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Our guest today has received many accolades - winner of nine Grammy Awards, an Emmy, six Billboard Awards and now, Arturo Sandoval will be the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer from Cuba was the protégé of legend Dizzy Gillespie and is now an internationally renowned musician and considered by some as one of the greatest living jazz artists. We meet with him and then later in the program, a blast from the past. The Catalinas are known for their distinct sound from the late 50s and 60s that many are still nostalgic for - Carolina beach music. The band is being inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame and we'll talk to them about their history and recognition. Join us for a music filled hour with Arturo Sandoval and The Catalinas.

Back in the 1950’s the Cold War brought with it elementary school air raid drills, gas masks in many homes, and the rise of a bunker mentality. Recent natural disasters from Hurricane Katrina to Sandy Hook as well as the 911 attacks have created a new generation of survivalists. They call themselves Preppers and there are hundreds of groups around the country, worldwide conferences and even television shows. We’ll meet the head of a national Prepper organization, a woman committed to teaching other woman to become survivors and a local Prepper.

The Affordable Care Act goes into effect today. Regardless of one’s opinion on the act, we all need to know how it’s going to work, especially since both North and South Carolina have opted out of offering state marketplaces. And both states are not expanding Medicaid and Medicare. The federal government will run our state’s marketplace. What does the federal control of our marketplace imply? Where do we go to view and select our coverage options? How affordable will this be? What if we still can’t afford to insure ourselves, what will the consequences be? Join us for a discussion about how Obamacare will work in the Carolinas.

Downs Syndrome (Ds) is the most commonly occurring genetic condition, caused by three copies of the 21st chromosome, instead of two as in most people. One in every 691 babies are born with Ds, and in Charlotte, there are about 1,000 people with Down Syndrome. Great strides have been made in the care and life expectancy of people with the condition, but awareness about people with Down Syndrome is still relatively low. We'll spend the hour talking about Down Syndrome from the perspectives of genetics, health, education, and about what is being done locally to support families affected by Down syndrome.

Some post-recession sprucing up is going on in town and we look at two projects with similar goals: to revitalize and connect Charlotte. One mixes social equity, design, sustainability and even art in a mixed-income neighborhood to the north. The other is a pedestrian walkway patterned after New York City’s High Line connecting neighborhoods around SouthEnd with Uptown. We'll take a peek at Charlotte’s future.

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The Carolina Panthers just got their first win of the season, rousing the fans of our biggest franchise. Across town the newly minted UNC Charlotte 49ers started their inaugural football season with two wins, delighting boosters and fans and, next spring, baseball comes to uptown Charlotte. These ball clubs bring excitement, hope and exposure to the region but at what cost? The Panthers asked for millions in public funds to finance stadium renovations and the Knights got public financing for the new uptown ball park. What is the relationship between sports teams and the cities they play in? A major conference is taking place in town to ask that question, but first they tackle it with us.

When we first met Carbon Nation director Peter Byck last year, we learned about his cross country journey to meet people who were trying to reduce their carbon footprint whether they believed in global warming or not. He'll join us again on the next Charlotte Talks to talk about why getting the message out about climate change is still such a challenge and about initiatives being made by companies around the country (some that might come as a surprise to you!) to change the way we think about energy and the environment.

Tony Arreaza is more than just a talented Latin musician. He has been in and formed multiple bands, currently plays in two and heads a local production company that focuses on bringing the best in Latin entertainment to the Queen City. He is also the Cultural Events Director at the Latin American Coalition which is putting on the annual Latin Music Festival October thirteenth. And many of us have heard of another type of music festival happening these days: electronic dance music festivals.

The Arab Spring held the promise of a new Middle East – more democratic and less prone to violence. But the opposite seems to have happened. Long-smoldering tensions were given the opportunity to flame up again. The unrest in Syria and Egypt are just two examples. Davidson College’s Dr. Jonathan Berkey says all of this can be traced to the Middle Ages and that by looking back we can get a clearer view of the future. He shares that view when Charlotte Talks.

Part One: Actor's Theatre 25th Anniversary. Local theatre is thriving in our region but few venues have offered high quality productions for as long as Actor's Theatre of Charlotte. This year the theatre company celebrates its 25th anniversary. From quirky hits to world premieres, its a history filled with maverick productions, and cultural milestones . We'll explore the history of Actor's Theatre with two men who have seen it all, when Charlotte Talks.
Chip Decker
- Artistic Director, Actor's Theatre of Charlotte
Dan Shoemaker - Executive Director, Actor's Theatre of Charlotte