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Addressing Opioid Abuse In North Carolina

May 31, 2016
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Opioid-related deaths have soared throughout the U.S. since the early 2000s, and North Carolina is no exception. As heroin overdoses have spiked, so have cases of Hepatitis C. Some state senators want to address that by legalizing a syringe exchange program. It's one example of how lawmakers are getting creative in dealing with the epidemic. We'll explore that and other proposals at the General Assembly.

Deborah Ross

May 31, 2016
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  This election year, there is an important Senate race in North Carolina. It pits the two-time Senator Richard Burr against former state legislator Deborah Ross. She’s a Democrat in a Republican state facing an incumbent, but the polls have them relatively close. The GOP calls her a liberal but she says she’ll bring better representation to congress for our state. You may or may not agree but that should come after you hear her ideas and Deborah Ross shares them with us.

Digital Detox (Rebroadcast)

May 30, 2016
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Many of us are addicted and don’t even realize it. Not to drugs but to our screens, to being connected, to being always on and available. Getting on the Internet to surf, check email and other things was cumbersome in those dial-up days of yesteryear but now it’s so easy to check in that we rarely check out. Allowing our technology to control our lives isn’t healthy and we learn about how to digitally detox.

A Conversation With Diane Rehm

May 26, 2016

For public radio listeners around the country, Diane Rehm is a household name. She has a nationwide audience of millions and lots of loyal Charlotte listeners but to everything there is a season, and Diane is retiring. She joins us to talk about that next chapter in her life, to look back on her career and influence, talk about her books and one thing that is very important to her – the right to die.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

  You’ve heard about the incredibly long lines winding their way through security checkpoints at major airports. Summer travel is about to begin threatening to make these epic wait times even longer. There are a variety of forces at work here and with Douglas International already being the fifth busiest airport and one in the midst of a major expansion you may be wondering how this might affect you. Find out.

Wednesday May 25, 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.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

In January, as the first ballots were being cast in the Presidential race, we brought a group of voters together to discuss the election. This week, we’re doing it again. Yesterday, we heard opinions on the race, the candidates, the issues and more from conservative and probable GOP voters. Today, we hear from more liberal Democratic voters to see where they stand now. Are they as torn over Hillary and Bernie as Republicans are over Trump? Our voter round table series continues.

Voter Roundtable: Republican/Conservative

May 23, 2016
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Monday, May 23, 2016  

In January, as the first ballots were being cast in the 2016 presidential race, we brought a group of voters together to discuss the election. Voter anger seemed paramount at the time, and that has clearly resulted in Donald Trump's apparent success at winning the Republican nomination, and in the challenges to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. This week, we ask voters back to see where they stand now. We start with a group of Republicans and a conservative-leaning independent voter.

Friday News Roundup

May 20, 2016

On this edition of the news roundup, leaders in the North Carolina Legislature has included teacher raises in its budget but the number is less than Gov. McCrory proposed; we'll update you on what Duke Energy is required to do to clean up their coal ash ponds; a political battle by state legislators regarding tax cuts revealed a deep divide between lawmakers as budget talks continue in Raleigh; and NASCAR sets up in Charlotte this weekend for the All Star Race and next week's Coca Cola 600. Those stories and more. 

Tony Zeiss: Retirement And Legacy

May 19, 2016
CPCC

When Tony Zeiss arrived at Central Piedmont Community College 23 years ago, it didn’t resemble the institution it is today and that is largely because of the push Zeiss gave CPCC to lead the city’s efforts to become a hub of global commerce, to be a national leader in workforce development and to expand the school’s reach throughout the county. As Tony Zeiss prepares to retire, we talk to him about that development and what he sees for the future.

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