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Accused mass murderer Dylann Roof is representing himself in the Charleston church shooting trial. Has that tactic ever been successful? Two lawyers discuss Roof's chances. And two Charlotte lawmakers on either side of HB2 look at what happens to the controversial law following the November election.

No charges against the officer in the Keith Scott shooting.  An update on the still-undecided governor’s race and the River District development is approved.  Those stories and more on the local news roundup. 

Chuck Hagel
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Chuck Hagel joins us to share thoughts about his experiences as US Senator and as US Secretary of Defense. We’ll hear his philosophies on government, foreign policy, and his advice for the new president.

Perspective on the criminal justice system from a defense attorney known for the Netflix hit "Making a Murderer," and an update on the academic scandal at UNC-Chapel Hill.

GUEST HOST: Michael Tomsic


An update on the still-unresolved race for North Carolina governor. Votes are being challenged and there's a call for a recount. Then, what's ahead for education with a newly-elected North Carolina schools chief and the search for a new Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools superintendent.

Monday, November, 28

The 1971 uprising of inmates at Attica State Prison turned violent but brought attention to the treatment of prisoners. We talk with an historian about the legacy of Attica.

Civic by Design

Friday, November 25

As the second fastest growing city in the country, Charlotte’s population is exploding and developers are trying to keep up. Hence, all those apartments cropping up around town. But some architects feel those building are too similar, too bland and because there are so many of them, they are beginning to negatively impact the look of the city. Those architects are suggesting stronger design standards need to be adopted and we’ll hear their ideas.

Flickr/Sebastien Wiertz

Thursday, November 24

All of us experience moments where our confidence fades but ABC’s Dan Harris had one on live television on Good Morning America.  The news anchor’s panic attack led him on a journey to discover a way to quiet his internal critic, something about which he had always been skeptical:  Meditation.  Dan Harris joins us along with Dr. Russ Greenfield to talk about the scientifically-backed benefits of practicing mindfulness.

John Rapson and Kevin Massey / cranberries
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Not many musicals feature a serial killer in the lead but the 2014 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical does.  A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a throwback in so many ways but what you need to know is that it’s just silly fun and we’ll visit with some of the actors, including one who is murdered – repeatedly. Then Chef Peter Reinhart shares some delicious information about berries – cran and otherwise, just in time for the holiday.

Flickr / JB

More than 120 newspapers across the country folded between 2004 and 2014, and while digital news platforms are drawing plenty of eyeballs, they're not taking up enough economic slack. What does this mean for journalism and for an informed democracy?