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Customer Centricity (Rebroadcast)

Nov 25, 2015

Friday, November 27

Whether we work in retail or not, we’ve all heard the old adage: The customer is always right. Not so, says Peter Fader. In fact, he takes it a step further by asserting that only a business’s good customers deserve the best treatment. This flies in the face of everything and, given that we’re all about to go on a holiday shopping binge, this might really go against your grain. 

Originally aired November 17, 2014

The Bread Revolution! (Rebroadcast)

Nov 25, 2015
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Thursday, November 26

Bread has been one of the world’s most important foods but in recent years, our obsession with carbohydrates has caused bread to fall on hard times.  It has also pushed bread bakers to experiment with new formulas using different kinds of grains and to take gluten-free and allergy friendly approaches to open up a new world of bread.  One of those experimenters is our own Chef-on-Assignment and master baker Peter Reinhart.  He and others discuss the bread revolution.

Originally aired October 31, 2014

Pre-Black Friday Tech And Gadget Show

Nov 25, 2015
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The day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday.  Among the things shoppers will be searching for are deals on technology and gadgets.  So, in advance, we have tech experts standing by to talk about the deals you might find, to shed some light on what you need to know about the latest in TV, computer and smart phone technology and more.  Listen, take notes, and shop with confidence on our pre-Black Friday Technology and Gadget show.

Fighting Fraud And Financial Crime

Nov 24, 2015

What’s in your wallet?  Do you have one of those new credit cards with the chip in it?  Banks and card companies are issuing them because they make it harder for the bad guys to steal your account information.  Financial fraud and identity theft are complex but increasingly common crimes and you have to stay informed to protect yourself.  Financial experts and crime investigators share their stories and some tips to avoid trouble.

Preventing Antibiotic-Resistance

Nov 20, 2015
Novant Health

At first, antibiotics were viewed as life-saving miracle drugs that also eliminated or shortened suffering from lots of different infections. But overuse now threatens their efficacy. We face a world of dangerous superbugs that will not be stopped by antibiotics so area hospitals have started a stewardship program to make sure doctors don’t overprescribe them. We hear more about the problem and this solution.

Meeting The Needs Of Young Adults With Autism

Nov 20, 2015

Few find it easy to transition from school to the adult world but for people with high-functioning Autism or Asperger’s syndrome, it can be a real challenge. Not only do these people face a major life transition, some or much of the help they’ve relied on as children begins to drop away at the same time that finding a job becomes important. We hear about one program in our area designed to help.

In this two part show we first meet a Charlotte woman whose career was shaped by a 2007 exhibit at Discovery Place, and next we talk about Panthers fever.

Sister Simone Campbell Of 'Nuns on the Bus'

Nov 18, 2015

Sister Simone Campbell has been traveling the country talking about social justice. That conversation brought her to Charlotte once before, for the Democratic National Convention, but now she’s back for a screening of a film about her efforts. She’s also been making waves within the Catholic Church, seeking a greater role for women. Sister Simone Campbell shares her thoughts on a host of issues. 

Star Wars: Inside A Pop Culture Phenomenon

Nov 17, 2015

A long time ago – 1977 – in a galaxy far, far away the first Star Wars movie debuted. George Lucas’s epic trilogy is a cultural icon. Three additional films followed along with spinoffs and sales of tons of merchandise. Now, The Force Awakens as a new Star Wars hits the screens next month. We look at why this is such a cultural phenomenon, how it continues to bring in fans and more.

Creating Opportunity And Social Mobility In Charlotte

Nov 16, 2015

America used to pride itself on providing opportunities for advancement but it has become very clear in recent years that where you grow up and how you grow up may determine the outcome of your adult life. In Charlotte, we know that if you’re poor and grow up in Mecklenburg County, you have among the worst chances in the country of ever moving up the ladder. We talk about what’s being done to change that.