This is episode #7 in our new podcast venture. Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss the North Carolina Supreme Court race and county requests (35) for exemptions to the state's early voting requirements. They also discuss WFAE's election coverage plans and some of the edicts Greg has given staff. Lisa explains what's happening in Raleigh regarding a new pay system for teachers, and Ben gives an update in the coal ash debate.

WFAE News staff was busy covering the week's snow and ice storm, so naturally it's a topic of discussion for Greg, Lisa and Brad - er, Ben (listen to the podcast and you'll understand). The trio also discusses the federal investigation of North Carolina's Department of Natural Resources over its reaction to Duke Energy's coal ash spill on the Dan River.

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Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss media hype over this week's winter storm, the debate over virtual charter schools and Charlotte's latest efforts to build a streetcar extension.

Tavis Smiley: America I AM (Rebroadcast)

Aug 3, 2012
The Smiley Group, Inc./Kevin Foley

Public radio and TV fans are familiar with broadcaster Tavis Smiley for his shows on the public broadcast networks, and also for his recent book co-authored with Cornel West, The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto. Charlotteans will have the opportunity to know Mr. Smiley's work in a whole new way at the Gantt Center between now and the end of the year.