Season 1 – Episode 1
ABC16 Broadcast on Sunday, February 21, 2016
WVPT-PBS Broadcast on Thursday, February 25, 2016.
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. This edition also includes a classic “Barefoot Excursions” look at the history of Charlottesville.
The Center for Media and Citizenship, in cooperation with Gray Television’s Newsplex of Charlottesville, proudly produces The Coy Barefoot Program. The show is broadcast each Sunday morning at 10am on ABC16 in Charlottesville and on Thursday evenings at 9pm on WVPT-PBS. Hosted by award-winning journalist and best-selling author Coy Barefoot, the program offers exclusive, extended conversations exploring the news, issues and ideas in Charlottesville and beyond. The show’s Executive Producers are Coy Barefoot and Siva Vaidhyanathan. You can watch the Sunday morning premiere each week live online at this link.