Monthly Archives: December 2016

What Matters-Pat Millen-Friday, December 30, 2016-20 minutes

Mark Shiver speaks with Pat Millen, executive director of E2D (Eliminating the Digital Divide), to tell us the great story of this North Carolina non-profit’s work to provide Charlotte-Mecklenburg School students with refurbished laptop computers. To date the they have given 2,060 laptops away. Listen in and then go to to help.

What Matters-Dr. Bob Luebke-Thursday, December 29, 2016-53 minutes

Mark sits down with Dr. Bob Luebke, an education policy analyst at the Civitas Institute, to talk about his recent article at which outlines five priorities he’d like for the General Assembly to look at in the upcoming legislative session:

  • Principal and Administrator pay
  • School Report Cards
  • Charter School Funding
  • Teachers Background Checks
  • Special Needs ESA (Education Savings Accounts)

Tune in for more!

What Matters-Dr. Michael Bitzer-Wednesday, December 28, 2016-23 minutes

Mark speaks with Dr. Michael Bitzer, professor of Political Science at Catawba College and a returning What Matters guest, to bring us “2016: Year in Review” where he talks about whether the nation and North Carolina are divided to a long-lasting extent, if the movement that propelled Donald Trump to the White House is sustainable and more.

What Matters-Brian Balfour-Tuesday, December 27, 2016-23 minutes

Mark sits down with Brian Balfour, executive vice-president of the Civitas Institute, to talk about his blog post at “Sorry Cooper, there is No Such Thing as a ‘Fair Share’ of Taxes” wherein he writes about the difference between fair market value for a good or service being what two parties actually agree to, versus the force of government behind taxation. Tune in for more!