pandemics. Meeting Present Challenges within the COVID-19 Pandemic

    12/05/2020 Duración: 01h04s

    What have we learned from past pandemics? How does an understanding of social medicine help us to face present challenges with COVID-19? How might one's viral load (of the SARS-2 Virus) impact the human experience of COVID-19? Dr. Raul Necochea & Dr. Rimma Osipov from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill discuss the factors within these questions regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic. Comparing past experiences the pandemics/epidemics of the polio virus, small pox and the 1918 Flu, Dr. Raul Necochea, Associate Professor of History & Associate Professor of Social Medicine at UNC CH extrapolates the importance of social medicine. He highlights the importance of a thorough understanding of the communities, health care systems, access to resources through transportation & limited capital directly impacts a community, region or country's collective experience of an epidemic or pandemic. He compares his own experience with the polio virus fears growing up and how the challenges of access to vaccine

  • Surviving at Home  The Bravery of Going Back Out

    Surviving at Home & The Bravery of Going Back Out

    06/05/2020 Duración: 01h49s

    Staying Home Safely... Braving the Possibility of Exposure in the Outside World.  It is a question & balance we all must face each day. Dr. Virginia Steinmetz, retired Professor Meredith College and retired Director of Duke University's Student Center talks about how she is surviving the COVID-19 Pandemic at home. She recommends ways to keep one's mind and social life active while staying safely away from others who may carry the virus. Dr. John Paul Middlesworth, Actor & Professor of English at Durham Technical Community College talks about his experience of this pandemic as an instructor, parent & son. With adult children back at home and his parents in assisted living, he ventures back into public places at times, but at safe social distances. He discussed the concern that he has for the many who are vulnerable to exposure. He presented that he is vigilantly watching what is happening this summer, and waiting before making plans for his classes in the fall.

  • COVID-19: The States Respond. The Federal Narrative

    COVID-19: The States Respond. The Federal Narrative

    30/04/2020 Duración: 01h12s

    The American Response to COVID-19 ... a collection of separate state responses & ... a federal narrative ...struggling to coalesce into consistency. Dr. Thom Little, Professor of Political Science, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro & The State Legislative Leaders Foundation provides a comparative analysis of specific states' responses, revealing that through this pandemic, Republicans & Democrats throughout the country have shown amazing moments of bipartisan leadership in their respective localities. Dr. Roy Schwartzman, Professor of Communication Studies & Head of Department at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro defines the importance of a collective narrative in a national crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Roy explains that a narrative helps humans begin to understand what is happening in order to prioritize how to manage their survival. He discusses the federal struggle to find a narrative that resonates with the American people, stating the the federal narrati

  • The 2020 Election in The Midst of COVID-19

    The 2020 Election in The Midst of COVID-19

    23/04/2020 Duración: 01h27s

    Voting by Mail...how & when to request this. Can political parties eliminate the primaries & push decisions to a virtual convention? Rachel Raper, Director Orange County Board of Elections in North Carolina and Thomas Mills, Director & Founder of Politics, NC discuss the answers to these questions and many more. Voting by Mail requires a formal request for a paper ballot in advance. States will likely conduct in-person voting in during this pandemic. How will this happen safely? Can political parties eliminate the primaries & push decisions to a virtual convention? Thomas Mills explains why they can not do this. What should Trump & Biden do to get elected respectively? 1918 was also a Presidential election year. Similar problems faced Americans then. These two guests discuss their best forecasts for what will happen. 

  • COVID-19: How Can I Help? What Can I Do?

    COVID-19: How Can I Help? What Can I Do?

    16/04/2020 Duración: 49min

    In times of crisis & anxiety - - to reach out and give love - is one of the best ways to reduce anxiety and receive love in return. Barry Porter, CEO American Red Cross (ARC), Eastern Region of North Carolina presents the present status and needs for blood, professional volunteers and 0+ and 0- blood. Mr. Porter states that although this essential organization (that has served Americans in every type of crisis since 1881) is there along side first responders and federal officials, this agency continues to require donations to sustain its ability to help. He stated that the ARC needs public help, donations and support now more than ever. Mr. Porter detailed the present response the American Red Cross in present crisis situations such as home fires and health assistance, counseling... The ARC is on the ground and doing everything they normally do, despite its monetary shortfalls during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Donations from the public are greatly appreciated and will go to help all those who are in desperate

  • The Search for a Cure- Testing a Treatment for COVID-19

    The Search for a Cure- Testing a Treatment for COVID-19

    04/04/2020 Duración: 01h01min

    "...Could this treatment be thought of as a cure?..." "...if the results reveal the positive outcomes that we hope it will... it would have a curative component..yes..." Dr. Cameron Wolfe, M.D., Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases, Duke University Medical Center discussed details within the national active research currently being conducted with hospitalized adults battling the COVID-19 Coronavirus. His answers revealed surprising details, both positive and realistic about the intravenous drug, Remdesivir. Distinguishing the difference between this treatment and hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine drugs, he stated that the chloroquine drugs were used for the mitigation {relief} of symptoms only. Dr. Wolfe clarified that Remdesivir targeted the DNA/ RNA molecular structure - seeking to prevent the virus from replicating inside the body. The ultimate goal is to find the correct treatment(s) and dosage(s) to serve as an antiviral. He described all parameters of this active research trial - happening in hos

  • School Systems Go Home-Children Teachers  Management Teams Deal with CHANGE

    School Systems Go Home-Children Teachers & Management Teams Deal with CHANGE

    02/04/2020 Duración: 01h51s

    "How did management teams deal with changes that happened hour by hour ...  and with circumstances changing within the same day?" Scarlett Steinert, Director of School Safety for the Chapel Hill/Carrboro City (public) schools discusses this unprecedented CHANGE for children, teachers, administrators and management teams.  From the changes in students' daily schedules to managing their screen time and stress levels, Scarlett Steinert provided informed and innovative insights into how children can now continue forward. As a part of the management team, she shared valuable details of how teams were tasked with making changes hour by hour over these last weeks, presenting that the constant communication and coordination among school administrators with local and state governing bodies enabled the team to handle this evolving crisis in a successful systematic manner.  Scarlett further discussed the response from the perspectives of teachers and parents, both coping with the need to establish healthy boundaries and

  • Containing COVID-19 in Group Living: Methodist Childrens Homes

    Containing COVID-19 in Group Living: Methodist Children's Homes

    26/03/2020 Duración: 01h01min

    Recorded by phone... turn it up a little.   What are the benefits - emotionally - for youth in a group setting from a sociological perspective in a time of crisis? Dr. Helen Avis, Coordinator of Outcomes and Education and Reverend Bruce Stanley, CEO & President of the Methodist Home for Children (MHC) discuss their response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the long history and outcomes of the MHC. Following the COVID-19 eruption of community spread in the United States, the MHC system implemented appropriate social distancing, hand-washing, cleaning and safety protocols throughout its homes and buildings. Counselors provided young residents with guidance and opportunities for talking through the these traumatic sudden changes & community closures.  The children are provided with counseling services and time with each other to talk about their questions when they arise, and no doubt, the availability of like-age peers to process this pandemic with has eased stress among the children living in these centers

  • The Sudden Impact of COVID-19: Human Trauma-The Earth Breathes A Sigh

    The Sudden Impact of COVID-19: Human Trauma-The Earth Breathes A Sigh

    20/03/2020 Duración: 01h40s

    When you take a look at aerial pictures of Beijing, China...with the thick smog BEFORE and the clear pure air AFTER... one has to wonder... what larger lessons are emerging? Dr. Allen O'Barr, Psychiatrist & Director of Counseling Service for The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill discusses the sudden traumatic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. He discusses: *Normal Human Reactions to Trauma *Our NEW Normal(s) *Routines at Home *The Multiple Perspectives Humans are experiencing (Privilege & Desperation) *Coming Together As a Humanity - The Lessons We MAY learn from how we HAD been divided politically & by class *The Big Picture Perspectives...The Need for Humans to Slow Down *The Impact COVID-19 is having on our Earth. We further discussed some direct coping methods for staying at home including giving oneself permission to have a melt down (but recovering from it with respect as needed) and compartmentalizing the MANY levels of CHANGE happening to all humans with regard to the many aspects

  • A Female Screenwriters Journey From Page to Screen

    A Female Screenwriters Journey From Page to Screen

    09/03/2020 Duración: 01h47s

    "What if you, as a Millennial in Hollywood get a door closed because you are a woman?"   "I can't imagine what that was like..." Jacqueline Dorry, Actress & Screenwriter reveals her journey as a young female writer & budding actress w/ Rob Underhill, Producer/Director, Award Winning Filmmaker (Seattle International Film Festival) discuss their upcoming short film/pilot "Wake Me Up First." This film short is in production as a Sci-Fi pilot for Netflix or another network as a potential serial TV/Film.  Jacqueline reveals what it is like to begin as a young writer, finishing her bachelor's degree and becoming a speech pathologist, but always wanting to follow her dream to write and become an actress.   She and Rob discuss the challenges that females in Hollywood have faced in years past as well as presently in collaborating with their male counterparts.

  • What It Really Looks Like... Treasuring Diversity  Empowering Inclusion

    What It Really Looks Like... Treasuring Diversity & Empowering Inclusion

    05/03/2020 Duración: 59min

    "Diversity is being INVITED to the party. Inclusion is being asked to DANCE."  Verna Myers, D & I Expert Have you ever looked at someone in a work place and felt that THEY didn't feel respected/included?  What did that look like? Dr. Rumay Alexander, Professor of Nursing & Past Vice Chancellor of Diversity & Inclusion at UNC Chapel Hill continues our extended interview.  Rumay began our discussion of family feelings (both sides) surrounding the removal of the Confederate Monument, Silent Sam at UNC Chapel Hill.  As our discussion continued, we explored in great depth the feelings that underlie a lack of inclusion. Dr. Alexander expounded upon what respect looks like in a person's face and with examples from her own life, work experiences, and professional associations.  She speaks about these difficult topics in great depth and with passionate feelings.

  • Treasuring Diversity  Empowering Inclusion Here, There,  Everywhere

    Treasuring Diversity & Empowering Inclusion Here, There, & Everywhere

    27/02/2020 Duración: 59min

    "All I'm asking...is for a little respect..."  Otis Redding (Lyricist) 1967 for Ms. Aretha Franklin's #1 Hit Song - RESPECT How do we recognize respect? What does a beautifully diverse work environment look like? Is it just when we see faces of many different skin colors? Or are there other signs?  What are those signs?  When do we know whether diverse spaces are truly including the voices of those with different faces, skin colors, genders... than our own? These are the questions from my script. Dr. Rumay Alexander, Professor of Nursing & Past Vice-Chancellor of Diversity & Inclusion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill answers... but BEFORE she does... her own story of being a Black Woman, growing up through the 1970's through today reveals decades of direct experience that brought her through the years in the U.S. in which diversity was not present and inclusion was just a dream.   This is PART I of my interview with Dr. Alexander.   She discusses the recent explosive developments wit

  • The Power of Finding  Using Your Voice with Legendary DJ Sam Tate

    The Power of Finding & Using Your Voice with Legendary DJ Sam Tate

    19/02/2020 Duración: 01h52s

    One's own solitary voice can feel unimportant...And struggle...feels a waste of time... It isn't. Legendary Radio Owner & DJ Sam Tate shares how the struggle of being Black in America during the 60's, 70's, 80's... right on through to present time was worth the fight, and how he succeeded because of failures. Mr. Sam Tate succeeded in a time when doors were closed to Black Americans and the nightmarish images of lynchings and the KKK weren't that distant of a memory. He talks about being in Greensboro, just AFTER the Greensboro 4 sat at the lunch counter on radio at NC A & T. He further discusses the impact of knowing artists such as James Brown, Aretha Franklin & interviewing young Michael Jackson. "He was as white as you are" (not Michael) Sam's own radio DJ idol "John R." We played a very unique clip from the actual John R that you'll want to hear. Today Sam is both Nationally and Internationally Syndicated with his Gospel Gems Radio show with over 71 radio stations and counting in his cadre.  

  • The VOTE: The History  Present Work for Black Voting Rights

    The VOTE: The History & Present Work for Black Voting Rights

    12/02/2020 Duración: 43min

    The Audio Has Been Upgraded the Best Possible Sound. During this LIVE radio recording, the guest spoke on a cell phone & some unrepairable feedback occurred.   It's 2020 and we still have voter suppression? Grammy Winner (1970) in R & B Soul Joe Simon - now Bishop Simon - came on to talk about the present work to stop voter suppression and support the registration of Black, Diverse and Poor People of all Races in this country.  He presented his website: https://eurweb.com/2019/10/29/joe-simon-national-voter-registration-drive/ In 1870 the 15th Amendment gave Black & Racially diverse males the right to vote. However, in the same year, Jim Crows laws in states throughout the south and across the U.S. began their implementation. Jim Crow laws codified the "separate but equal" standards in businesses, restaurants, schools and hiring practices. These laws further implemented tests, taxes violence and intimidation to prevent individuals of color from voting. Bishop Simon discussed how money donated and

  • Honoring A Legend  A Life: Walter Buck Leonard  The Negro Baseball Leagues

    Honoring A Legend & A Life: Walter "Buck" Leonard & The Negro Baseball Leagues

    04/02/2020 Duración: 52min

    "If there hadn't been a Walter "Buck" Leonard (1907-1997)... what wouldn't - have happened?" ...the integration of Black players into professional sports teams, an advancement of awareness of the need for social change...   Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, Chair of Duke University's African & African American Studies Department and Jonathan Fox Hunter, grandson, historian and spokesperson for the Buck Leonard Museum & Foundation for Sports & Cultural Enrichment joined me on this episode to discuss the life and legacy of the pivotal yet mostly unknown figure in our American history. Growing up in the Depression, young Buck Leonard began supporting his family at age 11 (when his father died) working for many years on the railroad and playing baseball in the community "sand lots."  He was discovered by a scout for the Negro Leagues - which formed in 1920. His hard work ethic and strong family values of dedication and integrity propelled him to the top of the leagues as a player, coach, treasurer, secretary and

  • Meanwhile...Global Warming with Mr. Frank Princiotta, Retired EPA Director

    Meanwhile...Global Warming with Mr. Frank Princiotta, Retired EPA Director

    07/01/2020 Duración: 58min

    Directly from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Mr. Frank Princiotta, Retired Director of the Air Pollution, Prevention, & Control Division discusses the immediate and longer range impact of Global Warming. The present circumstances (catastrophic floods, hurricanes, tornados....) seem invisible to the general public, yet continue to worsen. Causes? Whether one believes it is earth's natural progression or that global warming was caused by man - there is already irreversible damage that mankind must deal with as the keepers of this planet. Mr. Princiotta emphasized that a bleak outlook (world draughts, famine) would be a future reality if global warming goes unchecked. He discussed the distinct indicators that point toward a faster realization of these events in our near future.  He discussed the "Hothouse" Earth... in which the rising earth temperature would change the entire planet - limiting man's ability to survive on earth at the same level we now take for granted. We also discussed at length

  • Can SPORTS Help Bring Us Back Together As a Nation?

    Can SPORTS Help Bring Us Back Together As a Nation?

    21/11/2019 Duración: 56min

    How can a nation so divided begin a process of coming back together? Veteran Sports Caster (ESPN, FoxSports, NBC) Bucky Waters & Veteran Coach (Rising Tide Investments) Tim Hucks discuss several specific choices all of us can make as we approach Thanksgiving to lighten the divisiveness and see our common humanity. Sports provides so many opportunities for lightening life.  From coaching (and serving as a catalyst/role model for healthy family behavior) to playing and avid fan follower ship - the existence of common sports teams gives Americans ways of talking, laughing together, playing together and finding common ground outside of the political arena. In these times of extreme division, we must find specific simple pathways to see how we are the same. Bucky Waters & Tim Hucks shared their lifetimes of playing & coaching sports through times of extreme racism and political division, and discussed how sports can help people transcend their differences and leave it on the field.

  • National Employment Rates-An Accurate Representation?

    National Employment Rates-An Accurate Representation?

    13/11/2019 Duración: 57min

    Why are most Americans working 2-3 jobs and still struggling to survive, and most without benefits? Dr. William "Sandy" Darity of Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy discusses (as a Professor of Economics) the meaning of "Employment" and measures today's measures of "Employment." He points out that the income inequality and wealth disparity in this country continues to widen and worsen.  Dr. Darity points out that a Federal Job Guarantee program would address this problem by guaranteeing quality jobs to individuals - which are defined by benefits and appropriate salaries. He clearly outlined that Blacks in American suffer two to three times as much as their white counterparts in terms of pay disparity and suffer from the worst wealth inequality. Dr. Darity pointed out many specifics of such a program that would address our increasing gap between the "have's" and "have nots."  I presented that as a professor of peace & conflict studies, the existence of poverty and as a result a difficulty to

  • An Inglorious Anniversary: The KKK in North Carolina

    An Inglorious Anniversary: The KKK in North Carolina

    07/11/2019 Duración: 56min

    Neo-nazi - a term now uttered in the same breath as The KKK. A recent movie "Inglorious Bast---s" revealed the dark nature motivating likeminded nazi followers. Would Grand Dragon (leader) Bob Jones have agreed that the KKK and nazism were the same? On this episode Actor John Paul Middlesworth who portrays Bob Jones in an Odyssey production in the Triangle - talks about his life and the terrible 40th anniversary of the Greensboro Massacre. In the production "Past Imperfect" many of North Carolina's historical figures with sullied pasts are portrayed, maybe none as terribly motivated as Bob Jones.  John Paul Middlesworth reads excerpts from his monologue of Jones, providing historical context & meaning.   Mr. Middlesworth, who is also an English Instructor at Durham Technical Community College discusses with me a time in North Carolina history in which the state was referred to as "Klansville." We delve deep into the mindset of this time, seeking to understand why followers of the KKK came together, hoping

  • Evangelical: The Hijacking of the Religious Right

    "Evangelical": The Hijacking of the Religious Right

    29/10/2019 Duración: 54min

    From its earliest Greek meaning "Evangelical" meant "good news." Today the meaning has turned from into an association with conservative support of the current White House Administration. When did this "hijacking" of the term originate? And how/when has religious been conflated into a "religious right" throughout history? Dr. Bill Lawrence, Former Dean & Professor Emeritus of Southern Methodist University discusses the answers to all of these questions with a detailed history of how this happened. From the Nazi usurpation of followers of religion to more our American history of this turn in religious support in the 1970's, the slow and steady take over and re-write of the "religious" narrative appears to have culminated in the Trump Administration support by the son of famed Evangelist, Billy Graham. Franklin Graham's open, public resounding support of the behavior exhibited by this administration demonstrates the pentacle of the corruption of this ideology.  More recent reporting from the Associated Pres

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