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Geralyn Lucas

Dec 10, 2014

9:00 Thursday, December 11, 2014

Geralyn Lucas is a journalist and TV producer who, 20 years ago, added breast cancer advocate to her resume.  She wrote a book about her diagnosis and subsequent fight to survive, called Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy, which was later made into a movie.  Now, she’s followed that first book up with a sequel: Then Came Life, addressing life after survival including the fear of a return of the cancer.  

End-of-Year Financial Planning

Dec 9, 2014

9:00 Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Financial planning should be viewed as a year-round activity, but the end of the year is a time when lots of decisions have to be made – or should be made – to keep your financial house in order. So, we’ve invited Larry Carroll, President and CEO of Carroll Financial Associates, one of the most highly regarded financial planners in the country to tell us what we should be doing to close our personal books on 2014. 

Community Theater In Charlotte

Dec 8, 2014
Erin Keever

9:00 Tuesday, December 9, 2014

You find them in the largest cities and the smallest towns.  They have been the birthplace of legendary careers and have nurtured creativity in millions of devoted volunteers. We're talking about community theaters.   Charlotte is home to one of the oldest in the country and the city is ringed with towns who have their own institutions.  We explore the contributions these theaters make to the community, to their patrons and those who get involved.

9:00 Monday, December 8, 2014

She grew up in a corporate town, ate sushi and treated herself to pedicures. Then she met her "Marlboro man," chucked it all, moved to a cattle ranch and wrote a best-selling cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks. Ree Drummond is also known as the queen of food blogging and has a show on Food Network. In short, she has become a sensation. What's all the fuss about? Find out when Ree Drummond joins us in this encore presentation. 

Ponzi And Pyramid Schemes In NC

Dec 5, 2014

9:00 Friday, December 5, 2014

The investment returns Bernie Madoff’s clients were receiving were too good to be true and that’s because they actually were. He was running a Ponzi scheme. And he is not alone. Even though we witnessed his incarceration and his family destroyed, others are doing the same or similar things and putting you at risk right here in Charlotte.  

CMPD Cell Phone Surveillance

Dec 3, 2014
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9:00 Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department has been using secret cell phone tracking devices to follow suspected criminals but, in the process, they pick up a lot of data from private citizens who aren't doing anything illegal. This technology has been used by local, state and federal law enforcement across the country to fight terrorism and can be effective in fighting crime but it does raise privacy concerns. We discuss the balance between privacy and protecting public safety. 

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9:00 Wednesday, December 3, 2014

We know that young people’s connections to mainline religions are on the decline, but a UCLA study of students in college reveals that though attendance is declining, spirituality is on the rise. The study also discovered that students become increasingly more liberal in their stance toward religion. We take a closer look at the study and at whether or not something similar is happening on campuses around Charlotte.

Parenting Gay Children

Dec 1, 2014

9:00 Tuesday, December 2, 2014

When raising children, every day brings new challenges but when a child tells you, "I'm gay," many parents don't know what to do. We meet two women who founded an organization, created and interactive website and wrote a book to help parents better understand and react in the moment when their child comes out and to better navigate the road ahead. 

Hot Holiday Books And Authors

Dec 1, 2014
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9:00 Monday, December 1, 2014

Even though we're surrounded by technology people still love receiving books as gifts and still love to read actual books. So, we've invited three people who really know what's out there to talk about some of the hot books for the holidays, and about some books and authors who may not be on your radar but who should be. 

9:00 Friday, November 28, 2014

Actors tell each other to "break a leg" before going on stage. Here at Charlotte Talks we like to do shows that are "a horse of a different color" and we certainly strive to spend time "off the beaten path." So today, we explore the history behind some of the most well-known phrases in the English language. Some histories may be known but others will be "brand spanking new." And, along the way, our experts will debunk some phrase origins to help you take them "with a grain of salt." So, don't "bust our chops," "if you can't beat us, join us" for a history of idioms.