Ben Bradford

WFAE reporter

Ben Bradford appears in the following:

Arrests Continue at North Carolina's 'Moral Monday' Protests

Monday, July 15, 2013

For the past 10 weeks, protesters from all walks of life have been assembling at the state capitol in Raleigh, NC as part of "Moral Mondays." The issues they are protesting are almost diverse as the population itself, ranging from the environment, taxes and abortion. In the past 10 protests, over 700 people have been arrested. WFAE reporter Ben Bradford joins us to provide an update on North Carolina state politics.

Comments [2]

What Did the Republican Convention Leave Out?

Friday, August 31, 2012

Tens of thousands of words were uttered onstage at the Republican National Convention this week. Some words cropped up repeatedly: "Jobs." "Economy." "Families." "Obama." Others, such as "Afghanistan," received far less attention.

Comments [7]

The Artful Branding of Mitt Romney

Friday, August 31, 2012

It’s simple, but true. We vote for people we like. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has run on the platform that he’s a businessman, who will run the country like a boss runs a company. But do people like the idea of a boss as president?

Comments [2]

Mitt Romney Takes His Turn on Stage

Friday, August 31, 2012

In all of the speeches, hubbub, and storylines coming out of the Republican National Convention, it sometimes seemed the leading man of the show would be overshadowed by the rising stars of the Republican Party. But presidential candidate Mitt Romney finally had the stage to himself last night.

Comments [8]

How Effective Was Paul Ryan's Convention Address?

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan headlined the Republican National Convention last night. Ryan is considered by many to be the face and brains of the party’s political course. His pick as VP was seen as an attempt to energize voters and a way to shore up conservative support for Mitt Romney, who some Republicans find too moderate.

Comments [5]

New Orleans Resident Documents the Storm

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

As Humvees rolled into New Orleans yesterday and officials urged Gulf Coast residents to leave their homes, you couldn’t help an eerie sense of familiarity. The details are similar, and the fears are as well.

Comment

Republican Delegates from DC: The Realities of the 'Seven Percent'

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Over 90 percent of Washington, D.C. voted for President Obama in 2008. Two D.C. delegates at the Republican National Convention explain why their voice still matters to the Republican Party.

Comments [1]

Congressman John Mica on Republican Partisanship and Compromise

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

From the Republican National Convention, Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich speaks with John Mica, the Republican head of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee who has represented Florida’s 7th District on the state's east coast since 1993.

Comments [4]

US Ethanol Requirements Could Cause a Global Food Crisis

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The U.S. will convert up to 40 percent of its corn crop into ethanol this year. But as the country faces its worst drought in more than 50 years, can we afford to turn that food into fuel?

Comments [4]

Controversial AP Report: NYPD Surveillance of Muslims Generated No Leads

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

New York Police Department's controversial surveillance of Muslim and Middle-Eastern communities did not generate any new leads or investigations related to terrorisms, according to the latest in a Pulitzer Prize-winning series by the Associated Press. The NYPD, in turn, contends no leads were developed because that program did not conduct investigations.

Comments [2]

2,000 American Deaths in the War in Afghanistan

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

These are tough times for the U.S. and NATO campaign in Afghanistan. So called "insider killings," in which U.S. and NATO troops and trainers are attacked by the Afghans working with them are on the rise. These killings have contributed to the sad milestone of 2,000 American troops that have lost their lives in the war.

 

Comments [1]

Movie Date: 'The Watch'

Friday, July 27, 2012

This week: Kristen cheats on Robert Pattinson at the Summer Games while the neighborhood watches. No, that can't be right. Rafer is an expert on Olympic events. No, that's certainly not right, either.

We're all so upset over Kristen Stewart's diss of R-Patts, we don't know what's what. All of that will get ...

Read More

Comment

Do H1-B Visas Make Outsourcing a Bigger Problem?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

For many American companies, outsourcing has become a standard practice because lower cost countries can provide cheaper labor. But America's own immigration system might also be contributing to outsourcing.

Comments [15]

Teaching Financial Literacy in Schools

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The 2008 financial crisis and the great recession exposed Americans' flawed understanding of personal finance. Now the Obama Administration is making a push for financial literacy, starting with children as young as three years old.

Comments [13]

Movie Date: 'Savages,' 'Katy Perry,' and 'Spiderman'

Friday, July 06, 2012

In this special Independence Day-week edition, Kristen and Rafer show their patriotism by reviewing three movies, Oliver Stone's "Savages," "Katy Perry: Part of me," and "The Amazing Spiderman."

Read More

Comment

London Traffic Remixed

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Can the city become a symphony? After learning that electric cars have engine noise added for safety reasons, Mark McKeague, a sound designer, gave them a different tune.

Comments [1]

Movie Date: 'Ted' and 'Magic Mike'

Friday, June 29, 2012

Kristen and Rafer bare it all in this edition of Movie Date...all their feelings about "Magic Mike," that is. Also, a TED talk about "Ted" -- Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane's first film.

Read More

Comment

First Black Marines Awarded Congressional Gold Medal

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

When President Roosevelt ordered in 1942 that the Marine Corps be integrated, around 20,000 African-Americans signed up and were accepted for service. The first African-Americans in the Air Force and the Army — that’s the Tuskegee Airmen and the Buffalo Soldiers — have some renown, but the Montford Point Marines have remained relatively unknown.

 

Comments [4]

Rubio "High Risk, High Reward" as Possible Romney VP

Monday, June 25, 2012

There’s no doubt that a charismatic Latino and Tea Party favorite in a battleground state could be attractive to the Romney campaign, but Rubio comes with some baggage, including misleading statements about his Cuban parents’ immigration to Florida.

Comments [1]

Gay and Republican: Are They Compatible?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Democratic Party has long curried the favor of gay voters, and President Obama's endorsement of gay marriage has helped solidify Democrats as the gay rights party. On the other side, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has opposed even civil unions. Due to the stark ideological contrast, has being gay become fundamentally incompatible with being Republican? In an interview with John Hockenberry, openly gay U.S. spokesman Richard Grenell says it is not.

Comments [5]