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Charlotte's Growing Tech Talent Market

Jul 14, 2016
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We know Charlotte is a banking town and we’ve spoken about the doors that designation may open for fintech – the marriage of banking and technology.  Now, it seems, we’ve become the top city in the U.S. for growth in tech talent.  Over the past five years, Charlotte has experienced a 74 percent growth rate in that talent.  How has this happened, what does this mean and where do we go from here?  We look at it all.

The State Of Renewable Energy In North Carolina

Jul 13, 2016
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Using renewable energy reduces our reliance on fossil fuels but in North Carolina it is also big business.  We rank third in the country for installed solar capacity and will soon be home to the first utility-scale wind farm in the Southeast. The solar industry has benefited from state tax credits but those credits have expired and clean energy advocates worry that growth will slow. The state of renewable energy in North Carolina.

Recent Shootings And Trust In Law Enforcement

Jul 13, 2016
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The recent shootings of two more African-American men by police combined with the shootings of police by an African-American man in Dallas have put the spotlight back on the state of relations between law enforcement and the black community.  The events hit home here due to a similar incident in 2013.  The trial of the police officer involved ended in a hung jury and since then, CMPD has been trying to rebuild trust.  Where all of this stands and reaction from Charlotte’s Police Chief Kerr Putney on the next Charlotte Talks.

Social Media And Free Speech

Jul 12, 2016
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The use of social media has been exploding. Nearly two-thirds of American adults are now on a social networking site using them for many reasons including an opportunity to get things off their chests. It’s a bedrock of free speech but one that presents a challenge to employers. What happens when your opinion doesn’t toe the company line? Some employers are trying to set boundaries but does that mesh with the First Amendment? Some legal opinions.

Charlotte Talks' Listeners Respond To This Week's Shootings

Jul 11, 2016
Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer

Thursday night protesters took to the streets of uptown to protest the killings of two more African American men by police. These protests were peaceful... but in Dallas it turned tragic as snipers targeted police. On this week's news roundup, we talk about that and get local reaction. We open the phones today to hear from our community.

Brexit And Its Effects On Charlotte

Jul 6, 2016
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Charlotte has significant ties to the United Kingdom. There are more foreign businesses in Mecklenburg County from the U.K. than from any other country but one. And the big banks here have large presences there, with London traditionally serving as a financial gateway to Europe. So how will the U.K.'s vote to leave the European Union reverberate in Charlotte? We'll explore that question, with guest host Michael Tomsic.

The conventions are still weeks away, but the general election air war has begun in North Carolina and other battleground states. Hillary Clinton has poured eight figures into TV commercials, while Donald Trump has yet to put a single general election ad on the air. These commercials - particularly attack ads - have been a hallmark of White House campaigns for decades. We look at the history of campaign ads, and how they’ve changed in the social media age.

We all know about America’s obesity epidemic. We know about elevated incidences of asthma, diabetes and heart disease. In many cases, we’ve been blaming the food we eat but could it be the way we build? Dr. Richard Jackson from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health believes the way America has been built - with sprawling suburban environments could be the culprit.  He expands on that and offers some solutions.

Pop coulture Writer Chuck Klosterman (Rebroadcast)

Jul 4, 2016
Erin Keever

July 4, 2016

As part of Lenoir Rhyne University’s Visiting Writer’s Series, we talk with pop culture writer Chuck Klosterman. A best-selling author of six nonfiction books, including Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, he’s covered sports and pop culture for ESPN and spent time writing The Ethicist column for The New York Times.  We talk to him about that and about why some have called him “the most exciting cultural critic of his generation.” 

Middle Class Meltdown (Rebroadcast)

Jun 30, 2016

The American middle class, the backbone of our economy, is collapsing. These are the workers, middle managers, small business owners who have fallen victim to rising economic inequality. Their wages have been stagnant for years, employment uncertain, their debt levels have been rising and they face increasing child care, health care and education costs. We hear from the author of a book about why this is happening and what to do about it.