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The Panama Canal: Then And Now

Oct 29, 2014
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

2014 marks the centennial of the opening of one of the seven wonders of the modern world: The Panama Canal.  It remains one of those wonders and is about to become more important.  With that in mind, The Mint Museum is opening a new exhibit: Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100, featuring works of art documenting the canal’s construction and its role in global trade.  We get a preview and talk with the U.S. Ambassador to Panama. 

Rethinking Charity: Dan Pallotta

Oct 28, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

When it comes to charities, most of us believe those that funnel the most money into the cause with minimal overhead costs are the best. But is that really true? Dan Pallotta says maybe not. He says this kind of thinking undermines the causes charities support. If that sounds puzzling to you, we'll get an explanation from Dan Pallotta - activist, fundraiser and president of the Charity Defense Council. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Each year 400 affordable housing vouchers are released to Charlotteans in need but the demand far exceeds the supply. We talk to some of the people working to find housing for those who applied but didn't receive those vouchers. Then, we turn our attention to one particular group of homeless people: LGBTQ teens whose parents have shown them the door. Where do they go? How do they survive? We find out. 

The Female Vote

Oct 24, 2014
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Monday, October 27, 2014

They make up a majority of voters in North Carolina. Kay Hagan wants them on her side. Thom Tillis wants them on his side. They could determine the outcome in North Carolina, and will have a huge impact on the national midterm elections. We are talking about women voters, possibly the most sought after group of voters this November. Guest host and WFAE Party Line blogger, Dr. Michael Bitzer and a panel of experts will discuss female voting trends, what women want out of their candidates and predictions for the upcoming elections.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

College preparation has become one of the core missions of American high schools and in fact, fifty percent of high school graduates will attend a four year college. But what about the other half - the students who can't afford college or for whom a 4-year degree isn’t the right path? As the global workplace of the 21st century becomes more skills-oriented, some employers are struggling to find a qualified workforce. Experts are calling for more options for America's youth - more career-oriented pathways at the high school level to help close 'the skills gap.' Our guests today say the health and future of our nation's economy could depend on it. We'll explore the challenges in preparing American high school students to successfully transition into the workforce and find out how internship and apprenticeship programs can help close the skills gap.

Science Writer Carl Zimmer (Rebroadcast)

Oct 22, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Carl Zimmer has written thirteen books on a plethora of science topics, writes a column for the NY Times, an award-winning blog for National Geographic, and also covers science elsewhere like in Slate and The Atlantic. Some say he is the top science writer on genomic science and everything that relates to it. He’s here in Charlotte lecturing tonight about advances in genomic technology that have cut costs by billions, making research more affordable and increasing the likelihood of cutting-edge advances in future medical treatments. We meet him and learn a little about science.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NPR’s Michel Martin brings her new series of live programs, NPR Presents, to Charlotte next week and joins us in advance to talk about this new project and the topic of the discussion in our city: Voting rights.  That’s in the first part of our program.  Then, we meet the stars of Opera Carolina’s opening production of the season: Nabucco.  It is the story of a father rendered helpless in the face of his daughter. 

The Pumpkin Trend

Oct 20, 2014
Ben Chaney

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween has transformed from a simple one-night children's affair to a full-blown adult holiday with lights and parties and more. One way to spot this trend is to look at the lowly pumpkin. We've turned them into jack-o-lanterns for years but as nothing more than simple carvings. Now they are works of art, 3-D carvings rivaling sculpture. We look into what's going on there as well as what's being done with pumpkins as food.

Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter

Oct 20, 2014
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 Monday, October 20, 2014

Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter has been in office just over six months, tasked with regaining trust in the aftermath of the Patrick Cannon corruption scandal.  We talk to Mayor Clodfelter about that and many other issues including control of the airport. 

Cokie Roberts And Our 'Founding Mothers'

Oct 16, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Most of us have heard about the Founding Fathers since we were little children. They are woven into the fabric of American society and, despite the fact that many cannot name their congressman, people can identify the Founding Fathers. Well, what about the Founding Mothers? NPR's Cokie Roberts wants us to remember them and their amazing accomplishments - from Abigail Adams to the lesser known women in the nation's early days.