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9:06 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Firing Of Charlotte City Employee Over Facebook Post Highlights First Amendment Debate

First Amendment tablet 'mural' at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
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A City of Charlotte fire investigator is out of a job because of a Facebook post in the aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri riots. It’s the first time a Charlotte city employee has been fired over a posting on social media. An attorney for the investigator says the city overreached.

So what are the First Amendment rights of public employees?


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Charlotte Talks
2:05 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Rick Najera: 'Almost White'

Rick Najera
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Rick Najera calls himself "almost white,” which is his way of saying he’s Latino. As a performer, he noticed that Hispanics are under-represented on TV, so he decided to take matters into his own hands. Realizing writers control the ethnicity of TV characters, he started writing more roles for non-whites. We discuss all this and his one-man show, Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Debby Irving And Waking Up White

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Debby Irving grew up thinking of herself as someone who didn’t see color. She believed she didn’t have a racist bone in her body but, despite her best efforts, all her best friends were white.  Still, she didn’t think herself a member of any race.  And that, she says, was the biggest problem.  She joins us to talk about Waking Up White and finding herself in the story of race.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon May 20, 2013

50 Years Since Desegregation In Charlotte

Marchers on East Trade Street. From The Charlotte Observer article May 21, 1963. Headline: "J.C. Smith Students March Across Town." Observer Photo by James Denning.
Credit From Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, courtesy of Levine Museum.

Fifty years ago, a Charlotte Civil Rights activist led a march through Charlotte to call for desegregation in the city. That march triggered an "eat-in" at Charlotte restaurants with African American leaders, led by then Mayor Stan Brookshire. That action in Charlotte helped set the stage for the nation's 1964 Civil Rights Act. Fifty years after that action, we'll gather with historians as well as people who were there to talk about those historic events, how Charlotte has progressed since, and where we still need to go to fully achieve desegregation in Charlotte, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Church Integration And Martin Luther King (Rebroadcast)

  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once wrote "worship at its best is a social experience with people of all levels" His vision for more integrated churches has not truly come to fruition but several area religious leaders hope to change that. We'll meet a Sociologist studying the divisive nature that can pervade churches in our region as well as two Pastors working to diversify their own congregations. On the week of the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we look at his hope for integration of the church experience in America.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Kids And Race

Martin Luther King, Jr. said "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." There is evidence that children form attitudes and opinions about race as early as six months old. In a recent study by our guest Dr. Melanie Killen (commissioned by CNN), a white child and a black child look at the exact same picture of two students on the playground and see very different things. How do children interpret our differences and form racial attitudes? We'll find out how to talk to kids about race with a researcher into children's social development and the author of a children's book about race.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Tim Wise: White Like Me

White Like Me by Tim Wise

  Author Tim Wise is an anti-race activist who writes and lectures about his thoughts on race from the perspective of a white man and his experiences. He joins us to talk about race and racism in politics, culture, the media and business, and how he uses his position as a white male to educate people about things like "white denial," "white privilege" and outright racism. We'll also talk about what local organizations are doing to educate the community about these topics as well, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
1:00 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Tavis Smiley: America I AM (Rebroadcast)

Tavis Smiley
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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.

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The Dialogue Progresses
12:00 pm
Fri December 2, 2005

The Dialogue Progresses

(12/2/05) Advocates for bridging the racial gap in Charlotte tried to gauge where people stand these days on the issue of race during a town hall meeting recently at the Levine Museum of the New South. WFAE's Simone Orendain was there.