Friday, August 31, 2012


10-11 am PT/1-2 pm ET
1-2 pm PT/4-5 pm ET

Contact in Charlotte: Lauren Osen - 626-483-5278  

Contact in Pasadena: Joe Armstrong - 773-263-7337


1:06 – 1:19
RNC wrap-up

Ryan Lizza

1:21 – 1:30
Charlotte opens its arms to the DNC
Charlotte, North Carolina was named for Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who became the wife of England’s King George III the year before the city was founded. To this very day, Charlotte retains the nickname the ‘Crown City’, although Charlotte is also known as ‘The Hornet’s Nest,’ a second nickname derived from a statement made by British Revolutionary War General Cornwallis whose forces were ousted from the city by hostile residents. More than two centuries later, the 2012 Democratic National Convention starts in earnest tomorrow and no hurricanes are currently threatening to upend the procedural nomination of incumbent Democrat president Barack Obama. Following on the heels of last week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, the Democrats chose Charlotte early in 2012 knowing full well that North Carolina’s 15 Electoral College votes went to Obama in 2008 by a narrow margin and that the state would be hotly contested in this year’s election. Many Democrats called for the convention to be moved after voters approved in May an amendment to the North Carolina State constitution that bans gay marriage in the state, but the show will go on with Los Angeles’ Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa swinging the gavel as the Democratic Convention Chair. What will the Democrats accomplish at their 2012 National Convention? How will the week of speeches and balloons affect the final two months in the race for the White House?

Tom Hanchett, staff historian at the Levine Museum of the New South

1:30 – 1:50
Michael Grunwald’s ‘New New Deal’ reveals story behind Obama’s economic stimulus
As the Democratic National Party prepares to once again officially name Barack Obama as its nominee for president of the United States, Americans on both ends of the political spectrum are voicing their opinions of Obama’s performance over the last four years in office. What defines a presidency in the context of history? President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal fundamentally shaped his era as Commander in Chief, but it remains to be seen what the first African-American president’s legacy will be. One defining endeavor is most certainly the $800 billion dollar American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. Journalist Michael Grunwald, in his book “The New New Deal,” examines the stimulus which he says was as ambitious as FDR’s New Deal and also the most extensive infrastructure investment since President Eisenhower’s interstate highway system. How do you think the economic stimulus implemented by the Obama administration will be remembered in the long run? Did it truly help prevent a depression?

Michael Grunwald, author, “The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era”

1:50 – 1:58:30
Comedy Congress: Live from the 2012 Democratic National Convention
Patt Morrison takes Comedy Congress on the road to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, where she and Comedy Congress’ stalwart funny man Ben Gleib will help figure out what makes Democrats so funny. Gleib will be on gaffe patrol in the southern city and he’ll bring it all to listeners live without a net. Which speech or politico will have the funniest moments at the 2012 DNC?
What will keep us talking and guffawing through the home stretch of the election season?
Ben Gleib,
roundtable regular on Chelsea Lately, host of the podcast "Last Week on Earth with Ben Gleib"; he's also on the new SyFy series 'Insane or Inspired' and next month can be heard in the movie "Ice Age 4," hitting theaters everywhere in 3D

4:06 – 4:30 - OPEN

North Carolina liquor laws kick off the DNC in a ‘dry spell’
Local alcohol laws and restrictions might be alien concepts to outsiders, but they’re simply a way of life in some American cities like Charlotte, North Carolina. With thousands of thirsty Democratic conventioneers descending on the southern city this week, these differences in the specific times and days that allow thirsty patrons to purchase libations are enough to cause one to drink. In North Carolina, all spirits – distillates other than beer and wine – can only be bought at state-run Alcoholic Beverage Commission (ABC) stores, and all ABC stores are closed every Sunday and on holidays like Labor Day. This means that many Democrats also may be looking for a martini or margarita to go with their votes when they arrive on Sunday or Monday. State officials tried to pass a bill that would temporarily exclude from the liquor restrictions Mecklenburg County, which includes the convention host town of Charlotte, but the measure stalled in a Senate Committee leaving convention revelers high and dry. Restaurants and bars can still serve liquor but to keep up with increased demand, they’ll have to stock up before the two-day lockdown begins. With 6,000 delegates, 15,000 journalists, and tens of thousands more politicians, lobbyists volunteers and other attendees and onlookers arriving in a matter of days demand for tippling will be high. Can the DNC get going in style without proper social lubricants? Will you raise a glass to the DNC from California?

Susan Stabley, Staff Writer for the Charlotte Business Journal

4:41:30 – 4:58:30
Peter Dreier ranks the 100 greatest Americans of the 20th Century
America has undoubtedly changed during the course of the 20th century and, according to professor of politics Peter Dreier, one such change has been towards becoming a more humane, inclusive, and democratic country. Throughout the century, countless distinguished Americans have influenced the trajectory of the nation and pioneered to achieve greatness, but how do Americans define genuine greatness in the context of history? What characteristics make some Americans greater than others? Dreier attempts to answer these and other questions in a new book “The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame.” The Occidental College professor hopes to provoke and inspire readers to think hard about what truly makes certain individuals great and also what our choices of who qualifies as ‘the greatest’ says about us as a society. Ranging from women's suffrage to the civil rights movement and beyond, which influential Americans do you rank as some of the greatest of the 20th Century and why? What do your selections say about you as a person and as an American citizen?

Peter Dreier, E. P. Clapp Distinguished professor of Politics, and director of Urban and Environmental Policy Program at Occidental College; author of “The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame” (Nation Books 2012)






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