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Women and Politics, hosted by Carol Olson and Chelsea Higgs Wise: 1st and 2nd Thursday at 12:00 noon

Women and Politics is a platform that brings together community members and politicians, Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, to talk about how women are represented and engaged in politics, how issues important to women are being focused on, how women think local, state and national movements include them, and how women can connect across ideologies.

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Common Thread, hosted by Fatima Smith: 3rd and 4th Thursday at 12:00 noon

This is a discussion-based show on intersectionality, which is vital to understand to be able to move forward and grow socially.


  • Thursday - 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

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  • Avatar Sam Brittingham says:

    MS Carol Olson & Chelsea Higgs Wise,

    Do you accept listeners suggestions for topics? I advocate a cause, Virginia Alimony Reform and, there is a question I would like to ask listeners, “Do you think spouses should be required to continue paying alimony when they are also paying for treatment of a chronic medical condition, after they become disabled and can no longer work or when they experience long term unemployment?

    During divorce, Virginia Courts award permanent alimony to spouses based on ability to pay. Later in life when a spouse paying alimony becomes incapable of paying because of a chronic medical condition, a disability or long term unemployment, there is no relief.

    This issue is relevant because Virginia Seniors must continue paying alimony after they develop chronic medical conditions like Heart Disease, Dementia and Alzheimer’s; after they become disabled by Arthritis, sight and hearing limitations and; after forced retirement.

    John Wood, a financial planner from Vienna Virginia, developed incurable cancer after divorce. When he could no longer pay alimony, Virginia sentenced him to be put in jail for a year, twice. He, like any reasonable person, stopped paying alimony and spent his entire savings on cancer treatment. Each time he stopped paying, he went to jail, lost his job and medical benefits. While in jail, he didn’t receive cancer treatment and couldn’t pay alimony. After released, his debt was greater than he could pay. After being released the second time, he couldn’t find a job with medical insurance.

    I realize this is the law in Virginia but, the issue is, “is this right?”

  • […] spoke with Chelsea Higgs-Wise, community organizer, clinician practicing mental health, and co-host of the WRIR program Women And Politics. Chelsea explored Marcus from a mental health perspective. She touched on the inherent fear of […]

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