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

Addressing the Poverty of Nations
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with Dr. Barry Asmus, Senior Economist with the National Center for Policy Analysis. Dr. Asmus discusses issues from his recent book, The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution, which he co-authored with Dr. Wayne Grudem.

(September 13, 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

What's Next in the National Marriage Battle
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with Austin Nimocks, senior legal counsel and Director of Legal Advocacy for Marriage and Family at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) in Washington, DC. Austin discusses the ongoing legal battle over the definition of marriage in the United States and explains why it is more important than ever for pro-family citizens to stay active and engaged in defending marriage as one man and one woman. (September 6, 2014) mp3wma

North Carolina's Marriage Battle, Part 2
In Part 2 of a two-part series on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin continues a discussion he began last week with Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the North Carolina Values Coalition, about a recent ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals striking down Virginia’s marriage protection amendment, and explains what that ruling means for North Carolina. She also offers encouragement to pro-family citizens to continue to stand for marriage as one man and one woman. (August 30, 2014) mp3wma

North Carolina's Marriage Battle, Part 1
In Part 1 of a two-part series on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the North Carolina Values Coalition, about the escalating legal battle over North Carolina’s marriage protection laws. Tami discusses the four federal lawsuits that are currently challenging our marriage laws. She also talks about a recent ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in a similar challenge to Virginia’s marriage laws, and explains what that ruling means for North Carolina. (August 23, 2014) mp3wma

The Legal Battle for NC's "Choose Life" Plates
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with Scott Gaylord, professor of law at Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, NC, and an allied attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). Mr. Gaylord talks about the ongoing legal battle over North Carolina’s “Choose Life” specialty license plates, and why he and ADF, on behalf of the General Assembly, recently asked the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on the legal battle. (August 16, 2014) mp3wma

The Truth About Same-Sex Parenting Studies
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with Glenn Stanton, director of Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family, about the findings of a recent Australian study on children raised in same-sex parent homes that claims that kids raised by same-sex parents are no different than those raised by married moms and dads. Glenn, who has spent years studying and writing about marriage, parenting and families, explains the serious flaws in this controversial study, and why married mother and father families are best. (August 9, 2014) mp3wma

Tracking the Health of the American Family
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with Dr. Patrick Fagan, Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (or MARRI) at the Family Research Council in Washington, DC. Dr. Fagan talks about MARRI’s recent report, “Annual Report on Family Trends,” which examines the current state of the American family based on its behavior in five of society’s most important institutions. (August 2, 2014) mp3wma

The Harms of Third Party Reproduction
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with fertility industry watchdog Alana Newman discusses her feature article in the current issue of Family North Carolina, entitled, “Creating a Marketplace of Children: A Donor-Conceived Woman Explains the Harms of Third Party Reproduction.” Alana, who is the founder of The Anonymous Us Project, talks about how donor conception impacted her own life and the lives of others. (July 26, 2014) mp3wma

Why Mothers and Fathers Matter
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with David Lapp, a Research Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies, and co-investigator of the Love and Marriage in Middle America Project. David discusses the findings from a new report on the science of parenthood that was co-published by IAV, Center of the American Experiment, and Institute for Family Studies, “Mothers Bodies, Fathers Bodies How Parenthood Changes Us From the Inside Out.” (July 19, 2014) mp3wma

Hobby Lobby Decision
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with Kellie Fiedorek, litigation staff counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), about the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent landmark decision in a case involving Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties’ lawsuit challenging the Obamacare abortion pill mandate. Kellie discusses the Supreme Court’s 5 to 4 decision in favor of Hobby Lobby/Conestoga, and what it means for other family-run businesses that are owned and/or run by individuals who operate their businesses based on deeply held religious beliefs. (July 12, 2014) mp3wma

Defending Marriage with Ryan Anderson, Part 2
This week, “Family Policy Matters” features the second part of a powerful presentation on the fundamental importance of marriage that was given by noted scholar and writer, Ryan Anderson, at the North Carolina Family Policy Council’s Major Speaker Series dinner in Raleigh in April 2014. In part two, Ryan, who is the William E. Simon Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, discusses the third consequence of redefining marriage, and why traditional marriage supporters must stay engaged in the battle for marriage. (July 5, 2014) mp3wma

Defending Marriage with Ryan Anderson, Part 1
This week, “Family Policy Matters” features excerpts from a powerful presentation on the fundamental importance of marriage that was given by noted scholar and writer, Ryan Anderson, at the North Carolina Family Policy Council’s Major Speaker Series dinner in Raleigh in April 2014. In this two-part series, Ryan, who is the William E. Simon Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, explains the government’s role in defining marriage, and some of the consequences of redefining marriage to include same-sex couples. (June 28, 2014) mp3wma

Understanding Common Core
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with Kristen Blair, an education writer, about her recent article for NCFPC's magazine, Family North Carolina, "Understanding Common Core: What Parents Need To Know About The National K-12 Standards." Kristen explains concerns about Common Core, and what is happening in North Carolina with efforts to replace Common Core standards with better academic standards designed by the State. (June 21, 2014) mp3wma

March for Marriage 2014
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with Joseph Grabowski, Communications Director for the National Organization for Marriage (or NOM), about the 2014 March for Marriage in Washington, DC, which is scheduled for Thursday, June 19. Mr. Grabowski talks about ways for people to get involved and why this year’s march is so important to the marriage battle raging in our nation. (June 14, 2014) mp3wma

Catawba Indians Casino Efforts in NC, Part 2
In Part 2 of this two part series on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin continues a discussion he began last week with attorney Chris Derrick, author of an exclusive article in the Spring 2014 issue of Family North Carolina magazine, entitled, “Going Off the Reservation.” Chris explains why the South Carolina-based Catawba Indian Nation has no legal authority to open a Las-Vegas style casino in North Carolina. (June 7, 2014) mp3wma

Catawba Indians Casino Efforts in NC, Part 1
In Part 1 of this two part series on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with attorney Chris Derrick, author of an exclusive article in the Spring 2014 issue of Family North Carolina magazine, entitled, “Going Off the Reservation.” Chris discusses the article, which explains why the South Carolina-based Catawba Indian Nation has no legal authority to open a Las-Vegas style casino in North Carolina. (May 31, 2014) mp3wma

Supreme Court Affirms Public Prayer
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with Brett Harvey, senior legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom. Brett discusses a landmark ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that was issued on May 5, 2014 in the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway, in which the Court upheld the constitutionality of a New York town’s public prayer practices. Brett explains the ruling, and what it means for similar challenges to public prayer across the United States, including here in North Carolina. (May 24, 2014) mp3wma

Understanding Euthanasia, Part 2
In Part 2 of a two-part series on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin continues a discussion he began last week with Arina Grossu, Director of the Center for Human Dignity at Family Research Council in Washington DC. Arina discusses the current status of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide in the United States. (May 17, 2014) mp3wma

Understanding Euthanasia, Part 1
In Part 1 of a two-part series on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with Arina Grossu, Director of the Center for Human Dignity at Family Research Council in Washington DC. Arina discusses the current status of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide in the United States. (May 10, 2014) mp3wma

The Attack on State Marriage Laws
This week on “Family Policy Matters,” NCFPC president John Rustin talks with Kellie Fiedorek, litigation staff counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, where she serves on the marriage litigation team. She discusses the escalating battle over the definition of marriage in the United States, how the courts are being used to force the redefinition of marriage on citizens across our country, and where North Carolina fits into this battle. (May 3, 2014) mp3wma

"One of 4,500" Campaign
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 discusses the PEFNC's new "One of 4,500" campaign, which highlights the stories of the thousands of parents in North Carolina who have applied for the state's new Opportunity Scholarships Program, an education scholarship program that is currently on hold due to a federal lawsuit. (April 26, 2014) mp3wma

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) mp3wma

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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