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
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).

WFAE Talks
3:08 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

WFAE Talks Airport Parking, Post-Test Reading, Cyberbullying, NASCAR

The WFAE Talks crew of Greg Collard, Lisa Miller and Ben Bradford discuss the growing frustration of parking at Charlotte's airport. In education, Ben and Lisa envy the option that some students now have after they complete their End-of-Grade tests. Plus, the arrest and news coverage of students accused of cyberbullying on school time. And in sports, the evolution of NASCAR pit crews.


WFAE Talks
4:50 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

WFAE Talks Governor McCrory's Agenda and Charges Against Greg Hardy

Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss Governor McCrory's proposed higher education cuts and his plan to raise teacher pay. Plus, the arrest of Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy and why a judge dismissed a restraining order request.


WFAE Talks
5:18 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

WFAE Talks Tillis vs. Hagan, Teacher Pay, Panthers

The political rhetoric is high in North Carolina's U.S. Senate race, which is already already one of the most closely-watched races in the country. Greg, Lisa and Ben also discuss teacher pay proposals, and Ben gives his analysis of the Carolina Panthers' first round draft pick and the team's receiving corps.


WFAE Talks
4:23 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

WFAE Talks Airport Taxi Contracts and Pay-To-Play Allegations

WFAE Money & Influence reporter Tom Bullock joins Greg and Lisa this week to discuss his investigation of what some taxi company owners say was a bribery scheme in awarding lucrative airport contracts.


WFAE Talks
3:13 am
Mon April 28, 2014

WFAE Talks Common Core, Water Pollution, And More Water Pollution

North Carolina lawmakers move to take Common Core education standards off the books. Greg, Lisa and Ben also discuss WFAE's latest Public Conversations forum, What's In Our Water? Plus, the reason environmentalists are so upset with Governor McCrory's coal ash proposal.


WFAE Talks
4:13 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

WFAE Talks Mayor Clodfelter, Cannon Public Records, Duke's Efforts To Stunt Tree Growth, Reading

This week, the WFAE Talks crew discusses stories making news that concern city politics, the environment and education.

Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss initial impressions of Mayor Dan Clodfelter, and public records related to former Mayor Patrick Cannon that won't be released for at least 60 days. Also on this week's podcast: Public outcry prompts Duke Energy to suspend a program in which tree roots were being injected with a chemical to stunt growth, and observations from a 3rd-grade class trying to meet the state's new reading requirement.

WFAE Talks
2:13 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

WFAE Talks Cannon and The Daily Show, Political B-Roll, A Failed Charter School

Tom Bullock steps in for Ben Bradford on this week's show. Greg, Lisa and Tom discuss the race for Charlotte mayor and Patrick Cannon's recognition on the The Daily Show. Plus, the production assist that some candidates are giving third-party interest groups, and a charter school in Charlotte that shuts down before the school year ends.

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WFAE Talks
5:07 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

WFAE Talks Patrick Cannon

It was a busy week for WFAE's newsroom with the arrest of Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon on federal corruption charges, and his decision to resign the day of his arrest.  Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss the FBI's case and the many questions that remain.

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