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Big Data: Charlotte's Next Big Thing?

Mar 23, 2016
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Big data is something most of us know a little about - and we should - because big data is made up of all the things about us being collected by business and industry and places like Facebook. But the amount of data collected is so immense, that the big data boom hasn't been realized. More talent is needed to make sense of it all and UNC Charlotte is working on that. 

Ambassador Of France To The US

Mar 22, 2016

Most ambassadors are careful about how they phrase things and usually try to distance themselves from disagreements – or, at least, sugarcoat what they have to say. Not Gerard Araud. The French Ambassador to the U.S. has been known to engage in Twitter battles with the Israeli ambassador, has been vocal on climate change and about his disapproval of Donald Trump. He joins us to talk about his unconventional style, about U.S.-French relations, the Paris attacks and more

Violence In The Media

Mar 21, 2016

Concerns about violence on television began almost simultaneously with the birth of the medium. Medical experts have long said children pick up on the violent behavior they see on the screen and can turn that make-believe violence into real-life aggression. But violence on TV doesn’t just come from Hollywood. The news is full of it and some experts who have researched the real-world effects of media violence share what they’ve learned with us.

Friday News Roundup

Mar 17, 2016

On our weekly local news roundup, another look at the North Carolina primary and what's next for all of the winners on Tuesday's ballot. Body cameras for police are back in the news with CMPD refusing to release footage of an arrest in which excessive force may have been used. Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee, though leaving, gets a three-month extension on his contract to take him through the budgeting process and he gets raise. Those topics and more. 

Alzheimer's Research And Preventing Dementia (Rebroadcast)

Mar 16, 2016

As we age, some of us experience memory lapses but others face Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. We still don’t know much about the causes of Alzheimer’s or have any promising treatments but doctors and researchers are learning more about how to delay or possibly prevent dementia and lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. We hear about the role of diet, exercise – even education, learning and social interaction play on both.

Tarheel voters have spoken! North Carolinians have finally had their say in this presidential contest as well as in races at the state level. So what did they say and what will it mean going into November and beyond? 

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
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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.