Radio Show – "Family Policy Matters"
Now in its 13th year, our 15-minute radio show airs weekly on radio stations across North Carolina. We interview experts in their field on family policy issues and often discuss matters of recent research findings. The current show, as well as archived editions can also be heard by clicking on the appropriate link below.

This Week's Show

Update on Adams v. UNC-Wilmington Lawsuit
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with Travis Barham, staff counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, about a huge victory for academic freedom in a case involving professor Mike Adams, a professor of criminology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. On March 20, a federal jury found UNC-Wilmington guilty of viewpoint discrimination against Professor Adams, and Travis discusses that ruling and the next steps for the lawsuit.

(April 19, 2014)

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"Family Policy Matters" can be heard weekly on the following radio stations (call station for air times not listed):

Belmont/GastoniaWCGC 1270 AM, Sun., 11:30 AM

CharlotteWHVN 1240 AM, Sun., 11:30 AM

Charlotte/HarrisburgWOGR 88.3 FM, Sat., 3:45 PM

CharlotteWOGR 1450 AM, Sat., 3:45 PM

FayettevilleWCLN 107.3 FM, Sat., 7:00 AM

Forest CityWWOL 780 AM, Wed., 8:45 AM

Greensboro/Winston SalemWKEW 1400 AM, Sun., 9:30 AM

Greensboro/Winston SalemWTRU 830 AM, Sat., 6:00 AM

New BernWSTK 104.5 FM, Sat., 3:15 PM

NewlandWECR 1130 AM, Sat., 9:06 AM

RaleighWTRU 1030 AM, Sat., 6:30 AM

SalisburyWOGR 93.3 FM, Sat., 12:15 PM

SanfordWLHC 103.1 FM, Sun., 11:00 AM

Shallotte–WVCB 1410 AM, Wed., 10:05 AM - Sat. 4:30 PM

Troy-WJRM 1390 AM; Sun., 7:30 AM

WilmingtonWZDG 88.5 FM, Sun., 5:30 AM & 6 PM

Winston-SalemWBFJ 1550 AM, Sun., 4:10 PM

Winston-Salem–WPOL 1340 AM, Sun., 9:30 AM

Winston-SalemWPIP 880 AM, Sun., 5:00 PM.


"Family Policy Matters" 2014 - Past Shows


Time to Fix the TV Rating System
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with Tim Winter, president of the Parents Television Council, a nonpartisan media watchdog group. Tim discusses the problems with the current television rating system, and the PTC's new campaign aimed at changing that system to ensure that it accurately reflects the content of broadcast television programs. (April 12, 2014) mp3wma

Marriage On Trial, Part 2
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin continues a discussion he began last week with Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at Family Research Council in Washington, DC. Peter discusses a recent policy paper he wrote for FRC, entitled, “Marriage on Trial: State Laws Defining Marriage as the Union of One Man and One Woman Are Constitutionally Valid.” (April 5, 2014) mp3wma

Marriage On Trial
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with economist Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at Family Research Council in Washington, DC. Peter discusses a recent policy paper he wrote for FRC, entitled, "Marriage on Trial: State Laws Defining Marriage as the Union of One Man and One Woman Are Constitutionally Valid." (March 29, 2014) mp3wma

Why Casinos Are Bad for Business
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with economist John W. Kindt, professor of Business and Legal Policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Professor Kindt, who is a nationally recognized expert on the economic impacts of gambling, discusses the economic impact of casinos on communities. (March 22, 2014) mp3wma

Marriage Redefinition and Religious Liberty
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with Ryan Anderson, the William E. Simon Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, and the editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of The Witherspoon Institute. Ryan discusses the escalating threat to religious liberty posed by efforts to redefine marriage throughout our nation. (March 15, 2014) mp3wma

Defending NC's School Choice Program
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with Renee Flaherty, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, the nation's leading legal advocacy group for school chice. Renee is one of the attorneys involved in the legal defense of North Carolina's Opportunity Scholarship Program, which is being challenged in two separate lawsuits, and she discusses the current status of the case, and why North Carolina's school choice program is, in fact, constitutional. (March 8, 2014) mp3wma

The Health of the American Family
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with Patrick Fagan, Ph.D., Senior Fellow and Director of Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) at the Family Research Council. Dr. Fagan discusses findings from MARRI’s annual report, “The Index of Family Belonging and Rejection,” which examines the health of the American family. (March 1, 2014) mp3wma

Teaching Our Children About Marriage
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with Todd Ziebarth, Senior Vice President for State Advocacy and Support at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Todd discusses key findings from the group’s annual report, “Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Charter School Laws, 2014,” including how North Carolina ranked in the report, and how the Tar Heel state can improve its charter school law. (February 22, 2014) mp3wma

Ranking Charter School Laws
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with Todd Ziebarth, Senior Vice President for State Advocacy and Support at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Todd discusses key findings from the group’s annual report, “Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Charter School Laws, 2014,” including how North Carolina ranked in the report, and how the Tar Heel state can improve its charter school law. (February 15, 2014) mp3wma

Harms of Government-Sponsored Gambling
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with journalist Paul Davies, editor of www.GetGovernmentOutofGambling.org, and the Maggie Walker Fellow at the Institute for American Values. Paul discusses the harms of government-sponsored gambling, including lotteries and casino gambling, and why the government should get out of the gambling business. (February 8, 2014) mp3wma

The Forever Initiative
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with Dr. Alan Hawkins, Professor of Family Life at Brigham Young University, and a member of the Research Advisory Group of the Oklahoma Healthy Marriage Initiative. Dr. Hawkins talks about his new book, The Forever Initiative: A Feasible Public Policy Agenda to Help Couples Form and Sustain Healthy Marriages and Relationships. (February 1, 2014) mp3wma

How Marriage Impacts Income
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with Mark Steckbeck, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics at the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business at Campbell University in North Carolina. Dr. Steckbeck discusses an article he wrote for the Winter 2014 issue of the NCFPC's magazine, Family North Carolina, entitled, "The Marriage Wage Premium: The Financial and Personal Benefits of Marriage". (January 25, 2014) mp3wma

Attacking Christian Schools in NC
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with Matt Sharp, legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), about the constitutional rights of Christian schools in North Carolina to participate in the Opportunity Scholarship program. They also discuss an aggressive campaign by Equality NC, a statewide pro-homosexual lobbying organization, that is seeking to bully Christian schools to the point that they decline participation in the program. (January 18, 2014) mp3wma

Reaching Abortion-Minded Women in NC
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with Amber Lehman, CEO of First Choice Pregnancy Solutions, a pregnancy resource center in Wake Forest. Amber shares her personal history with abortion, and talks about the life-saving work of First Choice Pregnancy Solutions, whose mission is to communicate accurate and truthful information to women and men who are affected by unplanned pregnancy, and to provide them with spiritual, emotional and physical support. (January 11, 2014) mp3wma

NC's Opportunity Scholarship Program
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Education Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC). Darrell talks about North Carolina’s new Opportunity Scholarship Program that is aimed at empowering parents in lower income families to send their children to nonpublic schools of their choice. (January 4, 2014) mp3wma

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