The Pete Kaliner Show Archive

Building a meaningful life in rural America – with author Matthew Hoagland

With COVID-19 ripping through urban areas, a lot of people are considering moving to rural America. Author Matthew Hoagland from Western NC made the move from Asheville to Caswell County, NC – and found himself to be much happier. His book “Think Small: A Millenials’s Guide to Building a Meaningful Life in Rural America” provides a road map for how his generation can make the move.

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Police reform vs abolition: A discussion with Jonathan Blanks

Jonathan Blanks is a Visiting Fellow at the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, and he joins me to discuss his piece The Legitimacy Crisis in American Policing. 

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Racist crosswalk signals & writers attacked after warning of the Left’s intolerance

When you see a crosswalk signal of the little walking white dude, do you think, “Why do I need to ask a white man for permission?” David Kaufman does. Plus, 153 “prominent artists and intellectuals” sign an open letter in Harper’s Magazine, warning against the “intolerant climate” that limits the “free exchange of information and ideas.” Outrage ensues.

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Lt. Gov. sues Governor over executive orders – PLUS – NC is focusing on wrong COVID data

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline project is dead – just like Gov. Roy Cooper’s slush fund dreams associated with the project. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest files a lawsuit against Cooper over his SHEOs. Also, NC leaders & media keep focusing on rising case numbers and hospitalizations – even though these data sets are less about informing and more about generating fear.

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Trump Mt. Rushmore speech was divisive… if you’re a Marxist radical

President Donald Trump spoke at Mt. Rushmore on Friday, July 3rd – where he celebrated America’s Founding Fathers, the ideals they enshrined in our government, and the human spirit that system unleashed. To legacy media outlets and radical leftists, it was divisive. Which should tell you all you need to know about the battle in which America is engaged.

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Marcus Brandon discusses SCOTUS ruling on school vouchers, Leandro, & how to close the achievement gap

Marcus Brandon, the Executive Director of North Carolina CAN and a former NC Democratic lawmaker, celebrates the US Supreme Court ruling allowing public money to be used for religious schools. We also discuss the NC Leandro school funding case, and why cultural differences are to blame for the achievement gap between white and black students.

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NC Governor punts on school re-open decision

After raising expectations that he’d announce plans for re-opening North Carolina schools, Governor Roy Cooper punted yesterday. He said he’d need a few more weeks to decide. Meanwhile, he urged us all help reduce the spread of the virus (as if we didn’t see super-spreading mass gatherings over the last month).

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BLM protesters demand NC Gov veto public records bill… that he asked for

In one of the more hilarious stories about North Carolina politics, Black Lives Matter protesters are “asking” (not demanding) Gov. Roy Cooper veto a bill — that his administration asked the legislature to adopt. Also, the NC DHHS finally announced a plan to test all staffers at nursing homes.

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COVID cases surge & don’t you dare blame a month of mass protests

We may never know the reason why states are seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Was it the Memorial Day barbecue? Infected bars and gyms? And why are most of the new casts among young people? It’s all so mystifying.

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Rep. Murphy: “NC Health Secretary lied to me”

North Carolina Congressman Dr. Greg Murphy says NC Health & Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen lied to him regarding partnering with hospitals to fight COVID-19. 

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Want more?

A longtime listener and friend, Erik Soderstrom, has been keeping a personal archive of the past three years of podcasts I did while at WWNC.
If you’d like to listen to any of that old content, here is a link to his personal archive.