Carolina Journal Radio

This week's program

A legislative committee that oversees state government operations recently weighed in on three major news stories that have drawn media attention. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson discusses the questions legislators asked, and the decisions they made, regarding Gov. Pat McCrory’s call for a pause in the influx of Syrian refugees into North Carolina, a prison maintenance contract renewed for a donor to the governor and other politicians, and raises approved behind closed doors for some UNC chancellors. Speaking of educators, they were the subject of recent comments by State Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham. The Senate leader raised eyebrows recently during a speech for the Best NC group, which offers a business perspective on the state’s public education needs. Berger took aim at ineffective college education schools and questioned continued government spending on teaching assistants. You’ll hear his comments, along with reaction from Terry Stoops, the John Locke Foundation’s director of research and education studies. Next is a look at the life and legacy of the late 6th District Congressman, Howard Coble, the longest-serving Republican congressman in state history. Coble died at age 84 after a long illness. One of the mourners at Coble’s Greensboro funeral, former congressional colleague Robin Hayes, recalled Coble’s friendship and work ethic. That’s followed by a look at North Carolina’s auto insurance rates. North Carolinians often hear that this state has among the best auto insurance rates in the country. Stephen Pociask, president of the American Consumer Institute, says that claim tells only part of the story. Pociask explains how North Carolina’s existing auto insurance system penalizes good drivers and prevents them from reaping the benefits of full-fledged competition among insurers. Next, we look at innovations in health care with John Locke Foundation Health and Human Services Policy Analyst Katherine Restrepo. She discusses direct primary care, a business model being adopted more and more as doctors seek to unburden their practices from the web of insurance paperwork and patients seek a more direct, personal relationship with their doctors.


Since 1991, Carolina Journal – the monthly newspaper of the John Locke Foundation – has provided thousands of readers with in-depth reporting, informed analysis, and incisive commentary about the most pressing state and local issues in North Carolina. With a particular emphasis on state government, politics, the General Assembly, education, and local government, Carolina Journal has offered unique insights and ideas to the public policy debate.

Its related newsletter, Carolina Journal Weekly Report, delivers timely news and analysis by fax and email. And its popular web site, Carolina, serves as a “one-stop shop” for elected officials, government leaders, journalists, lobbyists, and political insiders who visit every day to read exclusive stories, commentaries, and daily news links to the best reporting and commentary in the North Carolina print and broadcast media.

Now Carolina Journal’s trademark blend of news, analysis, and commentary is available on the airwaves as Carolina Journal Radio.

A weekly, one-hour newsmagazine, Carolina Journal Radio is hosted by Donna Martinez and Mitch Kokai and features a diverse mix of guests and topics. Education reform, tax policy, the state legislature, affirmative action, air pollution, freedom of the press and the courts – these are just a few of the subjects that Carolina Journal Radio has tackled since the program began production in 2003.

Broadcast each weekend on 20 commercial radio stations – from the mountains to the coast – Carolina Journal Radio is a one-of-a-kind program that seeks to inform and elevate the discussion of North Carolina's most critical issues, and to do so in a fair, entertaining, and thought-provoking way.

Carolina Journal Radio Podcast

Carolina Journal Radio is now available as a podcast, for listening directly on your computer, or synching to a portable MP3 player, such as an iPod. You will need a podcast application, such as iTunes (available for Windows and Mac OS X) to access the podcast. New episodes will be posted the week after they air on the radio.

Podcast FeedIf you are using iTunes, you can subscribe to the podcast via this direct link to CJ Radio at the iTunes Music Store. To subscribe to the podcast with another application: right-click on the orange feed icon, copy the link, and paste it into the subscription field of your podcasting software (in iTunes, go to the "Advanced" menu and select "Subscribe to Podcast").

For More Information

The program is a co-production of the John Locke Foundation and Carolina Broadcasting Systems Inc., both based in Raleigh. Inquiries about guests and topics should be directed to the Locke Foundation at 919-828-3876. Inquiries about the show’s production, distribution, and advertising opportunities should be directed to Carolina Broadcasting at 919-832-1416.

Listeners who would like to receive a weekly e-mail containing advance notice of upcoming Carolina Journal Radio guests and topics should email Mitch Kokai.

Where to Hear the Program

Stations currently in the Carolina Journal Radio Network include:

Coverage Area





AM 1010

Saturdays 11am



AM 1150

Saturdays 6am



AM 1490

Thursdays 11am, 7pm



AM 1150

Sat., Sun. 6pm



FM 103.7

Saturdays 10:30am

Greenville/New Bern


FM 94.1

Sat. 6am, 3pm, Sun. 8 am



AM 1450

Sundays 6pm



AM 1240

Sundays 5pm



AM 1420

Thursdays 11am, 7pm

Newport/New Bern


FM 107.3

Sundays 5pm

Siler City


AM 1570

Sat. 11am, Sun. 6am



AM 1090

Saturdays 3pm

Southern Pines


AM 990

Saturdays 8pm



AM 980

Sat. 8am, Sun. 9am

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements of additional stations joining the network.

Interested North Carolinians can also subscribe to a monthly tape or CD containing two full-length episodes of Carolina Journal Radio. It’s a great way to catch up on programs listeners may have missed or for those without a local affiliate to listen to the show. Contact Mitch Kokai for more information.