Podcast http://wfae.org en A Trifling Place, Episode 9: And The Charlotte Accent Is ... http://wfae.org/post/trifling-place-episode-9-and-charlotte-accent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Welcome to “A Trifling Place,” a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So about a month ago, reporter Lisa Miller handed me a book called </span><a href="https://twitter.com/TasnimS/status/319094358899052544" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"><em style="line-height: 1.5;">How To Speak Southern</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It has some funny tips on how to exaggerate a Southern drawl – but it wasn't too surprising – I mean, it's pretty easy to identify a Southern accent.&nbsp; But it got me thinking&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">–&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I have no idea what a </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charlottean</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sounds like. In New York, I can easily tell what part of the city you're from by your accent. In Charlotte, I still can't tell the tourists apart from the people who live here. So that's one reason we launched <a href="http://wfae907.tumblr.com/tagged/CLTAccents" target="_blank">The Charlotte Accent Project</a> … on a quest to find the one true Charlotte accent.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 20:20:46 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 27517 at http://wfae.org A Trifling Place, Episode 9: And The Charlotte Accent Is ... What's The Charlotte Accent? http://wfae.org/post/clt-accent-project <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When you "talk," &nbsp;do you say "</span>tawk<span style="line-height: 1.5;">" or "tock?" What does it mean to have a Charlotte accent? If you were born in the Charlotte region (or even if you’re a newcomer like me), we want to know what you sound like.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So we've started a new project to collect your voices called The&nbsp;Charlotte Accent Project. We'll publish your recordings and photos on the radio as well as our web site, <a href="http://wfae907.tumblr.com" target="_blank">Tumblr</a>&nbsp;blog</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, <a href="http://facebook.com/wfae907" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/wfae" target="_blank">Twitter</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:14:00 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 25554 at http://wfae.org What's The Charlotte Accent? A Trifling Place, Episode 8: The Story Behind Those Big Statues On Independence Square http://wfae.org/post/trifling-place-episode-8-story-behind-those-big-statues-independence-square <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">OK, lots of cities have a Square. There’s Red Square, Times Square, St. Peter’s Square to name a few.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And then … there’s Independence Square.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Where’s that, you ask?&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charlotte – at the intersection of Trade and Tryon.</span></p><p>In case you didn’t know, this intersection is where a Native American trading path - Trade Street – crossed what used to be called the Great Wagon Road, which we now know as Tryon.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, the intersection is named Independence Square to recognize the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. County leaders signed the document on May 20, 1775, declaring freedom from tyranny … I mean England … more than a year before the Continental Congress did it in Philly.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Four statues at each corner of the intersection further distinguish the square. These statues are the subject of this edition of </span><a href="http://www.wfae.org/topic/trifling-place" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>A Trifling Place</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 21:53:32 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 24933 at http://wfae.org A Trifling Place, Episode 8: The Story Behind Those Big Statues On Independence Square Charlotte: "A Very Trifling Place" (But Not The Only One) http://wfae.org/post/charlotte-very-trifling-place-not-only-one <p>WFAE<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> listeners have e-mailed me about how we should probably change the title of this podcast. They find it&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">offensive. One listener says it reminds him of &nbsp;"small, off-the-beaten path, lonely, dismal, dark places" and surely, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">surely</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, it's not Charlotte that President George Washington was talking about.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 13:48:00 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 20327 at http://wfae.org Charlotte: "A Very Trifling Place" (But Not The Only One) A Trifling Place, Episode 1: Where Are You From? http://wfae.org/post/trifling-place-episode-1-where-are-you <p>President George Washington called Charlotte a "trifling place." That's how our founding father described the city <a href="http://www.wfae.org/post/charlotte-very-trifling-place-not-only-one" target="_blank">during a visit in 1791</a>. But it's certainly changed since then. Welcome to "<a href="http://www.wfae.org/topic/trifling-place" target="_blank">A Trifling Place</a>," a podcast dedicated to exploring the ins-and-outs of Charlotte.</p><p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 20:41:20 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 17463 at http://wfae.org A Trifling Place, Episode 1: Where Are You From?