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Common sense tells you that our politics are polarized. In fact, so does the use of "common sense." Reporter Tom Bullock discusses a story he produced on the topic that's both entertaining and informative.

Reporter Michael Tomsic spent time in Winston-Salem this week covering the voter ID trial. He'll discuss how arguments inside the courtroom are different than the public relations spin by groups on both sides of the debate.

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Lisa Worf first reported in November on a new teaching method called No Nonsense Nurturing that's being utilized at Project LIFT schools in CMS. This week, No Nonsense Nurturing became the subject of intense national attention after NPR aired a version of Lisa's story on Weekend Edition Sunday.

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In this edition of WFAE Talks, Greg, Lisa and Tom discuss Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts’ promises, the CMS student-assignment debate, and Tom’s upcoming story about Muslim life in Charlotte.

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Envision these scenarios for the 2016 election: Americans for Prosperity coordinates campaign strategies with Gov. Pat McCrory's re-election campaign. Or, Moveon.org does the same thing for the campaign of his likely Democratic challenger, Attorney General Roy Cooper.

While such coordination is prohibited on the federal level, a recent ruling by the North Carolina

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If you care about the debate over Syrian refugees and what's happening in Syria, you will want to listen to this episode. Tom Bullock discusses his reporting on the debate, and his experience as a journalist in Syria. He was part of a NPR team that interviewed Syria President Bashar al-Assad. We’ve also posted pictures Tom took of Syrian monuments, some which have since been destroyed by ISIS.

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Republicans held the Charlotte mayor's seat for 22 straight years. That run ended in 2009. As the city's Democratic and unaffiliated voter rolls grow, do Republicans have a chance at winning the seat again?

Plus, Sarah Delia discusses her interview with musician Ben Folds. And our newest reporter is...well, you'll have to listen to find out.

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This edition of WFAE Talks has Sarah Delia, Lisa Worf, and Greg Collard in the studio. Sarah discusses her experiences in covering the reaction to video from South Carolina that showed an officer flip a student over in her chair and then dragging her. That officer has been fired. Also, they discuss some of the races up for grabs in Tuesday’s election.

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You wouldn't expect someone to be named chairman of a county's elections board when posting on social media statements such as:  “To hell with the Lesbos, Queers, Liberals and baby killers.” Or, “God Bless the Confederate States of America,"  -- and then noting it's been "illegally occupied" since 1865. Yet, this summer Malcolm "Mac" Butner became chairman of the Rowan County Board of Elections.

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The North Carolina General Assembly finally ended its session this week, but not before some lawmakers tried to sneak through  controversial legislation concerning the authority of local governments and charter school funding.

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Reporters Michael Tomsic and Duncan McFadyen join News Director Greg Collard on this episode of WFAE Talks.

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