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Camp: Homesick And Happy (Rebroadcast)

Jul 2, 2015
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Summer is here and the kids are out of school. But instead of sitting around watching TV and playing on their iPhones, some parents will be sending their kids to summer camp - to hike and canoe their way around the outdoors, learn new skills and make lasting friendships. Michael Thompson, author of Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow says camp provides essential experiences for children. What he calls the "magic of camp" allows kids to mature and develop in a unique atmosphere away from school and home - teaching independence and values. But where does camp fit in an age of helicopter parents - where kids are rarely out of the sight of their folks? We'll explore the magic of camp and find out why kids need time away from home.

Tanner Latham

At the turn of the Twentieth Century, there were over 7 thousand seed varieties available to farmers and gardeners. Today, 94 percent of those seeds are gone - forever. Not only does that mean less variety but it also makes a food disaster like the Irish potato famine, exponentially more likely. We learn about seed savers, seed exchanges and seed bankers working to save the world's supply of seeds.

Guest host Chris Clackum is in for Mike Collins-- he sits down with the man who is called upon any time there are questions about Charlotte's history. Tom Hanchett is retiring his longtime post as staff historian at the Levine Museum of the New South- he'll still be around teaching Charlotteans and visitors alike, but as he starts this new chapter, we'll sit down with him to talk about his passion for historic Charlotte and discuss the changes he's seen in the Queen City over the years.

2016 Presidential Candidates So Far

Jun 29, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has declared same-sex marriage legal. How might that change the country and the politics of the 2016 presidential campaign? We look into that and focus in on the growing field of candidates, especially for Republicans. We talk about those who have declared, those who may declare, about Bushes and Clintons, and what issues will get the greatest focus during the campaign. Join guest host Dr. Michael Bitzer for a look ahead to 2016. 

The Confederate Flag Debate

Jun 26, 2015
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The tragic shooting in Charleston ignited a firestorm over the last vestige of America’s Civil War: the Confederate flag. Protesters in front of the South Carolina Statehouse are calling for the flag’s removal as has South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and other lawmakers. They will take up that debate in July but the country is already having the conversation. Could this be the last shot fired by the Confederacy? 


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Society and medicine have changed substantially in the last 50 years. Fifty years ago, doctors smoked, sometimes while examining patients. Few people exercised. And medicine was just beginning to make significant advances. So that got us to thinking about the evolution of health and healthcare. Where might we be headed? Where might we be 50 years in the future? We’ve invited three medical professionals to explore the past and help us imagine the future.

Standardized Testing In North Carolina

Jun 23, 2015
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Testing in North Carolina schools – the kind of testing and the frequency of exams have been a hot topic among parents, teachers and students in recent years. Some say there are too many, too often. Others question how the tests effect students and how they’re used to evaluate teachers. That is why the State Board of Education created a task force to look into testing. Last week that group released their recommendations and we talk to the state superintendent of education and others about them. 

Charlotte's Other Sports

Jun 23, 2015

Quick.  Name Charlotte’s professional sports teams.  Okay, sure, the Panthers, the Hornets, the Knights.  Those are the easy answers but how about the Checkers, the Hounds, our minor-league professional hockey and lacrosse teams?  And there’s our minor league soccer team, the Charlotte Independence.  We take a look at the impact those teams are having on the city and talk to a man trying to diversify the city’s sports franchises.

Craft Bourbon And Legal Moonshine

Jun 22, 2015
Eric Lang

America has its traditions - like baseball, and fireworks on the Fourth of July, but, believe it or not, bourbon belongs in that category as well.  In 1964, lawmakers passed a resolution officially declaring bourbon a distinctive American product and along with craft beer, bourbon is now experiencing a resurgence of interest. Legal and homemade moonshine is a part of this wave and we’ll explore both.

Summertime Food And Drink (Rebroadcast)

Jun 18, 2015
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The temperature is creeping up, swimsuits are being donned and grills are being fired up! Its summertime in the Queen City and that means there are lots of seasonal foods to be eaten and refreshing beverages to be drunk. But that’s not all: There are also a ton of farmer’s markets to check out for juicy berries, food events nearly every weekend and restaurants changes that may be worth checking out. Next time on Charlotte Talks, we’ll be joined by three area professionals to devour the yummy details.