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"Coy Barefoot" is a weekly news and ideas program recorded in Charlottesville, Virginia, focusing on the latest news, newsmakers, issues and ideas in Central Virginia and beyond. Host and Executive Producer Coy Barefoot is an award-winning, radio and TV journalist, best-selling author, and teaches at the University of Virginia. The program is a project of the new Center for Media and Citizenship at the University,

 Thursday nights at 9:00 p.m.

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On the next episode - September 22nd (Guest Claudia Rosett)

Award-winning journalist Coy Barefoot talks with former Wall Street Journal reporter and editorial page contributor Claudia Rosett about her memories in China during the Tienanmen Square massacre. She also shares the news she broke about the Obama administration's recent cash payments to Iran. Ms. Rosett, a Foreign Policy Fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum, is a columnist of Forbes and a blogger for PJMedia, as well as a contributing editor of The New York Sun.


Previous Episodes:

February 4th (Guest - Terry McAuliffe)

Award-winning journalist Coy Barefoot has an exclusive, extended conversation with the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia,Terry McAuliffe. Topics include the Governor’s 2016 proposals to improve public education in Virginia, his proposed changes to the state’s juvenile justice system, gun regulations and the impact of NRA lobbying in the Virginia legislature, the latest on economic development and jobs, the future of the Port of Virginia, the Governor’s recent visit to Cuba, the place of the University of VIrginia in the 21st century and much more—including a candid conversation about corruption in our politics and why elections matter. 


February 11th (Guest - Charlottesville Polics Chief Tim Longo)

Award-winning journalist Coy Barefoot has an exclusive, extended conversation with out-going Charlottesville Chief of Police Tim Longo. Longo speaks candidly about his experience behind-the-scenes during the search for missing UVA student Hannah Graham; about leading the investigation into the search for truth following the publication of a now infamous story on rape at UVA in the pages of Rolling Stone; and the violent of arrest of UVA student Martese Johnson by Virginia ABC Agents. Longo also explores the protests regarding allegations of police brutality and misconduct, making headlines across the nation. He shares his personal and professional views about the future of policing in America.
February 18th (Guests - Andy Clock & David Labland)
Award-winning journalist Coy Barefoot interviews Andy Block, Director of the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice about an historic sweeping overhaul to the system of justice for young people in Virginia—proposed changes that many say are long overdue. Coy also talks with the University of Virginia’s David Leblang about how we might make sense of the migrant and refugee crisis in Europe, as well as the political debate about immigration to America.
February 25th (Guest - US District Attorney Tim Heaphy)

This week Coy enjoys an extended, exclusive conversation with former U.S. District Attorney Tim Heaphy. Heaphy shares lessons he learned from his years with the Department of Justice as the District Attorney for the Western District of Virginia. Heaphy explores a long overdue criminal justice reform package now before Congress—one that aims to stop the unprecedented, runaway imprisonment of non-violent offenders. In our pursuit of law and order, America now locks up more of her own citizens than any other nation on earth—all of whom are housed, monitored, clothed, fed, doctored and provided recreational and work opportunities by the government. Heaphy explains why this historic reform is threatened by the sad realities of partisan politics. He also speaks candidly about our continued failure to deal with drug trafficking and drug abuse in America (specifically the heroin epidemic, which, for many people, has its origins in prescription pain medications). He considers the murder of Kevin Quick here in Central Virginia— indictments for which Heaphy himself originally brought before the court—and the challenges of dealing with organized criminal gangs, even here in the Valley and Central Virginia. The Coy Barefoot Program airs weekly, and is a project of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. You can learn more online at their website,

The show includes a “Barefoot Excursions” from the archive about the founding of Charlottesville

March 3rd (Guest - Risa Goluboff, the Dean-elect of the University of Virginia Law School)

Join host Coy Barefoot for an extended conversation with Risa Goluboff, the Dean-elect of the University of Virginia Law School, about her new book Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s. As her publisher notes, "In 1950s America, it was remarkably easy for police to arrest almost anyone for almost any reason. The criminal justice system-and especially the age-old law of vagrancy-served not only to maintain safety and order but also to enforce conventional standards of morality and propriety. A person could be arrested for sporting a beard, making a speech, or working too little. Yet by the end of the 1960s, vagrancy laws were discredited and American society was fundamentally transformed. What happened?

"In Vagrant Nation, Risa Goluboff answers that question by showing how constitutional challenges to vagrancy laws shaped the multiple movements that made "the 1960s." Vagrancy laws were so broad and flexible that they made it possible for the police to arrest anyone out of place: Beats and hippies; Communists and Vietnam War protestors; racial minorities and civil rights activists; gays, single women, and prostitutes. As hundreds of these "vagrants" and their lawyers challenged vagrancy laws in court, the laws became a flashpoint for debates about radically different visions of order and freedom.” This is a fascinating discussion about an historic turning point not just in American law and society, but in western civilization.
The Coy Barefoot Program is a project of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. You can learn more online at
March 10th (Guest - Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer)
Host Coy Barefoot welcomes Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer to the program. Signer has the latest details on the high-rise Landmark Hotel project on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall: a controversial eyesore that has been sitting unfinished and largely abandoned for many years. He also explores what critics have called the "over-building" of Charlottesville's West Main Street, which has seen an onslaught of new high-rise privately-owned dormitory projects catering to UVA students. An attorney with a PhD in Political Science,Signer is the author of Demagogue: The Fight to Save Democracy from its Worst Enemies. He also takes time to discuss the book and speaks quite candidly about the possible Republican nomination of Donald Trump for President. Signer's op-eds have been recently been published in the Washington Post expressing grave concerns about Trump's candidacy. Is Donald Trump a demagogue? What exactly does that mean, and why should Americans care? The Coy Barefoot Program is a project of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. You can learn more online at
March 17th (Guest - Shaun Kenny)
Award-winning journalist Coy Barefoot welcomes Shaun Kenney to the program. Kenney is the former Executive Director of the Republican Party of Virginia and a Contributing Editor at Bearing Drift, Virginia's Conservative Voice. Shaun speaks quite candidly about why he has not supported, and will never support, Donald Trump for President— and what the surge of angry populism means to the GOP and to the future of conservatism in America. Coy also shares a “Barefoot Excursions” from the archive that tells the story of UVA’s iconic University Hall: “The House that Ralph Built.”
March 24th (Guests Jamie Graham & Chip Harding)
Guests on the program this week include University of Virginia alumnus and social worker, Jamie Graham, as well as Albemarle County Sheriff Chip Harding.

Twenty-five years ago this week, federal, state and local law enforcement agents conducted a drug raid on three fraternity houses at the University of Virginia.  The result of months of undercover investigation, the sting resulted in the arrests of eleven students. Some drug paraphernalia, a few bags of marijuana and a few doses of LSD were found. One of those young men, an Echols Scholar A-average student, was Jamie Graham, who served nearly a year in federal prison for having sold $5 worth of LSD to an undercover police officer. Jamie Graham (who later graduated from UVA and now works as a Social Worker in inner-city Philadelphia) joins Coy on the program to remember what it was like to be at the epicenter of the nation’s War on Drugs in “Operation Equinox.” which received tremendous national press. The raid was covered live on television:  literally stage to send a message to the African-American community that the drug war was being waged fairly, regardless of race or class. Albemarle County Sheriff Chip Harding also joins the interview. A narcotics agent at the time, Harding helped to organize and lead Operation Equinox, and was one of the men who put Jamie Graham behind bars. This is the first time they have ever appeared together in an interview.
March 31st (Guests Brian Cannon & Dr Andrea Douglas)
Award-winning journalist Coy Barefoot talks with Brian Cannon, the Executive Director of OneVirginia2021 ( about one of the most enduring, insidious forms of political corruption that is alive and well in Virginia: gerrymandering. Brian’s statewide organization is pushing to finally bring an end to gerrymandering in the Commonwealth. To what extent does gerrymandering cripple the possibility of competitive elections and prevent us from having an open, free market of ideas in our political process? And worse, how does gerrymandering corrupt the very ideals on which America defines itself? Don’t miss this very important conversation.

Coy also talks with Dr. Andrea Douglas, the Executive Director of the African-American Heritage Center at Charlottesville’s historic Jefferson School. They explore how the story of slavery and civil rights is tied to ideas of education and public spaces in the broader history of the American South.

The Coy Barefoot Program is a project of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. You can learn more online at


April 7th (Guest Phyllis Leffler)
Charlottesville, Virginia made headlines recently when two of its City Councilors publicly called for the removal of an historic equestrian statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. At a recent press conference held beneath the statue in Lee Park, the Councilors and their supporters were met with angry taunts by Confederate flag-waving protestors. Lee was a great man, they shouted. You can’t change history! Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy said the Lee statue must go— that it no longer has a place in the public square of a progressive, 21st century city. The proposal has sparked a heated debate throughout the region. And Charlottesville is not alone: as cities and towns across the South are struggling with the same conversation. Historian Phyllis Leffler joins Coy to discuss the competing narratives about the past, the Civil War and Lee’s legacy. The Coy Barefoot Program is a project of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. You can learn more online at
April 14th (Guest Civil War Historian Gary Gallagher)
Should monuments to the U.S. Confederacy be destroyed or removed to museums? It’s a question cities and towns across the South are now faced with. Two City Councilors in Charlottesville have called for the removal of a statue to Robert E. Lee from a downtown park. Award-winning journalist Coy Barefoot explores the subject with preeminent Civil War Historian Gary Gallagher of the University of Virginia.
April 21st (Guest UVA President Teresa Sullivan)
Award-winning journalist Coy Barefoot enjoys an exclusive, extended conversation with Teresa Sullivan, President of the University of Virginia. President Sullivan talks candidly about the money in college sports, about the future of a classical liberal arts education, the challenges of funding in higher ed, what public vs. private really means, about the future of UVA in the 21st century, its upcoming special bicentennial commemoration, the President’s Commission on Slavery at the University, the tragic death of Hannah Graham, and much more. Don’t miss this special broadcast!
April 28th (Guest Maurie McInnis)
Award-winning journalist and best-selling author Coy Barefoot welcomes Maurie McInnis to the program. McInnis is a Vice Provost and Professor of Art History at the University of Virginia— and will be joining the University of Texas at Austin, one of the nation’s largest public universities, as its new Executive Vice President and Provost. McInnis explores one of the most heated debates in the modern history of Charlottesville, Virginia: what to do about statues and monuments that celebrate the U.S. Confederacy and its leaders. She also explores the challenging realities facing higher education in America in the 21st century. The Coy Barefoot Program is a project of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia:
May 5th (Guest Civil War Historian Ervin Jordan)
The University of Louisville recently announced that it is removing from its campus a towering statue that venerates the U.S. Confederacy— a monument that has been standing for more than 120 years. Similar Confederate statues are being lifted from their pedestals and put into museums across the South. In Charlottesville, the community is now debating the fate of a number of Confederate statues, beginning with a 1924 monument to Robert E. Lee in a park in the heart of downtown. Award-winning journalist Coy Barefoot talks with Civil War historian Ervin Jordan of the University of Virginia about this debate. Jordan’s books include Charlottesville and the University of Virginia in the Civil War and Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in Civil War Virginia. The Coy Barefoot Program is a project of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia,
May 12th (Guest Siva Vaidhyanarhan)
Join host Coy Barefoot for an engaging conversation with cultural historian, author, and media studies scholar Siva Vaidhyanathan of the University of Virginia. They'll discuss the new documentary (now in private screenings and released to theaters this fall), "Starving the Beast," which explores the politically driven, ideologically assault on higher education in America. Siva was interviewed for the film, which explores in depth the attempted forced resignation of UVA President Teresa Sullivan in 2012 and a host of other firings in higher education. You can watch The Coy Barefoot Program every Sunday morning at 10a on ABC16 in Charlottesville, and on Thursday evenings at 9p on WVPT-PBS across much of Central, Western, and Northern Virginia. The programs are archived online at
May 19th (Guest Ed Murphy)

The search for life in outer space: that’s the subject of this week’s Coy Barefoot Program. Award-winning journalist, best-selling author and host Coy Barefoot talks with Astronomer Ed Murphy of the University of Virginia. They explore the recent historic announcement that the Kepler Mission has confirmed discovery of thousands of earth-sized planets in the habitual zones of their own suns. They also consider the most likely places where we might actually find evidence of life in our own Solar System: beginning with Europa, one of the dozens of moons of Saturn, where there is more liquid water than in the all the oceans of the Earth. The conversation also travel to Mars, where two NASA rovers are wheeling their way across the landscape. This is a fascinating conversation— don’t miss it! The Coy Barefoot Program is a project of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia:


June 2nd (Guest Dave Swanson)

Coy Barefoot welcomes author and peace activist Dave Swanson to the program. Swanson’s books include War is a Lie and Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency. They discuss President Obama’s recent visit to Hiroshima, Japan, and the larger legacy of his time in office. Swanson also considers the 2016 Presidential election and the candidacies of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The Coy Barefoot Program is a project of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. The full archive of interviews is available online at
June 9th (Guest Dahlia Lithwick)
One of the nation's leading observers of the U.S. Supreme Court, award-winning journalist Dahlia Lithwick joins Coy Barefoot for a wide-ranging and fascinating conversation. Lithwick is a Contributing Editor at Slate Magazine. She considers the ideological impasse that has kept the Court under-staffed since Justice Scalia's death earlier this year. She also looks at the candidacy of Donald Trump and the upcoming Presidential election of 2016.
June 16th (Guest Brad Sheffield)
Albemarle County Supervisor Brad Sheffield joins Coy Barefoot to discuss the latest on the much-anticipated and long-debated road improvements now being constructed along the Route 29 corridor in Charlottesville. What’s done, what’s not done, what’s the timeline: everything you need to know about the future of Route 29 and more! Sheffield also explores the latest on a proposed plan that would move the Albemarle County courts out of downtown Charlottesville.
June 23rd (Guest Mickey Osterreicher)
What should an American photojournalist do when she’s trying to cover a protest and gets shut down by a police officer? What should a citizen do when he videotapes a police officer on duty, and the officer walks up and snatches away his phone? In both cases, call Mickey! Mickey Osterreicher is Counsel for the National Press Photograph’s Association. He joins Coy for a wide-ranging conversation about the challenge to First Amendment issues and the work of journalists in America today. Do you know your rights when it comes to photography and video? Mickey also explores the use of drones by journalists, a complex issue the federal government has yet to fully deal with.
June 30th (Guest John Whitehead)
Coy talks with award-winning author and celebrated civil liberties attorney John Whitehead, founder of the Rutherford Institute ( They discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling that critics say continues to gut the Fourth Amendment, the much anticipated announcement of drone regulations by the FAA and privacy issues, and John’s most recent book “Battlefield America: The War on the American People.”
July 7th (Guest Kathy Galvin)
Kathy Galvin is an architect and member of the Charlottesville City Council. She joins Coy to discuss a host of issues focusing on the development of the city- including some controversial decisions that she and other councilors have made in favor of large-scale development projects. The future of Charlottesville, Virginia: on this week's Coy Barefoot Program.
July 14th (Guest Colette Clount)
Colette Blount has spent many years on the front lines of education in America. She is a 20-year veteran teacher in the Charlottesville and Albemarle schools, and an 8-year member of the City School Board. She joins Coy to discuss the ongoing killings of men of color by police officers, as well as education in America: what's working and what's not working. The Coy Barefoot Program is a project of the Center for Media and Citizenship. You can learn more and explore the complete archive of interviews at
August 4th (Guest Chris Ali)
Chris Ali is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. He joins Coy to discuss changing media technologies and issues of democracy and journalism
August 11th (Guest Shaun Kenney)
Shaun Kenney is the former Executive Director of the Republican Party of Virginia, and is a Contributor Editor at The Bearing Drift, “Virginia’s Conservative Voice” ( He joins host Coy Barefoot to recap the recent GOP Convention in Cleveland and the nomination of Donald Trump for President. Shaun was the first Republican leader in Virginia to speak out against Trump’s candidacy, and has pledged to campaign against him.
August 25th (Guest Claire Gastanaga)
Claire Gastanaga is the Executive Director of the ACLU of Virginia. In this exclusive interview with Coy Barefoot, she speaks candidly about Governor McAuliffe’s efforts to restore voting rights to ex-felons in the Commonwealth. She also discusses efforts to reduce police killings across America, plus much more.
September 1st (Guest Steven Rosenfield)
Coy talks with Charlottesville-based attorney Steven Rosenfield who made headlines recently when he asked Governor McAuliffe to pardon his client Jens Soering. Soering has been in prison for over 30 years here in Virginia, having been convicted of the murder of his girlfriend's parents in 1985 near Lynchburg, Virginia. DNA test results -plus a new documentary exploring the constellation of circumstantial evidence that was brought against him- have called Soering's conviction into doubt by numerous legal observers.
September 8th (Guest Kristin Szakos)
Kristin Szakos is a member of the Charlottesville City Council. She made national news recently by joining fellow Councilor Wes Bellamy in calling for the removal from a downtown city park of a statue that venerates Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
September 8th (Guest Chad Wellmon)
Award-winning journalist and best-selling author Coy Barefoot talks with University of Virginia Professor Chad Wellmon about the multi-event celebration this week in Charlottesville commemorating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Wellmon helped to organize the event, and joins Barefoot in conversation about why the humanities are still a critical component in higher education— despite being under assault by opponents who don't see enough "return on investment" when students study things like philosophy, anthropology or art. Wellmon also explores a new initiative at UVA to reinvent the First-Year curriculum. The Coy Barefoot Program is a project of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia.