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Fintech is a new word to most. It represents the intersection of finance and technology and Charlotte is seen as a place for huge possibilities in fintech due to our status as a banking hub.  We find out more about this new industry, how our pool of bankers-turned-entrepreneurs is helping fintech to grow here and how one Charlotte company is trying to get banking and members of the creative class to work together.

Local News Roundup On Charlotte Talks

Sep 9, 2016

On this edition of the news roundup, the state Board of Election met this week to discuss controversial early voting plans for local election boards. Michael Tomsic will join us from Raleigh to update us on the outcome of the meeting.

In other election news, Richard Burr received $9 million pledged by Super PACs for his U.S. Senate campaign—what this means for the tight Senate race and for opponent Deborah Ross as election day nears. Charlotte-area charter schools are receiving more Fs than A's on state report cards. We’ll talk about who did well and who did not-- and what that means for the future of charters here. Meanwhile, CMS is moving towards magnet programs that balance socioeconomic status to break up areas of disadvantage in the system. We’ll talk about the plans for that. And the Panthers have a Super Bowl re-match Thursday night- how we did against the Broncos this time around. Those stories and much more.

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The road to the White House is littered with bumper-sticker phrases about America’s “greatness.” But does the rhetoric match up with the reality? A report this year from The Wharton School - Trump’s alma mater - found that America placed fourth in a list of the best countries. Our ranking was due, in part, to America’s “brand,” according to the report’s author, marketing expert David Reibstein. A nation’s brand, he says, holds great sway over its economy and shouldn’t be overlooked.

“Brand impact” is something North Carolina is certainly aware of because of HB2. What goes into building a brand and what forces can alter it? Is perception more important than reality when marketing a country? 

Heather Havrilesky has been giving advice to the heartsick and emotionally lost and confused. She’s the author of a weekly advice column called ‘Ask Polly’ featured in New York Magazine and now the author of a new book called How to be a Person in the World. Her advice is funny, smart, and geared towards those who may or may not be experiencing some sort of existential crisis. We talk about her advice style, her new book, and more.

The American electorate is becoming a house divided. Polarization has reached a level we haven’t seen in at least a generation, and a growing number of people - Republicans and Democrats - say they view the other side as a threat. But political affiliation isn’t the only dividing line. Where we live - rural versus urban - creates another level of disconnect. How did voters end up so firmly in their political corners? A look at the state of disunion.

Monday, September 5

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.

Originally Aired: February 2, 2016. 

Friday, September 2

On the local news roundup – the US Supreme Court refuses to reinstate North Carolina’s Voter ID law. Some bumps in the road for CMS and their buses. We talk about some of the challenges the system faces. More details are emerging in the shooting of a deaf motorist by the highway patrol and Donald Trump and Richard Burr have narrow leads in a new state poll. Our roundtable of reporters fills us in on those stories and more.

Universtiy of North Carolina at Charlotte campus
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Thursday, September 1

School just started but high school juniors and seniors are already preparing for their next step: college. Deciding on a school and beginning the application process can be daunting for students and parents. College visits, test scores, essays are all part of the process and each is important in its own way. How about some advice on what to do and how to do it? We get that advice from three experts.

Wednesday, August 31

In this online world, everything is gravitating to the web: banking, shopping, you name it. Then why is it, we’re still waiting in lines to vote?

Tuesday, August 29

Part One: Issues Facing Deaf Community

The shooting of a deaf Charlotte man has brought attention to a challenging area for the hearing impaired. National groups have called for better training for law enforcement. And there are other challenges the deaf have in dealing with the hearing world. We look into those in the first part of the program.