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North Carolina's Teacher Of The Year

Nov 25, 2014

9:00 Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Some good news for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. This year, CMS produced the North Carolina Teacher of the Year – James Ford, who teaches history at Garinger High School. Ford has been traveling the state as an ambassador for its 95,000 teachers. As the first CMS teacher to hold the title since 1970, and at a time when negativity surrounds education, James Ford shares his thoughts on teaching and the trials faced by teachers.

Best Gadget Gifts For 2014

Nov 24, 2014
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9:00 Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Black Friday used to be the day when you could get great deals on the latest gadgets on the market. But this year, all of November has been black as they push the season. So, we hope we’re not too late to let you in on the latest toys for kids and adults from smartphones and tablets to Fitbits, educational toys to pure escapism, from things you think you want to those you didn’t even know existed. We spend the hour getting the low down on high tech with some industry experts.

CMS Update

Nov 21, 2014
Courtesy of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Monday, November 24, 2014

Charlotteans were blindsided recently by news of the sudden resignation of CMS Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison. Then, we were puzzled by the various reasons we were given for the departure and some were angered by the lack of transparency by the school board about all this. They seemed reluctant to share anything about this sudden resignation despite leaks that painted Morrison as a tyrant. We talk to key players about what happened and how all of this was handled. 

Soccer In Charlotte

Nov 20, 2014
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Friday, November 21, 2014

We’re talking futbol.  That’s futbol with a “u.” In other words, soccer. Interest in soccer has been slow to build in this country when compared to the rest of the world but the recent World Cup did wonders to build that interest and next year, Charlotte is getting its very own professional soccer.  We hear from the GM of the Charlotte Independence, the coach of the Davidson team and others. 

Charlotte Authors Roundtable

Nov 19, 2014
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Thursday, November 20th, 2014 

For writers, it is the best of times and the worst of times. There are many non-traditional avenues for getting work published but readers have become fragmented and major publishing houses are more particular about what they publish. We hear from several Charlotte authors about the state of their industry, how it affects their work and more. 

Coal Ash Update

Nov 18, 2014
Appalachian Voices

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 

Coal ash is controversial and so is the North Carolina Coal Ash Commission. That body was sworn in last Friday, and in regards to who will pay for cleaning up Duke’s coal ash ponds, Chairman Michael Jacobs says everyone who uses power will share the expense. Meanwhile, Governor McCrory has joined two of his predecessors in suing the legislature over the makeup of the commission, and the state’s environmental watchdog has called Duke’s clean up protocols “inadequate.” We catch up on coal ash when Charlotte Talks. 

Bill Abbott / Fl

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 

Now in its 47th year, we talk to the founders of the Southern Christmas Show about its economic impact and how it's grown. Then, a conversation with one of the most prolific Iranian writers in the world as well as some local women who are advancing the cause of Middle Eastern women everywhere.  

Customer Centricity

Nov 14, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

Whether we work in retail or not, we’ve all heard the old adage: The customer is always right. Not so, says Peter Fader. In fact, he takes it a step further by asserting that only a business’s good customers deserve the best treatment. This flies in the face of everything and, given that we’re all about to go on a holiday shopping binge, this might really go against your grain. 

Talkin' Tarheel

Nov 13, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

My, how you talk – and when you do, you have an accent. We all have them. That said, we hope ya’ll can gather ‘round and set a spell, as we chew the fat about how North Carolinians talk. Two NC State professors who study language in its social context well tell us how upbringing, geography, socio-economic status and other factors influence speech.  

Thursday, November 13, 2014

If you ask Dolly Parton, she’ll tell you that the music she and her Nashville colleagues make has its roots in Celtic music. That’s why she wrote the forward to Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr’s new book, Wayfaring Strangers. It tells the stories of the Scottish troubadours who crossed the sea and began making music in Appalachia which gave rise to bluegrass and country.