WFAE Talks

News Director Greg Collard and reporters Lisa Miller and Ben Bradford discuss topics and people in the news. Consider it a behind-the-scenes discussion and analysis of some of the issues you hear addressed on WFAE.

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WFAE Talks
4:39 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

WFAE Talks: Sales Tax Debate, Beacon Initiative, Misleading Use Of WFAE In Political Email

The proposed sales tax hike in Mecklenburg County gets the endorsement of most school board members, but how the referendum came about runs several of them the wrong way. There's also a new effort to help struggling schools. It's called the Beacon Initiative. Education reporter Lisa Miller fills us in.

Plus, News Director Greg Collard explains why it's misleading for  the National Republican Senatorial Committee to cite this Party Line blog post in arguing that its Democratic counterparts have "hit the panic button" with a $9 million ad buy on behalf of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.

WFAE's top utility player, Marshall Terry, fills in for Ben Bradford on this week's episode.

WFAE Talks
4:37 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

WFAE Talks: Art Pope Resignation, Education Funding Changes, Hunger Games, Nick de la Canal

This week, Governor McCrory choked up when he announced the resignation of Budget Director Art Pope. Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss Pope's influence in the McCrory administration.

Lisa explains how lawmakers significantly changed how the state decides to fund school system enrollment growth.

Plus, we say goodbye to our summer intern, Nick de la Canal. Nick also talks about his story about unwelcome visitors to the Burke County property where the Hunger Games was filmed.


WFAE Talks
4:04 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

WFAE Talks: The Budget, Lawmaker Tensions, Sales Tax, Coal Ash = Sleepy Reporters

News Director Greg Collard and reporters Ben Bradford and Tom Bullock (sitting in for Lisa Miller) discuss how lawmakers finally reached a budget deal. They also discuss the myriad of disputes that have dragged out and kept Tom and Ben up late at night, even prompting one of them to turn a WFAE studio into a bedroom of sorts.

WFAE Talks
4:42 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

WFAE Talks: Dark Days Looming For Solar? Teacher Recruitment, Sales Tax Debate

The solar industry has been booming in North Carolina, but that boom could be coming to an end, as Ben Bradford reported this week. Ben Bradford provides analysis of what's going on.

Greg, Lisa and Ben also discuss the Houston school system's recruitment of North Carolina teachers, and the legislative debate over capping county sales taxes. Plus, the MeghaMeter returns.

WFAE Talks
5:00 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

WFAE Talks: Poet Controversy, Sales Tax Legislation, Signage Morass

Heading into the week, we knew that topics like the budget, Common Core and teacher pay raises would be Statehouse news. We didn't expect a controversy to emerge over Governor McCrory's choice for poet laureate, who resigned Thursday. Greg, Lisa and Ben will discuss.

They will also discuss Senate legislation to cap the local sales tax in all counties. The bill would effectively kill a referendum on November's ballot that asks Mecklenburg County voters to approve a quarter-cent sales tax hike that would go toward CMS pay raises, arts groups, CPCC and the library system.

Plus, Ben explains what's he's learned about Charlotte's sign ordinance. Signs are no simple matter.

WFAE Talks
3:47 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

WFAE Talks: Voting Law Lawsuit, Republican Infighting At Statehouse, Heritage USA

WFAE Talks is back after a brief mid-summer hiatus. This week, reporter Michael Tomsic joins Greg Collard and Ben Bradford. Michael spent the week in Winston-Salem covering hearings in federal court over the Justice Department's challenge to North Carolina's voting law. The Justice Department and other groups want a federal judge to block parts of the law from taking effect in the upcoming general election.

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WFAE Talks
6:08 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

WFAE Talks Overblown Water Test Results, Higher Ed

Lisa Miller discusses a higher education project that she and Michael Tomsic are working on. Ben Bradford explains why media reports on carcinogens found in some Rowan County water wells are overblown. And this week's "MeghaMeter" segment scrutinizes a press release from the National Republican Senatorial Committee.


WFAE Talks
5:20 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

WFAE Talks The Latest Airport Fight, A Proposed Sales Tax Hike, Murrows

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Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss the latest legislative strategy to force Charlotte city government to give up control of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, and a proposed quarter-cent sales tax hike to help supplement the salaries of CMS employees and fund a few other programs.

Plus, Greg and Lisa talk to Ben about his big week. He was named the winner of a national Edward R. Murrow Award for this story.

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WFAE Talks
9:04 am
Fri June 6, 2014

WFAE Talks Patrick Cannon And His Guilty Plea

This week’s podcast focuses on Patrick Cannon’s guilty plea and the observations of reporters Ben Bradford and Tasnim Shamma in covering the event. Plus, our new “MeghaMeter” segment scrutinizes a press release from Kay Hagan’s U.S. Senate campaign.

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WFAE Talks
4:54 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

WFAE Talks Climate Change Politics, Teacher Pay Proposal, And 'The MeghaMeter'

We discuss Ben's 3-part series, North Carolina and Climate Change, and the challenges in reporting this series. We also discuss the North Carolina Senate's teacher pay proposal and its power struggle with Governor McCrory. Plus, a new segment to WFAE Talks this election season...The MeghaMeter (aka Meghan Stubel).

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