Charlotte Talks: Ric Flair, The Nature Boy

Nov 13, 2017
Matthew Glover

Monday, November 13, 2017

Wrestler Ric Flair is one of Charlotte’s most famous characters. Although he now lives in Atlanta, longtime Charlotteans still claim him as their own. His heyday as a wrestler in the 1980’s and 90’s and the glamour life he led is part of a new 30 for 30 documentary on ESPN by another Charlottean, Rory Karpf. Guest host Erik Spanberg is joined by documentary maker Rory Karpf to talk about Ric Flair, the "Nature Boy."

2017 has been a dangerous year for pedestrians in Charlotte.   24 people had been struck in traffic and killed through the end of October, according to the Charlotte Observer. That compares with about 20 pedestrian deaths in all of last year.

Novant Health

This week Novant Health announced it would be taking to the sky. The health care system’s first helicopter will be based at the Novant Health Rowan Medical Center in Salisbury.

Honoring Veterans: Listen to Ft. Bragg Stories

Nov 10, 2017

This Veterans Day weekend, WFAE presents stories recorded during a live storytelling event at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, NC. The hour long broadcast is hosted by WUNC's Eric Hodge. You can these stories at 7 p.m. Sunday on 90.7 FM WFAE.

Wendy Herkey / WFAE

Friday, November 10 2017

The Queen City gets its first female African-American Mayor.  Vi Lyles wins handily.  Charlotte City Council sports new members under 40.  The School Bonds pass easily.  Former governor Pat McCrory lays the blame for last year’s gubernatorial loss but doesn’t close the door on a future run.  And the Texas church shooting last Sunday, has Charlotte churches evaluating their own security measures.  Those stories and more with Mike Collins and the roundup reporters on the Charlotte Talks Friday News Roundup.

Alex Phillipe Cohen

When guitarist Tashi Dorji hits the stage in Charlotte this weekend, he doesn’t know exactly what he’ll be playing. That’s usual for the musician, who lives in Asheville.  All of his music is improvised. 

It’s called free improvisation, because there are no rules to follow. He had an epiphany the first time he heard someone play a guitar this way.

SouthBound Extra: A Preview Of Harvey Gantt Interview

Nov 9, 2017
Harvey Gantt
Courtesy Harvey Gantt

WFAE’s new podcast, SouthBound, aims to engage in conversations with people who reveal how the region shapes who they are and what they do. It debuts Nov. 15.

Host Tommy Tomlinson’s first guest is Harvey Gantt. He was Charlotte’s first African-American mayor when he served two terms in the 1980s. He then had memorable campaigns against U.S. Senator Jesse Helms. He talks about all that in his conversation with Tommy.

A large chunk of federal funding for community health centers in North Carolina is up in the air after Congress let the September deadline come and go without renewing funding. According to the North Carolina Community Health Center Association, last year more than half a million people got care at these centers across the state.  

FBI badge and gun
Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The FBI is investigating one of its counterterrorism supervisors, after a woman reportedly stole his gun from an uptown Charlotte hotel room in July.

Updated at 3:38 p.m.

All Cabarrus County high schools were given the all clear by law enforcement  after being closed earlier today as police investigated a possible explosive device threat. An alert on the school district's Web site said all campuses "are clear and safe" and will reopen on Monday. Students have Friday off for Veteran's Day.