Offbeat http://wfae.org en The Rise Of 'Prepper' Culture http://wfae.org/post/rise-prepper-culture <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Back in the 1950&rsquo;s the Cold War brought with it elementary school air raid drills, gas masks in many homes, and the rise of a bunker mentality. Recent natural disasters from Hurricane Katrina to Sandy Hook as well as the 911 attacks have created a new generation of survivalists. They call themselves </span>Preppers<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and there are hundreds of groups around the country, worldwide conferences and even television shows. We&rsquo;ll meet the head of a national </span>Prepper<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> organization, a woman committed to teaching other woman to become survivors and a local </span>Prepper<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 04:00:00 +0000 36432 at http://wfae.org The Rise Of 'Prepper' Culture Superstions And Why We Believe Them (Rebroadcast) http://wfae.org/post/superstions-and-why-we-believe-them-rebroadcast <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Are you superstitious? Do you dread Friday the 13th? Do you avoid walking under ladders? Feel funny about black cats crossing your path? Do you ever keep your fingers crossed? Even if you're not superstitious, do you ever wonder how the belief that those things are unlucky came to be? Well, we did, and so we're going to find out. Knock on wood, you won't break any mirrors before Charlotte Talks, Friday, Sept. 13.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Charlotte Talks 34716 at http://wfae.org Superstions And Why We Believe Them (Rebroadcast) The Art And Craft Of Obituary Writing http://wfae.org/post/art-and-craft-obituary-writing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When a loved one passes away they are often eulogized in church services, visitations and during the funeral. Every day folks and public figures are also remembered in the newspaper, from the smallest obituary to fully written memorials. Obituary writing has become an art form and Ken Garfield has practiced that form for years. He says an obituary can teach the writer, the public and even loved ones, things about the deceased they never fully knew before. He'll&nbsp;share what he has learned about writing obituaries, we'll&nbsp;meet the president of the Society of Professional Obituary writers and we hope you'll share some the most memorable obituaries you have read, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 04:00:00 +0000 31975 at http://wfae.org The Art And Craft Of Obituary Writing Geek Culture And Geek Therapy http://wfae.org/post/geek-culture-and-geek-therapy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Comic-Con is this week in San Diego, the largest comic book and pop culture convention in the world. Tens of thousands of self-identified "geeks" will gather with like-minded fans to talk about and even dress like their favorite characters from movies, video games, comics and more. Why? Well, our guests today say it may be therapeutic. They are psychologists and geeks themselves who are headed to Comic-Con to present a panel on "Geek Therapy: How Superheroes Empower All of Us." While some geeks may be bullied or feel marginalized because of their passions, our guests are using 'geek culture' in a positive and affirming way to connect with their clients - whether through science-fiction, fantasy, video games, comics or technology. One of our guests has written a comic book featuring a superhero who has </span>Asperger's<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. We'll talk about the prevalence of geek culture, the psychology behind superheroes, the therapeutic value of comics, the merit of playing video games and more, when pop culture and psychology collide. We geek out, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 04:00:00 +0000 31367 at http://wfae.org Geek Culture And Geek Therapy The Feud: Hatfields And McCoys http://wfae.org/post/feud-hatfields-and-mccoys <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We'll meet the author of a new book about the 100-year-old feud between the </span>Hatfields<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and the </span>McCoys<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The families, who famously battled for generations in southern Appalachia, may have begun their feud over a bunch of pigs. No matter the true origin of the battles, the families have captured the imaginations of people across the country for years and the story of the feud has more recently been chronicled in documentaries, TV miniseries and several books. We'll talk with the author of a book on the </span>Hatfields<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>McCoys<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with some new takes on their revenge story, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Fri, 24 May 2013 04:00:00 +0000 27812 at http://wfae.org The Feud: Hatfields And McCoys Superstitions And Why We Believe Them http://wfae.org/post/superstitions-and-why-we-believe-them <p>Charlotte Talks has been going strong for over thirteen years; knock on wood. Luckily the 13th year was a good one even though that’s an unlucky number. Our fingers are crossed for more good years on the show but we’ll avoid walking under ladders or crossing near black cats just to be safe. Yes, we are superstitious. Isn’t everyone? We’ll look at well-known superstitions and why we keep them on the next Charlotte Talks. Good thing it’s scheduled on the 11th. Eleven is a lucky number.</p><p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 05:00:00 +0000 21052 at http://wfae.org Superstitions And Why We Believe Them Debutante Society http://wfae.org/post/debutante-society There is a storied part of Southern Culture that some revere and others ridicule: debutante society. The holiday season is also one of debutante balls where young women of the upper crust make their debut as legitimate members of grown-up society. The practice dates back to earlier times and - despite the changes wrought by modern times - continues. A closer look at why debutante society was important in the past and why it continues when Charlotte Talks. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 05:00:00 +0000 16227 at http://wfae.org Debutante Society The World Of Dog Shows http://wfae.org/post/world-dog-shows <p>There are dog lovers all over the region but our guests today take dog ownership to a very big degree. We’ll meet two people who breed, train and judge dogs for shows. We’ll learn what goes into the making of a champion dog, why pure breeds are so important to the dog show world, breeding practices and more. We’ll also be joined by a couple of four legged guests and you will actually hear from them. Dog shows are common in the area and we’ll learn more.</p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 05:00:00 +0000 15873 at http://wfae.org The World Of Dog Shows Real Life Ghostbusers And Costume Culture http://wfae.org/post/real-life-ghostbusers-and-costume-culture <p><strong>Part One: Carolina Paranormal Society.</strong> On this Halloween edition of Charlotte Talks, when something goes bump in the night and you can't explain that strange noise in the basement, who you going to call? The Carolina Paranormal Society! This non-profit organization of real life "Ghostbusters" researches and investigates evidence of paranormal phenomenon using scientific methods. We'll talk with the founders of the Carolina Paranormal Society about what they've seen and why they belive.<br><br><strong>Guests</strong> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:35:12 +0000 Charlotte Talks 14944 at http://wfae.org Real Life Ghostbusers And Costume Culture