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Philippine Postcard
1:00 pm
Thu August 23, 2007

Philippine Postcard

Stories of traffic nightmares and serious space issues dominate life in Charlotte. And these stories are also pretty common when people talk about visiting the Philippines. For a reality check, WFAE's Simone Orendain recently traveled to its capital Manila, which is the most densely populated city in the world. Here's an audio slideshow.

Charlotte Talks
1:00 pm
Thu August 23, 2007

Charlotte Talks

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Bridges and Infrastructure
The recent bridge collapse in Minnesota has called attention to the structural integrity of many of the nation's bridges. We'll talk about North Carolina bridges that have been deemed less than safe by an annual AAA of the Carolinas survey and what the NCDOT plans to do to keep travelers safe.
Guests:
Tom Crosby - AAA of the Carolinas
Robert Similie - CPCC Non-Destructive Examination Program instructor
Contact the show: 704-926-9323, 800-603-9323 or charlottetalks@wfae.org.

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Allergens on CMS Menu
1:00 pm
Thu August 23, 2007

Allergens on CMS Menu

In this new year, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will list allergens on breakfast and lunch menu items. WFAE's Simone Orendain spoke with CMS Assistant Director of Child Nutrition Services, Amy Harkey about the change.

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Charlotte Talks
1:00 pm
Wed August 22, 2007

Charlotte Talks

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Ron Tober
Ron Tober announced that he'll retire as CEO of CATS at the end of 2007. We'll talk about how his retirement will affect the controversy surrounding the building of the light rail and the much debated half cent sales tax to fund CATS. We'll also discuss some af the acheivements Mr. Tober has made in has years as transit head and what he plans to acheive before his departure.
Contact the show: 704-926-9323, 800-603-9323 or charlottetalks@wfae.org.

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Drummond's Fifty Days in Baghdad
1:00 pm
Tue August 21, 2007

Drummond's Fifty Days in Baghdad

Charlotte Observer Reporter and Editor Mike Drummond recently returned from a fifty day trip to Baghdad. It was his second visit to Iraq. The first time, he was embedded with troops. This time, he spent more time in the city itself. His articles and his daily blog gave readers a vivid picture of the current situation in Iraq. He spoke with WFAE's Craig Fahle about his experience.

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August Memories
1:00 pm
Tue August 21, 2007

August Memories

It's the first week of school at many colleges and universities across the state. For WFAE commentator Gus Succop, beyond signaling the return to campus, the end of summer is a continuous learning experience.

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Charlotte Talks
1:00 pm
Tue August 21, 2007

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Charlotte Talks
1:00 pm
Mon August 20, 2007

Charlotte Talks

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Aging and Housing
We'll talk about home design for seniors and look into the trend to "age in place" rather than to Florida or Arizona for retirement. We'll find out about some of the home and neighborhood designs that make it easier for seniors to age gracefully.
Guests:
Patricia Fletcher - gerontology marketer, PeterAlex Media
Dr. Jeff Rosenfeld - author of Home Design in an Aging World
Ronda Deitch - Charlotte AARP
Contact the show: 704-926-9323, 800-603-9323 or charlottetalks@wfae.org.

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Hot, Dry Days Continue
1:00 pm
Mon August 20, 2007

Hot, Dry Days Continue

The Charlotte area gets more rain in an average year than Seattle. The average high temperature in Kansas City this time of year is one degree higher than it is in Charlotte. But if someone has spent the past 3 weeks in the Queen City, neither one of those facts would seem very believable. For an update on the continuing hot and very dry weather, WFAE's Scott Graf called the National Weather Service office in Greenville-Spartanburg and spoke with Meteorologist Brian McAvoy. He started by asking McAvoy why our weather doesn't seem to be changing.

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Mayberry Memory
1:00 pm
Fri August 17, 2007

Mayberry Memory

WFAE lost a friend this month when commentator Tom Pfahlert died following a lengthy bout with cancer. We first go to know Tom in 2005 when he contacted us with a commentary idea. It was an essay about a particular melody that helped him relax when the world got to be too much. As a tribute to Tom, who retired last year as the Program Chair of CPCC's advertising and graphic design department, we want to share again a peice that we simply called, "Mayberry."

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