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Local News Roundup: HB2 and Sports Boycotts

Sep 15, 2016

On the local news roundup – the NCAA pulls 7 championship events from North Carolina because of HB2.  The ACC follows suit. Wells Fargo is fined by regulators over employees creating unauthorized accounts.  County Commissioners look at plans to revitalize the North Tryon Corridor – what they said about this new vision.  And we get the latest on election campaigning throughout the state with our roundtable of reporters.

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On January 15, 2009, US Airways flight 1549 made an emergency landing on the Hudson River. A bird strike took out both engines only three minutes into the flight from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport to Charlotte Douglas. All passengers on board survived with minimal injuries. Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger was quickly hailed a hero for safely grounding the plane in what became known as the ‘Miracle on the Hudson.’ The story has now been captured in the Clint Eastwood film ‘Sully’ starring Tom Hanks. We’ll hear the true story behind the movie from local passengers, live from the Carolinas Aviation Museum, which is now home to the aircraft.

2016 Election: What Awaits The Next Commander-in-Chief?

Sep 14, 2016
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We are preparing to elect our third-straight wartime president and that choice has particular significance for North Carolina. Not only are we a battleground state, we are home to those who prepare for real battlegrounds. We’re home to the third largest military population in the country, including the largest base by population in the world. What potential military decisions and security issues will the next commander-in-chief face?

We’ve learned a lot about post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, especially more recently from soldiers returning from combat, who face difficult physical and/or mental challenges upon returning to normal life. We hear less about the good that might result from a traumatic experience, even though the idea is not a new one. Since the early '80s, two Charlotte psychology experts have been pioneers in research of post traumatic growth - the idea that positive change sometimes comes from a traumatic experience. We’ll meet these experts to talk about what they’ve learned, the research on PTG that’s still happening at UNC Charlotte, and how the theory they had many years ago is now receiving more attention.

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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.