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Rebroadcast: Charlotte Knights Baseball

Jul 3, 2014
Charlotte Knights

  The Charlotte Knights are now playing their first season in BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte but it’s not their first time playing in the shadow of our skyscrapers. The Knights and baseball in Charlotte have a long history filled with colorful characters and enduring stories. We’ll celebrate baseball history in our region, the many iterations of ballparks we’ve had, and the journey of baseball back to uptown. And we’ll do so from BB&T ballpark during a Knights game.

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the result of years of efforts and turbulence in America.  Freedom rides, sit-ins, and open racism in education and employment were commonplace. The success of the act was the bipartisan work of many now- iconic American figures, including two presidents. We’ll hear the dramatic details about the effort to ensure freedom for all.

Rebroadcast: Artificial Intelligence

Jun 30, 2014
Alejandro Zorrilal Cruz

AI. It's the stuff of science fiction but Artificial Intelligence is real and getting better. More than asking Siri a question and getting an intelligent answer; more than saying "Okay Google now" and getting directions, Artificial Intelligence means computers that actually think like humans and that has some humans worried. The practical applications and ethical considerations of AI.

Richard Dawkins

Jun 30, 2014

Many Americans take issue with the Theory of Evolution, insisting it is, after all, simply a theory. Worse, it is at odds with the Bible. These folks believe in intelligent design, an idea that appalls evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and he argues his point of view in his book The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. We revisit our 2009 conversation with him.

Rebroadcast: Nature Deficit Disorder

Jun 27, 2014
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We're joined by the man who coined the term "nature deficit disorder." Richard Louv is the author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder. He works to educate others about the importance of getting kids outside and into nature and away from the TV. We'll talk about the reasons behind the trend that has driven children out of the woods and fields and how to overcome this trend.

Li'l Abner & Education In North Carolina

Jun 26, 2014


Part 1

Central Piedmont Community College's summer theater season is underway and they are producing a southern favorite, Li'l Abner. Based on the wildly popular Al Capps cartoon Li'l Abner, which ran from the 1930’s for over 40 years, CPCC’s production has an ironic twist. In the title role is newcomer Zach Teague. Over 50 years ago another unknown, Peter Palmer, got the nod as the Broadway star of Li'l Abner. Both actors join us. Palmer, now in his 80’s is still going strong and Mr. Teague is just starting out. We’ll visit with both actors and learn about the production.

Foreign Policy With David Rothkopf

Jun 25, 2014

From Iraq to Syria, from Iran to Libya, Afghanistan, Russia and Pakistan, and with issues from torture to domestic surveillance programs and foreign crises, there’s certainly a lot to discuss when it comes to America’s foreign policy strategy. America’s interests and actions around the world over the past decade and beyond are the focus of a forthcoming book by Foreign Policy CEO and editor-at-large David Rothkopf. He’ll join us to talk about the conclusions he’s come up with regarding the major international decisions made during the Bush and Obama years.

Carolinas HealthCare System / Facebook

Carolinas HealthCare System has always been an innovator, launching a nationally known stroke center and a massive children’s hospital. Now they’ve turned their attention to making behavioral and mental health far more accessible across their system. They’ve recently launched a pilot program to bring behavioral health care to primary care offices around the region. To do so they are implementing a rising new type of medicine called telemedicine, in this case, telepsychiatry. 

Summertime Food & Drink

Jun 23, 2014
Heather Katsoulis / Flickr

The temperature is creeping up, swimsuits are being donned and grills are being fired up! Its summertime in the Queen City and that means there are lots of seasonal foods to be eaten and refreshing beverages to be drunk. But that’s not all: There are also a ton of farmer’s markets to check out for juicy berries, food events nearly every weekend and restaurants changes that may be worth checking out. Next time on Charlotte Talks, we’ll be joined by three area professionals to devour the yummy details.

Camp: Homesick And Happy

Jun 20, 2014
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Summer is here and the kids are out of school. But instead of sitting around watching TV and playing on their iPhones, some parents will be sending their kids to summer camp - to hike and canoe their way around the outdoors, learn new skills and make lasting friendships. Michael Thompson, author of Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow says camp provides essential experiences for children. What he calls the "magic of camp" allows kids to mature and develop in a unique atmosphere away from school and home - teaching independence and values. But where does camp fit in an age of helicopter parents - where kids are rarely out of the sight of their folks? We'll explore the magic of camp and find out why kids need time away from home.