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.
A Civitalk Farewell: Reflections, Books, and Generosity
This week, we bid Civitalk farewell as we prepare for the exciting transition ahead: Civitas and John Locke Foundation’s new union! Ray and Brooke reflect on the lessons they’ve learned during their time at Civitas, as well as consider the lessons that giving to private charity can teach us during this time. They open up the...
Shifting sentiments, woke Santa, and the best part of 2020
This episode, Ray and Brooke get into the Christmas cheer by discussing “Woke Santa” and his dalliance with political correctness at the expense of a child, as well as the changing demographics across the state and our nation, and reflect on the best of 2020. Have a question or comment? Send us an email at email@example.com....
Tis the season for political intrigue
Ray is joined by Bob Luebke, director of policy for the Civitas Institute. They talk the good and bad of Christmas, the current political realignment going on in the nation, the 2022 U.S. Senate race in North Carolina, education, and voter ID. Ray kicks it off by complaining about the cold but Bob helps take the Christmas...
Turkeys, toilet paper droughts, and looming shutdowns
Thanksgiving is on the horizon and Ray and Brooke sit down to discuss cherished Thanksgiving traditions and edibles, as well as venture into the uncertainty and disruption COVID and government shutdowns have created during this special time of year. They also lament the return of the toilet paper shortages we all so viscerally experienced the...
The future of travel and conservative gains in North Carolina
“Even though Cooper won, a lot of the issues he ran on lost.” – Ray Nothstine On this episode of Civitalk, Ray and Brooke discuss the dynamics of the election results. Does Trump continue to remain a force of influence on the political Right? How did Gov. Roy Cooper (D) win when so many Republicans...
Elections in limbo, the future of the GOP, and the changing NC judiciary
This week, Ray and Brooke are joined by election policy analyst Andy Jackson to dive deep into the Election Day results. They discuss the impact President Trump has had on the GOP’s ability to expand its base and what the future might hold. They also consider ticket splitters who are those voters that split their...
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!
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.
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.