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  All of us love food and most of us have favorite foods. Well, here’s a shocker: some of our favorites like bread, chocolate, coffee and wine are under threat. Due to changes in agriculture and a loss of agricultural biodiversity the food chain is at risk. Think about this: 95 percent of the world’s calories come from only 30 species.We take a closer look at the problem and at some possible solutions. 

Friday News Roundup

Aug 12, 2016

On this week’s local news roundup, protests break out before a CMS Board meeting about how teachers should handle transgender students. The board also began discussions on how to diversify magnet schools. The Whitewater Center reopens its rafting channels after being shut down in June because of a rafter’s death. And the Olympics are going on in Rio with some athletes from here!  Our roundtable of reporters discuss those stories and more. 

Plus, we'll be using theme music submitted by Samuel Flynn. Listen to it here.

Charlotte's Real Estate Market

Aug 11, 2016
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Charlotte’s housing market is hot. Buyers have gotten into bidding wars with each other. Some have resorted to writing love letters to sellers in an effort to convince owners to sell to them. Construction cranes dot the landscape and because home inventory is low, prices are up. In the middle of this hot month, we take the temperature of real estate – residential and commercial – with an eye toward where it's headed and how it compares to the run up to the last bubble.


Aug 10, 2016
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Hacking is a reality in the digital world in which we live. Recently, hackers penetrated the Democratic National Committee’s emails and, again, raised questions about the vulnerability of the technology we use in our elections and our everyday lives. What are the weak links in the nation’s cybersecurity? What can you do to avoid being an unwitting actor in these attacks? We hear from local experts on that.

Hillary Clinton And The Glass Ceiling

Aug 9, 2016

We heard a lot of talk about breaking the glass ceiling when Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be nominated by a major party to be their presidential candidate. In her acceptance speech she said, “when any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone.” So we’re going to look at how this nomination could affect other glass ceilings for women – in politics and business, and for feminism.

Making Charlotte A Bicycle-Friendly City (Rebroadcast)

Aug 8, 2016
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Traffic in Charlotte becomes more congested with every passing year. Some think part of the answer is more bicycles and the city has been working for years to become more bicycle friendly. Still, it can be dangerous for cyclists to share the road. Sustain Charlotte is now working to bring protected bike lanes to uptown providing a separate space for cyclists - a protected buffer between them and motorists. 

Friday News Roundup

Aug 5, 2016

A federal appeals court strikes down North Carolina’s voter ID law saying it’s discriminatory. Another court is deciding whether or not to suspend HB2 while lawsuits over it wind their way through the courts. The governor allows a bill that transfers money from disaster relief to HB2 defense to become law without his signature and we get an update on CMS student assignment plans. Those stories and more on the local news roundup.

Co-Working Spaces / Pets Instead Of Kids

Aug 4, 2016
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From a new kind of working experience to a new kind of life experience.  We hear about the growing trend of co-working spaces as well as the growing trend among younger people opting for pets instead of kids.

Block By Block: Charlotte's Historic West End

Aug 3, 2016

Add to Charlotte’s popular “South End” and our growing “North End,” the “Historic West End.” As uptown continues to flow outside its boundaries, the area along West Trade and Beatties Ford Road is beginning to benefit. Home to the city’s oldest African-American neighborhoods, home buyers and developers are eyeing the West End but that provides challenges to those who want to preserve its character, history and affordability. Can all three be accomplished?  

Education Update

Aug 2, 2016
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Schools aren’t in session yet but education hasn’t slowed down for the summer. The debate over student assignment is set to heat up as CMS prepares to begin a series of public meetings next week. The school board has set a goal of selecting a new superintendent by the end of the year. School suspensions have been under scrutiny while teacher pay is improving. We talk about all of that and more with two reporters who follow it all every day.