Charlotte Talks

Food As Entertainment

Oct 15, 2012

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.

Electoral Dysfunction

Oct 12, 2012

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.

Do Ghosts Really Exist?

Oct 11, 2012

This is the time of year that we pay attention to the presence of ghosts and goblins but our guests say that ghosts are real and that we create them all the time. How we do so may surprise you but we’ll explore the real world of ghosts and we’ll do so through the lens of some of the most famous ghost films ever made. We’d like to hear from you about your favorite ghost films and why.

Tort Reform And The State Of The American Justice System

Oct 10, 2012

There are several terms in the legal community that have long stirred debate; among them are the phrases “frivolous lawsuit” and “tort reform.” One of the most famous cases regarding these issues was the case of an elderly woman spilling hot coffee in her lap then suing the restaurant that served her. But one of our guests  says that this famous case and others are misunderstood by the public, that tort reform is a mistake and that there is a large and ominous machine behind so-called reform.

Gubernatorial Interview 1: Pat McCrory

Oct 9, 2012

It’s the first in our series of gubernatorial candidate interviews in advance of the November election. Former mayor of Charlotte Pat McCrory is our guest for the hour. This is his second consecutive run for governor. He lost to Governor Bev Perdue four years ago, but with Perdue not seeking re-election, this race is very different from his first. We’ll talk about his views on the issues, his plan for job creation and North Carolina’s future and more.

Without Sanctuary

Oct 8, 2012

There are many images from our Southern history that we may not want to remember, but we need to, in order to learn from them and not repeat that same history in the future. Lynching is one of those dark, painful chapters of the South’s history that Levine Museum of the New South is featuring in its new exhibit “Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America”. We’ll meet with a panel of historians to talk about images collected in this graphic exhibit and the stories behind them.

The Middle Class

Aug 27, 2012

The Middle Class The very rich and the very poor are often the subjects of modern presidential campaigns. The rich come up every time there is a battle over tax reform and who should pay their fair share and the poor are often in the middle of battles over so-called entitlement programs and budget priorities. But for the vast millions of Americans in the middle class, this may be the most important election in decades. The Middle Class is being discussed with great fervor on both sides and most experts agree that the next President will be the candidate who appeals most to these voters.

Cyndy Etler And Straight Inc.

Aug 20, 2012

Madeleine Albright (Rebroadcast)

Aug 10, 2012

Democratic Platform and the DNC

Aug 9, 2012