Charlotte Talks

Yoga And Building Community

May 14, 2014
Alexia Gyorody

The popularity of yoga seems to be exploding.  An exercise for the body, the mind and, some say, the soul –there were only a few places to practice yoga in Charlotte a few years ago and now there are dozens. We’re going to talk to some local yogis about this phenomenon. They say yoga is for everyone, not just affluent, flexible folks. But just how affordable is it and who are all these people stretching into strange positions?

Plastics And The Environment

May 9, 2014
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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.

E-Waste & Recycling Electronics

Apr 22, 2014
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.

Paper Promises

Oct 23, 2012

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.

What The President Can And Cannot Do

Oct 22, 2012
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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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The Politics Of The Mammogram

Oct 19, 2012
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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.

Former POW Col. Lee Ellis

Oct 18, 2012
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.

American Chemical Society

Oct 17, 2012
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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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Gubernatorial Interview 2: Barbara Howe

Oct 16, 2012
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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Food As Entertainment

Oct 15, 2012
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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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