Charlotte Talks on WFAE http://wfae.org en Same-Sex Marriage http://wfae.org/post/same-sex-marriage <p><strong>Monday, August 25, 2014</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Whether or not same-sex couples are able to marry keeps changing. More states are over-turning bans and legalizing same-sex unions and some courts seem to be hastening a trend toward allowing it while others are slowing it down. A day before marriage licenses were to be provided to gays in Virginia, the Supreme Court stepped in to delay things. Today, we look at the legal challenges to and politics of same-sax marriage.</span></p><p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:08:00 +0000 WFAE 57325 at http://wfae.org Same-Sex Marriage Ann Hampton Callaway And Sing For The Cure http://wfae.org/post/ann-hampton-callaway-and-sing-cure <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Singer, composer, lyricist, pianist and Tony nominee <a href="http://www.annhamptoncallaway.com/">Ann Hampton Callaway</a>’s career has included critically acclaimed work in the realms of jazz, cabaret, Broadway musical, and even TV series themes. She’s collaborated with and written music for some of the most famous artists in the music world. Ann Hampton Callaway will be in Charlotte this week for Charlotte’s Sing for the Cure event, but before she takes the stage, she’ll join us to talk about working with people like Barbara Streisand, her own famous sister, Liz Callaway, and about her upcoming album “The Sarah Vaughan Project.”</span></p><p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:07:00 +0000 WFAE 57262 at http://wfae.org Ann Hampton Callaway And Sing For The Cure Charlotte's Sustainability Report Card http://wfae.org/post/charlottes-sustainability-report-card <p><strong>Thursday, August 21, 2014</strong></p><p>We've talked a lot about sustainability - the state and quality of Charlotte's air, water, energy use and more - and whether or not Charlotte is headed for a sustainable future. But now, the non-profit Sustain Charlotte has used the power of data to compile and compare <a href="http://sustaincharlotte.org/reportcard2014" target="_blank">nine different categories into one study</a>, the first of its kind. The group rates our local sustainability trends, and compares them to national trends in air quality, energy use, equality and empowerment, food, jobs and income, land use, transportation, waste and water use. So, how are we doing? The report shows we're making progress on energy use, and the area's water use per household is lower than the national average. But we're lagging behind when it comes to transportation and land use. And food insecurity and childhood poverty are on the rise.</p><p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:00:00 +0000 WFAE 57175 at http://wfae.org Charlotte's Sustainability Report Card North Carolina Legislative Session http://wfae.org/post/north-carolina-legislative-session <p></p><p><strong>&nbsp;Wednesday, August 20, 2014</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a marathon session marked by gridlock and bickering, the </span><a href="http://www.ncleg.net/" style="line-height: 1.5;">North Carolina General Assembly</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> finally passed a budget as well as some other items on the legislative agenda. Was the bitter session and budget battle due to a complex process during a mixed economic time or political grandstanding heading into midterm elections?&nbsp;</span></p><p>Guest host and blogger for WFAE's <a href="http://wfae.org/topic/party-line">Party Line</a> Dr. Michael Bitzer will be joined by a panel of political experts to tackle those questions and more. We'll examine the recent legislative session and parse out what got accomplished, what was left on the table and what we can expect from lawmakers in Raleigh moving forward.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:20:00 +0000 WFAE 57133 at http://wfae.org North Carolina Legislative Session Outbreak Protocol http://wfae.org/post/outbreak-protocol <p><strong>Tuesday, August 19, 2014</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The once distant third world is no longer so, as the recent Ebola outbreak in Africa illustrates. American volunteers work there every day and can easily be exposed and air travel has increased the possibility of transporting disease. Right now, two American missionaries are in the U.S. for treatment of Ebola and hospitals around the country are gearing up for travelers who might have been exposed. We'll talk about disease outbreak protocols today.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:14:32 +0000 WFAE 57113 at http://wfae.org Outbreak Protocol Proposed Smoking Ban Expansions http://wfae.org/post/proposed-smoking-ban-expansions <p><strong>Monday, August 18, 2014</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Mecklenburg County Commission is considering </span><a href="http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/HealthDepartment/CommunityHealthServices/TobaccoUse/Documents/SummaryOfMeckCoProposedTobRegsAndRationale8-1-14.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">two regulations.</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> The first is a ban on smoking near government buildings. The second ordinance is a ban on all tobacco products - including e-cigarettes - on </span>greenways<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and county parks. Why this push for expanding regulations on smoking products? Health director Marcus </span>Plaescia<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he wants to prevent teens from starting to smoke by making it less visible. He also wants to help smokers quit. He says 20 percent of Mecklenburg County residents are smokers. We'll be joined by him and other professionals to hear more about these proposed regulations.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:01:00 +0000 WFAE 56914 at http://wfae.org Proposed Smoking Ban Expansions Tattoo History And Charlotte's Tattoo Scene http://wfae.org/post/tattoo-history-and-charlottes-tattoo-scene <p><strong>Friday, August 15, 2014</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">People have been getting tattoos almost from the beginning of time. But until recently, they were the province of a small subset of the population. Today, tattoos have become high art and increasing numbers of people from all walks of life are becoming the canvas. When and why did that start? We meet a National Geographic Society Fellow who has looked into the history of this and talk to three local tattoo artists about the market for what they do.&nbsp;</span></p><p><br /><strong>Audio Extras:</strong>&nbsp;<br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This Is Art</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:08:00 +0000 WFAE 56823 at http://wfae.org Tattoo History And Charlotte's Tattoo Scene Healthy Use Of Social Media http://wfae.org/post/healthy-use-social-media <p><strong>Thursday, August 14, 20014</strong></p><p>Social media. It's everywhere. It's an integral part of our lives. When Facebook's recent social experiment was revealed people were outraged but it did demonstrate just how affected we are by this media. We think we are connecting to everyone, all the time. But are we connecting? Are we really socializing on social media? Is there a connection forming? For those that use social media all the time - you know the type, with their phone in their lap at the dinner table - is that healthy? Can you over use or even be addicted to social media? We're joined by two psychologists who answer these questions and more.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:54:00 +0000 WFAE 56737 at http://wfae.org Healthy Use Of Social Media Not In My Backyard http://wfae.org/post/not-my-backyard <p><strong>Wednesday, August 13, 2014</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While working as a transit advocate in Washington, D.C., author Ben Ross wondered why almost every new development or transit line was resisted by both conservatives and liberals in the D.C. suburbs. In researching the "why" of this resistance, he found that the mindset behind keeping only single family homes in the "</span>burbs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">" is all about social status for its residents. He wrote a new book about this discovery called "Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism," and on this edition of Charlotte Talks he'll join us to talk abut this philosophy, which dates back to the </span>19th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and early </span>20th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> centuries. We'll also be joined by local proponents of new urban planning to find out how this philosophy&nbsp;has played out in Charlotte, and whether this point of view is shifting as our city grows.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:53:09 +0000 WFAE 56730 at http://wfae.org Not In My Backyard North Carolina's Infrastructure Needs http://wfae.org/post/north-carolinas-infrastructure-needs <p><strong>Tuesday, August 12, 2014</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every four years the American Society of Civil Engineers issues a </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/" target="_blank">report card</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> depicting the state of America's infrastructure. They also </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/2013-Report-Card-for-North-Carolina-Infrastructure-Lo-Res.pdf" target="_blank" title="NC's report">grade each state</a> </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">on the condition of its transportation, railway, water supply and other systems. The latest study took place in 2013. The grades are out and they are mixed, at best. Our state, and the country as a whole, are barely passing in many areas of infrastructure needs. We talk with several civil engineers to find out about the scope of the problems and depth of need to rebuild our state.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:23:57 +0000 WFAE 56664 at http://wfae.org North Carolina's Infrastructure Needs