WFAE Talks

WFAE Talks
2:56 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

WFAE Talks: A Conversation With Our Retiring GM, Roger Sarow

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Roger Sarow is finishing his last week as president and general manager of WFAE. He's retiring after nearly 27 years in the position.

In this WFAE Talks, Greg Collard talks to Roger about his time at WFAE, his career at other stations, and public radio's future. He also discusses experiences and people who influenced his life before going into public radio. They include his parents, a great kindergarten teacher, and a Vietnam War college protest that went too far.

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WFAE Talks
5:22 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

WFAE Talks Charter School Troubles, Dollar Deals

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Education reporter Lisa Worf discusses the problems a few charter schools have had in staying open. In the last year, three Charlotte area charter schools have closed within their first year of operation, the most recent being Entrepreneur High School this month.

Ben Bradford discusses the Dollar Tree's purchase of Matthews-based Family Dollar. He also reveals his interest in exchanging his office chair for a stability ball.

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WFAE Talks
5:33 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

WFAE Talks CMS Emails, New Grading Scale, Old-School Video Games

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After a 3-week hiatus, our WFAE Talks podcast returns. Greg, Lisa and Ben talk CMS documents released in response to a public records request related to the forced resignation of former Superintendent Heath Morrison. They also discuss a new 10-point grading scale, the popularity of retro video games, and the politics of those silly sports bets politicians make with their counterparts in other cities.

WFAE Talks
9:36 am
Sat December 20, 2014

WFAE Talks First Amendment, Tax Breaks For Cognizant, Holiday Deadlines

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What are the free speech rights of public employees? Lisa Worf discusses her story that examines the firing of a Charlotte fire investigator over a Facebook post in the aftermath of the Ferguson riots. Another WFAE story that received a lot of attention this week is Ben Bradford's piece on the state giving tax breaks to the outsourcing company Cognizant.

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WFAE Talks
10:19 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

WFAE Talks Arts Reporting And U.S. History Education

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WFAE's new - and first - arts reporter joins this week's program. She's Sarah Delia. Sarah talks a little about herself and discusses her plans for the arts beat. Also, education reporter Lisa Worf discusses the debate over the new Advanced Placement U.S. History course.

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WFAE Talks
2:28 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

WFAE Talks: Political Tiffs And The Golden Nut

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Commissioner Pat Cotham wants to head the Mecklenburg County Commission again one year after her colleagues ousted her from the role. She believes the election results show people want her in charge, although it appears unlikely to happen. Greg, Lisa, and Ben also discuss why CMS board Chairwoman Mary McCray went out of her way to make clear that only one member of the board wanted former Superintendent Heath Morrison to keep his job. Plus, the intense competition for what's called the Golden Nut Award.

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5:39 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

WFAE Talks Heath Morrison Resignation, Patrick Cannon's Discounted Vote, Election Results

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The election was big. No surprise there. But the resignation of CMS superintendent Heath Morrison and more legal trouble for former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon were certainly unexpected. News Director Greg Collard, and reporters Lisa Worf and Ben Bradford discuss in this week's WFAE Talks.

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WFAE Talks
1:13 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

WFAE Talks: Senate Candidates' Accomplishments, Sales Tax

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Election week is finally upon us.  Ben Bradford, Tom Bullock and Lisa Worf talk about what the Democratic and Republican candidates for Senate have accomplished in their political careers.  We also talk about the sales tax referendum on Mecklenburg County ballots - what it goes for and how it got on the ballot in the first place. 

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WFAE Talks
5:22 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

WFAE Talks: Politics And Rollercoasters

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North Carolina's U.S. Senate race has been judged to be the most negative race in the country. Greg, Lisa, and Ben discuss that race. The gang also discuss rollercoasters, a conversation inspired by Lisa's behind-the-scenes look at the construction of Fury 325 at Carowinds.

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2:57 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

WFAE Talks: Patrick Cannon, Charter School Profits, Airport Control

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Greg, Lisa, and Ben discuss the sentencing of former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon and his request for leniency. They also discuss the different ways a businessman appears to benefit from four charter schools that are run by his for-profit management company. His personal and business relationships with the schools were the focus of this ProPublica story. Plus, the continuing squabble over control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

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