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Civitalk, the preeminent political podcast in North Carolina, is hosted by Ray Nothstine and Brooke Medina of the Civitas Institute. Each episode they offer up lighthearted and humorous conversation blended with compelling, serious analysis. From politics to culture and other fascinating chatter, we have you covered through your week and beyond.

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Civitalk, the preeminent political podcast in North Carolina, is hosted by Ray Nothstine and Brooke Medina of the Civitas Institute. Each episode they offer up lighthearted and humorous conversation blended with compelling, serious analysis. From politics to culture and other fascinating chatter, we have you covered through your week and beyond.

    The politics of reopening and education recovery

    The politics of reopening and education recovery

    This week, Ray and Brooke discuss Phase 2, the education landscape in North Carolina, the politics of reopening, mask wearing, and remember the late Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX). Take a listen and if you like what you hear, please leave us a review on iTunes! You can also listen to Civitalk on Spotify and Google […]

    • 32 min
    Keeping NC farmers competitive, agriculture during a pandemic, and quarantine snacks

    Keeping NC farmers competitive, agriculture during a pandemic, and quarantine snacks

    This week, Michael Harden, Civitas’ new director of agricultural studies and outreach, joins the conversation to discuss worrisome developments in agriculture during the pandemic, his experience as a farmer and Georgia state legislator, and ways that North Carolina farmers can stay competitive. Take a listen and if you like what you hear, please leave us […]

    • 31 min
    Election integrity, amazing state parks, and the financial mystery around this year’s election

    Election integrity, amazing state parks, and the financial mystery around this year’s election

    Dr. Andy Jackson joins us this week to discuss a recent lawsuit led by Marc Elias (Hilary Clinton and Dan McCready’s former attorney) that seeks to gut the vital progress the state has made on absentee ballot reform. We also share our favorite state parks and address questions surrounding the costs of the November election, […]

    • 32 min
    Phase 1, crossing the border, and celebrity influence during coronavirus

    Phase 1, crossing the border, and celebrity influence during coronavirus

    This week, Ray is joined by Leah Byers, policy analyst and government affairs coordinator, to discuss what Gov. Roy Cooper’s Phase 1 entails (and doesn’t), the challenges of opening later than surrounding states, and the tone deafness of many celebrities during a time of isolation and scarcity for a number of Americans. Take a listen […]

    • 34 min
    Consumer confidence, perverse incentives, and economic recovery

    Consumer confidence, perverse incentives, and economic recovery

    This week, Ray and I sit down with Brian Balfour, Civitas’ executive vice president and author of Economics in Action. Brian unpacks the various federal relief programs and delves into the important distinction to be made between economic stimulus and economic relief. We also discuss the best path toward economic recovery and the critical role that […]

    • 30 min
    Reopening plans and homeschool bans

    Reopening plans and homeschool bans

    On this week’s episode, Ray and I venture into the growing controversy surrounding a recent attack on homeschooling families. In a Harvard Magazine interview, Prof. Elizabeth Bartholet made a case for banning homeschooling in the United States. Harvard intends to host a summit in June to discuss further regulating home instruction. We also address Gov. […]

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

SolagratiaMom ,

Love CiviTalk

This is such a great podcast. It's a breath of fresh air to listen to balanced conservatism. Brooke is great, has a fun personality, and looks at things from an objective and logical perspective! She's just the right voice for this forum!

lsbyers21 ,

A must for NC and beyond

If you live in North Carolina or just care about politics and culture in the Old North State, Civitalk is a must. Both informative and entertaining.

Lesyle ,

Love you guys!

I really like this podcast, the guide to politics is nice but love the small chat and culture talk! - nice to hear that side from a conservative voice.
I’ve also watched the fb live stream a few times and that’s fun too! And rays outfits are always on point.

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