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Date Show Title
Oct
19
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, host Traci DeVette Griggs welcomes Mike Long from PEFNC to discuss what is at stake for school choice in our state, and how the pandemic has impacted education and the school choice movement.
Oct
12
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, host Traci DeVette Griggs sits down with Dr. Andy Jackson from the Civitas Institute to discuss how voting in this year’s election will look a little different, and what options are available for voting in North Carolina.
Oct
5
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family brings you an excerpt from our Virtual Event on Race & Society. This event featured civil rights advocate Clarence Henderson, who participated in the famous sit-ins at the Greensboro Woolworth’s lunch counter in 1960. Henderson shares his story, and provides inspiriting and faithful encouragement for Christians to respond to the racial tensions in our nation today.
Sep
28
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family brings you Part 2 of a 2-part excerpt from our Virtual Event on Life, Liberty, & the Supreme Court. This event featured John Stonestreet, Ryan Anderson, and Matt Sharp discussing recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the sanctity of life, religious freedom, and sexuality.
Sep
21
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family brings you Part 1 of a 2-part excerpt from our Virtual Event on Life, Liberty, & the Supreme Court. This event featured John Stonestreet, Ryan Anderson, and Matt Sharp discussing recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the sanctity of life and religious freedom.
Sep
14
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family brings you Part 2 of a 2-part interview with David and Jason Benham—The Benham Brothers—from our Virtual Event on Christianity & the “Cancel Culture.” David and Jason share their story about being “canceled” due to voicing their support for Biblical marriage and sexuality.
Sep
8
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family brings you Part 1 of a 2-part interview with David and Jason Benham—The Benham Brothers—from our Virtual Event on Christianity & the “Cancel Culture.” David and Jason share their story about being “canceled” due to voicing their support for Biblical marriage and sexuality.
Aug
31
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, host Traci DeVette Griggs welcomes back Luke Goodrich from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty to discuss the series of recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on religious liberty. Goodrich unpacks these rulings, which were both positive and negative, and examines what some of the ramifications might be.
Aug
24
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, host Traci DeVette Griggs sits down with Dr. Jane Anderson to discuss the American College of Pediatricians’ updated position statement on marijuana use in young adults. Dr. Anderson spells out the disastrous long-term effects that this drug can have on a young adult’s brain in particular.
Aug
17
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, R.J. Snell of the Culture of Life Foundation, the Witherspoon Institute, and Princeton University joins host Traci DeVette Griggs to discuss the many ethical questions we are all facing during the current COVID-19 pandemic, such as seeing ourselves as isolated individuals and making sure all parts of a person are valued mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, not only physically.
Aug
10
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, we are re-airing Part 2 of a 2-part show from July 2019 featuring Dan Darling, pastor and Vice President of Communications for the Ethic and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Darling continues his conversation with host Traci DeVette Griggs, discussing the importance of Christians being involved in public policy and how we should employ grace and respect when addressing those who disagree with us.
Aug
3
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, we are re-airing Part 1 of a 2-part show from July 2019 featuring Dan Darling, pastor and Vice President of Communications for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Darling discusses the importance of people of faith being involved in public policy and advocating for justice in our nation and the world.
Jul
27
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, host Traci DeVette Griggs welcomes Dr. Eleanor Gaetan from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. Dr. Gaetan unpacks the EARN IT Act, a bill that was recently approved by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to address the widespread availability of child sexual abuse material on digital platforms.
Jul
20
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, host Traci DeVette Griggs sits down with Courtney and Kelly Litvak, a mother and daughter who founded the nationwide nonprofit Childproof America to fight human trafficking. Courtney shares her story of how she was trafficked as a teenager, and Kelly gives advice for how we all can raise awareness about and fight this terrible epidemic in our country.
Jul
13
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, host Traci DeVette Griggs welcomes Dr. Brad Wilcox, Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, to discuss how thriving families contribute to the so-called “American Dream.” Dr. Wilcox argues that the success people associate with achieving this dream closely connects to the strength of the American family.
Jul
6
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, host Traci DeVette Griggs sits down with Trillia Newbell to discuss her new book Beautifully Distinct, which brings together Christian women to discuss topics relating to faith, life, and culture, and how we can think in a biblical way about everyday life.
Jun
29
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin and Family Research Council’s David Closson join host Traci DeVette Griggs to discuss how we as Christians can be educated and well-informed voters, while still staying true to biblical principles.
Jun
22
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin sits down with Matt Sharp from Alliance Defending Freedom to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent critical ruling that redefined “sex” in federal law to include “sexual orientation and gender identity.” Sharp shares the dangerous impact this ruling could have on our communities, state, and nation.
Jun
15
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin talks with Cathy Ruse from the Family Research Council about her recent report, Sex Education in Public Schools: Sexualization of Children and LGBT Indoctrination. Ruse’s report details how graphic and extensive sex education classes have become in public schools, as activists push material that sexualizes and indoctrinates children. Ruse also gives advice for parents to help them protect their children from this type of material.
Jun
8
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family honors fathers and Father’s Day with a special show. Host Traci DeVette Griggs welcomes Dr. Linda Nielsen, a professor of education and author of a new book on the importance of father-daughter relationships. Dr. Nielsen discusses the critical role of a father in his daughter’s life, and some of the most dangerous misconceptions and stereotypes people have about father-daughter relationships.
Jun
1
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, host Traci DeVette Griggs sits down again with Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse of The Ruth Institute to discuss the issue of surrogacy. Dr. Morse shares how surrogacy ignores the rights of the child, and often leads down a dangerous path to the commodification of both children and women.
May
25
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, host Traci DeVette Griggs talks with Marty Lueken, Director of Fiscal Policy and Analysis for EdChoice. Lueken shares EdChoice’s recent report, which analyzed much of the existing research on school choice programs nationwide.
May
18
2020
This week on  Family Policy Matters, host Traci DeVette Griggs sits down with Leila Miller to discuss her newest book, “Impossible” Marriages Redeemed: They Didn’t End the Story in the Middle. Miller shares how so many married couples have weathering storms that may seem insurmountable to most, and what advice she can give for couples who may be struggling in their own marriages.
May
11
2020
This week on  Family Policy Matters, host Traci DeVette Griggs talks to Congressman Greg Murphy, who represents NC's 3rd Congressional District, about his take on the COVID-19 pandemic and our federal and state response to this crisis. Congressman Murphy draws from his expertise as a certified physician, and as a former member of the NC House of Representatives for four years.
May
4
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, host Traci DeVette Griggs talks to Dr. Angela Rachidi about her recent essay, “A Future of Work that Complements Family Life.” Dr. Rachidi explains how one silver lining of current COVID-19 pandemic is employers and employees discovering that working from home can be successful, and can lead to closer relationships for employees with their families.
Apr
27
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, host Traci DeVette Griggs is joined by Blaine Conzatti from Family Policy Alliance of Idaho. Conzatti discusses two crucial laws his organization helped pass in Idaho to defend Title IX and the rights of women and girls in education, sports, and much more, and how other states can follow suite.
Apr
20
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, host Traci DeVette Griggs talks to Jake Roberson from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation about how families and individuals can stay safe and protected while online during this pandemic.
Apr
13
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, host Traci DeVette Griggs sits down with Dr. Ryan Streeter of the American Enterprise Institute to discuss his recent article, “The Lonely (Political) Crowd.” Dr. Streeter discusses the connection between political involvement and loneliness, and how we can counter loneliness in our current politically-charged society.
Apr
6
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, host Traci DeVette Griggs talks to Pastor Joe Carter about his recent article “How to read the news with discernment.” Carter gives tips for navigating the often confusing and misleading world of instant news and, occasionally, “fake news.”
Mar
30
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, host Traci DeVette Griggs sits down with Haley McNamara of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation to discuss the far-reaching web of the pornography industry. McNamara exposes the numerous businesses and companies that are benefiting from the porn industry, and shares how the National Center on Sexual Exploitation has been fighting this toxic industry.
Mar
23
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, host Traci DeVette Griggs talks to Father John Bartunek about his new book, Spiritual but not Religious: The Search for Meaning in a Material World. Bartunek discusses the disconnect we are seeing between “religious” and “spiritual,” and how we can bridge this divide to achieve a fully rounded faith that is both spiritual and religious
Mar
16
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, host Traci DeVette Griggs sits down with John Bursch of Alliance Defending Freedom to discuss the March for Life’s petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to protect them and other objectors from the Obama era so-called contraceptive mandate.
Mar
9
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, host Traci DeVette Griggs talks to Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, founder and President of the Ruth Institute, a global nonprofit focused on keeping families together. Dr. Morse addresses the popular “seamless garment” approach that has been used against the pro-life movement, and how she and the Ruth Institute plan to turn this approach on its head to advance pro-life and pro-family values.
Mar
2
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, host Traci DeVette Griggs sits down with Anna Beavon Gravely, Executive Director of NC FreeEnterprise Foundation. Gravely discusses this week’s Super Tuesday election, and what the data tells us about North Carolina’s highly competitive political landscape this year.
Feb
24
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, host Traci DeVette Griggs talks to Henry Olsen, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, about a new survey of American voters on paid family leave. Olsen shares the surprising findings that support for paid family leave spans the partisan divide and is highly important to key voter groups.
Feb
17
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, host Traci DeVette Griggs sits down with Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life America. Hawkins shares the state of the pro-life movement right now, both on the federal and state levels, and how we all can be ready to fight for life when Roe v. Wade is hopefully overturned.
Feb
10
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family is pleased to bring you a re-airing of the radio show from March 16, 2017. In this show, NC Family President John Rustin sits down with Andrew Kern, President of the CiRCE Institute. Kern speaks about the revitalization of classical education in our country and state, and what can be gained from this atypical approach to education.
Feb
3
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, host Traci DeVette Griggs talks to Eric Buehrer, founder of Gateways to Better Education. Buehrer tells the story of his organization’s work to update the US Department of Education’s guidelines for religious liberty, so that students, teachers, and administrators are aware of their Constitutionally protected religious liberties.
Jan
27
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Communications Director Traci DeVette Griggs sits down with Jackie Bonk of Project Rachel in Eastern North Carolina. Bonk discusses her work with post-abortive mothers and fathers, and how there can be hope and healing for those who have gone through this heartbreaking experience.
Jan
21
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Communications Director Traci DeVette Griggs talks with Patrina Mosley of the Family Research Council. Mosley discusses the recent rise in chemical abortions, and outlines the dangers associated with chemical abortions, as well as many of the lies that the abortion industry markets about this particular method.
Jan
9
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Communications Director Traci DeVette Griggs joins NC Family President John Rustin, and Director of Community Impact and Counsel Jere Royall to discuss the growing hemp industry in North Carolina. Rustin and Royall share details about the 2019 Farm Act, as well as define key terms like hemp, marijuana, THC, and CBD.
Jan
6
2020
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Communications Director Traci DeVette Griggs continues her conversation with Luke Goodrich of the Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty. In Part 2 of this 2-part show, Goodrich discusses his new book Free to Believe: The Battle Over Religious Liberty in America, and elaborates on how we as Christians can be informed advocates for religious freedom.
Dec
30
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Communications Director Traci DeVette Griggs speaks with Luke Goodrich of the Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty. In Part 1 of this 2-part show, Goodrich discusses his new book Free to Believe: The Battle Over Religious Liberty in America, in which he outlines the top five threats to religious freedom in our culture today.
Dec
23
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, we have a special treat for you. To celebrate the Christmas season, NC Family welcomes the ERLC’s Dan Darling to do a reading from his new book, The Characters of Christmas. Darling reads from the chapters on Herod, Mary, the innkeeper, and more, and helps us understand what these characters might have been feeling and places us in their shoes.
Dec
16
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Communications Director Traci DeVette Griggs talks with Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons of the Institute for Marital Healing. Dr. Fitzgibbons discuss his new book, Habits For A Healthy Marriage, and some of the most common and dangerous conflicts in marriage–selfishness and anger–and how to combat these conflicts.
Dec
9
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Communications Director Traci DeVette Griggs sits down with Dr. Michael Naughton to discuss his new book, Getting Work Right: Labor and Leisure in a Fragmented World. Dr. Naughton shares how our culture often has a fundamental misunderstanding of “leisure” and how we need both work and leisure to live full lives.
Dec
2
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, we bring you Part 2 of an excerpt from an address given by former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran to NC Family’s Major Speakers Dinner in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on November 7, 2019.
Nov
25
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, we bring you an excerpt from an address given by former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran to NC Family’s Major Speakers Dinner in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on November 7, 2019.
Nov
18
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Communications Director Traci DeVette Griggs talks with Mary Eberstadt, senior research fellow at the Faith and Reason Institute, about her new book Primal Screams. In this book, Eberstadt discusses the loss of and subsequent search for identity many individuals in our culture have experienced, and explains this loss through the lens of society’s de-emphasis on religion and on family
Nov
11
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Communications Director Traci DeVette Griggs sits down with Dr. Samuel Gregg, research director at the Acton Institute, to discuss his new book. Dr. Gregg examines the misconception much of our culture has about the relationship between faith and reason, and how both are ultimately essential in the search for truth.
Nov
4
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family brings you Part 3 of a speech delivered by Dr. Ryan Anderson of The Heritage Foundation at NC Family’s Major Speakers Dinner in Charlotte, NC on October 8, 2019. Dr. Anderson concludes his address by outlining the mechanization and ideology behind transgenderism, and how we can apply our Christian ideology in love to defend truth.
Oct
28
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family brings you Part 2 of a speech delivered by Dr. Ryan Anderson of The Heritage Foundation at NC Family’s Major Speakers Dinner in Charlotte, NC on October 8, 2019. Dr. Anderson continues his discussion about what all children are entitled to in their lives, and how those rights are in jeopardy in the culture war of today.
Oct
21
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family brings you Part 1 of a speech delivered by Dr. Ryan Anderson of The Heritage Foundation at NC Family’s Major Speakers Dinner in Charlotte, NC on October 8, 2019. Dr. Anderson discusses what all children are entitled to in their lives, and how those rights are in jeopardy in the culture war of today.
Oct
14
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family brings you Part 2 of a 2-part show with Lee Strobel, best-selling author and Christian apologist. Strobel details step by step how believers can share their faith with nonbelievers, and provides resources for becoming more knowledgeable about the historical and scientific truth behind our faith.
Oct
7
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family brings you Part 1 of a 2-part show with Lee Strobel, best-selling author and Christian apologist. Strobel describes how he came to faith through his investigation into Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, and how he uses science and history to approach discussions about faith with nonbelievers.
Sep
30
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Communications Director Traci DeVette Griggs sits down with Dr. R.J. Snell of the Witherspoon Institute to discuss what it means to be human and how our culture’s current views of life and death reflect an attitude of entitlement, as many view their bodies as machines they own rather than as embodied souls they have been gifted.
Sep
23
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Communications Director Traci DeVette Griggs speaks with Dr. Allan Josephson, a former professor from the University of Louisville, who was removed from the university for his comments on gender dysphoria. Dr. Josephson is currently suing the university for violating his free speech rights, and he is being represented by Alliance Defending Freedom. ADF senior counsel Travis Barham joins Dr. Josephson on Family Policy Matters  this week.
Sep
16
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Communications Director Traci DeVette Griggs sits down with Mike Long, President of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina. Long shares why 20% of North Carolina families are exploring non-traditional schooling options, and how the Millennial parent mindset of having options continues to influence this school choice trend.
Sep
9
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Communications Director Traci DeVette Griggs talks to Linda Nelson, a veteran educator and Executive Director of the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS). Nelson describes the diverse makeup of independent schools in North Carolina, and dispels many of the stereotypes people may have about private schools.
Sep
3
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Communications Director Traci DeVette Griggs speaks with Dr. Matthew McDill, a homeschooling dad and Executive Director of North Carolinians for Home Education. Dr. McDill discusses the most common characteristics of homeschool families in North Carolina, as well as the safeguards and resources available for those who might want to begin homeschooling in our state.
Aug
26
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Communications Director Traci DeVette Griggs sits down with Rhonda Dillingham, a veteran educator and Executive Director of the North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools. Dillingham discusses the history of public charter schools, and dispels the most common negative stereotypes about these schools.
Aug
19
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family brings you Part 2 of a 2-part show with JP De Gance, Founder and President of Communio, an organization that works to equip communities and churches to strengthen marriages, families, and faith. De Gance continues his conversation with NC Family Communications Director Traci DeVette Griggs about Communio’s unique work to strengthen marriages and limit divorces.
Aug
12
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family brings you Part 1 of a 2-part show with J.P. De Gance, Founder and President of Communio, an organization that works to equip communities and churches to strengthen marriages, families, and faith. De Gance speaks with NC Family Communications Director Traci DeVette Griggs about how Communio operates and what it is doing differently to strengthen marriages and limit divorces.
Aug
5
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Communications Director Traci DeVette Griggs sits down with Denise Harle, legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom. Harle unpacks the recent Title IX complaint ADF filed on behalf of several female high school track runners in Connecticut. There, two biological men have been competing as women and winning every track race they enter, to the detriment of biological females and against Title IX rules.
Jul
29
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family brings you Part 2 of a 2-part show with Dan Darling, a pastor and Vice President of Communications for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Darling continues his conversation with NC Family Communications Director Traci DeVette Griggs, discussing the importance of Christians being involved in public policy and how we should employ grace and respect when addressing those who disagree with us.
Jul
22
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Communications Director Traci DeVette Griggs talks with Dan Darling, pastor and Vice President of Communications for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, in Part 1 of this 2-part series. Darling discusses the importance of people of faith being involved in public policy and advocating for justice in our nation and the world.
Jul
15
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John Rustin sits down with Jessica Burke, a former educator and writer for the Leadership Council of the ERLC. Burke discusses the importance of faith in a child’s education, and how learning can help us all better know God through his creation. Burke also advises parents on balancing helping their children earn a successful education while growing a meaningful faith.
Jul
8
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family brings you Part 2 of a 2-part series with Mike Lindell, inventor of MyPillow and founder of the Lindell Recovery Network. NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Lindell about the role his faith has played not only in his recovery from drug addiction, but also in his business and his philanthropic work. Lindell also discusses his upcoming business projects.
Jul
1
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family brings you Part 1 of a 2-part series with Mike Lindell, inventor of MyPillow and founder of the Lindell Recovery Network. NC Family President John L. Rustin sits down with Lindell to discuss his personal experiences with severe drug addiction and recovery, and how his faith has played a role in this journey.
Jun
24
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family is re-airing a show from August of 2017. In this show, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Leila Miller about her book, Primal Loss: The Now-Adult Children of Divorce Speak. Miller talks about some of the stories and trends discussed in her book, and how she has seen divorce affect children as they grow up.
Jun
17
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John Rustin sits down with Mary Beth Waddell, Senior Legislative Assistant for the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Waddell discusses the federal “Equality Act,” which has already passed the U.S. House of Representatives, and analyzes its potential impact on individuals, families, and communities across our nation should it become law.
Jun
10
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family brings you a Q&A session between NC Family President John Rustin, Barronelle Stutzman, and Kellie Fiedorek, from our NC Family Major Speakers Dinner in Raleigh. Stutzman is the Washington State florist whose religious liberty case made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Fiedorek is an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, who represents Stutzman in her ongoing defense of her religious liberties.
Jun
3
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Communications Director Traci DeVette Griggs sits down with Jason Thacker, Creative Director at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, to discuss Artificial Intelligence, or AI. Thacker explains the benefits and dangers stemming from the use of AI, and where the Church can enter into this discussion.
May
28
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John Rustin speaks with Dr. Pat Fagan, Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Initiative or MARRI. Dr. Fagan discusses the important role of fathers in families, especially in the relationship between fathers and sons.
May
20
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family is excited to bring you Part 2 of a two-part show with Tim Winter, President of the Parents Television Council. NC Family Communications Director Traci DeVette Griggs continues her conversation with Winter about how the media industry targets children and teens, and how even what parents watch on TV and click online will influence what is produced in the future for themselves and their children.
May
13
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family is excited to bring you Part One of a two-part show with Tim Winter, President of the Parents Television Council. NC Family Communications Director Traci DeVette Griggs speaks with Winter about how the media industry targets children and teens, and how the wide array of ratings systems in media today makes it difficult for parents to know what is and is not appropriate for their children. Winter also provides some tools for parents to use in navigating this complex age of media.
May
6
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family president John Rustin sits down Senator Joyce Krawiec of the North Carolina General Assembly. Sen. Krawiec discusses SB 359 — Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, a bill that she sponsors and Governor Roy Cooper recently vetoed. Sen. Krawiec explains the necessity of this and other pro-life bills currently in the NC Legislature, and why North Carolinians should urge their legislators to override the Governor’s veto.
May
2
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Dr. Kathy Koch, Founder and President of Celebrate Kids, Inc. They discuss the impact technology is having on family relationships, particularly among young people, and what parents can do to help ensure that their children develop an appropriate relationship with technology.  This show originally aired in January of 2018 and was one of our most popular radio shows for the year.
Apr
22
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family is excited to re-air an episode from February of 2016. In it, NC Family president John Rustin talks with pro-life advocate and speaker, Gianna Jessen, who was miraculously born alive after her biological mother underwent a failed saline abortion in the 1970s. Jessen tells her amazing story and how God has used her life to promote the sanctity of human life.
Apr
15
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Communications Director Traci DeVette Griggs sits down with Dr. Adam Carrington, assistant professor of politics at Hillsdale College’s Graduate School of Statesmanship. Dr. Carrington unpacks the recent trend of states passing legislation to do away with the Electoral College, and the repercussions of state lawmakers, as well as presidential candidates, desiring to break from tradition. Carrington also addresses other proposed changes to our Constitution, including altering both the number of U.S. Supreme Court justices and the amount of time lawmakers can debate about judicial nominees.
Apr
8
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC President John Rustin talks with Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood Clinic Director whose story of transformation and redemption is featured on screen in the film Unplanned, now in theaters. Johnson discusses her inspiring story, her ministry And Then There Were None for abortion clinic employees seeking a way out, and how Unplanned came to be.
Apr
1
2019
This week on  Family Policy Matters,  NC Family  Communications Director Traci DeVette  Griggs  sits down with Alexandra McPhee,  attorney and Director of Religious Freedom  Advocacy for Family Research Council. McPhee discusses her recent publication, “Rebels  Without a Clause: When Senators Run Roughshod Over the ‘No Religious Test’ Clause of the  U.S. Constitution,” which addresses the recent trend of some U.S. Senators employing seemingly  religious tests on nominees for public office. McPhee also examines the parameters of the “No  Religious Test” clause, and why our Founding Fathers sought to include it in our Constitution.
Mar
25
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family brings you Part 2 of a speech delivered by John Stonestreet at our Major Speakers Dinner in Greenville. John Stonestreet, president of The Colson Center for Christian Worldview, discusses how Christians are saved for the ministry of reconciliation, and poses four questions for how the Church can live out our mission as reconcilers.
Mar
18
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family is pleased to bring you Part 1 of a speech delivered by John Stonestreet at our Major Speakers Dinner in Greenville. John Stonestreet, president of The Colson Center for Christian Worldview, discusses how culture influences everything, including the Church, and what we as Christians are saved for.
Mar
11
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Communications Director Traci DeVette Griggs talks to Crystalina Evert, founder of Women Made New Ministries and co-founder of Chastity Project. Pulling from her own personal experience, Evert speaks on the trauma of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, and how abuses in a woman’s past affects her present views, relationships, and feelings. Evert also walks through the step-by-step healing process she finds most effective for abuse survivors.
Mar
4
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John Rustin sits down with Barrett Johnson, co-founder of I.N.F.O. For Families, which stands for Imperfect and Normal Families Only. Johnson addresses the trend we have seen in recent years of public figures having their pasts come back to haunt them, and how parents can protect, teach, and prepare their children to make wise choices in an era where nearly everything they do is immortalized on social media.
Feb
15
2019
This week on the Focus On Faith edition of Family Policy Matters, NC Family’s Pastor Outreach Director Thomas Graham speaks with Miriam Cobb, founder and director of The Empty Frames Initiative. Cobb discusses how Empty Frames empowers young people who are aging out of foster care by using photography to tell their stories, and how relationships and community are essential to the ability to live independently.
Feb
11
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John Rustin talks to Steven Aden, chief legal officer and general counsel for Americans United for Life (AUL), one of the country’s preeminent pro-life legal organizations. Aden focuses on recent anti-life legislation as well as AUL’s annual Life List, a ranking of every state in regards to the status of their pro-life laws. Aden discusses North Carolina’s placement specifically, and what can be and is being done to move our state higher in the rankings.
Feb
4
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John Rustin speaks with Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southeastern Baptist Convention, and the author of Christianity Today’s 2019 Book of the Year, The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home. Dr. Moore offers a practical, realistic perspective for nurturing and maintaining a healthy biblical family life that reflects the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Jan
28
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family is pleased to bring you a special look into one of our Cornerstone Community calls. Our most recent call featured special guest Paul “Skip” Stam, former Speaker Pro Tempore of the North Carolina House of Representatives. Along with NC Family President John Rustin, Stam shares his insight on the recently convened 2019-2020 session of the NC General Assembly, and how he thinks this new legislature will address key issues such as abortion, school choice, and gambling.
Jan
22
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John Rustin sits down with April Readlinger, Executive Director of CanaVox. Readlinger discusses CanaVox’s international work in strengthening marriages through the use of reading groups, and how open and honest conversations about marriage with like-minded individuals can reestablish the idea of community.
Jan
14
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John Rustin talks with Dr. Frank Moncher, a clinical psychologist and consultant for the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia and Catholic Charities USA. Dr. Moncher speaks to the struggles many adults experience in caring for their aging and infirmed parents, and addresses the growing trend of assisted suicide. Furthermore, Dr. Moncher offers insight towards how our faith both influences our view of suffering, and guides us through a difficult period of life.
Jan
7
2019
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John Rustin speaks with Greg Baylor, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom and the Director of ADF’s Center for Religious Schools. Baylor unpacks how religious and moral objections to the Obamacare contraceptive mandate have played out judicially under the aid of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and if the Trump administration has done enough to provide protections for these objectors.
Dec
31
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John Rustin speaks with Dr. Timothy Jennings, a board-certified psychiatrist, author, Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatrist Association, and President of Come and Reason Ministries. Dr. Jennings explains how our physical bodies are very much connected to our spiritual souls, and how engaging and experiencing God, truth, and love can result in better health and better life, especially as we age.
Dec
24
2018
This week on the Focus On Faith edition of Family Policy Matters, NC Family’s Pastor Outreach Director Thomas Graham sits down with Joe Carter, an editor for The Gospel Coalition and of the NIV Lifehacks Bible. Carter discusses why many Christians do not attend church, the importance of attendance, and how pastors and parishioners can better welcome visitors, particularly Millennials, into their congregations.
Dec
17
2018
This weekon Family Policy Matters, NC Family is happy to share part two of a two-part speech from our Winston-Salem Major Speakers Dinner. In this second portion, Dr. Bruce Ashford, a provost and professor of theology and culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, discusses the social ostracism Christians can experience and how to stand firm in our faith in a secular world.
Dec
11
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family is happy to share part one of a two-part speech from our Winston-Salem Major Speakers Dinner. In part one, Dr. Bruce Ashford, a provost and professor of theology and culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, discusses the relationship between Church and state, and the value of life in both of these arenas.
Dec
3
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin interviews Mitch Kokai, a senior political analyst at the John Locke Foundation, one of North Carolina’s preeminent conservative research organizations and public policy think tanks. Mitch talks about four new amendments to North Carolina’s constitution.
Nov
26
2018
NC Family President John L. Rustin interviews Cristina Barba, Founder and President of The Culture Project International, which seeks to restore culture through the experience of virtue. Christina, who has had a lifelong passion for proclaiming the dignity of human life, was awarded the 2016 Defender of Life Award by Students for Life of America, and she joins us today to discuss this exciting mission work that is taking place across our nation and in our own backyards.  
Nov
19
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Erin Hawley, Law Professor at the University of Missouri and wife of newly elected U.S. Congressman Josh Hawley of Missouri. Erin discusses her new book, Living Beloved: Lessons from my little ones about the heart of God.
Nov
12
2018
NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Wesley Smith, an author and a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. They discuss Canada's Supreme Court recent ruling on doctor-assisted suicide and why this is alarming to those of us in the United States.  
Nov
5
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Daniel Darling, Vice President for Communications at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.  They discuss his new book, The Dignity Revolution: Reclaiming God’s Rich Vision for Humanity.  
Oct
29
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters, we will be airing n inspiring speech by Tyson Langhofer, Senior Counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom and Director of ADF’s Center for Academic Freedom. This message was delivered at NC Family’s Major Speaker Series Dinner in Charlotte, North Carolina on October 19th.  
Oct
23
2018
This weekon Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Leila Miller, co-author of the new book Made This Way: How to Prepare Kids to Face Today’s Tough Moral Issues. They discuss her new book and how to help today’s parents shepherd children in age-appropriate ways around 10 of the biggest moral challenges facing kids in our current culture.
Oct
15
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Pastor Outreach Director Thomas Graham speaks with Bruce Asheford, Provost and Professor of Theology and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. They discuss how Christianity applies to the many facets of public life and how we as Christians can bear witness to our faith in ways that contribute to the common good.  
Oct
8
2018
This weekon Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with David Gibbs III, the President and General Counsel at the National Center for Life and Liberty. They discuss the importance of churches seeking legal protections in today’s changing world.
Oct
1
2018
This weekon Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Jere Royall and Jake Sipe, members of the NC Family staff. They discuss the importance of this year’s election, the NC Family voter guide, and what listeners can do to help.  
Sep
17
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters,NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Candi Cushman, Director of Education Issues at Focus on the Family. They discuss Focus on the Family’s “Bring You Bible To School Day,” a nationwide religious freedom initiative for students of all ages.
Sep
10
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters,NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Kimberly Curlin, the Director of the Wake County Chapter of Safe Families. They discuss the mission of Safe Families, which is to bring together families in need with churches and host families who
Sep
4
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters,NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks withDr. Greg Murphy,a State Representative, physician, and surgeon from Greenville, N.C., about the opioid epidemic and what the North Carolina General Assembly is doing to combat it.
Aug
27
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Dr. Jane Anderson, a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. They discuss the increasing number of adolescents diagnosed with depression, and how parents can help.
Aug
23
2018
NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Brad Griffin, Associate Director of the Fuller Youth Institute, which focuses on providing research, resources, and support to churches who want their youth ministry programs to help young people develop a fruitful, and long-lasting faith.
Aug
14
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Brian Jodice, Executive Vice President for Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC). PEFNC is a statewide organization that seeks and supports greater educational opportunities for parents and students. They discuss school choice opportunities in North Carolina.
Aug
7
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Katy Faust, founder and director of Them Before Us, an organization devoted to giving children a voice in the debate over family structure. They discuss the problems with the current conversations about parenting and family formation.
Jul
30
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Dr. Ray Guarendi, a clinical psychologist for over 40 years and author of more than a dozen books on parenting, marriage, adoption, and now grandparenting. They discuss his new book, Being a Grandparent: Just Like Being a Parent…Only Different!
Jul
20
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speak with Catherine Fowler Sample, writer and producer of the award-winning film “The Dating Project.” The film is a new documentary that follows five modern-day singles, age 20 to 40, in their quest to find authentic love and meaningful relationships. They discuss how the dating scene has changed in America over the last one or two generations.
Jul
16
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Pastor Outreach Director Thomas Graham interviews Susanne Berger. Berger is the Board Chair of Neighbor Health Center, a new faith-based health center that seeks to serve Christ by providing primary care to patients of all ages regardless of whether they have health insurance. They discuss her personal story of faith and vocation, as well as the mission and story of Neighbor Health Center.  
Jul
13
2018
Dr. Pat Fagan, Founder and Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI), discusses the dramatic shift in western nations away from intact married religious families with children; why that shift matters, and what can be done to reverse this troubling trend.
Jul
9
2018
This week, NC Family President interviewed Father Sean Raftis, a parish priest in Montana who has become well-known in recent years as one of the Gonzaga Prep “Tag Brothers” whose story has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, ESPN, CBS and is now the inspiration for the summer blockbuster movie “Tag.” They discuss his intriguing story and the importance of deep lasting friendship.    
Jul
2
2018
This week we will be re-airing a wonderful interview from May 2017 between NC Family President John L. Rustin, and Andrew Walker, Director of Policy Studies at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention. They discuss a small group study on religious liberty produced by the ERLC.
Jun
25
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John Rustin interviews Janet Oehl, an activist with Onslow Protect Our Students. They discuss the fight against comprehensive sex education that was being pushed in her local school system, and how the success of a small grassroots movement has developed into a statewide organization dedicated to a similar mission.
Jun
18
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters Traci Griggs, Director of Communications at NC Family, interviews Jo Teague, substance abuse counselor for Wake County Human Services-Child Protective Services and founder of Alcohol and Drug Assessment Services in Raleigh, North Carolina. They discuss the impact of the opioid crisis on the foster care system in North Carolina, and how concerned citizens can help.
Jun
11
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Pastor Outreach Director Thomas Graham interviews Debbie Capen, Executive Director of MiraVia, a pregnancy care center on the campus of Belmont Abbey College.  They discuss her personal story and the mission of MiraVia.
Jun
4
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Lindsey Burke, Director of the Center for Education Policy at the Heritage Foundation. They discuss school safety and where the research suggests efforts should be made to best keep children, teachers, and staff safe.
May
29
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters we will be airing an inspiring speech by John Stonestreet, President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. The message was delivered at NC Family’s Major Speaker Series in Greenville, N.C., on April 26.
May
21
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Pastor Outreach Director, Thomas Graham, spoke with Dr. Patrick O’Connell, founder of Sentinel Primary Care. They discuss Dr. O’Connell’s personal journey of faith and vocation, as well as, how he integrates his religious beliefs into his work as a primary care physician.
May
14
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin talks with Helen Alvare, a family law professor at George Mason University’s Scalia Law School. They discuss her new book, Putting Children’s Interests First in American Family Law: With Power Comes Responsibility.  
May
7
2018
This is Part 2 of a 2-part discussion between NC Family President John L. Rustin and Dr. Thomas Lickona, a developmental psychologist and professor of education at the State University of New York at Cortland. They discuss his new book, “How to Raise Kind Kids and Get Respect, Gratitude, and a Happier Family in the Bargain.”  
Apr
30
2018
This week NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Dr. Thomas Lickona, a developmental psychologist and professor of education at the State University of New York at Cortland. In part one of a two part discussion, they talk his new book, “How to Raise Kind Kids and Get Respect, Gratitude, and a Happier Family in the Bargain.”  
Apr
23
2018
This week NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Jason Yates, CEO of My Faith Votes, a non-partisan movement of the church in America that seeks to motivate and equip Christians to vote.   They discuss how Christians can make a positive difference in their communities, state and nation through participating in the democratic process.
Apr
16
2018
This week NC Family’s Pastor Outreach Director, Thomas Graham, talks with Jeremy Burton, Director of Communications at the Museum of the Bible. They discuss the background story, mission, and amenities of the new Museum of the Bible located in Washington D.C.
Apr
6
2018
This week NC Family Director of Communications, Traci Griggs, speaks with Dr. Tom Barrett and Tim Downs, the hosts of the weekly podcast “The Communications Guys.” They discuss how to effectively communicate on tough issues during our polarized age.  
Apr
2
2018
This week NC Family President John Rustin speaks with Dr. Omar Manejwala, Chief Medical Officer of Catasys and a one of the nation’s leading experts of addiction. They discuss the opioid epidemic, some practical steps we can take to combat it, and the role faith can play for someone in recovery.
Mar
26
2018
This week NC Family President John Rustin speaks with Nancy Pearcey, a renowned Christian apologist and professor in residence at Houston Baptist University. They discuss her valuable insights into some of today’s biggest hot button cultural topics.
Mar
19
2018
This week NC Family President speaks with Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the public policy arm of the Sothern Baptist Convention. They discuss racism, and the responsibility of Christians to address it.
Mar
9
2018
This week NC Family President speaks with Stephanie Barclay, Counsel at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a non-profit, public-interest legal and educational institute with a mission to protect the free expression of all faiths. They discuss a recent legal victory for religious liberty that happened in North Carolina.
Mar
5
2018
NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Jennifer Murff, President of Millennials for Marriage, about her organization’s work to shift culture, change perceptions and reintroduce the beauty of dating and marriage to the millennial generation.
Feb
23
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Les Bernal, the National Director of Stop Predatory Gambling. They discuss the real costs and benefits of state lotteries and other forms of legalize gambling.
Feb
19
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Education Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC), a statewide organization that seeks and supports greater educational opportunities for parents and students through school choice. They discuss the recent expansion of school choice in North Carolina.
Feb
12
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Erik Stanley, senior counsel and director of the Center for Christian Ministries for the Alliance Defending Freedom. They discuss the Johnson Amendment and how it affects the work of both individuals and groups who are spurred to action and outreach because of their faith.
Feb
5
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with David Christensen, Vice President for Government Affairs with the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. They discuss some of the positive religious liberty developments occurring at the Federal level.
Jan
29
2018
  This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Andrew Guernsey, a Legislative Assistant for Government Affairs with the Family Research Council in Washington D.C. They discuss the real effects for families of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.”
Jan
22
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Ryan Bomberger, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at the Radiance Foundation, an educational and life-affirming nonprofit organization. They discuss the issues of abortion, adoption, race, fatherlessness, and his new book “Not Equal: Civil Rights Gone Wrong.”
Jan
12
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Pastor Outreach Director Thomas Graham speaks with Tracy Winsor, co-founder of Be Not Afraid, a ministry provides tangible and loving support to parents whose unborn children receive difficult diagnoses and who still commit to carrying their children to term. They discuss the inspiration for the ministry and practical advice for parents who receives an unexpected prenatal diagnosis for their child.
Jan
8
2018
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, the founder of the Ruth Institute, a global non-profit focused on keeping families together and helping the millions of people who have been harmed by family breakdown. They discuss how healthy actions and expectations are beneficial for ensuring a successful, lifelong marriage before saying “I do.”
Dec
21
2017
This week on Family Policy Matters, the North Carolina Family Policy Council staff has a roundtable discussion where they each share their favorite part about being an American.
Dec
19
2017
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Pastor Outreach Director Thomas Graham speaks with Damon Owens, founder and Executive Director of joytob, a teaching ministry. They discuss the interwoven nature of a theology of family, theology of love, and theology of the body.  
Dec
11
2017
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. They discuss a disturbing proposed regulation in Delaware that would allow students to self-identify not only their gender (male, female or other), but also their race, and to do so potentially without any involvement from their parents.
Dec
4
2017
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Rob Schwarzwalder, Senior Lecturer at Regent University and former Senior Vice-President at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. They discuss how adoption intersects with a pro-life ethic.
Nov
27
2017
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Tom Brejcha, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More society. They discuss the conflicting and confusing information about the legalities of religious expression during the holiday season.  
Nov
20
2017
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Dr. Bradley Birzer, a Professor of History and the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies at Hillsdale College, co-founder of The Imaginative Conservative, and Fellow of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. They discuss the origins and importance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Nov
9
2017
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Pastor Outreach Director Thomas Graham speaks with Madison Perry, Executive Director of the NC Study Center. They discuss how the North Carolina Study Center came into existence, and how it serves the students of UNC.
Nov
3
2017
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Director of Communications Traci Griggs speaks with John Miller, director of the journalism program at Hillsdale College. They discuss the transformation of the news media and why the absence of vibrant news reporting can be a threat to our American way of life.
Oct
26
2017
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with David Lapp who is the lead organizer for a group entitled “Better Angels.” They discuss his efforts to reunite America by helping Americans to move past hostility and insults and find common ground across the political spectrum in order to achieve that foundational goal of our American Constitution, which is to form “a more perfect union.”
Oct
23
2017
Our guest is Mary Anne Mosack, Executive Director of Ascend, an advocacy organization that works in the realm of Sexual Risk Avoidance education. She discusses how to help teens make wise and healthy decisions about activities and relationships, especially when it comes to human sexuality.  
Oct
16
2017
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family Pastor Outreach Director Thomas Graham speaks with Jim Dotson, Executive Director of Mission Increase Raleigh. They discuss Jim’s personal story in corporate America and his work now helping organizations be effective stewards of the gifts and talents God has given them to maximize the Kingdom impact of their ministry.
Oct
9
2017
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Kelly Shackleford, President and CEO of First Liberty Institute, the nation’s largest legal organization dedicated exclusively to protecting religious freedom for all Americans. They discuss crisis of religious liberty in America today, demonstrated by a new report documenting the rise in the number and severity of attacks on religion across our nation.
Oct
2
2017
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Paul Asay, an award-winning journalist who currently serves as senior associate editor at Plugged In. They discuss his new book, When Parenting Isn’t Perfect, which he co-wrote with Focus on the Family president Jim Daly, to encourage parents to embrace the messiness of parenthood and to show grace to children.
Sep
25
2017
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Justin Butterfield, Director of Research and Education for First Liberty Institute, which is the nation’s largest legal organization dedicated exclusively to protecting religious freedom. They discuss what students, parents and educators need to know about their religious liberty rights at school.
Sep
18
2017
NC Family Pastor Outreach Director Thomas Graham speaks with Chris and Anna Smith, Co-Founders of Restore One Ministry in this month's “Focus on Faith” segment. They discuss Restore One, a ministry that offers faith-based residential recovery programs, free of cost, to American boys who are survivors of sex trafficking.
Sep
11
2017
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin continues a discussion with Brett Kunkle, co-author–along with the Colson Center’s John Stonestreet–of a new book entitled, A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World. They discuss the new book, which seeks to help young people successfully navigate today’s complex culture while staying focused on those thing that are truly important and that have an eternal significance.
Sep
6
2017
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Brett Kunkle, co-author–along with the Colson Center’s John Stonestreet–of a new book entitled, “A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World.” They discuss the new book, which seeks to help young people successfully navigate today’s complex culture while staying focused on those thing that are truly important and that have an eternal significance.
Aug
31
2017
Leila Miller talks about her new book, Primal Loss: The Now-Adult Children of Divorce Speak.
Aug
24
2017
Dr. Brad Wilcox, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies, discusses “the millennial success sequence,” a specific sequence of life events, including marriage and children, which helps to prepare and position young adults to experience greater stability and success later in life.
Aug
17
2017
NC Family Pastor Outreach Director Thomas Graham speaks with Dr. Kenyn Cureton, Vice President of Church Ministries at the Family Research Council, in our monthly “Focus on Faith” segment. They discuss Dr. Cureton’s personal story and encouraging pieces of wisdom about how Christians can and should engage in the culture.
Aug
10
2017
Dr. Marty McCaffrey, a clinical professor in neonatal and perinatal medicine at UNC Chapel Hill, and Director of the Perinatal Quality Collaborative of North Carolina talks about the current trends in regards to a sanctity of life ethic in medical care.
Aug
3
2017
Dr. Marty McCaffrey, a clinical professor in neonatal and perinatal medicine at UNC Chapel Hill, and Director of the Perinatal Quality Collaborative of North Carolina discusses the current trends in regards to a sanctity of life ethic in medical care.
Jul
28
2017
Ryan Anderson, Simon Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, talks about his new book Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination, as well as, the intersection between religious liberty and discrimination.
Jul
20
2017
Thomas Graham, Pastor Outreach Director at the North Carolina Family Policy Council, discusses a new addition to the Family Policy Matters radio program that will be taking a closer look at the intersection of faith and cultural engagement. Thomas, who will be hosting the segment, is joining us to introduce the segment and himself.
Jul
6
2017
Dr. Meg Meeker, a pediatrician with 30 years of experience in pediatric and adolescent medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics discusses transgenderism, transgender bathroom policy, and how the growing acceptance of this form of identity among some is putting the rights, development and wellbeing of some of our children and families at risk.
Jun
29
2017
Dr. Meg Meeker, a pediatrician with 30 years of experience in pediatric and adolescent medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics discusses transgenderism, transgender bathroom policy, and how the growing acceptance of this form of identity among some is putting the rights, development and wellbeing of some of our children and families at risk.
Jun
22
2017
Amber Lapp, a research fellow at the Institute for Family Studies, talks about a “crisis of trust” among younger generations that is hindering younger adults from committing to marriage and family life.
Jun
15
2017
David Christensen, Vice President for Government Affairs with the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. discusses a number of pro-life initiatives that are making their way through the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch in our nation’s capitol.
Jun
8
2017
Dr. Gregory Popcak, an internationally known marriage and family expert, radio host, and author of more than 20 books, discusses the importance of fatherhood, and some practical ways for men to understand the love of God and then apply that love to being a better father.
Jun
2
2017
Matt Fradd, a best selling author and popular speaker about his newest book,  The Porn Myth   talks about the response to the commonly held belief that pornography is harmless or even potentially beneficial to society.
May
25
2017
Mike Adams, a criminology professor at UNC-Wilmington and nationally syndicated columnist for Townhall.com, speaks about the current state of free speech on college and university campuses.
May
18
2017
Courtney Dunkerton, Executive Director of Alamance For Freedom, speaks about the status of human trafficking in North Carolina.
May
11
2017
Andrew Walker, Director of Policy Studies at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention, discusses a new small group study on religious liberty produced by the ERLC.
May
4
2017
Professor Anthony Esolen, who teaches Renaissance Literature and the Development of Western Civilization at Providence College, talks about the restoration of American culture.
Apr
27
2017
Jon Lewis, Senior Manager of Direct Response Marketing at Hillsdale College, talks about a free opportunity to learn more about the U.S. Constitution and the founding of our nation.
Apr
20
2017
Dr. Michael Blackwell, president of the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina, talks about a current foster care crisis in North Carolina.
Apr
13
2017
Dr. Greg Murphy, a State Representative, physician, and surgeon from Greenville, N.C., talks about the opioid epidemic and what the North Carolina General Assembly is doing to combat it.
Apr
6
2017
Dr. Thomas Lickona, a developmental psychologist and professor of education at the State University of New York at Cortland, speaks about strategies for battling pornography in our homes and classrooms.
Mar
30
2017
Part 2 of an inspiring speech by David and Jason Benham, courageous twins who are nationally recognized for their advocacy on critical family policy issues and dynamic communication style. The message was delivered at NC Family’s Major Speakers Series in Greenville, N.C., on March 13.
Mar
23
2017
An inspiring speech by David and Jason Benham, courageous twins are nationally recognized for their advocacy on critical family policy issues and dynamic communication style. The message was delivered at NC Family’s Major Speakers Series in Greenville, N.C., on March 13.
Mar
16
2017
Jere Royall, Counsel and Director of Community Impact at NC Family, speaks about some common misconceptions and recent developments concerning House Bill 2.
Mar
9
2017
Jennifer Johnson, Associate Director of the Ruth Institute, speaks about her new book “Marriage and Equality: How Natural Marriage Upholds the Ideal of Equality… for Children.”
Mar
2
2017
David Cortman, Senior Counsel & Vice President of U.S. Litigation at Alliance Defending Freedom, speaks about President Trump’s nominee to fill the seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court, as well as some of the most important cases related to religious liberty on which the court is likely to rule or to take up in the near future.
Feb
23
2017
Jere Royall, Counsel and Director of Community Impact at NC Family, in part 2 of the conversation about some common misconceptions and recent developments concerning House Bill 2.
Feb
16
2017
Jere Royall, Counsel and Director of Community Impact at NC Family, speaks about some common misconceptions and recent developments concerning House Bill 2.
Feb
9
2017
Jennifer Lahl, Founder and President of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network, talks about  the scientific and political aspects of third party reproduction and the inherent risks associated with these practices.
Feb
2
2017
Former North Carolina State Representative, Paul “Skip” Stam, talks about the current status of pro-life laws and policies in our state.
Jan
26
2017
Jere Royall, Director of Community Impact and Counsel at NC Family, speaks about the upcoming legislative session, the lawmaking process, and how citizens can get involved.
Jan
19
2017
Melinda Delahoyde, President of Gateway Pregnancy Center in Raleigh, speaks about some frightening developments in regard to abortion pills and the push to make them easily accessible to younger and younger girls.
Jan
12
2017
Melinda Delahoyde,  formerly with Care Net and now President of Gateway pregnancy center in Raleigh talks about important trends in pregnancy care centers over the past decade and how you can get involved.
Jan
5
2017
Eric Buehrer, President of Gateways to Better Education talks about a  great new opportunity here in North Carolina  for parents, teachers, school leaders, and churches to learn about and promote religious freedom in their local schools.
Dec
22
2016
In part two of a two-part show, Tony and Lesley Biller talk about their unique family and the path the Lord has been leading them on to bring them to this place in their lives.
Dec
15
2016
Tony and Lesley Biller discuss their unique family and the path the Lord has been leading them on to bring them to this place in their lives.
Dec
8
2016
NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Wesley Smith, Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism, for part 2 of our series about the dangers of assisted suicide and the growing success of efforts to legalize it across the United States.
Dec
1
2016
NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Wesley Smith, Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism, about the dangers of assisted suicide and the growing success of efforts to legalize it across the United States.
Nov
25
2016
This week on Family Policy Matters, NC Family President John Rustin sits down with Dr. Michelle Cretella, President of the American College of Pediatricians. Dr. Cretella shares her insights into the push to legalize marijuana, and why such legalization is dangerous for individuals and families across the nation.
Nov
17
2016
NC Family Communications Director Traci Griggs speaks with Joe Werrell, a community activist, about recent effort by the organization called ShiftNC to take over sex education in Onslow County and what he and his organization did to rebuff it.
Nov
10
2016
NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Peter Sprigg with Family Research Council about a new resource they created to help parents navigate the increasingly public transgender movement we’re seeing in today’s culture.
Nov
3
2016
NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Mary Eberstadt, Author of the new book,  It’s Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies,  which examines the rise of intolerance against Christians in our culture and why this is not only wrong, but potentially disastrous for the future of our nation.
Oct
20
2016
NC Family President John L. Rustin speaks with Thomas Graham, NC Family’s Pastor Outreach Director, about why it is so important for Christians, pastors and churches to engage in the political process.
Oct
13
2016
NC Family President John L. Rustin talks with Kristan Hawkins, President of Students For Life of America, the nation’s largest youth pro-life organization that has helped establish over 1,000 student pro-life groups. They discuss a growing pro-life sentiment among millennials and what you can do to help the pro-life movement.
Oct
6
2016
NC Family President John L. Rustin talks with Franklin Graham, the world renowned Evangelist who serves as the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and evangelism organization, Samaritan’s Purse. They discuss the vital importance of this year’s election, his Decision America tour, and Christian engagement in culture and politics in the future.
Sep
29
2016
Traci Griggs, NC Family Director of Communications interviews NC Family President John L. Rustin about the vital importance of this year’s election, the NC Family voter guide, and what listeners can do to help.
Sep
22
2016
This is Part 2 of a 2-part conversation between NC Family President John L. Rustin and Focus on the Family President Jim Daly, regarding the perspectives found in Daly’s new book, “Marriage Done Right.” Daly shares some valuable suggestions for the church regarding marriage.
Sep
15
2016
This is part 1 of a 2-part conversation between NC Family President John L. Rustin and Focus on the Focus on the Family President Jim Daly, regarding the perspectives found in Daly’s new book, “Marriage Done Right.” Daly shares his personal testimony along with valuable suggestions for the church regarding marriage.
Sep
8
2016
NC Family President John L. Rustin talks with Haley Halverson, Director of Communications for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation about the positive progress being made to educate the public about the harms of pornography and to limit its availability, especially to children.
Sep
1
2016
NC Family President John L. Rustin talks with Darrell Allison, President of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, a statewide organization that seeks and supports greater educational opportunities for parents and students through school choice.
Aug
24
2016
NC Family President John L. Rustin talks with Paul Weber, President and CEO of Family Policy Alliance, formerly CitizenLink, which is a public policy partner of Focus on the Family and one of NC Family’s closest national allies and valued partners, regarding the role Family Policy Alliance plays in supporting efforts in North Carolina.
Aug
18
2016
In Part 2 of this 2-part series, NC Family President John L. Rustin talks with NC Family Lobbyist and Counsel Jere Royall, about the highlights of this past session of the North Carolina General Assembly.
Aug
11
2016
In Part 1  of this 2-part series, NC Family President John Rustin talks with NC Family Lobbyist and Counsel Jere Royall, about his unique and winsome philosophy on lobbying in the North Carolina General Assembly.
Aug
4
2016
In part 2 of this two-part series, NC Family president John Rustin talks with Travis Weber, director of the Center for Religious Liberty at Family Research Council, about how the current state of religious liberty in our nation is threatening the constructs of the U.S. Constitution.
Jul
28
2016
In part 1 of this two-part series, NC Family president John Rustin talks with Travis Weber, director of the Center for Religious Liberty at Family Research Council, about how the current state of religious liberty in our nation is threatening the constructs of the U.S. Constitution.
Jul
21
2016
NC Family President John Rustin talks with Scott Stanley, Ph.D., Co-director of the Center for Marriage and Family Studies at the University of Denver, about his research regarding cohabitation and why couples should think twice before moving in together before marriage.
Jul
14
2016
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Valerie Huber, president of Ascend (formerly the National Abstinence Education Association) about a new CDC study that shows a remarkable decline in teen sexual activity in recent years.
Jul
7
2016
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Kellie Fiedorek, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, about the escalating national battle over the Obama Administration’s effort to force gender-neutral bathrooms, showers, and changing facilities on public school campuses nationwide.
Jun
30
2016
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Bob Waliszewski, director of Focus on the Family’s Media and Culture Department and PluggedIn.com, about some of the new movies being released this summer, and how we can determine whether they are truly family-friendly.
Jun
23
2016
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Helen Alvaré, JD, professor of law at George Mason University and founder of Women Speak for Themselves, about the U.S. Supreme Court’s May 2016 opinion in  Zubik v. Burwell, and what that ruling means for the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious nonprofits.
Jun
16
2016
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Glenn Stanton, Ph.D., director of family formation studies at Focus on the Family, about the key differences between moms and dads and why those differences matter to child wellbeing.
Jun
9
2016
This week, “Family Policy Matters” features the second part of a keynote address on the “Seven Traits of Love” that Dr. Gary Chapman, marriage counselor and author of  The Five Love Languages, gave at the North Carolina Family Policy Council’s Major Speakers dinner event in Raleigh in April 2016.
Jun
2
2016
This week, “Family Policy Matters” features part one of a keynote address on the “Seven Traits of Love” that Dr. Gary Chapman, marriage counselor and author of  The Five Love Languages, gave at the North Carolina Family Policy Council’s Major Speakers dinner event in Raleigh in April 2016. Part two of Dr. Chapman’s presentation will air next week.
May
26
2016
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Lucy Dadayan, senior policy analyst for the Rockefeller Institute for Government in New York State, about a new report she authored entitled, “State Revenues from Gambling: Short-Term Relief, Long Term Disappointment.”
May
19
2016
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Arina Grossu, Director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council, about the ongoing Congressional investigation into Planned Parenthood’s alleged involvement in the illegal procurement and sale of aborted baby body parts.
May
12
2016
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Tyson Langhofer, senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), about a lawsuit ADF has filed on behalf a Christian student group against NC State’s speech permit policy.
May
5
2016
This week, “Family Policy Matters” features a portion of a keynote address on responsible fatherhood that Carey Casey of the National Center for Fathering gave at the North Carolina Family Policy Council’s Major Speakers dinner event in Greenville in 2016.
Apr
28
2016
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Tim Winter, president of the Parents Television Council (PTC), about a new PTC report that analyzes the TV Content Ratings System and reveals that the current system is inadequate to protect children against the increasing amount of sexual, violent and profane content on television.
Apr
21
2016
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Casey Mattox, Senior Counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), about why the United States Senate should wait until after the 2016 Presidential election to hold hearings to find a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia who passed away in February.
Apr
14
2016
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Kellie Fiedorek, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), about a lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed recently against North Carolina’s new law, HB 2, the Public Facilities and Security Act, which has been under attack from LGBT activists and the media since it became law on March 23.
Apr
7
2016
In Part 2 of this 2-part series, NC Family president John Rustin continues a discussion he began last week with Robert Shibley, executive director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Higher Education (or FIRE), about freedom of speech on college and university campuses in North Carolina, and how we can better protect academic freedom.
Mar
31
2016
This week, NC Family president John Rustin talks with Robert Shibley, executive director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Higher Education (or FIRE), about freedom of speech on college and university campuses in North Carolina, and how we can better protect academic freedom.
Mar
24
2016
This week, NC Family president John Rustin talks with Chris Gacek, senior fellow for regulatory affairs at Family Research Council, about an important case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court called  Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which involves a legal challenge to Texas’ abortion safety law.
Mar
17
2016
This week, NC Family president John Rustin talks with Roxanne Stone, editor-in-chief of Barna Group, about a new report,  The Porn Phenomenon, which highlights the growing use and acceptance of pornography among teens and young adults.
Mar
10
2016
This week, NC Family president John L. Rustin talks with Darrell Allison, President of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC), about the next school choice frontier for our state, Education Savings Accounts (ESAs).
Mar
3
2016
This week, NC Family president John Rustin talks with David Gibbs, III, president and general counsel for the National Center for Life and Liberty, about the continuing legal battle over Rowan County, NC’s public invocation policy, which was recently heard by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Feb
25
2016
This week, NC Family president John Rustin talks with Daniel Blomberg, JD, an attorney with The Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty, about  Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell–an important religious freedom case before the U.S. Supreme Court–about why this case matters to every person of faith in America.
Feb
18
2016
John Rustin talks with Arina Grossu, director of the Center for Human Dignity at Family Research Council, about a new report from Family Research Council, “Investigating Planned Parenthood and Research Using Aborted Babies.”
Feb
11
2016
This week, NC Family president John Rustin talks with pro-life advocate and speaker, Gianna Jessen, who was miraculously born alive after her biological mother underwent a failed saline abortion in the 1970s, about her amazing story and how God has used her life to promote the sanctity of human life.
Feb
4
2016
This week, NC Family president John Rustin talks with Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, about how North Carolina’s charter school law performed in a new report that ranks charter school laws across the nation.
Jan
28
2016
This week, in part two of series that began last week, NC Family president John Rustin talks with Representative Paul “Skip” Stam, who represents the southern portion of Wake County in the N.C. House, about his career in the General Assembly.
Jan
21
2016
This week, in part one of a two-part series, NC Family president John Rustin talks with Representative Paul “Skip” Stam, who represents the southern portion of Wake County in the N.C. House, about his career as a pro-life attorney and his work in the General Assembly.
Jan
14
2016
This week, NC Family president John Rustin continues a discussion he began last week with Valerie Huber, president of Ascend, formerly the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA), about the important role parents can play in helping teens make wise decisions about sex.
Jan
7
2016
This week, NC Family president John Rustin talks with Valerie Huber, president of Ascend, formerly the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA), about why more American teens are delaying sexual activity, and the important role parents can play in helping teens make wise decisions about sex.
Dec
30
2015
In Part 2 of a two-part series, NC Family president John Rustin continues a discussion he began last week with Matt Sharp, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), about an important case in Virginia that is currently before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and could have a significant impact on the privacy, safety and health of students in public schools in North Carolina.
Dec
22
2015
This week, NC Family president John Rustin talks with Matt Sharp, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), about an important case in Virginia that is currently before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which could have a significant impact on the privacy, safety and health of students in public schools in a number of states, including North Carolina.
Dec
17
2015
This week, NC Family president John Rustin talks with Dr. Matthew Harrison, a pro-life family physician in Charlotte, NC, and associate director of Culture of Life Family Services, about the Abortion Pill Reversal Method, which he helped to pioneer in 2006.
Dec
10
2015
This week, Family Policy Matters features a portion of a keynote address on why pro-family citizens are called to stand boldly for the truth about marriage that Kellie Fiedorek, legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, gave at the North Carolina Family Policy Council’s Major Speakers dinner event in Winston-Salem, NC, in November 2015.
Dec
3
2015
This week, NC Family president John Rustin talks with Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians (ACPEDs), about how pornography harms children, and steps parents can take to protect their children from sexually explicit material online.
Nov
25
2015
This week, NC Family president John Rustin talks with Les Bernal, executive director of the Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation, about daily fantasy sports gambling and why it should be banned.
Nov
19
2015
This week, “Family Policy Matters” features a portion of a keynote address on the seven Supreme Court decisions that changed America, as presented at the North Carolina Family Policy Council’s Major Speakers dinner event in Charlotte, NC, in November 2015. It was presented by Paul Weber, CEO of CitizenLink, a public policy partner of Focus on the Family.
Nov
12
2015
This week, NC Family president John Rustin talks with J.D. Greear, lead pastor of The Summit Church in the Raleigh-Durham area, about how Christians can respond to the redefinition of marriage in both Truth and love.
Nov
5
2015
This week, NC Family president John Rustin talks with Tim Winter, president of the Parents Television Council (PTC), about ABC’s new television show, The Muppets, and why the PTC is warning parents that this is not a show for children.
Oct
29
2015
This week, NC Family president John Rustin talks with Shawn Carney, campaign director for 40 Days for Life, a national pro-life campaign to end abortion through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil, about the national campaign, and the growing number of young people who are joining the pro-life movement.
Oct
22
2015
This week, NC Family president John Rustin talks with Kellie Fiedorek, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, about the escalating threat to religious liberty from the legalization of same-sex unions, and what pro-family citizens should do to fight back.
Oct
15
2015
This week, NC Family president John Rustin talks with David Prentice, Ph.D., vice president and research director of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, about fetal tissue research, and why he believes it is not only unethical, but also unnecessary.
Oct
8
2015
This week, NC Family president John Rustin talks with Jennifer Lahl, founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network, about the dangers of surrogacy for both women and children, and why it should be banned nationwide.
Sep
30
2015
This week, NC Family president John Rustin talks with Duke University Student Brian Grasso, who created a firestorm over his refusal to read the Duke University summer reading selection, Fun Home. Brian talks about how other Millennials can stand up for their faith on issues within our culture.
Sep
24
2015
This week, NC Family president John Rustin talks with Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of the Liberty Counsel, about his client, Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis, who is under fire for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of her deeply held religious beliefs.
Sep
17
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Jennifer Johnson, associate director of the Ruth Institute, about the harms of divorce on children and adults, and how the issue of divorce is related to the debate over same-sex “marriage” and same-sex parent families.
Sep
10
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Bob Hall, executive director of the political watchdog group, Democracy NC, about the corrupt nature of the video sweepstakes gambling industry in North Carolina, and why state lawmakers need to reject any effort to legalize sweepstakes gambling in the Tar Heel State.
Sep
3
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with  Adam Forcade, co-founder of the Kings Mountain Awareness Group and Director of Grassroots Development at Stop Predatory Gambling, about the upcoming “National Day of Action Against Predatory Gambling,” which is scheduled for September 26 and 27 in cities across the U.S. including Kings Mountain, NC.
Aug
27
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Alana Newman, a donor conceived woman and former egg donor, who is the founder of the Coalition Against Reproductive Trafficking, about the harms of third-party reproduction.
Aug
20
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Ryan Anderson, Ph.D., the William E. Simon Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, about his new book, Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom, and where we go from here after the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2015 ruling that redefined marriage.
Aug
13
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with  Arina Grossu, Director of the Center for Human Dignity at Family Research Council, about the ongoing undercover investigation of Planned Parenthood by the pro-life Center for Medical Progress, and what pro-lifers can do to help put an end to the abortion giant’s harvesting and sale of aborted baby parts.
Aug
6
2015
In part two  of this two-part series, NC Family president John Rustin continues a discussion  with Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council, about the dangers of the Transgender Movement, and how Christians should respond.
Jul
30
2015
In part one of this two-part series, NC Family president John Rustin talks with Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council, about the dangers of the Transgender Movement, and how Christians should respond.
Jul
24
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with  North Carolina Representative Jacqueline Schaffer (R-Mecklenburg) about an important piece of pro-life legislation that she sponsored and that recently became law, House Bill 465—Women and Children’s Protection Act of 2015.
Jul
9
2015
In part two of this two-part series, NC Family president John Rustin continues a discussion  with Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), about an important new resource that ADF has produced entitled, “Protecting Your Ministry,” and why this 44-page legal manual is a must-have for churches, Christian schools and other religious organizations.
Jul
2
2015
In part one of a two-part series, NC Family president John Rustin talks with Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), about an important new resource that ADF has produced entitled, “Protecting Your Ministry,” and why this 44-page legal manual is a must-have for churches, Christian schools and other religious organizations.
Jun
25
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Haley Halverson, Communications Director for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE), about the NCSE’s Safe Schools/Safe Library project, which is a grassroots campaign designed to help parents ensure that libraries and school computers are safe for kids to use.
Jun
18
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with John Stemberger, president of the Florida Family Policy Council, and founder and chair of Trail Life USA, a Christian adventure and leadership program for boys, about the continuing struggles facing the Boy Scouts of America, and the youth program he founded to give Christians an alternative.
Jun
11
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Naomi Schaefer Riley, a weekly columnist for the  New York Post  and a former  Wall Street Journal  editor, about some of the issues she raises in her new book,  Got Religion?, about Millennials (young adults age 30 and younger) and the Church.
Jun
4
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Dr. David Prentice, vice president and research director of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, about the emerging scientific evidence on fetal pain, and why this science is important to the passage of a federal bill, H.R. 36—The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protect Act.
May
28
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Meg McDonnell, executive director of the Chiaroscuro Institute, about how Millennials (young adults under 30) view love, marriage and family, and about a unique project she co-founded that is helping to rebuild the marriage culture among this generation.
May
21
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Amber Lehman, CEO, and Mary O’Shea, Program Director, of First Choice Pregnancy Solutions in Wake Forest, NC, about the importance of increased waiting periods for abortion procedures, and why these waiting periods are a crucial part of protecting women’s health.
May
14
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Kellie Fiedorek, litigation staff counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), about the importance of Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) laws, and why North Carolina needs a state RFRA to strengthen religious liberty protections for all its citizens.
May
7
2015
NC Family president John Rustin continues a discussion he began last week with Nancy Pearcey, professor and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University, about her new book,  Finding Truth: Five Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism and Other God-Substitutes.
Apr
30
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Christian apologist, Nancy Pearcey, professor and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University, about her new book,  Finding Truth: Five Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism and Other God-Substitutes.
Apr
23
2015
This week, “Family Policy Matters” features the second  part of a powerful presentation given by former U.S. Senator and 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum at the North Carolina Family Policy Council’s Major Speakers dinner event in Raleigh, NC, on March 26, 2015. Senator Santorum  speaks about the value of every human life, the need for people of faith to speak the truth, and the fundamental importance of religious liberty to the future of our nation.
Apr
16
2015
This week, “Family Policy Matters” features the first part of a powerful presentation given by former U.S. Senator and 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum at the North Carolina Family Policy Council’s Major Speakers dinner event in Raleigh, NC, on March 26, 2015. Senator Santorum shares some of his experiences being the father of a special needs child, which are detailed further in a new book he co-authored with his wife Karen entitled,  “Bella’s Gift.”
Apr
9
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Tim Winter, president of the Parents Television Council (PTC), about the Federal Communication Commission’s enforcement of the broadcast decency law and why it matters to families.
Apr
2
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Ryan Anderson, the William E. Simon Fellow at The Heritage Foundation and the editor of the journal,  Public Discourse, about the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (or ENDA) and the dangers it poses to a number of fundamental civil liberties.
Mar
26
2015
This week, “Family Policy Matters” features Part 2  of a powerful presentation on authentic love given by  Dr. Gary Chapman, best-selling author of  The Five Love Languages  series, at the North Carolina Family Policy Council’s Major Speakers dinner event in Greenville, NC, on March 9, 2015.
Mar
19
2015
This week, “Family Policy Matters” features Part 1  of a powerful presentation on authentic love given by  Dr. Gary Chapman, best-selling author of  The Five Love Languages  series, at the North Carolina Family Policy Council’s Major Speakers dinner event in Greenville, NC, on March 9, 2015.
Mar
12
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with the Honorable Rick Santorum, former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania and 2012 presidential candidate, about his new book,  Bella’s Gift: How One Little Girl Transformed Our Family and Inspired a Nation.
Mar
5
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Travis Weber, Director of the Center for Religious Liberty at the Family Research Council, about the growing threat to religious liberty from those seeking to redefine marriage, and what Christians can do to stand up against these attacks.
Feb
26
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Dr. Kevin Sabet, Director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida and former Senior Advisor to the White Office of National Drug Policy, about his recent book,  Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana.
Feb
19
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Glenn Stanton, Director of Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family, about his new book,  Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor: Being Friends in Grace and Truth.
Feb
12
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Adam and Cynthia Forcade, co-founders and leaders of the Kings Mountain Awareness Group, about their grassroots efforts to fight the establishment of a proposed 220,000 square foot Indian gambling casino in Cleveland County, North Carolina.
Feb
5
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Sheila Weber, executive director of National Marriage Week USA, about the annual event scheduled for February 7-14, and how individuals, churches and communities can help strengthen marriage.
Jan
29
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Douglas Johnson, legislative director for National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) in Washington, DC, about H.R. 36–the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a major piece of federal legislation aimed at banning abortions after 20 weeks.
Jan
22
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Wesley Smith, a lawyer and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism, about the dangers of the bioethics movement and some of the increasing threats to life taking place  in the United States and overseas.
Jan
15
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Karen Duquette, vice president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, about the current status of the state’s Opportunity Scholarship Program, an educational scholarship program enacted by the General Assembly in July 2013 that is currently being challenged in two federal lawsuits.
Jan
9
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Barbara Holt, president of North Carolina Right to Life, about the pro-life movement in North Carolina and various events for pro-lifers during January’s Sanctity of Human Life month.
Jan
2
2015
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Mitch Pearlstein, founder and president of the Center of the American Experiment, about his new book, Broken Bonds: What Family Fragmentation Means for America’s Future.
Dec
27
2014
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Tim Winter, president of the Parents Television Council (PTC), about the PTC’s new study, which found that 99 percent of the most popular so-called “family friendly” shows on broadcast television contain profane and explicit content not appropriate for children and families.
Dec
18
2014
NC Family president John Rustin talks with W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), about a new AEI report he co-authored, “For Richer, For Poorer: How Family Structures Economic Success in America.”
Dec
11
2014
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Matt Sharp, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), about a legal memo ADF recently sent to 13,000 school districts nationwide that clarifies the legal rights of students and staff to celebrate Christmas at school.
Dec
4
2014
In Part 2 of a two-part series, NC Family president John Rustin continues a discussion with Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council, about a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that upheld the marriage laws of four states as constitutional, and ended a year-long winning streak for those seeking to redefine marriage.
Nov
26
2014
In Part 1 of a two-part series, NC Family president John Rustin talks with Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council, about a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that upheld the marriage laws of four states as constitutional, and ended a year-long winning streak for those seeking to redefine marriage.
Nov
20
2014
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Kellie Fiedorek, litigation staff counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom’s marriage litigation team, about the escalating threat to religious liberty in North Carolina  following  the legalization of same-sex unions.
Nov
13
2014
NC Family president John Rustin talks with John Stonestreet, a Fellow with the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview and co-host of the “Breakpoint” radio program, about his new book,  Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage, which he co-wrote with Sean McDowell.
Nov
6
2014
In Part 2  of a two-part series, NC Family president John Rustin continues a discussion  with Elaine Meyer, Associate Director of Communications for Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, about a recent article she wrote for Columbia’s 2X2 Project, “Gambling With America’s Health? The Public Health Costs of Legal Gambling.”
Oct
30
2014
In Part 1 of a two-part series, NC Family president John Rustin talks with Elaine Meyer, Associate Director of Communications for Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, about a recent article she wrote for Columbia’s 2X2 Project, “Gambling With America’s Health? The Public Health Costs of Legal Gambling.”
Oct
23
2014
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Candi Cushman, education analyst for Focus on the Family’s Public Policy Department, about some of the challenges facing Christian students in schools nationwide and how FOTF’s new website, www.TrueTolerance.org, can help parents respond to these challenges.
Oct
17
2014
In Part 2  of a two-part series, NC Family president John Rustin continues a discussion with Daniel Heimbach, Ph.D., Senior Professor of Christian Ethics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, about his new book,  Why NOT Same-Sex Marriage: A Manual for Defending Marriage Against Radical Deconstruction.
Oct
9
2014
In Part 1 of a two-part series, NC Family president John Rustin talks with Daniel Heimbach, Ph.D., Senior Professor of Christian Ethics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, about his new book,  Why NOT Same-Sex Marriage: A Manual for Defending Marriage Against Radical Deconstruction.
Oct
4
2014
In Part 2 of a two-part series, NC Family president John Rustin continues a discussion with Scott Stanley, Ph.D., Research Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver, about a new report he co-authored for the National Marriage Project entitled,  Before I Do: What Do Premarital Experiences Have to Do with Marital Quality Among Today’s Young Adults.
Sep
27
2014
In Part 1 of a two-part series,  NC Family president John Rustin talks with Scott Stanley, Ph.D., Research Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver, about a new report he co-authored for the National Marriage Project entitled,  Before I Do: What Do Premarital Experiences Have to Do with Marital Quality Among Today’s Young Adults.
Sep
20
2014
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Travis Weber, Director of the Center for Religious Liberty at Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., about the escalating threat to religious liberty in the United States, particularly in the areas of abortion and marriage, and what the Christian community can do about it.
Sep
13
2014
Sep
6
2014
NC  Family  president John Rustin talks with Austin Nimocks, senior legal counsel and Director of Legal Advocacy for Marriage and Family at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) in Washington, D.C., about the ongoing legal battle over the definition of marriage in the United States.
Aug
30
2014
In Part 2 of a two-part series, NC  Family  president John Rustin continues a discussion with Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the North Carolina Values Coalition, about a recent ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals striking down Virginia’s marriage protection amendment and what that ruling means for North Carolina.
Aug
23
2014
In Part 1 of a two-part series, NC  Family  president John Rustin talks with Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the North Carolina Values Coalition, about the escalating legal battle over marriage, including four federal lawsuits that are challenging North Carolina’s  marriage laws and a recent ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in a similar challenge to Virginia’s marriage laws.
Aug
16
2014
NC  Family  president John Rustin talks with Scott Gaylord, professor of law at Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, NC, and an allied attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), about the ongoing legal battle over North Carolina’s “Choose Life” specialty license plates.
Aug
2
2014
NC  Family president John Rustin talks with Dr. Patrick Fagan, Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) at the Family Research Council in Washington, DC, about the new  “Annual Report on Family Trends,” which examines the current state of the American family based on its behavior in five of society’s most important institutions.
Jul
26
2014
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Alana Newman, fertility industry watchdog and  founder of The Anonymous Us Project, about her feature article in the current issue of  Family North Carolina  magazine entitled, “Creating a Marketplace of Children: A Donor-Conceived Woman Explains the Harms of Third Party Reproduction.”
Jul
19
2014
NC  Family president John Rustin talks with David Lapp, a Research Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies and co-investigator of the Love and Marriage in Middle America Project, about a new report on the science of parenthood, “Mothers Bodies, Fathers Bodies: How Parenthood Changes Us From the Inside Out.”
Jul
12
2014
NC  Family president John Rustin talks with Kellie Fiedorek, litigation staff counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), about the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent landmark decision in a lawsuit  involving Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties, two family-run businesses that challenged the Obamacare abortion pill mandate.
Jul
5
2014
In Part 2 of a two-part series, Ryan Anderson, noted scholar, writer, and  the William E. Simon Fellow at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., presents  a powerful presentation on the fundamental importance of marriage as the union of one man and one woman at the North Carolina Family Policy Council’s Major Speaker dinner in Raleigh, N.C. in April 2014.
Jun
28
2014
In Part 1  of a two-part series, Ryan Anderson, noted scholar, writer, and  the William E. Simon Fellow at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.,  presents  a powerful presentation on the fundamental importance of marriage as the union of one man and one woman at the North Carolina Family Policy Council’s Major Speaker dinner in Raleigh, N.C. in April 2014.
Jun
21
2014
NC  Family president John Rustin talks with Kristen Blair, an education writer, about her recent article in  Family North Carolina  magazine, “Understanding Common Core: What Parents Need To Know About The National K-12 Standards.”
Jun
14
2014
NC  Family president John Rustin talks with Joseph Grabowski, Communications Director for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), about the 2014 March for Marriage in Washington, DC, scheduled on  June 19, and why this year’s march is so important to the marriage battle raging in our nation.
Jun
7
2014
In Part 2 of this two-part series, NC  Family president John Rustin continues a discussion with attorney Chris Derrick, author of an article in the Spring 2014 issue of  Family North Carolina  magazine entitled, “Going Off the Reservation,” which explains why the South Carolina-based Catawba Indian Nation has no legal authority to open a Las-Vegas style gambling casino in North Carolina.
May
31
2014
In Part 1  of this two-part series, NC  Family president John Rustin talks  with attorney Chris Derrick, author of an article in the Spring 2014 issue of  Family North Carolina  magazine entitled, “Going Off the Reservation,” which explains why the South Carolina-based Catawba Indian Nation has no legal authority to open a Las-Vegas style gambling casino in North Carolina.
May
24
2014
NC  Family  president John Rustin talks with Brett Harvey, senior legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, about  a landmark ruling issued by the U.S. Supreme Court on May 5, 2014 in the case of  Town of Greece v. Galloway, which upheld the constitutionality of a New York town’s public prayer practices.
May
17
2014
In Part 2 of a two-part series, NC Family president John Rustin continues a discussion with Arina Grossu, Director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council in Washington D.C., about the current status of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide in the United States.
May
10
2014
In Part 1  of a two-part series, NC Family  president John Rustin talks  with Arina Grossu, Director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council in Washington D.C., about the current status of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide in the United States.
May
3
2014
NC Family  president John Rustin talks with Kellie Fiedorek, litigation staff counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, about  the escalating battle over the definition of marriage in the United States, how the courts are being used to force the redefinition of marriage on citizens across our country, and where North Carolina fits into this battle.
Apr
26
2014
NC Family  president John Rustin talks with Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Education Freedom in North Carolina, about  PEFNC’s new “One of 4,500” campaign, which highlights the stories of thousands of parents in North Carolina who have applied for the state’s new Opportunity Scholarships Program, which is currently on hold due to a federal lawsuit.
Apr
19
2014
NC Family  president John Rustin talks with Travis Barham, staff counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, about an  academic freedom case in which  a federal jury found the University of North Carolina at Wilmington  guilty of viewpoint discrimination against UNC-Wilmington professor Mike Adams.
Apr
12
2014
NC Family  president John Rustin talks with Tim Winter, president of the Parents Television Council, about  the problems with the current television rating system, and the PTC’s new campaign aimed at changing that system to ensure that it accurately reflects the content of broadcast television programs.
Apr
5
2014
In Part 2 of a two-part series, NC Family  president John Rustin continues a discussion with Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., about a recent policy paper he wrote for FRC, entitled, “Marriage on Trial: State Laws Defining Marriage as the Union of One Man and One Woman Are Constitutionally Valid.”
Mar
29
2014
In Part 1 of a two-part series, NC Family  president John Rustin talks  with Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., about a recent policy paper he wrote for FRC, entitled, “Marriage on Trial: State Laws Defining Marriage as the Union of One Man and One Woman Are Constitutionally Valid.”
Mar
22
2014
NC Family  president John Rustin talks with economist John W. Kindt, professor of Business and Legal Policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign,  about the economic impacts of casinos and casino gambling on the communities in which they are located.
Mar
15
2014
NC Family  president John Rustin talks with Ryan Anderson, the William E. Simon Fellow at The Heritage Foundation and editor of  Public Discourse, about  the escalating threat to religious liberty posed by efforts to redefine marriage throughout our nation.
Mar
8
2014
NC Family  president John Rustin talks with Renee Flaherty, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, the nation’s leading legal advocacy group for school choice, about the legal defense of North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program, which is being challenged in two separate lawsuits.
Mar
1
2014
NC Family  president John Rustin talks with Patrick Fagan, Ph.D., Senior Fellow and Director of Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) at the Family Research Council, about  the Institute’s  annual report, “The Index of Family Belonging and Rejection,” which examines the health of the American family.
Feb
22
2014
NC Family president John Rustin talks with Jeff Johnston, gender issues analyst at Focus on the Family, about a new resource booklet that he helped develop entitled, “Teach Your Children About Marriage,” which discusses how important it is for parents to talk with their children about  God’s design for marriage.
Feb
15
2014
NC Family  president John Rustin talks with Todd Ziebarth, Senior Vice President for State Advocacy and Support at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, about  the group’s annual report, “Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Charter School Laws, 2014,” including how North Carolina fared  in the report.
Feb
8
2014
NC Family  president John Rustin talks with journalist Paul Davies, the Maggie Walker Fellow at the Institute for American Values and editor of www.GetGovernmentOutofGambling.org, about the harms of government-sponsored gambling — including lotteries and casino gambling — and why the government should get out of the gambling business.
Feb
1
2014
NC Family  president John Rustin talks with Dr. Alan Hawkins, Professor of Family Life at Brigham Young University and a member of the Research Advisory Group of the Oklahoma Healthy Marriage Initiative, about his new book, The Forever Initiative: A Feasible Public Policy Agenda to Help Couples Form and Sustain Healthy Marriages and Relationships.
Jan
25
2014
NC Family  president John Rustin talks with Mark Steckbeck, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics at the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business at Campbell University in North Carolina, about an article he wrote for the Winter 2014 issue of  Family North Carolina  magazine, entitled, “The Marriage Wage Premium: The Financial and Personal Benefits of Marriage”.
Jan
18
2014
NC Family  president John Rustin talks with Matt Sharp, legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), about the constitutional rights of Christian schools in North Carolina to participate in the Opportunity Scholarship program, as well as an aggressive campaign by Equality NC to bully Christian schools into declining  participation in the program.
Jan
11
2014
NC Family  president John Rustin talks with Amber Lehman, CEO of First Choice Pregnancy Solutions, about  her personal history with abortion and the life-saving work of First Choice Pregnancy Solutions.
Jan
4
2014
NC Family  president John Rustin talks with Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Education Freedom in North Carolina, about North Carolina’s new Opportunity Scholarship Program that is aimed at empowering parents in lower income families to send their children to the non-public school of their choice.
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