WFAE Talks

News Director Greg Collard and reporters Lisa Worf and Tom Bullock 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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You know Mark Rumsey as WFAE’s All Things Considered host. He’s also WFAE’s Public Conversations coordinator. In this episode, Mark talks to News Director Greg Collard about what emerged from WFAE’s most recent Public Conversation on End-of-Life Planning and Choices.

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Reporter Gwendolyn Glenn makes her first appearance on WFAE Talks. Gwendolyn is a new addition to WFAE's newsroom. In this episode, charter schools and gangs in Chester, SC, are among the issues addressed. Gwendolyn also gives some observations from one of her first assignments: Covering a hearing in which the convictions of the Friendship 9 were overturned.

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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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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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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.

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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'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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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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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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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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