Episode 1- Economic Development in Wilmington, NC
1. What do you think is the most important economic impact of Wilmington that Mayor Saffo suggests?
2. In your opinion, is the economic development of Wilmington improving, remaining the same, or declining?
3. Do you feel the city of Wilmington is prepared for population growth?
4. Are the arts an important addition to the community? How are they expanding in our region?
5. Is tourism in Wilmington something we should continue to try and grow?
6. By what means does the Azalea Festival improve the economy of Wilmington?
7. In what ways do tourism and the Azalea Festival relate to the economic development of Wilmington?
8. Are there any concerning factors that you have about the economy in the city of Wilmington?
9. What was the most interesting part of episode 1?
Episode 2-Environmental Issues and Advocacy in Wilmington
1. What are some environmental challenges that Wilmington faces?
2. Explain the actions that Wrightsville Beach is taking to help with the water issue.
3. What initiative has the county been working on that Ron Zapple explains? Do you find this helpful to the environment?
4. What steps is Wrightsville Beach taking to prepare for economic growth?
5. Has tourism increased environmental issues in our area?
6. Explain some challenges the city has to keep up with the Cape Fear River?
7. Why does Mike Giles call the Cape Fear River a “hidden gem”?
8. How are the advocacy programs in Wilmington helping the environment? What can we do to help more?
9. What effects do these certain chemicals have in our environment in Wilmington?
10. What are the harmful results of plastic consumption? Why is it damaging to the ocean?
Episode 3-Education System in the Cape Fear Region
1. What are some concerns the education system faces?
2. Are teacher salaries becoming more of an issue? Why is North Carolina the second worst state in the nation?
3. How are the school systems receiving their funds?
4. How is the district coping with the population increase in our area?
5. Is this new curriculum, Common Core, helping students prepare for the next grade level? In what ways has it changed the school system?
6. Are there noticeable differences in curriculum between private and public schools?
7. What are some challenges a new teacher in the school system may endure?
8. How has technology changed the school system? Do you believe this change is helpful or causing harm to students? Has it changed your education?
9. Are there any improvements in the school system that you would like to see in the near future?
Episode 4-Crime in the Cape Fear Region
1. What are the most common types of crime in the Cape Fear region?
2. Is crime in the area increasing or decreasing? Why do you think so?
3. How does the community help victims of these crimes in Wilmington?
4. What are some benefits these organizations, such as The Harrelson Center, offer for their victims?
5. Does tourism in our region affect crime rates? Why?
6. What are some challenges the police department may face in dealing with crimes in the area?
7. How can law enforcement in the Cape Fear region build more trust with citizens in the community?
8. How has law enforcement been helpful on campus? What actions have they taken to provide information to students?
9. What is the purpose of organizations, like LINK, in our community? Why are they essential to citizens in our area?
10. Why is outreach so important in the Cape Fear region?
Episode 5- Gender Bias
1. What are some examples of gender bias present in the political field?
2. Are women still being treated differently than men in politics?
3. Were you surprised by any of the stories that the guests shared about their experiences of gender bias?
4. What are some ways we can reduce this sexism in the political field?
5. Can political affirmative action reduce gender bias in politics? How?
6. How is this social stigma in politics surrounding gender identity a local, but also national issue?
7. How have these women coped with this stigma? In what ways do they help change the way others think about their positions in the political field?
8. What is some advice the guests share? Did you find this helpful?
9. Is higher education helping with gender bias? What new majors or minors are being offered for both sexes?
Episode 6-Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli
1. What are some ways UNCW is growing that the Chancellor mentions?
2. In what ways will expansion help the university and its students?
3. How is diversity increasing on UNCW’s campus? Why is this so important?
4. What does Chancellor Sartarelli suggest we do to attract teachers and students to UNCW?
5. Are there any changes UNCW may face in the future? What are some goals the Chancellor has for the campus?
6. Where does the funding come from for our university? Why is this so valuable?
7. What are some issues on campus that students endure? How are they being resolved?
8. What are some goals Chancellor Sartarelli has for the future of UNCW?
Episode 7- Controversial Acts of North Carolina
1. How do incentives from the film industry affect the Cape Fear region?
2. Why were these incentives taken away this year? What were some effects because of this?
3. Is the independent film movement prominent in Wilmington? Does it operate successfully?
4. How does the film industry bring revenue to the Cape Fear region?
5. Do you believe the film industry will make a comeback next year? Why or why not?
6. What is the SAE Act and why is it important to UNCW?
7. How has the SAE Act impacted universities locally and nationally?
8. What are some of the controversial voting laws that the state has recently changed?
9. How do these changes affect people in the Cape Fear region?
10. How does the state benefit from these voting laws? What are some instances the state is doing to help with the voting process?
Episode 8-Lieutenant Governor
1. What is North Carolina’s brand?
2. What does the business tax climate say about North Carolina? Why is it important?
3. How are government regulations affecting our state?
4. What does the Lieutenant Governor say helps replace the film industry? Do you believe these other impacts will improve the economy?
5. What faults does the education system have in North Carolina? Why is this information sometimes often misinterpreted?
6. The Lieutenant Governor suggests the media does not report on certain issues, why do you think this happens?
7. Is North Carolina’s school system becoming more competitive? In what ways does the Lieutenant Governor suggest so?
8. What are some improvements the education system in North Carolina may see in the near future?
9. How are projects, similar to this class, helping students prepare for the professional world?
10. How can voting help the state of North Carolina?
Episode 9-Political Campaigns and Campaign Management
1. How and why has campaigning changed over the past few years?
2. Has social media influenced campaigns?
3. What factors impact a successful campaign trail?
4. Does fundraising affect a campaign in a positive or negative way? Why?
5. How does the start of the campaign help shape the potential outcome?
6. When should one start becoming more politically involved?
7. What are some changes in strategies that is now present in political campaigning? What strategies have stayed the same?
8. How do campaigns of democrats and republicans differ from one another?
9. What strategies of candidates of this upcoming presidential election been using in their campaigns?
Episode 10-Media & Politics
1. Why do you think the media is portrayed as the “window to the world”?
2. What are some obstacles the media faces when reporting on politics?
3. Why is the media so important to local and national elections?
4. Do you feel as if the media helps the political world or harms it? What influence does it have?
5. Does the media do anything to resolve some issues or criticism that they face?
6. Do you think the media helps people share and learn correct information about candidates?
7. How do these different types of media outlets gain viewers and/or followers?
8. What does each type of media (television, radio, and print) all have in common in dealing with politics?
9. What do you believe is the media’s biggest role in the political process? Why?