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Today's Don't Drive Day
1:00 pm
Tue August 12, 2008

Today's Don't Drive Day

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City and county officials hope you think twice before taking the car to work today. It's the first annual Don't Drive Day meant to promote carpooling and public transit for the sake of cleaner air. WFAE's Julie Rose reports.

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Library Takes the Books To the Kids
1:00 pm
Tue August 12, 2008

Library Takes the Books To the Kids

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library has been trying something new to get kids reading over the summer. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday library staff roll into certain low-income neighborhoods in a bright yellow truck. And the kids come running. WFAE's Julie Rose reports.

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Memories of the Western Wall
1:00 pm
Tue August 12, 2008

Memories of the Western Wall

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A memorable summer vacation can have a long-lasting effect. For WFAE commentator Sally Phillips, the last vacation lingers deeply.

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The DNA of Laziness
1:00 pm
Tue August 12, 2008

The DNA of Laziness

The DNA of Laziness
A Researcher at UNC Charlotte has found evidence to suggest that we may be genetically wired to be lazy or not. We'll talk about the influence this research may have on those people who get no enjoyment out of exercise, or just can't make themselves get off that couch. We'll also explore some of the possible applications of this research.
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Dr. Timothy Lightfoot - Professor, Dept. of Kinesiology at UNC Charlotte

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Foreclosures Result in More Students Without Homes
1:00 pm
Mon August 11, 2008

Foreclosures Result in More Students Without Homes

The rising home foreclosure rate means more students headed back to school this fall are without homes. WFAE's Julie Rose has more.

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Team Psychologist Talks About Challenges
1:00 pm
Mon August 11, 2008

Team Psychologist Talks About Challenges

American paddlers competing in Beijing will hit the water today for their first attempts at an Olympic medal in the summer games. Many of them spent time at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte training for the races that will take place over the next four days. Charlotte resident Charlie Brown is the team's psychologist. He's helped the athletes prepare mentally for this day. WFAE's Lisa Miller asked Brown how the paddlers have been faring amongst the bustle of Beijing.

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News Media Moonlighters
1:00 pm
Fri August 8, 2008

News Media Moonlighters

News Media Moonlighters
Two of our better known media personalities also moonlight as writers, and the work of both may surprise you. News14 morning anchor Rob Boisvert has written a book of romantic short stories and longtime Observer columnist Dannye Romine Powell has written an edgy and personal book of poetry. We talk to them both and hear some of their work.
Guests
Rob Boisvert - Morning Anchor for News14, Author of Long Dead Lover
Dannye Romine Powell - Columnist for The Charlotte Observer, author of A Necklace of Bees

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New Chief of Police for CMPD
1:00 pm
Thu August 7, 2008

New Chief of Police for CMPD

New Chief of Police for CMPD
Crime has been front and center in our news media lately and the perception is that it's on the rise in our region. Recently named Chief of Police, Rodney Monroe, has said that he wants to put more officers on the street and in touch with the citizens of Charlotte. We'll learn more about Chief Monroe's plan to combat crime in our city.
Guest
Chief Rodney Monroe - Chief of Police for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

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Rolling Out the Coaches Medal
1:00 pm
Thu August 7, 2008

Rolling Out the Coaches Medal

For the first time in any Olympics, the U.S. is honoring its coaches with medals during this summer's games. The inaugural medal was designed by Charlotte-area illustrator Jamie Franki. WFAE's Simone Orendain spoke with Franki about the medal and his other work.

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Task Force Aims to Improve Criminal Justice System
1:00 pm
Thu August 7, 2008

Task Force Aims to Improve Criminal Justice System

Mecklenburg County's Justice and Public Safety Task Force is in the midst of gathering information to help shape its recommendations on improving the criminal justice system. The citizen's group met Wednesday for the third time and heard from Charlotte's Police Chief, Mecklenburg County's Sheriff and Trial Court Administrator. Former Superior Court Judge Shirley Fulton co-chairs the 14-member task force. WFAE's Lisa Miller asked Fulton about the group's approach.

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