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Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan

Jul 10, 2014
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Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, surrounding towns and the Foundation for the Carolinas have worked together to develop the Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan. MLCP's aim is to find better ways for local governments to work with community partners to better the quality of life for all of Mecklenburg County. But officials weren't the only ones to offer input; in fact, community meetings were held to collect public opinion. 

NC Economic Forecast

Jul 9, 2014


The U.S. economy shrank sharply in the first quarter but most analysts, including UNC Charlotte economics professor John Connaughton, saw that as a temporary setback. Connaughton recently released his second quarter findings and forecast and we’ll check in with him to see if that bounce back occurred. The stock market is roaring, businesses are hiring but legislators in Raleigh continue to bicker over the budget. 

The Story Of Charlotte

Jul 8, 2014

Every July, America celebrates its beginnings so we’re going to look back on this city’s 251 year history with a historian who has studied and written about it for years.  From our Scotch-Irish roots to our status as a major American city, from how the city got “liquored up” to the Miracle on the Hudson.  And from the Loray Mill Strike of 1929 to surviving the crash of 2008, learn how the Queen City came to be what it is today.

Rebroadcast: Liberating Dixie

Jul 7, 2014

In his long career as a journalist, Ed Williams had a front row seat to many of the big issues and events that happened in the South, beginning in the late 1960s. For 25 years, Mr. Williams was the Editorial Page Editor for the Charlotte Observer, a role that not only allowed him to write about many of those issues, but to offer opinion and spark debate. In his retirement, Ed Williams has stayed busy, in part by putting together a collection of 50 years of his columns, which covered issues of race, politics, business, sports and the growth of Charlotte. We talk to him about this book on this Charlotte Talks. 

Rebroadcast: Cokie Roberts

Jul 4, 2014

In school, we learned all about the Founding Fathers, the men whose names we all know - George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin. But NPR's Cokie Roberts wants us to remember the ladies. She's the author of Founding Mothers, which recounts the amazing accomplishments of the wives, mothers, sisters and daughters behind the scenes of the Revolution - Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, Martha Washington and other lesser-known women who helped shape our early nation. These women not only watched over the home front under often dire circumstances, but they also ran farms and business, raised money for the troops - even fighting on the front lines of battle and acting as spies.

We revisit our conversation with Cokie Roberts about her book Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies on this Independence Day. 

Rebroadcast: Charlotte Knights Baseball

Jul 3, 2014
Charlotte Knights

  The Charlotte Knights are now playing their first season in BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte but it’s not their first time playing in the shadow of our skyscrapers. The Knights and baseball in Charlotte have a long history filled with colorful characters and enduring stories. We’ll celebrate baseball history in our region, the many iterations of ballparks we’ve had, and the journey of baseball back to uptown. And we’ll do so from BB&T ballpark during a Knights game.

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the result of years of efforts and turbulence in America.  Freedom rides, sit-ins, and open racism in education and employment were commonplace. The success of the act was the bipartisan work of many now- iconic American figures, including two presidents. We’ll hear the dramatic details about the effort to ensure freedom for all.

Rebroadcast: Artificial Intelligence

Jun 30, 2014
Alejandro Zorrilal Cruz

AI. It's the stuff of science fiction but Artificial Intelligence is real and getting better. More than asking Siri a question and getting an intelligent answer; more than saying "Okay Google now" and getting directions, Artificial Intelligence means computers that actually think like humans and that has some humans worried. The practical applications and ethical considerations of AI.

Richard Dawkins

Jun 30, 2014

Many Americans take issue with the Theory of Evolution, insisting it is, after all, simply a theory. Worse, it is at odds with the Bible. These folks believe in intelligent design, an idea that appalls evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and he argues his point of view in his book The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. We revisit our 2009 conversation with him.

Rebroadcast: Nature Deficit Disorder

Jun 27, 2014
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We're joined by the man who coined the term "nature deficit disorder." Richard Louv is the author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder. He works to educate others about the importance of getting kids outside and into nature and away from the TV. We'll talk about the reasons behind the trend that has driven children out of the woods and fields and how to overcome this trend.