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Tesla's NC Obstacles / Charlotte History Tours

May 18, 2016
David Boraks / WFAE

In this two part show we first look at the obstacles electric car manufacturer Tesla faces in North Carolina then we learn about Charlotte's history tours. 

Rise In Adjunct Faculty In Higher Education

May 17, 2016

There’s a troubling trend in higher education: colleges’ and universities’ increasing reliance on adjunct faculty – non-tenured, part-time professors. They now make up more than 50 percent of faculties nationwide. Some adjuncts say they’re being exploited and what used to be a prestigious profession has become a part-time gig with no benefits and low pay. We look into what’s happening and how it is affecting higher education and those at the head of the class.

Legal Experts On HB 2 Lawsuits

May 16, 2016

From an ordinance passed in Charlotte- to a law passed in Raleigh- to a series of competing law suits, the debate over transgender rights is now in the national spotlight. Mayor Roberts says the state is bullying the city and transgender people. The governor says the federal government is bullying the state and Washington says the state is discriminating against a maligned group. A pair of legal experts talks about the suit and we look at the politics of it all.

Friday News Roundup

May 13, 2016

On the Friday news roundup, HB2 continues to dominate the news moving this week into the national arena with the state suing the feds and the feds suing the state. City budget discussions continue with apartment garbage collection still up in the air. The CMS board is requesting $23 million more from the county and they say that really isn’t enough. And one of our own, Stephan Curry, is the NBA’s MVP again.  Those stories and more.

Student Debt

May 12, 2016

It’s commencement season and graduates are throwing their caps in the air as they prepare to approach the real world. But many will do so with record amounts of debt – more than $37,000 per student on average. That’s higher than what last year’s graduates face and it promises to rise again next year. What’s behind this increase and can anything be done to help ease it? What can parents do?

Virginia Postrel On 'The Power Of Glamour'

May 11, 2016
Cover photo by Toni Frissell

No matter what you may think about the GOP’s apparent nominee, Donald Trump, his success has been remarkable. Many commentators have tried to explain that success by crediting those who feel disenfranchised but Bloomberg’s Virginia Postrel has a different theory: glamour. She believes Trump is selling a glamourous lifestyle, a brand, representing the American dream. We’ll hear more from her about this theory.

North Carolina State Parks Centennial

May 10, 2016
Briana Duggan / WFAE

Both the North Carolina and the National Park systems are turning 100 this year. From the largest to the smallest, these parks have become a national treasure that are experiencing a surge in use with last year seeing record-setting attendance. But the growing popularity of communing with nature in our parks is presenting its own challenges. Some say we’re actually loving our parks to death. We take a look at the history of our parks and the future of them.

Same-Sex Marriage And The Church

May 9, 2016
Jennifer Lang / WFAE

Same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states but the attitude of many churches varies widely. Some denominations stand pat in their opposition while others have made allowances or thrown open their doors to same-sex couples. But even in some of those churches, controversy remains. A major Christian denomination is about to take up the topic at their general conference so we take a closer look at religion and same-sex marriage.

Friday News Roundup

May 6, 2016

On this week's Friday news roundup, the U.S. Department of Justice says that the bathroom parts of H.B. 2 violate federal law. We'll talk about what it means and what they're telling the state to do about it. Charlotte is thinking about raisin property taxes by 1 percent. City leaders went to Denver to look at that city's mass transportation system. We learn what they took away from the experience. Donald Trump looks to be the GOP nominee, what does that mean for North Carolina candidates? These and more. 

Cokie Roberts

May 5, 2016
Erin Keever

Cokie Roberts talks with us about politics today and the politics of Washington dating back almost to the founding of the nation. A commentator for NPR and ABC News, Roberts has written a number of books about women’s influence on the birth of our country and has now turned her attention to the women of Washington during the Civil War: Capital Dames. We talk about that and the current political climate.