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Infertility In Charlotte

May 2, 2016

Every city has couples who struggle with infertility issues but Charlotte has been characterized as a small city with big city infertility treatment. Charlotte has become a hub of knowledge in the field of infertility research and nearly 4,000 people a year in the Queen City seek out treatment. We meet some of the people on the front lines of that research working to help people find answers to what has come to be recognized as a disease.

Friday News Roundup

Apr 29, 2016

A federal judge ruled this week that North Carolina’s sweeping election overhaul IS constitutional – a look at what the ruling means. The North Carolina General Assembly is in session with several issues vying for center stage including I-77 toll lane construction and HB2. And the Charlotte Hornets are one win away from advancing in the NBA playoffs. Those topics and more on the local news roundup.

Homo Naledi And How We Think About Human Evolution (Rebroadcast)

Apr 28, 2016

Since the dawn of time, man has pondered this question: Where did we come from? Scientists have inched ever closer to an answer but we still don’t have all the pieces of the puzzle. And, it seems, each time we get closer, some new finding creates more questions than answers. Such is the case with the recent discovery of a new species, an ancient human ancestor. We talk about that discovery and what it could mean for the human family tree.


As children, older adults remember leaving the house in the morning and not returning until dinner time. Their parents didn’t know exactly where they were and the kids didn’t have to check in. Today, that trend has reversed with helicopter parents hovering over their child's every move. Lenore Skenazy made headlines when she allowed her son to ride the New York City subway alone at age 9. She fills us in on her "free range kids" philosophy.

Addressing Gentrification In Charlotte

Apr 26, 2016
Gwendolyn Glenn / WFAE

Charlotte is back in the boom business with growth and development now focusing on older neighborhoods.  So what happens to those neighborhoods and their longtime residents when redevelopment comes rolling through? Areas in the urban core like Villa Heights, Biddleville and Cherry are experiencing an influx of newcomers and the style of housing going up is changing the character of those areas and driving prices up. 

'The Story Of Autism'

Apr 25, 2016

When a Mississippi toddler was sent away to an institution nearly 80 years ago, there wasn’t a name for his odd behavior. The boy’s mother thought he was insane. A few years later, he would become the first-ever diagnosed case of autism. Several decades would pass for public awareness to catch up and even for the medical community to get a handle on it. ABC’s John Donvan has written a book chronicling that journey. He and his co-author share that story.

Friday News Roundup

Apr 22, 2016

On the weekly local new roundup, reaction to Governor McCrory on Meet the Press and HB2. A court ruling in Virginia favoring a transgender teen may have implications for North Carolina. Attorney General Roy Cooper moves ahead of Pat McCrory in the race for governor. We get an update on the city budget process and CMPD says they’re not getting what they need to keep up with growth. Our reporter roundtable tackles those stores and more.

The House That Modernism Built / The Charlotte Jazz Festival

Apr 21, 2016
Photographer Marvin Rand. ©

A two-part show about a new exhibit at The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art then a look at this year's Charlotte Jazz Fest.

Immigration Politics

Apr 20, 2016

The United States has had a contentious relationship with immigration almost from the beginning despite our being a nation of immigrants. And immigration is a theme in this year’s election, polls tell us it is the second most important issue to voters behind dissatisfaction with government. As the face of America changes, we look at immigration politics and what could change – or not – after November.

New Federal Guidlines On Housing Policy And Criminal Records

Apr 19, 2016

People with criminal records can face an uphill battle in finding a place to live. Many landlords reject applicants with even minor criminal offenses. Now, the federal government is trying to change that. This month, housing officials said that blanket bans on tenants with criminal records likely violate housing discrimination laws. Landlords counter they’re trying to keep other tenants safe. We’ll explore what the new federal guidelines do and don’t say.