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Panthers In The Super Bowl / Coal Ash Update

15 hours ago

Monday, February 8

We get a morning-after look at Super Bowl 50 and an update on coal ash removal and storage. 

Friday News Roundup

21 hours ago
Jennifer Worsham

Diane Rehm has been doing it for years and now, each Friday, Charlotte Talks will gather a panel of journalists from around our area to recap our top news stories of the week. The top story this week is, of course, the Panthers at the Superbowl. They’re putting Charlotte on the world stage.  And we’ll talk about CMS, the school board’s student assignment and superintendent moves plus the city council’s non-discrimination ordinance.  It’s our weekly news roundup.

Siri, Cortana and Google Now have become part of most people’s lives. They’re digital assistants – artificial intelligence. In essence, robots. We have automated call centers that understand what you’re saying. Airports have ticket kiosks and cars will soon drive themselves. We are quickly developing a Second Intelligent Species, one Marshall Brain warns could soon eliminate jobs in startling numbers.


Feb 3, 2016

Most economists predicted a decent year for 2016 but right out of the gate we’ve seen troubling indicators. The stock market had its worst start ever with Wall Street’s wild swings fueled by China’s reported instability, crashing oil prices and more. Some are even whispering about a recession this year.  But the Fed still plans to keep increasing interest rates slowly so we try to make sense of it all with a pair of local economists.

Craft Beer's Growing Pains

Feb 2, 2016
JMR_Photography / Flickr/

In Charlotte, we seem flooded with craft beer. Actually, the craft beer revolution has taken off all over the country. The number of breweries and sales of craft beer have doubled nationwide but here, local brewers say their growth is being hampered by an antiquated state law that requires them to contract out their distribution once they reach certain levels of production. We hear about the implications of that and about craft beer’s growing pains.

Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Jan 29, 2016

A year after the Charlotte City Council narrowly rejected a controversial proposal to expand the city’s non-discrimination ordinance, newly-elected mayor Jennifer Roberts wants the City Council revisit the issue including the provision that would allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice. We expect the same people to be on the same sides at a public meeting scheduled for Monday night and we hear from both sides.

Art In Unexpected Places

Jan 28, 2016
Skyline Artists in Residence

It isn’t just new apartments that are popping up around town, art is too! And poetry. They’re called Wall Poems and you’ll find them on buildings and other surfaces. A lot of local artists are working to get more art into public spaces and engage Charlotteans in the process. We meet some of the people behind these unique art installations and find out how they create art that represents the neighborhoods they occupy.

Grocery Store Wars

Jan 27, 2016

Hollywood is focused on Star Wars but here in Charlotte, we’re in the midst of grocery wars. The battle is on for your food dollars as longtime, homegrown titan, Harris Teeter, continues to spar with Florida-based Publix. Even as the invader is building stores across the street from HT, the nation’s top supermarket, Wegman’s, is planning to invade. What’s behind the supermarket boom and what does this mean for you?  

Charlotte's Health Care Industry

Jan 26, 2016

Charlotte has a reputation as a banking town, but it’s also become a major hub for health care. That industry employs more than 100,000 people in the Charlotte area, and two of the nation’s largest hospital systems have a major presence here. While many other industries tanked during the recession, health care kept chugging along. An examination of one of Charlotte’s premier industries.

Sexual Violence (Especially On College Campuses) And Prevention

Jan 26, 2016

Relationship violence is getting new attention especially on college campuses. One nationally known expert has spearheaded massive efforts aimed at prevention on college campuses nationwide and UNC Charlotte is part of this effort. Now the CDC is getting involved in evaluating the effectiveness of campus programs to reduce violence. That expert, Dr. Ann Coker, outlines the problem and some solutions.