Charlotte Talks

Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Plastics And The Environment

Entangled Green Sea Turtle. NOAA diver works to release a green sea turtle entangled in a derelict fishing net in Hawaii
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Plastics have become a huge part of our lives, whether in the form of bottles, bags, or packaging. The hope is that these items are reused or recycled, but recycling programs can be expensive, and many items end up in landfills or, worse, in our waterways. Our guests today are working to educate people on what happens to plastics. We meet a representative from NOAA’s Marine Debris Program, an artist who uses plastic debris to create environmental art, and a local sustainability officer.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

E-Waste & Recycling Electronics

In this photo from 2001, a migrant child sits atop a pile of unrecyclable computer waste imported to Guiya, China, from other countries.
Credit Basel Action Network

When it comes to things like smartphones, tablets, computers and TVs, many of us migrate quickly from old devices to the newest and think nothing of tossing the old stuff out. According to the EPA, more than 2.5 million tons of electronic waste or e-waste is produced every year in the U.S. alone. Some of these things end up in landfills and that can be very bad for the environment. On this Earth Day, we look at some possible solutions.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Paper Promises

Cover of Paper Promises: Money, Debt and the New World Order

As we know, there’s ongoing financial uncertainty going on around the world, and although we think of our economic crisis as a new thing, our guest today says different. Philip Coggan, a columnist for The Economist, says that the accumulation of debt that we’re seeing world wide is an age-old problem.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

What The President Can And Cannot Do

President Obama in the Oval Office.
The White House/Flickr

During election season there is no lack of blame to go around between the presidential candidates but how much can the president truly do? Our panel of political experts says there is often a misconception on exactly what the president can and cannot do so we’ll take a look at the extent of presidential power, both real and perceived.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

The Politics Of The Mammogram

A mammography machine.
kristiewells/Flickr

In the 1970’s two movements dovetailed to create a perfect storm of controversy that continues to the present day. The woman’s movement was in full swing. While bras were burning in protests nationwide, the health care industry was developing a new breast cancer screening technique called the mammogram. Almost from its inception the mammogram has been hailed as either a major breast cancer fighting tool or a political tool that did not make women’s health a top priority. Our guest, Dr.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Former POW Col. Lee Ellis

Col. Leon "Lee" Ellis
freedomstarmedia.com

When we look at our nation’s leaders, it sometimes helps to understand their perspective if we know what experiences influenced their leadership philosophy. With that in mind, we welcome Colonel Lee Ellis, a retired Air Force pilot who was a POW for over 5 years at the infamous Hanoi Hilton during Vietnam. He says that what he and his fellow prisoners experienced there tested their courage and honor… and while imprisoned, they applied important principles of leadership that made the difference between life and death in the camp.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Wed October 17, 2012

American Chemical Society

Liquid in test tubes.
Credit Horia Varlan/Flickr

Chemistry is a huge part of our lives. It's in our clothes, the food we eat, the cleaners we use to clean our homes, the sprays we use to maintain our yards and the lotions and toiletries we use on our bodies every day. It's also a part of corporate life, the food and water supply and in the defense of our country. Chemicals are everywhere. Dr. Shakhashiri knows this as well as anyone. He is the President of the American Chemical Society and he's coming to Charlotte to talk about the role of chemistry in some of society's biggest issues.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Gubernatorial Interview 2: Barbara Howe

Barbara Howe
barbarshowe.net

Today is our second of three interviews with the North Carolina candidates for governor. Last week, we interviewed Republican candidate Pat McCrory. Next week, we'll talk to Democratic candidate Walter Dalton, and so today's hour will be spent with Libertarian candidate Barbara Howe. Candidate Howe was not included in any of the televised debates prior to the election, even though she is on the ballot and she has been ranked as high as 9 percent in the polls. We'll learn about her philosophies and why she wants to be governor.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Food As Entertainment

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We talk a lot about food on a local level here on Charlotte Talks. We visit with local food writers, chefs and restaurant owners and check in on the local food scene. But food is a big business now and it's big entertainment. From the Food Channel, to QVC, the television food industry commands big bucks and creates major stars.

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Charlotte Talks
5:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Electoral Dysfunction

ElectoralDysfuntion.org

Soon millions of Americans will go to the polls to vote for a new president.  The journey to a polling booth in our country is complex. In fact, America shares a distinction with only a handful of nations like Iran and Lybia in that our constitution does not explicitly include the right to vote. And that's just one of the astonishing facts in Victoria Bassetti’'s new book, Electoral Dysfunction. You'll learn how our country has 13,000 different voting districts, each with it’s own policies and we rank near the bottom in number of registered voters.

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