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SC Primary Recap / Author John Feinstein

Feb 29, 2016

A recap of the South Carolina Democratic primary and what its outcome means nationally and a visit with John Feinstein looking back on a Golden Era in North Carolina college basketball.

Friday News Roundup

Feb 26, 2016

On this week’s local news round-up: Saturday’s South Carolina Democratic Primary. Does Hillary have it in the bag? The Charlotte City Council approves a Non-Discrimination Ordinance but the governor and the Legislature have problems with it.  We take another look at the on-going debate at CMS over pupil assignment and more. Catch up on national and international news at 10:00 and 11:00 but get started with what’s happened here this week during the regional news roundup.

North Carolina Distilleries

Feb 25, 2016
David Boraks / WFAE

Craft Beer maybe exploding but it’s relatively new in North Carolina. What isn’t new is the distilling of spirits. It goes back to the days of moonshiners cooking up batches in the woods with revenuers hot on their heels.  Today, distillers are out in the open and have tapped into the public’s thirst for locally-crafted liquor but like craft brewers, they, too, face some antiquated laws.  

The Value Of College Athletics

Feb 24, 2016
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We know that college sports bring in big money for many schools and can be boon to their bottom line but who pays the tab for these expensive programs?  At many institutions, student fees largely subsidize athletics and we’re talking BIG money here, about $10 billion in student fees in the last five years.  Are students getting a return on that investment?  We talk to two local athletic directors about that.

This weekend’s Academy Awards has again come under fire for the lack of diversity in the nominees.  For the second year in a row, every actor nominee is white.  We talk about that and the backlash from actors vowing to boycott the Oscars with Eric Frazier, who wrote an op-ed piece in the Observer about this.  And we hash out the remaining nominees with two of Charlotte’s film critics.

Evangelical Voters

Feb 22, 2016
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As the GOP presidential campaign passes through the buckle of the Bible Belt, Donald Trump is expected to notch a win with the help of an unlikely constituency: Evangelical voters. They are apparently willing to look past what some see as Trump’s sometimes crude, often rude comments and behavior. Why are they doing this and how has the mainly Southern group embraced a brash Northerner? We take a closer look.

Friday News Roundup

Feb 19, 2016

On our Friday regional news roundup, the legislature is busy working on redrawing congressional districts in the wake of a federal court ruling, CMPD reveals arrest disparities with regard to marijuana. African-Americans are being arrested more frequently. We have more on pupil reassignment efforts and we get an update on what’s been happening with GOP candidates in South Carolina before Saturday’s primary there.  Those stories and more.

Cancer 'Moonshot'

Feb 18, 2016

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama outlined a lofty challenge for the nation: finding a cure for cancer. Vice President Biden is in charge of what has been dubbed the “cancer moonshot,” and he was recently in North Carolina to look at the region’s contribution to the effort. We get reaction to this presidential challenge from some of the people in the Queen City who are on the front lines of the treating and finding a cancer cure.

Preview Of The South Carolina Primaries

Feb 17, 2016
Wendy Herkey

Every four years, South Carolina becomes the center of the country’s attention because of the importance their primary has on the Presidential election.  All of the candidates have descended on the Palmetto State and Charlotte Talks was live at Winthrop University to talk about the people, politics and process that are the South Carolina primaries.  And we heard from audience members as well.  It’s special edition of Charlotte Talks.

Racism Discussions In School

Feb 15, 2016

For decades, race and public education have been two sides of the same coin and the discussion of those two topics is unfolding again as the Charlotte/Mecklenburg School Board talks about pupil assignment to break up pockets of poverty. We don’t always recognize race or racism but there is a new film aimed at getting kids to begin discussing the topic – what it means and what it looks like. We hear from that film’s producer.