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Wednesday, August 31

In this online world, everything is gravitating to the web: banking, shopping, you name it. Then why is it, we’re still waiting in lines to vote?

Tuesday, August 29

Part One: Issues Facing Deaf Community

The shooting of a deaf Charlotte man has brought attention to a challenging area for the hearing impaired. National groups have called for better training for law enforcement. And there are other challenges the deaf have in dealing with the hearing world. We look into those in the first part of the program.

2016 Election Focus: Education

Aug 29, 2016
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Monday, August 29


School begins in an election year. So we zero in on what candidates are saying about education. At the presidential level, the focus has been on pre-K and higher education. Here, the governor has been touting raises for teachers while his challenger points to decreased classroom spending. Clinton is juggling the need to placate teachers and unions versus those who want change. Trump hasn’t said much at all. We look at education in the 2016 election.

Friday News Roundup

Aug 26, 2016
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On the local news roundup, the N.C. State Highway Patrol shooting of an unarmed, hearing-impaired man – in his driveway – makes national news. We share what we know. CMS is back in session in just a few days, we talk about some of the issues facing students, teachers and parents. Donald Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence returns to town and city council is still wooing the NBA’s All-Star Game. Those stories and more from the Charlotte Observer's new uptown headquarters.

Politics In Church In 2016

Aug 25, 2016
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It’s an election year and talk of politics is everywhere.  It’s in the air, on the air and in church.  According to the Pew Research Center, almost two-thirds of Americans have heard their preacher talk about political issues and, even, candidates. When they do so, they walk a fine legal line, so what are the implications of politics in the pulpit? How has that conversation changed and what’s being said this election year?  

Gillian Tett: U.S. Managing Editor Of The Financial Times

Aug 24, 2016

For years, modern business has been organized around departments. That gives these businesses structure and organizational expertise – or so we thought. Actually, departments result in restricted thinking and the limiting of the flow of information. U.S. Managing Editor of The Financial Times, Gillian Tett, has written about this how this structure can lead to smart people sometimes making dumb decisions.  

Battleground States

Aug 23, 2016
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For a long time, North Carolina played a minimal role in the election of presidents. We watched from the sidelines and most candidates spent little time here. But that changed in 2008 when Barack Obama narrowly carried the state. In 2012, our electoral votes swung Republican. Now, we are considered to be in play – a battleground state that has become a “must win” for both candidates. Why this is happening and how this is likely to play out.

Emojis And The Future Of Language (Rebroadcast)

Aug 22, 2016

Digital technologies are changing the way we communicate as well as the way we write and spell.  And with emojis we don’t have to do either.  You can say things using pictures like our caveman ancestors.  The use of emojis crosses generations.  Are we dumbing down society or creating a new, creative visual language? Three language experts share their thoughts in an emoji free conversation on the topic.

Friday News Roundup

Aug 19, 2016

On this local news roundup, the Mecklenburg Board of Elections cuts the total hours for early voting. Governor McCrory asks the Supreme Court to reinstate our new voter laws. Donald Trump stops in Charlotte for a rally just days after making changes in his campaign staff. The Panthers lose a pre-season game and wrap-up their training camp in Spartanburg while the Hornets’ arena is getting a new name. Our roundtable of reporters talks about those stories and more.

Voter ID

Aug 17, 2016
sign notifying voters that ID is required
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The Republican tidal wave in the 2010 mid-term election triggered a flurry of new state laws nationwide focused on the ballot box. North Carolina’s Voter ID laws were part of that but recent court rulings have turned the tide in the opposite direction – striking those laws down. Now, state and local election officials are scurrying to comply with the court’s ruling while the state is asking the Supreme Court to intervene. We look at both sides.