WFAE Talks

News Director Greg Collard and reporters Lisa Miller and Ben Bradford discuss topics and people in the news. Consider it a behind-the-scenes discussion and analysis of some of the issues you hear addressed on WFAE.

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WFAE Talks
9:36 am
Sat December 20, 2014

WFAE Talks First Amendment, Tax Breaks For Cognizant, Holiday Deadlines

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What are the free speech rights of public employees? Lisa Worf discusses her story that examines the firing of a Charlotte fire investigator over a Facebook post in the aftermath of the Ferguson riots. Another WFAE story that received a lot of attention this week is Ben Bradford's piece on the state giving tax breaks to the outsourcing company Cognizant.

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WFAE Talks
10:19 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

WFAE Talks Arts Reporting And U.S. History Education

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WFAE's new - and first - arts reporter joins this week's program. She's Sarah Delia. Sarah talks a little about herself and discusses her plans for the arts beat. Also, education reporter Lisa Worf discusses the debate over the new Advanced Placement U.S. History course.

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WFAE Talks
2:28 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

WFAE Talks: Political Tiffs And The Golden Nut

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Commissioner Pat Cotham wants to head the Mecklenburg County Commission again one year after her colleagues ousted her from the role. She believes the election results show people want her in charge, although it appears unlikely to happen. Greg, Lisa, and Ben also discuss why CMS board Chairwoman Mary McCray went out of her way to make clear that only one member of the board wanted former Superintendent Heath Morrison to keep his job. Plus, the intense competition for what's called the Golden Nut Award.

WFAE Talks
5:39 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

WFAE Talks Heath Morrison Resignation, Patrick Cannon's Discounted Vote, Election Results

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The election was big. No surprise there. But the resignation of CMS superintendent Heath Morrison and more legal trouble for former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon were certainly unexpected. News Director Greg Collard, and reporters Lisa Worf and Ben Bradford discuss in this week's WFAE Talks.

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WFAE Talks
1:13 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

WFAE Talks: Senate Candidates' Accomplishments, Sales Tax

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Election week is finally upon us.  Ben Bradford, Tom Bullock and Lisa Worf talk about what the Democratic and Republican candidates for Senate have accomplished in their political careers.  We also talk about the sales tax referendum on Mecklenburg County ballots - what it goes for and how it got on the ballot in the first place. 

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WFAE Talks
5:22 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

WFAE Talks: Politics And Rollercoasters

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North Carolina's U.S. Senate race has been judged to be the most negative race in the country. Greg, Lisa, and Ben discuss that race. The gang also discuss rollercoasters, a conversation inspired by Lisa's behind-the-scenes look at the construction of Fury 325 at Carowinds.

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WFAE Talks
2:57 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

WFAE Talks: Patrick Cannon, Charter School Profits, Airport Control

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Greg, Lisa, and Ben discuss the sentencing of former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon and his request for leniency. They also discuss the different ways a businessman appears to benefit from four charter schools that are run by his for-profit management company. His personal and business relationships with the schools were the focus of this ProPublica story. Plus, the continuing squabble over control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

WFAE Talks
3:11 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

WFAE Talks: College of Faith Football, Grading Scale Changes, 3rd-Grade Reading

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This week, Charlotte Talks Executive Producer Wendy Herkey joins the WFAE Talks crew. Wendy, News Director Greg Collard and education reporter Lisa Worf discuss College of Faith. It's an online school in Charlotte that offers two degrees and college football, although it has yet to score against an NCAA school since opening last season.

They also discuss a new 10-point grading scale taking effect for incoming high school freshmen next year, and 3rd-grade reading results under North Carolina's Read To Achieve law. And yes, there's more on this week's show. Just listen to find out!

WFAE Talks
8:40 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

WFAE Talks: Voting Law Challenge, Enrollment Problems, Conspiracy Theories

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Reporter Michael Tomsic tells Greg, Lisa and Ben how arguments have evolved in the federal lawsuit over the overhaul to North Carolina's voting law. The group also discusses the consequences of the state's failure to accurately predict CMS enrollment, and why conspiracy theories thrive despite scientific evidence that proves them wrong.

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WFAE Talks
3:15 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

WFAE Talks: Duke Rate Challenge, Mergers, Social Media

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This week's show focuses on Attorney General Roy Cooper's latest challenge of a Duke Energy rate increase, two Charlotte companies that are the focus of takeover bids and social media. WFAE's social media coordinator, Katie Herzog, joins Greg Collard and Ben Bradford to discuss viral audio and some of WFAE's social media efforts.

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