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Friday at Five, May 13

160513 Friday at FiveTwo hours of solving all the problems of the world!  Around the table (L-R) are Norvell Rose, Executive Editor at TPNN.com; Brian Kirwin of Kirwin Development Strategies; Ken Falkenstein, Sr. Contributor at Bearing Drift; and J.P. “Gus” Godsey, “The Happiest Man In America.”  Listen below.

First hour (5-6 PM)

Second hour (6-7 PM)

First Ladies Man – Andrew Och

Andrew Och Book CoverAndrew Och

It was a real pleasure to have Andrew Och, “The First Ladies Man” on the show Friday.  Andrew’s new book, “Unusual For Their Time- On The Road With America’s First Ladies – Volume 1″  is now available.

Check out Andrew’s website here.

UNUSUAL FOR THEIR TIME: ON THE ROAD WITH AMERICA’S FIRST LADIES

Bringing America’s Historical Treasures to Life!

(Washington, D.C.) – Unusual For Their Time: On the Road with America’s First Ladies author and producer, Andrew Och has documented every First Lady from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama. In Volume I, Och takes you back to the 1700’s and 1800’s to explore and discover some of our Nation’s most amazing historical collections and locations that stand the test of time.

ABOUT ANDREW OCH:

Andrew Och is an Award Winning TV producer who has traveled the world in search of provocative stories and adventure. In 2012, he began his journey as he set out across America to document the lives of every First Lady of the United States. The series, First Ladies: Influence and Image aired on C-SPAN in 2013 to great acclaim and helped reveal the untold story behind the ladies of the White House.

68th Annual Shad Planking

Martha Boneta emceed the event.
Martha Boneta emceed the event.

On Friday, April 22, The Wakefield Ruritans put on the 68th Annual Shad Planking, newly re-branded as the “Shad Planking and Grapes and Grain Event.”  This meant several changes to the old format.  First of all, this is the first time I can remember the event being held on a Friday,  Secondly, as the new name implies, the event featured wineries and distilleries from around the Commonwealth.  Last, but certainly not least of all the changes, this year there were multiple speakers throughout the afternoon.  In the past there was usually just one keynote speaker.  The new format was well received,and I believe will lead to even greater attendance in the years to come.  Long live Shad Planking!

I did the show live from the Shad Planking this year.  You can hear it below.

Hour 1 (3 – 4 PM) featuring Cynthia Dunbar, Lt. Gov. John Hager, Sen. Bryce Reeves, and Rep. Rob Wittman.

Cynthia Dunbar
Cynthia Dunbar
Lt. Gov. John Hager
Lt. Gov. John Hager

Hour 2 (4 – 5 PM) featuring Dean Longo, Dr. Ella Ward, Gov. Jim Gilmore, and Libertarians Corey “Sage” Fouconier and Bo Brown,.

Gov. Jim Gilmore
Gov. Jim Gilmore
Bo Brown and Corey "Sage" Fauconier
Bo Brown and Corey “Sage” Fauconier

Hour 3 (5 – 6 PM) featuring Del. Glenn Davis, Sen. Bryce Reeves, Gov, Jim Gilmore, Carolyn Worssam, and Joseph from Suffolk meets Slumlord George for the first time.

Hour 4 (6 – 7 PM) featuring Martha Boneta (emcee of the event), Shak Hill, and Jim Parmelee,

 

Ron Fournier: Love That Boy

Love That BoyRon Fournier joined me on the show today to talk about his fabulous new book.

A uniquely personal story that delves into the causes and costs of outsized parental expectations. What we want for our children—popularity, normalcy, achievement, genius—and what they truly need—grit, empathy, character—are explored by National Journal’s Ron Fournier, who weaves his extraordinary journey to acceptance around the latest research on childhood development and stories of other loving-but-struggling parents.

Tyler and I inch toward the Green Room, in line with blow-dried TV anchors and stuffy columnists. He’s practicing his handshake and hello: “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Mr. President. It’s a pleasure to meet you, Mr. President. It’s a pleasure to meet you, Mr. President.” When the couple in front of us steps forward for their picture, my teenager with sky-blue eyes and a soft heart looks up at me and says, “I hope I don’t let you down, Dad.”

What kind of father raises a son to worry about embarrassing his dad? I want to tell Tyler not to worry, that he’d never let me down. That there’s nothing wrong with being different. That I actually am proud of what makes him special. But we are next in line to meet the president of the United States in a room filled with fellow strivers, and all I can think about is the real possibility that Tyler might embarrass himself. Or, God forbid, me.

 

Ron Fournier Senior Political Columnist for National Journal and a frequent contributor on political-themed TV shows, including NBC's "Meet the Press," CBS's "Face The Nation," FOX News Special Report and MSNBC's "Morning Joe." He began his family and career in Arkansas, covering then Governor Bill Clinton before moving to Washington in 1993, where he covered politics and the presidency during the administrations of Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. Fournier also served as a fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, where he co-wrote the New York Times bestseller Applebee's America. He holds the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Award for coverage of the 2000 elections, and he is a four-time winner of the prestigious White House Correspondents' Association Merriman Smith Memorial Award.
Ron Fournier

Senior Political Columnist for National Journal and a frequent contributor on political-themed TV shows, including NBC’s “Meet the Press,” CBS’s “Face The Nation,” FOX News Special Report and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” He began his family and career in Arkansas, covering then Governor Bill Clinton before moving to Washington in 1993, where he covered politics and the presidency during the administrations of Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. Fournier also served as a fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, where he co-wrote the New York Times bestseller Applebee’s America. He holds the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award for coverage of the 2000 elections, and he is a four-time winner of the prestigious White House Correspondents’ Association Merriman Smith Memorial Award.

Trump Wins with 1100 delegates?

Randy Evans 1100 v 1237Wednesday morning I was watching Morning Joe on MSNBC when I heard this member of the RNC Rules Committee make an astonishing comment.  If Donald Trump gets to the convention with 1,100 delegates or more, he wins the nomination. What’s going on here?  Is he telegraphing a rules change from the “magic” 1237 we’ve been hearing is needed to win the nomination?  Is he floating a trial balloon?  Did he misspeak?  You listen and decide for yourself.

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Pat Cardwell: The Debate

Pat CardwellFrom The Virginian Pilot: “One of three Republican candidates in the 2nd Congressional District has been excluded from what may be the only debate before the June GOP primary.  Although Virginia Beach attorney Pat Cardwell was the first person to announce he’s running to succeed retiring Rep. Scott Rigell, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce has not invited him to its May 20 candidate debate.”  Read the entire article here.  See Pat Cardwell’s website here.

Pat appeared on the show to talk about it.  Listen:

What do you think?  Leave a comment at 757-541-8255.

Friday at Five

L to r: Ken. Norvell, Steve, and Jim.
L to r: Ken. Norvell, Steve, and Jim.

Joining me this week on Friday at Five:

Norvell Rose, Executive Editor of TPNN.com; Ken Falkenstein, Senior Contributor at Bearing Drift; and Jim O’Brien, author of Bacon, Books and Bullets.

Listen here for Hour 1:

Hour 2 is here:

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