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Charlotte Talks' Listeners Respond To This Week's Shootings

Jul 11, 2016
Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer

Thursday night protesters took to the streets of uptown to protest the killings of two more African American men by police. These protests were peaceful... but in Dallas it turned tragic as snipers targeted police. On this week's news roundup, we talk about that and get local reaction. We open the phones today to hear from our community.

Brexit And Its Effects On Charlotte

Jul 6, 2016
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Charlotte has significant ties to the United Kingdom. There are more foreign businesses in Mecklenburg County from the U.K. than from any other country but one. And the big banks here have large presences there, with London traditionally serving as a financial gateway to Europe. So how will the U.K.'s vote to leave the European Union reverberate in Charlotte? We'll explore that question, with guest host Michael Tomsic.

The conventions are still weeks away, but the general election air war has begun in North Carolina and other battleground states. Hillary Clinton has poured eight figures into TV commercials, while Donald Trump has yet to put a single general election ad on the air. These commercials - particularly attack ads - have been a hallmark of White House campaigns for decades. We look at the history of campaign ads, and how they’ve changed in the social media age.

We all know about America’s obesity epidemic. We know about elevated incidences of asthma, diabetes and heart disease. In many cases, we’ve been blaming the food we eat but could it be the way we build? Dr. Richard Jackson from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health believes the way America has been built - with sprawling suburban environments could be the culprit.  He expands on that and offers some solutions.

Pop coulture Writer Chuck Klosterman (Rebroadcast)

Jul 4, 2016
Erin Keever

July 4, 2016

As part of Lenoir Rhyne University’s Visiting Writer’s Series, we talk with pop culture writer Chuck Klosterman. A best-selling author of six nonfiction books, including Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, he’s covered sports and pop culture for ESPN and spent time writing The Ethicist column for The New York Times.  We talk to him about that and about why some have called him “the most exciting cultural critic of his generation.” 

Middle Class Meltdown (Rebroadcast)

Jun 30, 2016

The American middle class, the backbone of our economy, is collapsing. These are the workers, middle managers, small business owners who have fallen victim to rising economic inequality. Their wages have been stagnant for years, employment uncertain, their debt levels have been rising and they face increasing child care, health care and education costs. We hear from the author of a book about why this is happening and what to do about it. 

Mid-Year Economic Update

Jun 30, 2016
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It has been another unsettling year economically. 2016 began with economic caution and murmurings of a possible recession. But the stock market appeared to be on an upward trajectory. Now, Brexit, the British exit from the EU, has roiled markets erasing all of this year’s gains. What do economists see for the rest of the year? We talk to two of them and the banking reporter for The Charlotte Observer.

NC Teacher Of The Year / Profound Gentlemen

Jun 29, 2016

Part 1
We meet North Carolina’s Teacher of the Year Bobbie Cavnar, a British Literature teacher in the Gaston County Schools. He believes that teachers are the equalizers, the keepers of America’s promise of equal opportunity and we’ll hear more of his thoughts on education and teaching excellence.

Race And Juvenile Justice In Charlotte

Jun 28, 2016

African-Americans make up 35 percent of Charlotte’s population but represent 70 percent of the arrests. Nationwide, black drivers are stopped and searched more often than whites. Minority children are more likely to be suspended from school than white students. An initiative called “Race Matters for Juvenile Justice” has been working in Charlotte to reduce these disparities. Learn about their successes and what’s being done to ensure fairness in the justice system.

Charlotte's LGBT Community

Jun 27, 2016
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It has been one year since the Supreme Court’s land mark ruling on marriage equality. This milestone comes during Pride Month but also in the aftermath of the Orlando nightclub shooting. Here and around the country there were candlelight vigils for the victims, a sign of the LGBT community’s growing visibility in places where, not long ago, many were uncomfortable being out. We look at that growing visibility, what it means and what the future may hold.