History

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Camp Greene

Unnamed soldier practices at Camp Greene rifle range in 1918.
Credit Martha Spurrier May

There are important moments in the development of any large city. Charlotte's history goes back to the fortuitous intersection of two trading paths that later became Trade and Tryon Streets. But there is another critical moment in the development of our region and it is forever tied to a tent city on the outskirts of town during the first World War. Camp Greene was not here long but its story, and the story of the town that became a city around it has been a nearly three decade long quest for Jack Dillard. Mr. Dillard has studied the history of the camp since the early '80’s and he recently made a documentary chronicling the camp's history. We'll learn more about this pivotal time in our region, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Cuban-American Relations And Operation Pedro Pan

A Pedro Pan flight

From 1960 to 1962, Cuban parents put more than 14,000 of their own children on planes bound for the US. Operation Pedro Pan was intended to remove these children from Castro’s influence and indoctrination. Most people believed this would be a temporary solution but many families were never able to reunite. We learn more about this, the complicated relations between our two nations and a possible solution when Charlotte Talks.

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WFAEats
5:00 am
Tue December 11, 2012

"Burning Bright:" Flaming Tea for Chanukah

Flaming Tea Ceremony for Chanukah.
Credit Amy Rogers

Latkes? Check. Chanukah gifts? Check.

Brandy-soaked sugar cubes to set afire…What’s that? You’ve never taken part in a Flaming Tea Ceremony for Chanukah?

Neither had I, nor anyone I knew, not in all our years of celebrating the Jewish holiday known as the "Festival of Lights."

It goes like this: Everyone at the table soaks a sugar cube in brandy, places it in a teaspoon, lights it with a candle, sings a holiday song, then drops the little fireball into a glass of tea, which puts out the flame. Then everyone drinks their tea.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon December 10, 2012

The Mayans And The End Of The World

The Mayan Calendar

There has perhaps been more conversation about the end of our world in the last decade than ever before in world history. From Y2K to an American preacher twice predicting the world's end, to a minor asteroid scare, we’ve heard a lot about the Earth’s demise. But no "end days" announcement has captured our attention more than the Mayans. The ancient Central American civilization lived by a calendar that predicted the world's end on December 21st, 2012. Recent reports regarding this prediction have ranged from hysteria to disdain. Even officials of the Mayan Cultural Festival are already planning next year’s event. But, just in case the Mayans are right, we’re talking about their end of time prediction before December 21st. Join us for a fascinating look at the Mayans with a local expert when Charlotte Talks - for perhaps the last time.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Stuff Every American Should Know

Do you know how or why we started using fireworks on the Fourth of July?

As Americans, there are things we all think we know about the greatest country in the world, but do we really know stuff that every American should know? That's the premise put forth by prolific authors, Denise Kiernan and Joe D'Agnese. Previously they've illuminated the lives of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and they specialize in lesser known items of American History.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Debutante Society

The North Carolina Debutante Ball at Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh, 11 Sept. 1938. Courtesy of North Carolina Office of Archives and History, Raleigh.
Credit ncpedia.org

There is a storied part of Southern Culture that some revere and others ridicule: debutante society. The holiday season is also one of debutante balls where young women of the upper crust make their debut as legitimate members of grown-up society. The practice dates back to earlier times and - despite the changes wrought by modern times - continues. A closer look at why debutante society was important in the past and why it continues when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Author Kevin Duffus On The Real Blackbeard (Rebroadcast)

Blackbeard (c. 1736 engraving used to illustrate Johnson's General History)
Wikipedia Commons

Almost 300 years ago, Blackbeard the Pirate ran aground off the coast of North Carolina and, to this day, treasure hunters believe there is a rich trove of pirate's booty hidden somewhere in the state. Historian and author Kevin Duffus believes he has found Blackbeard's treasure, but it's not the form of riches you might imagine and you won't find it in history books. Duffus will join us to paint a detailed picture of Blackbeard's impact on the state, the real treasure he sought and a glimpse into a pirate's life that may surprise you.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Opera Carolina’s Tosca And Historic Salisbury

Puccini's Tosca

Part One: Opera Carolina’s Tosca   Opera Carolina’s season opens next week with Puccini’s Tosca. The classic was last performed in 2005 in Charlotte, and this production features new scenery, staging and an all-star cast. We’ll be joined by Maestro James Meena and two of the stars of Tosca to talk about this classic work and about performing works like it around the world.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Author Kevin Duffus On The Real Blackbeard

Blackbeard (c. 1736 engraving used to illustrate Johnson's General History)
Wikipedia Commons

Almost 300 years ago, Blackbeard the Pirate ran aground off the coast of North Carolina and, to this day, treasure hunters believe there is a rich trove of pirate's booty hidden somewhere in the state. Historian and author Kevin Duffus believes he has found Blackbeard's treasure, but it's not the form of riches you might imagine and you won't find it in history books. Duffus will join us to paint a detailed picture of Blackbeard's impact on the state, the real treasure he sought and a glimpse into a pirate's life that may surprise you.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Native American Trail Trees (Rebroadcast)

Don Wells documents a trail tree - special marker trees that were used as guideposts for Native American Trail systems.

It has been hundreds of years since the intersection of Trade and Tryon was a place where two Native American trading paths crossed but signs of that ancient network of tribal travel and culture are all around us. Right now, two men, among others, are in the midst of mapping the main travel routes of the Cherokees and other tribes as well as the guideposts they used. Many of the guideposts are trees and we'll learn about efforts to preserve them.

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