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Margaret Spellings On Education, New Role At UNC

Mar 14, 2016
Jennifer Worsham / WFAE

Margaret Spellings, former U.S. Secretary of Education, just took the reins as head of the University of North Carolina system. Her appointment swirled controversy for how it was done and she was met with protests on her first day in office. But on that first day, she laid out her plans for the system and her agenda for her first several weeks on the job. That may have gotten lost in the news about the protests.

Spellings joined host Mike Collins on Charlotte Talks Tuesday to explain her vision for the UNC system and discuss the role of higher education in North Carolina. 

North Carolina Primary Preview

Mar 11, 2016
Erin Keever

A preview of Tuesday’s North Carolina primary. We’ve been waiting for months to participate in this process but we won’t only be voting for presidential candidates. There are other races to consider including the gubernatorial contest, U.S. Senate and bonds. You really may need a refresher course on those – and we’ll get one from several political scientists and a WFAE reporter.

Friday News Roundup

Mar 10, 2016

Presidential candidates have been canvassing Charlotte hoping to enlist your support in next Tuesday’s primary. There are bonds on that ballot that you may not have given much thought to but we’ll help with that! NCDOT went to Texas for more information about the Cintra bankruptcy situation that might affect our I-77 toll lanes and the legislature is getting antsy about Charlotte’s LGBTQ ordinance.

Salt Sugar And Fat: How The Food Giants Hooked Us (Rebroadcast)

Mar 9, 2016
ciron810 / flickr/

Salt, sugar and fat. Those three ingredients are hard to avoid in the American diet. Salt, sugar and fat are added to packaged foods in such large quantities that we have actually become addicted to them – and – our tastes have changed to prefer foods with higher quantities of those ingredients. How did this happen? The short answer is “deliberately,” and the food industry is culpable. 

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Mar 9, 2016
elisaself / flickr/

Are you tired? Depressed? Overweight? Maybe you’re not getting enough sleep! The Centers for Disease Control says that at least a third of us aren’t sleeping enough. We’re not getting the recommended seven-plus hours of sleep on a regular basis and it’s costing us – about $35 billion a year for doctors’ visits, medication and lost productivity. We find out more about why getting a good night’s sleep is important and how to get better sleep.

Charlotte's Tree Canopy And NC Forests

Mar 8, 2016
Flickr/Erik Cleves Kristensen

While Charlotte was going about planting its iconic trees, the seeds of the American conservation movement were being planted just up the road in Asheville at the Biltmore Estate. A German forester, Carl Schenck, was hired to manage the forest surrounding the stately home. That work is the focus of a film, America’s First Forest, which is being screened next week in Charlotte. We’ll speak with the executive producer of the film.

Affordable Housing In Charlotte

Mar 7, 2016

Affordable housing has long been in short supply.  Now, Mayor Jennifer Roberts says we need an additional 34,000 affordable housing units in Charlotte, double the number from just a few years ago.  With rents and other prices rising and income flat lining, nearly 25,000 families live in inadequate or cost-burdened housing conditions struggling to make ends meet.  We examine the problem and hear about some possible solutions.

Friday News Roundup

Mar 4, 2016

On this week’s edition of Charlotte’s Local News Roundup we get reaction to the Super Tuesday contests and what they mean for North Carolina’s upcoming primary; an update on congressional redistricting in the state and on the new sales taxes on services that went into effect this week; protests surrounding Margaret Spellings’ first week as UNC system president and more.

Development Of Charlotte's 'North End'

Mar 3, 2016
Jennifer Lang / WFAE

Charlotte’s growth to the south has been remarkable and now the focus is shifting North.  Major headway is being made on the Blue Line extension from Uptown out to UNC Charlotte and plans are being made for a North Tryon revitalization that holds the promise of transformation.  We explore the future of Charlotte’s “North End” along the North Tryon corridor and the possible impact of the light rail extension to the University.

Keeping Watch On Air Quality

Mar 1, 2016
Conrad Erb

Part of an artist’s job is to help us see our world in different ways. Now, thanks to the marriage of art and technology, we can see the unseen pollution all around us, pollution that can have a negative impact on your health and well-being. And believe it or not, this environmental art work is actually quite beautiful. That work is coming to Charlotte and we hear all about that and an on-going conversation about environmental issues facing us.