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Conservatives On Climate Change

Oct 1, 2015
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There are a lot of climate change deniers out there, among them, many conservatives. But not all conservatives. Some prominent people on the right are hoping to convince other like-minded individuals to take global warming and energy policy more seriously.  They believe doing so is a winning proposition both politically and for the planet and we’ll hear from two prominent conservatives about how they’re convincing others.

Alzheimer's Research And Preventing Dementia

Oct 1, 2015

As we age, some of us experience memory lapses but others face Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. We still don’t know much about the causes of Alzheimer’s or have any promising treatments but doctors and researchers are learning more about how to delay or possibly prevent dementia and lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. We hear about the role of diet, exercise – even education, learning and social interaction play on both.

Charlotte Mayor 2015: The Runoff Debate

Sep 30, 2015
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Which Democrat will face Republican Edwin Peacock in the Nov. 3 Charlotte mayoral election? It's down to Jennifer Roberts and Dan Clodfelter in the Democratic runoff election Oct. 6. Charlotte Talks  on WFAE and The Charlotte Observer teamed up to talk to the run-off candidates. The pair faced off during a live debate Wednesday, September 30. WFAE's Mike Collins and Charlotte Observer Metro Columnist Mark Washburn moderated the debate.  

The Southeast’s growing Latino population is the fastest in the nation with Charlotte and Atlanta topping the list. We’re feeling the impact on local demographics, the workforce and schools but this growth also affects those who come here as they face challenges of maintaining identity, assimilation, inclusion, culture and more. We get some perspectives on that and hear about the Levine Museum of the New South’s NUEVOlution exhibit.

The Horowitz Piano And Chad Lawson

Sep 28, 2015
David Boraks / WFAE

We have a special guest, a piano that belonged to the late Vladimir Horowitz. The pianist enjoyed a level of worldwide fame few classical musicians achieve, and in his later years, he took his own concert grand on tour with him all over the world. That 9 foot Steinway continues to tour on its own today, and it’s in Charlotte for a few weeks. Guest host Duncan McFadyen will learn about the history of the Horowitz piano, and Charlotte jazz pianist Chad Lawson will play us music from his chart-topping album.

Carl Bernstein And PJ O'Rourke Visit Charlotte

Sep 25, 2015

Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Carl Bernstein and political satirist P.J. O’Rourke are appearing at UNC Charlotte this week.  It’s part of their “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House” tour.  Bernstein has been writing seriously about politics since Watergate. O’Rourke has spent years providing his own twisted take. You can hear them when they join us for their perspective on politics and writing about it.

Watch the video stream of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House" here. 

Charlotte And NC: An Economic Update

Sep 24, 2015
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For weeks, Wall Street, potential homebuyers and bankers waited cautiously to find out if the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates. The Fed decided not to – at least for a while.  And that, of course, raised questions about whether the Fed feels the economy is really as healthy as some believe. So, how healthy is it?  We have a conversation about the national and state economy and the factors affecting both.

We 'Meet The Patels'

Sep 23, 2015

Social media has allowed people to share some of the most intimate details of their lives with strangers. But you don’t need social media for that. If you’re a filmmaker, you can make a movie and show it in theaters and that’s where you’ll learn about Ravi Patel’s love triangle featuring the woman of his dreams and – his parents!  Meet the Patels is the film about this Charlotte family and we meet the Patels.

Community News Websites In Charlotte

Sep 22, 2015
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Print media may be going through some tough times as the result of the digital age but that doesn’t mean people have stopped reading the news. New community news websites are cropping up everywhere and the venerable Charlotte Observer has been trying out several digital products. We hear from the operators of a number of community news websites about how they operate, who reads them and how they make enough money to stay in business.

Tom Bullock / WFAE

In the early part of the 20th century, educational opportunities were limited across the south for African Americans until Julius Rosenwald stepped up to fill that gap. Though he never finished school himself, he rose to become head of Sears, Roebuck and started a fund that built nearly 5,000 schools from Maryland to Texas between 1913 and 1932. A look at the legacy of the Rosenwald Schools here and around the south.